Why should you attend?

  • Advance your understanding of current issues affecting the delivery of healthcare.
  • See how new technologies are impacting the future of medicine.
  • Collaborate with as many as 400 top physicians and other practitioners from throughout the state of Oklahoma.
  • Enjoy food, beverages, live music and networking at the EXPO Opening Reception and Evening Party.


  • Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center, Norman, OK
  • smoore@explorehealthcaresummit.com
  • 405.815.4817
  • August 8-9, 2019
  • Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center
  • Norman, OK
  • smoore@explorehealthcaresummit.com
  • 405.815.4817
  • August 8-9, 2019

2019 Keynote Speakers

John O’Leary

Live Inspired


    Army Ranger (ret) involved in Black Hawk Down Missions, Award-Winning Country Music Artist

      Graham Billingham, MD, FACEP, FAAEM

      Chief Medical Officer of MedPro Group

        Phil Hansen

        Internationally recognized artist, author and innovator

          Jonathan Koch

          Emmy Award-winning television producer and hand transplant recipient


            Live Inspired

            John was a curious nine-year-old boy. Playing with fire and gasoline, he created a massive explosion in his garage and was burned on 100% of his body. Given less than a 1% chance of survival, John is proof of the power of the human spirit. His unlikely recovery meant a journey of pain and loss that could have easily been insurmountable. But his experience wasn’t alone. You’ll be moved from tears to laughter as John highlights the intimate involvement of those that helped him along the way. From a dedicated Hall of Fame sports announcer to a visionary burn nurse (and countless others), every individual involved in the 1987 fire and its aftermath teaches us this truth—one person can make a profound difference in the lives of others. Using his fire story as a backdrop, John will inspire you to take back your life, see the abundant possibility within your professional and personal challenges, and change the world.

            John O’Leary
            Bestselling author and speaker


            The term “Embrace the Shake” is coined from Artist Phil Hansen’s personal story of transformation. After developing a career-ending tremor in his drawing hand, Phil embraced his “shake” both physically and metaphorically by redefining his limitation as an impetus for creativity. Phil not only restored his artistic abilities, he became a much more creative and innovative artist than ever before. Upon sharing his message on the TED stage and millions subsequently after, “Embrace the Shake” has become a motto for many businesses to approach their limitations in a new way. Phil’s powerful message of finding creativity within limitations will inspire you to stop looking on the outside, and start looking inside yourself for resources that can transform your challenges into opportunities for success. Like Phil’s art, “Embrace the shake” isn’t just a talk, it’s an experience! Through jaw-dropping visuals and LIVE interactive art, get ready to break preconceived assumptions, activate your creative capacity, and bring fresh ways of viewing the task at hand that will culminate with success.

            Phil Hansen
            Internationally recognized artist, author and innovator

            DOAC: DOs and DON'Ts

            "The prevalence of atrial fibrillation and VTE in the US is increasing. In 2009, a new class of oral anticoagulants became available for the treatment of atrial fibrillation and venous thromboembolism, the direct oral anticoagulants. Provider practice has become more challenging in regards to selecting the appropriate anticoagulant not only for specific indications but also with the awareness of contraindications and dosage adjustments. Although there are many advantages to DOAC therapy, careful assessment of individual patients and their underlying disease pathology and organ impairment is imperative to assure safe use. Join Dr. Som as she presents the latest clinical data and indications for use of DOACs.

            Mo Sam, MD

            Exploring the Path of Private Practice

            This session is designed to provide education to physicians and other healthcare providers that have an interest in learning more about the options of owning their own private practice or expanding their current practice. Whether the attendee is an existing practice owner looking to expand or an associate who would like to look at practice ownership options, this session will provide the practical steps and strategies empowering them to not only envision the possibilities--but to take action in regards to practice ownership.

            Alexandra Kohrs

            This presentation will focus on medical malpractice trends from the past, present and future. Dr. Billingham will explore the historical origins of malpractice and their impact on medical practice. Current trends in both frequency and severity will be examined as well as the ‘lessons learned’ from these claims. Lastly, we will look into the future to see where emerging risk will come from with the changing healthcare platform and explosion of new technology such as artificial intelligence in medicine.

            Graham Billingham, MD

            Legal Update 2019

            Join us for an overview of valuable information regarding current legal issues facing physicians and other healthcare providers. Experienced defense attorneys, L. Earl Ogletree, Esq and Malinda Matlock, Esq will present topics important to the practice of medicine and discuss strategies to manage both ongoing and newly identified risks faced by providers in this evolving healthcare environment. The speakers will discuss the current medical-legal landscape regarding new trends and tactics in medical/legal litigation. They will explore strategies to address potential risk points and mitigate these to improve patient outcomes and experience as well as protect the provider from litigation.

            Melinda Matlock, Esq

            L. Earl Ogletree, Esq

            Sorry Works!

            This presentation will provide an overview of disclosure and apology principles using cases and real-world examples. Audience members will learn how to run to a problem and stay connected with consumers, even after crippling injuries or deaths potentially caused by medical errors. The presentation will show attendees how to implement disclosure principles in their practices and keep the culture alive going forward.

