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Mark L. Graber, MD

Dr. Graber is a Senior Fellow at RTI International and Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has an extensive background in biomedical and health services research, with over 70 peer-reviewed publications. He is a national leader in the field of patient safety and originated Patient Safety Awareness Week in 2002, an event now recognized internationally. Dr. Graber has also been a pioneer in efforts to address diagnostic errors in medicine, and his research in this area has been supported by the National Patient Safety Foundation and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.In 2008 he convened and chaired the first Diagnostic Error in Medicine conference. In 2011 he founded the new Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine and serves as President of SIDM.

Paul L. Epner MBA, MEd

Paul L. Epner is the Executive Vice President and co-founder of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine.  He is also the Chair of the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis, a multi-organization collaboration.  Paul serves as Immediate Past President of the Clinical Laboratory Management Association (CLMA) where he developed the Increasing Clinical Effectiveness (ICE) initiative.  He is a member of the CDC’s “Clinical Laboratory Integration into Healthcare Collaborative,” a consultant to their Laboratory Medicine Best Practices program (an evidence-based practice initiative), and Chair of the Coordinating Council on the Clinical Laboratory Workforce’s (CCCLW) Taskforce on Measuring Testing-Related Value.



Robert Trowbridge, MD

Robert Trowbridge, MD is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and an adult hospitalist at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. He serves as Director of the ten-site Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship at Tufts University School of Medicine, the Director of Medical Student Education and Faculty Development in the Department of Medicine at Maine Medical Center, and the Co-Director of the Introduction to Clinical Reasoning course at Tufts. He additionally serves as the Co–Chair of the Education Committee of SIDM and is editor of the book “Teaching Clinical Reasoning,” published by the American College of Physicians. As a clinician-educator, he has specific interest in educational techniques for improving clinical reasoning abilities and diagnostic performance. He serves as the Chairperson of the Planning Committee for the 2016 Diagnostic Error in Medicine Conference

Anne Miller

Dr Miller is an Adjunct Associate Professor with Clinical and Rehabilitation Sciences Research Group at the University of Sydney and the Center for Research and Innovation in Systems Safety at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), Nashville, Tennessee. In her current role she is also eHealth NSW’s Human Factors Specialist within the Office of the Chief Clinical Information Officer and is a former Registered Nurse who specialized in Intensive Care nursing (Alfred Hospital, Melbourne).


Professor Julie Considine RN, PhD

Julie Considine holds a joint appointment as Professor of Nursing at Deakin University and Eastern Health, one of Victoria’s largest health services. Julie is nationally and internationally recognised for her work in patient safety and she has a particular interest in how nurses’ assessment, management and escalation of care decisions influence patient outcomes.


Professor Simon Willcock MBBS (Hons 1), PhD, FRACGP, GAICD

Simon is a general practitioner and the Clinical Director of Primary Care at the Macquarie University Hospital. Simon is currently the Chair of the Avant Mutual Group and a board member of the Sydney North Health Network, the NSW Doctors’ Health Advisory Service and a member of the NSW AMA Council of General Practice.


Dr. Ranjana Srivastava

 Dr. Ranjana Srivastava is a medical oncologist, educator and award-winning writer, and a columnist for The Guardian newspaper. After an upbringing in the United States, where she completed high school in Pittsburgh, she graduated from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia with first-class honours.In 2004, Ranjana was awarded a Fulbright Award and was Australia's highest-ranked recipient that year. She used it to complete an ethics fellowship at the MacLean Centre at the University of Chicago. She became a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2005 and now practices in the public hospital system in Melbourne. She is on the advisory committee to the Health Commissioner and plays an active role in shaping doctor-patient communication skills training. In 2016 Ranjana was appointed a visiting faculty at the University of Chicago to deliver a series of lectures on the art of medicine.

Ranjana has written widely on the subject of medicine and humanity and ethics. She publishes frequently in the New England Journal of Medicine and has also appeared in The Lancet, JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine, Time Magazine and several other publications including Australia's Best Science Writing. She has won the Cancer Council Victoria award for outstanding writing as well as the Gus Nossal Prize for Global Health writing.