UPMC leaders speaking at upcoming conferences

Return to in-person events is an opportunity to highlight UPMC innovation

UPMC leaders are returning to in-person events and speaking opportunities starting this month. After more than a year of virtual events caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, several marquee conferences will be held in-person.

UPMC physicians and technology leaders will travel to Las Vegas this month for the annual HIMSS conference, a weeklong event that is one of the largest conferences for the health IT industry.

Then in September, a premier scientific conference comes to Pittsburgh for the first time. The Precision Medicine World Conference East, sponsored by UPMC, University of Pittsburgh, and UCSF, will be held in downtown Pittsburgh on Sept. 23-24. Several UPMC and Pitt leaders will speak during the conference.

Learn more about these events and who’s speaking below. And if you missed some recent virtual events that featured speakers from UPMC Enterprises, we’ve provided links to their on-demand sessions at the bottom.


The HIMSS Global Health Conference & Exhibition bills itself as the “can’t-miss health information and technology event of the year,” and typically draws tens of thousands of professionals from the global health ecosystem to its weeklong event.

This year’s conference is Aug. 9-13 in Las Vegas. In addition to the in-person conference, HIMSS also is offering HIMSS21 Digital, a separate online-only extension of the conference. Learn more about HIMSS Digital.

At the conference in Las Vegas, UPMC speakers will discuss Center for Connected Medicine research on genomic data management and the role of MyUPMC in driving digital patient experience in women’s health.

Genomic Data in Health Systems: The Importance of an Enterprise-wide Strategy


  • Rob Bart, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer of UPMC
  • Philip Empey, PharmD, PhD, Associate Professor of Pharmacy and Therapeutics in the School of Pharmacy, University of Pittsburgh and Associate Director for Pharmacogenomics, UPMC Institute for Precision Medicine

When: Tuesday, August 10, 10-11 am PDT

What: Based on research from the Center for Connected Medicine, Dr. Bart and Dr. Empey will discuss the role of integrating genomic data across the health system and across a patient’s care journey as a key step in achieving the full promise of precision medicine, especially on a population health scale.

More information: https://www.himss.org/global-conference/session-genomic-data-health-systems-importance-enterprisewide-strategy

Digital Driving Patient Experience in Women’s Health


  • Glenn Updike, MD, Medical Director, Clinical Informatics, Women’s Health Service Line; Medical Director, MyUPMC, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Beth Quinn, MSN, Director, Women’s Health Operations, UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital

When: Wednesday, August 11, 11:30 am-12:30 pm PDT

What: Dr. Updike and Ms. Quinn will talk about MyUPMC and its importance for driving digital engagement with patients during pregnancy. The digital connections created through MyUPMC are leading to strengthened ties between doctors and patients, creating a better overall experience.

More information: https://www.himss.org/global-conference/session-digital-driving-patient-experience-womens-health

Precision Medicine World Conference East

Making its first appearance in Pittsburgh, the Precision Medicine World Conference (PMWC) East will feature more than 90 speakers over two days next month. Sponsored by UPMC, Pitt and UCSF, the PMWC East brings together leading researchers to showcase practical content that helps close the knowledge gap among different sectors of the precision medicine field.

Held at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown on Sept. 23-24, the program will feature presentations on barriers to the implementation of pharmacogenomics and newborn sequencing, updates on population scale genomic initiatives, development of liquid biopsies, artificial intelligence and learning health systems, and many other topics addressing challenges for the adoption of precision medicine.

Speakers from UPMC and Pitt include:

  • Derek Angus, MD, Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Vice President, UPMC
  • Philip Empey, PharmD, PhD, Associate Professor of Pharmacy and Therapeutics in the School of Pharmacy, University of Pittsburgh and Associate Director for Pharmacogenomics, Institute for Precision Medicine, University of Pittsburgh and UPMC
  • Adrian Lee, PhD, Director, Institute for Precision Medicine, University of Pittsburgh and UPMC
  • Anantha Shekhar MD, PhD, Senior Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences, and Dean of the School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh

More information and registration at https://www.pmwcintl.com/east/

CCM expert panel discussion

Also, the Center for Connected Medicine (CCM) presents a virtual expert panel discussion on August 26 at 3 p.m. ET featuring Dr. Lee and other leaders discussing “Population Scale Genomics.” LEARN MORE AND REGISTER.

Recent Virtual Events

While in-person events are ramping up, we wanted to highlight several recent virtual events that featured speakers from UPMC Enterprises. You can catch up with the on-demand versions of each of these events at the links below.

Webinar: Designing a Digital Patient Experience for the On-Demand Consumer

Becker’s Healthcare Life Sciences Virtual Event

Healthcare Innovation Mid-Atlantic Virtual Summit

The Intersection of Value and AI: Where Machines Can Make a Difference