Health care professionals.

How Can This Approach Help Resolve the
Most Complex Health Care Issues of Our Time?”

Monday, October 29, 2012
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

About the Program

This day-long program has been designed with the collaboration of the NIU Colleges of Business, Engineering, Health & Human Sciences, and Law. The program will focus on interdisciplinarity in the health care context, integrating theoretical perspectives and practical knowledge. Attendees will participate in role play scenarios and sessions that will apply intersectionality to a number of health care issues, such as compliance, finance, and patient safety. Attendees will benefit from discussions such as the importance of interdisciplinarity in solving complex real-world problems; successful integration of disciplines in the academy and in practice; best practices in interdisciplinarity; and the benefits of intersectionality beyond the classroom.

Program Brochure

Program Agenda

Who Should Attend

Health care administrators, health care providers, lawyers, academics in the Chicago land region (and beyond) would benefit from this program. Teams of professionals from organizations are encouraged to attend in order to learn and experience working among the various disciplines. The workshop will also benefit individuals who wish to advance their careers by developing management and leadership skills in business, clinical, operations, and legal aspects of healthcare.


Keynote Speakers

Lawrence O. Gostin
University Professor, Georgetown University

Jane L. Holl, MD, MPH
Northwestern University

Program Faculty

Stratis Bahaveolos
Senior Director of Strategic Planning 
Cadence Health

Elena Butkus
Regional Vice President, Government Affairs,
Mid-America Region

Shi-Jie (Gary) Chen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering
NIU College of Engineering and Engineering Technology

Marie Cleary-Fishman
Vice President, Performance Improvement
Illinois Hospital Association

John W. Fisk, J.D.
Law Office of Kenneth C. Chessick, M.D.

Karen H. Geller, R.N., J.D.
Director of Risk and Corporate Compliance and Privacy and Security Officer

Robert D. Geller, M.D.
Vice President of Medical Affairs

Charles R. Gowen III
Professor of Management
NIU College of Business

Mike Koetting
Department of Healthcare & Family Services
Deputy-Director for Planning & Reform Implementation

Kathleen L. McFadden, Ph.D.
Professor of Operations Management
NIU College of Business


Donna J. Munroe, Ph.D, RN
Professor, School of Nursing and Health Studies
NIU College of Health & Human Sciences

Jay R. Naftzger, J.D.
Practitioner in Residence
NIU College of Law

Thaddeus Nodzenski, Esq.
Vice President, Strategic & Business Development
Illinois Hospital Association

Susan Ritter
Executive Director of the Office of Patient Experience
The University of Chicago Medicine

Jennifer L. Rosato, J.D.
Dean and Professor
NIU College of Law

Liz Rosenberg
Executive Vice President Strategy and Administration
Cadence Health

Meredith A.G. Stange, J.D.
Legal Writing Instructor/Academic Success Program Coordinator
NIU College of Law

David A. Stone, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Research and Associate Professor
NIU Public Health

Barb Youngberg
Senior Lecturer in Residence
Loyola University Chicago School of Law





NIU Naperville
1120 E. Diehl Road 
Naperville, Illinois
Onsite check-in at Atrium.  


The regular $50 registration fee has been waived, sponsored by NIU College of Law.  Continental Breakfast and Lunch will be served. Free internet access available throughout the building.


Online registration
For questions, contact Outreach Registration Office by telephone at 815-753-0277 or by email at A map and driving directions will be available on the registration link.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

All requests must be submitted in writing to e-mail address: Cancellations made by October 12, 2012, are refundable except for a $10 administrative fee. After October 12, 2012, no refunds will be made for cancellation.

Continuing Education

6.5 contact hours are available for attending this workshop.
5.5 MCLE hours are available for attorneys.

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