Contributors and contributions to the academic sessions come from around the globe – Canada, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Libya, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia and the USA

 Submission for Academic papers is now closed. If you would like to attend the Academic Conference, please book a delegate pass.

The following are confirmed as speakers at the 2018 Academic Conference.

Academic Advisory Board

Jin Ki Nam, Professor at the Department of Health Administration , Yonsei University, Korea

Jin Ki Nam is Professor at the Department of Health Administration, Yonsei University (Korea). He is trained as a medical sociologist, and received his MA and PhD from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the US. His research areas are medical tourism, healthcare service design and U-Healthcare. He has worked with several government agencies(Korea Health Industry Development Institutes, Korea Tourism Organization) to promote medical tourism in Korea. He has published in Medical Tourism: Structure & Trends (2013), Medical Tourism: Service Marketing (2015), and Handbook on Medical Tourism & Patient Mobility (2015).

Andrew Garman, Professor, Rush University, USA

Andrew is Professor and Associate Chair, External Relations & Development for the Health Systems Management department of Rush University in Chicago, IL. As a practitioner-scholar, Andy splits his time between a faculty role with Rush University and a leadership role with the non-profit National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL), whose organizational membership programs include the U.S. Cooperative for International Patient Programs (USCIPP) (www.uscipp.net), whose mission is to support its members’ efforts to expand global access to US expertise in high-quality healthcare. In support of this mission, USCIPP partners with Rush University to provide a portfolio of member-driven research, including annual member bench-marking surveys.

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Tricia Johnson, Director, Rush University, USA

Tricia Johnson, PhD, is Professor and Economist in the Department of Health Systems Management at Rush University. Her primary scientific interest is in understanding the economic drivers of health services globalization, with a particular focus on the macro- and micro-level drivers of medical trave . She is the research director for the US Cooperative for International Patient Programs. She co-developed a national benchmarking survey of international patient programs within US hospitals, now in its eighth year of implementation, with Dr. Andrew Garman. In 2009, she was selected as a Fulbright Scholar to Austria, where she worked with the Vienna University for Economics and Business on research evaluating trends in cross-border and international medical travel.

Professor John Connell, Professor of Human Geography at the University of Sydney, Australia

John Connell’s principal research interests are concerned with political, economic and social development in less developed countries, especially in the South Pacific region and in other small island states. Much of this research is currently oriented to issues of rural development, migration and inequality. A second research theme is on decolonisation and nationalism. More recently he has worked on the cultural geography of music and food. He is presently working on the impact of tourism and festivals on rural and regional development, the global migration of skilled health workers and the globalisation of football.

Speaker Faculty

María Teresa Martínez Almanza, Professor and Researcher, Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, Mexico

Professor and researcher at the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez. She is an Economist and obtained her international doctorate degree at the University of Girona, Spain, her doctoral thesis is related to the development of medical tourism destinations. Her research interests have been those related to the study of tourism, particularly health tourism and the border. Her main topics are the supply of medical services in the border, the product of medical tourism and the success factors for border destinations. She is currently carrying out research projects on medical tourism as a trend for the development of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.

Michael Guiry, Associate Professor of Marketing, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, USA

Michael Guiry is an Associate Professor of Marketing at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. He earned his Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Florida, an MBA from Duke University, and a B.S. in Agricultural Business Management & Marketing from Cornell University. His research interests include medical tourism destination branding and positioning, medical tourism service quality, and cross-cultural consumer behavior. His research has been published in journals such as Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, International Journal of Leisure and Tourism Marketing, Health Marketing Quarterly, and Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research.

Samuel Hohmann, Research Analytics Director, Vizient, USA

Education – PhD, bioengineering, University of Illinois Chicago; MS-HSM, hospital administration, Rush University, BS, chemistry, University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana.

  • 2015-present – Vizient (formerly University HealthSystem Consortium), Chicago, IL – Research Analytics Director
  • 2003-2014 – University HealthSystem Consortium, Oak Brook, IL – Principal Consultant, Senior Manager, Senior Research Analyst
  • 2001-2002 – Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL – Director, NLM Information Integration planning grant and analytic staff, Center for Clinical Effectiveness
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Maria Kniazeva, Professor of Marketing, University of San Diego, USA

Dr. Maria Kniazeva’s current research centers on the globalization of healthcare, with a specific focus on the designer body as a global product. Dr. Kniazeva has a unique set of knowledge and experiences, having lived, worked and been educated in the United States, Russia and Estonia. A tenured Professor of Marketing at the University of San Diego, she used to work as an Executive Editor of an Estonian newspaper’s Russian-language edition and as a free-lance business consultant. Dr. Kniazeva earned her first degree, a Masters in Journalism, from St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad) State University in Russia, and her PhD in Marketing from the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine. Having visited sixty countries, Dr. Kniazeva has developed academic interests that focus on cross-cultural consumption in the global marketplace.

