Medical Tourism Association Announces Strategic Initiatives for Much Awaiting Global Healthcare & Medical Tourism Congress 2010

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA--(Marketwire - July 20, 2010) - The Medical Tourism Association, known for setting trends in the industry, announces new strategic initiatives under the theme progress in motion for global healthcare stakeholders, allowing them to discover & learn about intense topics of medical tourism, extending networking opportunities enhanced by dedicated sessions and creating knowledge sharing possibilities between government, insurance, healthcare and tourism professionals during THE World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress, taking place in LA from September 22nd - 24th.

"We recently announced our extensive agenda, today we are announcing the list of incredible speakers, coming exclusively with the sole purpose of providing a learning platform for industry stakeholders. We are particularly encouraged at the number of high level government officials who are attending the ministerial summit which indicates growing support from all sectors for medical tourism initiatives, especially ministers of health, tourism and economic development," said Jonathan Edelheit, CEO of the Medical Tourism Association.

MTA team worked relentlessly this year to identify and invite top government officials from across the world, eminent professionals from US & International Insurance Companies, alongside some of the largest US and International Employers, on another hand, leading medical tourism experts and top global healthcare providers are revisiting the congress.

"Though we have received tremendous responses, we are receptive to have more top-notch experts and professionals to utilize the platform to share their knowledge, experience and expertise," added Edelheit, inviting leading speakers to join congress by submitting white papers at on our site.

The congress is the biggest networking opportunity platform in the world for medical tourism and global healthcare related affairs. The addition of the "Buyers of Healthcare VIP Program" is also a unique feature which was added to create more interesting and one on one business meetings for all delegates and sponsors, bringing up to 200 employers, insurance companies, agents and medical tourism facilitators who are involved in or interested in patients traveling across borders for healthcare.

"Networking is the spirit of our congress. We realize that social media and electronic channels can't replace one-on-one meetings. Last year we got incredible responses and many delegates mentioned networking alone provided ROI, while learning & sharing experience was nothing but overwhelmingly a delightful experience," says senior meeting manager Silvana Maldonado, working exclusively for networking and meeting sessions.

While extensive agenda, green healthcare initiative, learning opportunities, networking possibilities and knowledge sharing are base of the congress, seasoned speakers are the main focus which makes this a comprehensive Medical Tourism Mecca gathering.
Some of our seasoned speakers are as follows:

Karen Beyer - Director of Global Benefits, General Electric
Mr. Jose M. Loaiza - Senior Network Manager, Blue Shield of California
Premier W. McKeeva Bush – Premier, Cayman Islands
Joanne Armenio - Director, International Benefits, Kraft Foods
Bob Ihrie - Senior VP of Employee Rewards and Services, Lowe's Companies, Inc.
Luis Fernando Moreas – Secretary of Tourism, Porto Alegre Brazil
Kathy Clark – Compensation & Benefits Analyst, Blackbaud, Inc.
Anthony Amato - VP Compensation & Benefits, Discovery Communications
Kevin M. Fickenscher, M.D., CPE, FACPE, FAAFP - Chief Strategy and Development Officer, Dell Services
H. E. Mr. Nasser Al Budoor – Director, Ministry of Health, UAE, International Relations & Health Affairs and Director of Health Minister's Office
Cheryl Matheis - Senior Vice President for Health Strategy, AARP
Laila Al Jassmi – CEO, Clinical Support Services Sector, Dubai Health Authority
David M. Cheek - Vice President of Sales, Pan American Life Insurance Group
Dr. Shetty – Heart Surgeon of India & Founder of Hospital Investment Project, Cayman Islands
Michael Bertaut - Senior Healthcare Intelligence Analyst, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
Jeff A. Argotsinger - Director, Business Leader Medical Expense Group, Swiss Reinsurance Company
Dr. Hisham Diwani - General Manager, Health Insurance, Ministry of Health Syria
Bavdeep Singh – CEO, Fortis Healthcare India
Emilio M. Williams - Managing Director, Johns Hopkins Medicine International
Dr. Rick van Pelt - Director Global Programs, Partners Harvard Medical International
Mark Scotland – Minister of Health, Cayman Islands
Jonathan Hart – Chief Medical Officer, International Medical Group
Pamela Frank – International Health Services Coordinator, Children's Hospital of Boston
Fred Hagigi - Director, Executive Education Programs Professor of Health Services, UCLA School of Public Health
MaryBeth Kramer - Sr. Manager, Global Benefits and HR Services Compensation and Benefits, Verisign
Shady Fawzy Nawar - Assistant Vice President – Provider Management, Qatar Insurance Company-Doha
Arthur L. Diskin, MD, FACEP - Vice President and Global Chief Medical Officer, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Azamara Club Cruises
Martha Turnbull - Travel Health Insurance Association of Canada
Linda Cote - AGB Sales Director Pacific Region, Aetna
Dr. Jeannette Takemura - Dean of School of Social Work, Columbia University
Alexander Sander Domaszewicz - Principal and Senior Consultant, Mercer Health & Benefits Services
Robert S. Shestack - WBC, Managing Director, National Sales Leader, Employer Benefits Business, Marsh U.S. Consumer, a service of Seabury & Smith, Inc.
Brad Cook – International Patient Department, Hospital Clinica Biblica, Costa Rica
Renee-Marie Stephano – President, Medical Tourism Association
Jonathan Edelheit - CEO, Medical Tourism Association
Ralph Lawson - Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Baptist Health South Florida
Greg Carlson - Assistant Professor, University of Alabama, Department of Health Services
Jason B. Krouse - Executive Vice President, Univers Workplace Benefits
William Cook – International Patient Department, Hospital Clinica Biblica
Dr. Prem Jagyasi – MD & CEO, ExHealth Dubai
Tom O'Hara - President, Surgical Trip LLC
Dr. Antonia Arnaert -Vice-President, Debson Medical Tourism
Dr. Narottam Puri - President, Medical Strategy & Quality, Fortis Healthcare
Wouter Hoeberechts - CEO, WorldMed Assist
Doug Wojcieszak, Founder, Sorry Works!
Richard Polak, President & CEO, IBIS Advisors
Derrell Connor, Account Executive, M3 Insurance Solutions for Business (M3)
Tom Hamilton - President, Carolina Benefit Designs
Daniel Friedland - MD, Founder & CEO, SuperSmartHealth
Jason Woods - Fairmont Specialty Group
Sonia Roschnik - Operational Director, NHS Sustainable Development Unit, UK
C. Duane Dauner - President, California Hospital Association
Stephen Hartigan - Chief Executive Officer, InterGlobal Insurance Company Ltd. (IGIC)
Peter Lozier - Executive Vice President Sales, Marketing and Provider Relations, CMN Inc.
Dr. Myles Druckman - Vice President Medical Services, Americas Region International SOS Assistance, Inc
Dean Stone - Manager Workers Compensation and Governance, National Australian Bank
Stuart Rowley - CEO, Prince Court Medical Center, Malaysia
To view a full list of speakers please CLICK HERE

Join us for the VIP After Party

The World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress is also known for its networking cocktail receptions following the general sessions. On Wednesday, September 22, 2010 all registered delegates will be invited to share in an entertainment filled networking session jointly held with the Employer Healthcare Congress where up to 1000 employers, insurance agents, brokers, consulting firms and healthcare leaders will finishing up their three day congress event on the Green Circle Terrace. For more information about the VIP After Party, please go see the video at .

Additional Giant Leaps for 2010

The World Medical Tourism and Global Healthcare Congress includes two additional conferences which are the Expatriate Healthcare, Travel Insurance and Global Health Insurance Conference, and the Sustainable Healthcare and Hospital Development Conference. Speakers listed above are from all three conferences.

The Medical Tourism Association™ is the international non-profit trade association for the medical tourism and global healthcare industry made up of the top international hospitals, healthcare providers, medical travel facilitators, insurance companies, and other affiliated companies and members with the common goal of promoting the highest level of quality of healthcare to patients in a global environment.

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