Join us for a distinctive, peer-to-peer, collaborative learning experience designed exclusively for hospital executives, surgeon leaders and program administrators.

September 5, 2018

Washington, DC


Uniquely orchestrated to demonstrate the value of collaboration, this one-day session will take you and your robotics team members on an immersive journey through the strategic planning process of your da Vinci® Surgery program while focused on helping to create a culture of efficiency and financial success.

Key learning objectives:

  • Create a positive financial impact on your overall program
  • Identify strategic information to help increase procedure throughput
  • Gather insight to strive for clinical and operational excellence
  • Engage and learn through peer-to-peer interactions

One member from each of the following groups is required to attend:

  • C–Level | CEO, COO, CFO, CMO
  • Strategic Operations | VP of Surgical Services, OR Directors, Data Analysts
  • Surgeon Champion | Any specialty responsible for the entire robotics program
  • Tactical Operations | Robotics Coordinators, OR Managers

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7:30 am 8:00 am Continental Breakfast


8:00 am 8:15 am

Welcome and Introductions
Donald Brandt, Marketing Manager, Programs | Intuitive

8:15 am 9:00 am

The Peer-to-Peer Experience: How to Maximize the Time Spent Today
Thomas Payne, MD, Medical Director & Robotics Program Surgeon Champion | Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery, Austin, TX

9:00 am 9:15 am Break


9:15 am 11:15 am



Turning Your Investment in Robotics into A Sustainable Program
Sherry Buxton, CSSO | Orlando Health, Orlando, FL


Value, Analytics and Accessing Your Market
Matt Carroll, Sr. Director Market Access and Custom Analytics | Intuitive

9:15 am 11:15 am

Strategic Operations


Moving from a Leader in the OR to a Leader in the Hospital
Gaby Moawad, MD, FACOG, Robotics Medical Director | George Washington University, Washington, DC


Best Practices and Strategies to Efficiency
John Dougherty, Sr. Director Global Genesis Programs | Intuitive

9:15 am 11:15 am

Tactical Operations


Deep Dive into the Nitty Gritty of OR Management
Kristie Shelhorse, BS, BSN, RN, CNOR, Robotics Program Administrator | Alliance Health Deaconess, Oklahoma City, OK


The Tools You Need to Help Be Successful in Developing Your Program
Jennifer Espinal, Genesis Training Manager | Intuitive


11:15 am 12:15 pm Lunch


12:15 pm 12:20 pm

Goal of the Afternoon
Donald Brandt, Marketing Manager, Programs | Intuitive

12:20 pm 12:40 pm

Mining Your Own Data: Evidence-based Change Management
Matt Carroll, Sr. Director Market Access and Custom Analytics | Intuitive

12:40 pm 12:50 pm

The Tools Your Need to be Successful in Developing Your Program
John Dougherty, Sr. Director Global Genesis Programs | Intuitive

12:50 pm 3:00 pm Hospital Group Activity
3:00 pm 3:45 pm

Three Things to Focus on After Leaving the P2P Session
Vicki Newmiller, CEO |Great Falls Clinic HealthCare System, Great Falls, MT

3:45 pm 4:00 pm

Closing Comments
Donald Brandt, Marketing Manager, Programs | Intuitive


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Sherry Buxton

CSSO, Orlando Health Hospital, Orlando, FL

Sherry Buxton is the Chief Surgical Services Officer for ORMC and the Adult Hospital Group. This includes ORMC Surgery, PACU, Sterile Processing, ACC Surgery, Endoscopy, Intraoperative Neuro Monitoring, Pain Management, and Anesthesia Support Depts. She is responsible for direct operations in each of these areas and has been in this role since 2003. Ms. Buxton has been part of the ORMC family since 1979 where she started her career as a new RN on the general surgical unit. Ms. Buxton has been in a leadership role since 1980, functioning in various capacities as an ANM and a Nursing Operations Manage for multiple units. Ms. Buxton graduated with a BSN from East Tennessee State University and received her Master’s in Business Administration from University of Phoenix in 2000. She is a member of the Florida Organization of Nurse Executives and a member of Sigma Theta Epsilon.

