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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.


Professor Enrico Coiera

Professor Coiera is an internationally recognised leader in health informatics research. He is the Director of the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in e-health and the Foundation Professor in Medical Informatics at Macquarie University (2014- ), and held a similar role at UNSW (1999-2014). He is also the Director of the Centre for Health Informatics at Macquarie University, a group he founded at UNSW in 1999. Medically qualified (U Sydney 1982), Prof. Coiera has a PhD in Computer Science (UNSW 1990) and spent 10 years at the prestigious Hewlett-Packard Research Laboratories in Bristol, UK (1989-99) where he led numerous health technology projects. He has overseen the development and clinical trials of multiple e-health interventions. He has >8900 lifetime citations in Google Scholar. He is the recipient of the Intel Don Walker award from Health Informatics Society of Australia, and an IBM Faculty Award from IBM Research Laboratories USA. In 2015 he received the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) François Grémy Award for Excellence – the highest award from the discipline’s peak international organisation. His textbook Guide to Health Informatics is in its 3rd edition and is widely used internationally, including multiple translations.


Karen Cosby

Karen Cosby MD, CPPS is an Associate Professor at Rush Medical School and a senior Emergency Medicine Physician at Cook County Hospital (Stroger) in Chicago. Her career interests include medical education, clinical decision-making, and patient safety. She has chaired the Fellowship subcommittee of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) and the Patient Safety Interest Group for the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) where she led efforts to produce a curriculum for patient safety. She was a co-investigator of an AHRQ grant on diagnosis error. She is co-author of the book Diagnosis: Interpreting the Shadows, and has edited three textbooks (including Patient Safety in Emergency Medicine). Her contributions to patient safety include a framework for classifying factors that contribute to error in emergency medicine, and a 15-year review of patient care management problems identified in Mortality and Morbidity reviews. Her main career focus is investigating and understanding medical failure and improving education to meet the needs of an increasingly complex healthcare system 


A/Prof Amanda Walker

A/Prof Amanda Walker is a Senior Clinical Advisor at the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare. She also works as a Senior Staff Specialist in Palliative Medicine in South Western Sydney LHD and is a Conjoint Associate Professor at the Western Sydney University School of Medicine. 


Maureen Williams

Maureen is a patient advocate with more than 40 year experience within the health system. She has lived with Addisons disease and Hashimoto’s and has been admitted to A&E, well over 100 times.
During that time Maureen has been involved in many aspects of healthcare, including Australian Addisons Disease Support Group, Australian Institute for Patient and Family Centred Care, Community Advisory Committee for NSW Health and the Australian College of Emergency Medicine as a committee member for Quality Standards and Procedures and a Patient Safety Working Group.
Maureen comes from a background as a professional classical singer and has a post graduate diploma in counselling and communication. She worked for 4 years as a counsellor in residential programs for people with cancer and trauma in their lives as well as a private practice. She has used music and voice therapy for people with brain injury, patients recovering from stroke and children and the elderly with various intellectual disabilities.


Art Nahill, MD, FRACP

Art Nahill, MD, FRACP is an American trained internal medicine physician who has been living and working in New Zealand since 2005. He is a co-host and producer of the podcast series IMreasoning which examines issues of diagnosis and diagnostic error. He is currently the Director of Education for General Medicine at Auckland Hospital and is a former recipient of the Dennis Pickup Clinical Educator Award from the University of Auckland Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. He is a publishing poet and his first book of poems entitled A long Commute Home was published in 2014


Nic Szecket, MD, FRCPC, FRACP, MPH

Nic Szecket, MD, FRCPC, FRACP, MPH is a general internist who has been living and working in New Zealand since 2010. He completed his training in internal medicine at the University of Toronto, and went on to do his masters in public health at Johns Hopkins. He co-hosts and produces the podcast IMreasoning, which addresses themes in diagnosis, diagnostic error, and metacognition.