Vladimir Mozetič, President, Kvarner Health Tourism Cluster, Croatia

Assist.Prof. Vladimir Mozetič, MD, PhD was born in 1967 in Rijeka, Croatia. He graduated from the Medical Faculty in 1991.

He gained a specialization in the health care management as well as subspecialization in urologic oncology and andrology. In 2015 he received annual award of City of Rijeka for the promotion of health tourism as important commercial field in region.

Dr. Mozetič is a member of the Council for Health of the regional County from 2012 and president of Kvarner Health Tourism Cluster as well as president of Section of Medical Tourism in Croatian Chamber of Economy.

Omobukola ‘Bukky’ Olaoye, CEO/Administrator, APremium Healthcare Solution, LLC, USA

Dr. Omobukola ‘Bukky’ Olaoye is a seasoned Home Care Administrator with strong leadership skills and an ardent team player. She has more than 16-year’s progressive advancement and experience in leading home care compliance teams in small and local Private Home Care agencies in Georgia. Bukky is a recent graduate of Business Administration (international Business) from Argosy University Atlanta, GA U.S.A. Her research work was on the predictors of intention to demand medical tourism. Dr. Olaoye is currently the CEO/Administrator of a local home healthcare agency operating in multiple locations in a South East State in the U.S.

Konstantinos Pantos, Scientific Director, Genesis Athens Clinic, Greece

Konstantinos Pantos was awarded his medical degree from the University of Athens in 1981. He specialized in Obstetrics – Gynecology at the University of Athens and in 1988 he was awarded the Doctorate in Medicine (PhD), University of Athens, Greece. He specialized in the field of medically assisted reproduction technology as a senior registrar in the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia (1987-1989).With nearly thirty years of experience in obstetrics and gynaecology and as an infertility specialist, Konstantinos Pantos is expert in all aspects of assisted reproduction treatment and technology.

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Keith Pollard, Editor in Chief, IMTJ | Executive Chairman, LaingBuisson International, UK

Keith is one of Europe’s leading experts on medical tourism and is a regular speaker, writer and commentator on this developing business sector. Keith’s early career in marketing within the pharmaceutical industry was followed by ten years in marketing and business development in the private healthcare sector where he gained extensive experience in the marketing of London’s leading private hospitals to international patients. In the mid 1990s, he became an internet entrepreneur, believing in the potential of the internet to disseminate healthcare information and inform patient choice for patients seeking treatment in their own country or as medical tourists.

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Klaus Schmerler, Program Coordinator , Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenber, Germany

Klaus Schmerler is a researcher, PhD candidate and program coordinator at the School of Business and Economics at Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg. His research interests include international trade, health economics and econometrics and his dissertation with 3 empirical investigations of inbound medical tourism in Germany is forthcoming in the first half of 2018. It focuses on the on the empirical modelling of medical tourism flows and on the identification of drivers of medical tourism – particularly the role of personal networks, cultural proximity and recommendations.

Irving Stackpole, President, Stackpole and Associates, USA

With over 45 years of experience, in healthcare and seniors’ services, Irving Stackpole is the President of Stackpole & Associates, Inc., marketing, market research, and training firm founded in 1991. Stackpole & Associates has conducted strategic research and marketing projects in the United States and internationally, and has worked for providers, governments and agencies in many countries, including Costa Rica, Korea, India, Colombia, Poland, Mexico, Cayman, Greece, as well as the UN. Irving edited Medical Tourism Marketing, co-hosts the podcast, The Medical Travel Show, is widely published, and has been quoted in The Financial Times, Forbes and many trade publications.

Soosun Suk, Graduate, Yonsei University, Korea

Her main focus is on medical service design, focusing on a variety of information design studies related to medical communication design, especially those with clear cultural characteristics. She has recently conducted research on communication design between Middle Eastern patients and Korean medical staff and aims to improve the user experience between medical service providers and patients through medical communication using information design.

David Vequist, Director, Center for Medical Tourism Research (CMTR), USA

David G. Vequist IV, Ph.D. is the founder and Director of the Center for Medical Tourism Research (CMTR) – the very first academic research center devoted to medical tourism research (www.medicaltourismresearch.org). He is also a Tenured Full Professor of Management in the H-E-B School of Business & Administration at the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) in San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A. Before that, Dr. Vequist was an executive for Methodist Healthcare (a billion dollar healthcare system in South & Central Texas) and previously was a consultant for Ernst & Young LLC.

Hideomi Yamada, International Medical Center, the University of Tokyo Hospital, Japan

Dr. Hideomi Yamada is a nephrology specialist and a lecturer for the International Medical Center at the University of Tokyo. He currently researches the issues about foreign patients in Japan. He is also a member of the research group for accreditation health interpreter, Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare Japan, and a task committee member of “Foreign patients for Tokyo Olympic game 2020”, Tokyo metropolitan city.