Matt Carroll

Sr. Director Market Access and Custom Analytics, Intuitive

Matt Carroll, Sr. Director Market Access and Custom Analytics s at Intuitive, has more than 16 years of evidence-based selling experience, working with key industry stakeholders and economic decision makers across the country. Prior to joining Intuitive, Mr. Carrol served as Director of Market Access at Baxter Healthcare’s Surgical Care Division working directly with regional and national IDN systems, Value Analysis Committees, Health Technology Assessment Committees, payers and policymakers to help breakdown market and patient access barriers.

Outside his professional career, Mr. Carroll proudly served his country in the United States Marines for 8 years, 4 years of which he served as a Squad Leader.

John Dougherty

Sr. Director Global Genesis Programs, Intuitive

John Dougherty, Sr. Director of Global Genesis Programs, joined Intuitive in July of 2007 from Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, PA, where he spent several years as the primary first assistant for da Vinci surgery. Since joining Intuitive, Mr. Dougherty has held several roles within the Customer Training, Product Education and Professional Services department, where he is currently responsible for all Genesis Program activities around the world. 

As a proud member of the Genesis team, Mr. Dougherty strives to help hospitals optimize quality, cost, and care by analyzing individual da Vinci programs and introducing best practices to help drive programmatic success.

Gaby Moawad, MD, FACOG

Robotics Medical Director, George Washington University, Washington, DC

Gaby Moawad, MD, FACOG is board-certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology. He is an assistant professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences. He completed an American Association of Laparoscopic Gynecologist (AAGL) fellowship in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery (MIGS) at The GW Medical Faculty Associates. He is a member of the gynecology team which participates in The MFA’s Menstrual Disorders Center and The Pelvic Floor Center.

Dr. Moawad completed his undergraduate medical training at the Lebanese University. He went on to excel during his four-year residency at The George Washington University, where he served as administrative chief resident in his final year of training. He received several awards, including the prestigious AAGL award for excellence in endoscopic surgery. Dr. Moawad is a published author and a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a member of the American Association of Laparoscopic Gynecologists.

Vicki Newmiller

CEO, Great Falls Clinic HealthCare System, Great Falls, MT

Vicki Newmiller is Chief Executive Officer for the Great Falls Clinic HealthCare System. She began her career with the Great Falls Clinic HealthCare System in 2008 as Director of Nursing at the Great Falls Clinic Medical Center. She was later appointed Administrator of the Great Falls Clinic Surgery Center in January 2010 and Chief Operating Officer/Director of Nursing at the Great Falls Clinic Medical Center in June 2010. Prior to joining the clinic team, Ms. Newmiller had amassed more than 20 years of administrative healthcare experience.

A native of Montana, Ms. Newmiller received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Montana State University, Bozeman and a Masters in Health Care Administration from Montana State University, Billings.

Thomas Payne, MD

Medical Director & Robotics Program Surgeon Champion, Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery, Austin, TX

Thomas Payne, MD serves as Executive Medical Director of The Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery. He is known nationally and internationally as a leader in the field of robotic-assisted gynecologic surgery. Dr. Payne serves as keynote speaker, panelist and faculty for conferences around the globe and has written and co-written numerous papers, text book chapters and journal articles regarding robotic-assisted surgery. His primary passions are to champion advancements in the surgical sciences and to perform, assist and teach complex robotic-assisted surgery. 

Dr. Payne's pioneering work as a surgeon and educator in over 1,000 da Vinci gynecologic cases has helped patients and surgeons worldwide to shape the present and future of dVgynecologic surgery. He received his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma, College of Medicine and completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Oklahoma, Health Sciences Center. He enjoyed a successful career at the Ochsner Clinic in Louisiana for the first 15 years of his career. Dr. Payne transferred to the Hospital Corporation of America in 2011 and has the privilege to serve as the Executive Medical Director of the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery located in Austin, Texas. He is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist and a Fellow with the American College of Gynecologists.

Kristie S. Shelhorse, BS, BSN, RN, CNOR

Robotics Program Administrator, Alliance Health Deaconess, Oklahoma City, OK

Kristie Shelhorse graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and a minor in Accounting in 2004. She then attended the School of Surgical Technology Autry Technology Center. Upon graduating as a certified surgical technician, she, then, applied for nursing school. Ms. Shelhorse graduated with an RN from Northern Oklahoma College in 2008 and received her Bachelor’s in Nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2014. She currently works as Robotics Program Administrator for Alliance Health Deaconess in Oklahoma.

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