ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company's annual Risk Management Symposium — a daylong conference taking place on November 17 in the Chicagoland area — brings together seven industry thought leaders and innovators in health care to discuss practical ways physicians can mitigate emerging patient safety risks. Topics will include changing care models, genetic testing, opioid abuse, polypharmacy, cybersecurity, health IT, and more.

About ISMIE Mutual

As a physician-owned company, ISMIE Mutual provides superior medical professional liability services and risk management expertise to physicians and other health care professionals. For over 40 years, ISMIE Mutual has supported its policyholders with quality, protection, service, and value.

Who can attend

Attendance is open to all health care professionals. For ISMIE-insured physicians and clinicians, the symposium is complimentary. If you are an ISMS member or a staff member of an ISMIE policyholder, a discounted rate is available.


Opening Keynote

Amy Compton-Philips, MD

Amy Compton-Phillips, MD, a board-certified internist, is executive vice president and chief clinical officer for Providence St. Joseph Health (PSJH) in Seattle. Dr. Compton-Phillips will give the opening keynote presentation, highlighting the steps physicians can take – both today and in the future – to drive improvements, and ways in which they can be key leaders in facilitating safe care.

Breakout Session 1A

Wendy Chung, MD, PhD

Wendy Chung, MD, PhD, is a board-certified clinical geneticist and practicing medical geneticist, and directs the clinical genetics program at Columbia University. Dr. Chung will discuss both the risks and benefits of integrating genomic information into patient care.

Breakout Session 1B

Alex Ricardo

Alex Ricardo is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) and serves the Technology, Media, & Business Group at Beazley Syndicate, which partners with ISMIE to provide our policyholders cyber liability coverage. In his presentation, Mr. Ricardo will offer insight on the current trends in and latest causes of data breaches.

Breakout Session 2A

Ryan R. Nash, MD, MA

Ryan R. Nash, MD, MA, is the director of The Ohio State University Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, and a practicing palliative medicine specialist. Dr. Nash will focus his presentation on the tension between treating patients' pain while not contributing to drug abuse and diversion, and the ethical issues that arise when trying to curtail an addicted patient's opioid supply.

Breakout Session 2B

Geeta Nayyar, MD, MBA

Geeta Nayyar, MD, MBA, is a nationally recognized leader in health IT as well as a board-certified practicing physician. Dr. Nayyar will discuss health IT – both as it relates to emerging risks and how it can be used to engage patients.

Plenary Session

Russ Altman, MD, PhD

Russ Altman, MD, PhD, is board certified in internal medicine and clinical informatics, a practicing physician, and a professor of bioengineering, genetics, medicine, and computer science at Stanford University. Dr. Altman will give a plenary presentation on how big data is used to understand drugs and side effects, and how genomics can be used for drug prescribing.

Closing Keynote

Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS

Tejal Gandhi, MD, is a board-certified internist and chief clinical and safety officer for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Dr. Gandhi will provide our closing keynote presentation, which will focus on current trends and challenges in patient safety.


8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration & Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Opening Keynote
Improving Our Way to Better Health — Amy Compton-Phillips, MD
9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Break
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Breakout Sessions
Genomic Medicine: Maximizing Benefits and Minimizing Risks — Wendy Chung, MD, PhD

Data Breaches: Causes and Evolving Risks — Alex Ricardo
11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
Ethical Considerations for Opioid Prescribing — Ryan R. Nash, MD, MA

Patient Engagement and Health IT — Geeta Nayyar, MD, MBA
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Plenary Session
Using Big Data to Optimize the Use of Medications — Russ Altman, MD, PhD
2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Break
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Closing Keynote
Free from Harm — Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS
3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Closing Remarks


Hyatt Regency O'Hare

9300 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Rosemont, IL 60018

Phone: (847) 696-1234

Overnight accommodations

A limited number of rooms are available at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare for a conference rate starting at $149. Click here to book a room.


Self-parking is available for attendees at a discounted rate of $15. Please be sure to have your parking ticket validated at the conference registration desk. Valet parking is also available for $39.

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