            Doug Wojcieszak

            The role of human cognitive bias in decision-making has been the recent subject of a large branch of psychology. Cognitive bias can be a positive or negative factor in reaching a conclusion. From an early age, we all use our experience to guide our future decisions, and those experiences form the way we analyze an issue. As applied to a physician’s practice, cognitive bias can influence a diagnosis or treatment plan virtually without the recognition that an error has been made. This presentation will examine both System I (rapid) and System II (slow) thinking and the role of each in everyday practice, to build in attitudes and systems that help us check the accuracy of our conclusions. Finally, basic human values, both ethical and moral, can form the “floor” to our analysis of any problem.

            Curtis Harris, MD, JD

            MPL: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

            This presentation will focus on medical malpractice trends from the past, present and future. Dr. Billingham will explore the historical origins of malpractice and their impact on medical practice. Current trends in both frequency and severity will be examined as well as the ‘lessons learned’ from these claims. Lastly, we will look into the future to see where emerging risk will come from with the changing healthcare platform and explosion of new technology such as artificial intelligence in medicine.

            Graham Billingham, MD, FACEP, FAACM
            Chief Medical Officer of the MedPro Group

            Jonathan Koch went from a minimum wage restaurant mascot to a multi-millionaire Hollywood television producer in a matter of years. He went from healthy, vibrant, and a picture of fitness to imminent death in just moments. Jonathan found himself in a harrowing battle against a sudden and deadly illness that threatened his life and left him with amputations of all or part of each of his limbs. When his ICU Doctor said to him “You’re probably going to do die tonight,” he decided to fight back. In this passionate, honest talk, Mr. Koch shares the pain, laughter, love, loss, and the rare type of resilience that inspires audiences from of all ages and stations. Jonathan reveals the secrets behind how he physically and psychologically prepared himself since the age of eleven for a vicious fight he never saw coming. Mr. Koch will focus on the patient’s journey, highlighting how a resilient team of dedicated, skilled health care professionals can work with their patient as partners to triumph over a challenging rare illness. It will illuminate the patient’s perspective on care, the pain and grief associated with illness, and the power of resilience to fuel recovery and restored independence. Jonathan’s inspiring story will spotlight how health care providers can emphasize resilience in the care setting, not just for their patients struggling to overcome illness, but also for themselves.

            Jonathan Koch
            Emmy Award-winning Television Producer and hand transplant recipient

            The Ranger motto is Rangers Lead the Way. Leadership is the core of every skill developed as a Ranger. But, leadership is not a position but rather an example set by every Ranger. Whether approaching the beaches of Normandy or the mountain ranges of Afghanistan, the world is made better when leadership is owned by each member of the team. Keni Thomas’ stories of Task Force Ranger are extraordinary examples of leadership. And, the stories are not about Generals, Colonels or Captains. For example, Private David Floyd was in charge of one person that day—himself. But his leadership and example saved lives. In the pace of life, it is easy to lose perspective on our value to others. Make no mistake—your presence is crucial! The individuals to the left and right are directly affected by the result of your actions. Each team is a puzzle with invaluable pieces. When you raise your hand or assume a task, you have put on the “uniform.” Duty follows that responsibility. Good is never enough because better is expected. Keni helps attendees see themselves in the light of extraordinary. It is a choice made by many each day to impact those around them. It is the ultimate definition of LEADING the WAY…

            Keni Thomas
            Army Ranger (ret) involved in Black Hawk Down Missions, Award-Winning Country Music Artist


            Sexual Misconduct: Prevention and Reporting Strategies

            Sexual harassment claims have dominated news coverage in the last several years, and healthcare practitioners are not immune from the scrutiny and growing number of reported incidents of alleged sexual misconduct. Any allegation can create serious adverse consequences to the practitioner with often irreparable harm to their reputation. Catastrophic actions can include criminal and civil litigation and licensing board investigations and actions. This program will address how healthcare practitioners and organizations can proactively develop and implement best practices to mitigate this risk with specific attention to policies, protocols and procedures that address education and training, chaperoning protocols, allegation reporting, investigation and management and documentation.

            Joyce Bruce, RN, MSN, JD, CPHRM



            This is probably the best conference I’ve ever been to. The motivational speakers are outstanding. You’re just left with a really good feeling. And then the professional part of the program was outstanding as well. Some really top-notch speakers and their specialties and I felt like I learned a whole lot.
            David Lovelace, DOEmergency Physician
            I choose to come to EXPLORE because it’s well put together. It’s been organized from the top down very well. Every year the speakers have been very good. It makes me think beyond medicine. Sometimes it’s about adventure, sometimes it’s about crises but each time it pulls us out of our silos of medicine and puts it into a different mind thought. I also enjoy the camaraderie of people that I don’t see for maybe once a year, but people I’ve known for maybe 20 to 30 years.
            Andrew Gin, MDNeurologist
            EXPLORE provides a great avenue to meet with physicians and healthcare workers around the state to educate them on some of the newer things we have as far as technology and advances in treatment for cancer. PLICO has done a great job with this conference and getting their brand name out there.
            Ryan AlleyPhysicians Relations, Cancer Treatment Centers of America

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