Join us at the National Executive Session and gain insight into the value of your investment through, one-on-one interactions and engagement with industry thought leaders.

Event Highlights: What You Can Expect form this Forum

August 2-3, 2018

Nashville, TN


Recommended for all robotics program stakeholders, from executives to full robotics teams, this instructional experience is thoughtfully created to promote exploration into key performance indicators that can help drive and support a successful and sustainable da Vinci® Surgery program.

Key learning objectives:

  • Building a successful robotics program
  • Identifying key metrics that drive efficiency
  • Understanding the economic value of da Vinci technology

All hospital roles and robotics team members are encouraged to attend

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1:30 pm 4:30 pm

Comprehensive Tissue Experience
da Vinci X & Xi Surgical Systems, with Advanced Technology


6:00 pm 8:00 pm

Hands-on GEN4 Technology Experience and Reception
Future innovations | Cocktails and refreshments will be provided



7:00 am 7:45 am Continental Breakfast


7:45 am 8:00 am

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

8:00 am 8:30 am

Maximizing Your Investment by Focusing on the Right Initiatives
Sonia Wellman, RN, BSN, MBA, FACHE , CEO | Memorial Hospital of Tampa, Tampa, FL

8:30 am 9:00 am

Cost, Outcomes and Data: What the Colorectal Surgeon is Thinking
Mark Soliman, MD, Colorectal Surgeon | Colon & Rectal Clinic of Orlando, Orlando, FL

9:00 am 9:30 am

The Patient Experience and Advanced Clinical Outcomes: The Value of Investing in Your Thoracic Program
Luis Herrera, MD, Thoracic Surgeon | Orlando Health, Orlando, FL

9:30 am 9:45 am Panel Q&A
9:45 am 10:15 am

Mining Your Own Data: The Value of Evidence-Based Preoperative Change Management
Matt Carroll, Sr. Director of U.S. Market Access and Custom Analytics | Intuitive

10:15 am 11:30 am Interactive Networking Session: Data Hub & GEN4 Technology
11:30 am 12:30 pm Lunch Break
12:30 pm 1:00 pm

The Value of a Multispecialty Robotics Program
Mark Delworth, MD, Chief of Surgery & Robotics Program Surgeon Champion | TriHealth Bethesda North, Cincinnati, OH

1:00 pm 1:30 pm

Utilizing Data for Strategic Decision Making
Seth A. Rosen, MD, FASCR Robotics Chair & Surgeon Champion | Emory Healthcare, Atlanta, GA

1:30 pm 1:45 pm Panel Q&A


1:45 pm 3:15 pm

Robotic-Assisted Bariatric Surgery & Program Efficiency Best Practices


The Value of Building a Bariatric Robotics Service Line
Richard L. DiCicco, MD Bariatric Surgeon | Memorial Hospital, Tampa, FL


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

1:45 pm 3:15 pm

Building a Sustainable Standalone Program


Creative Financial Strategies to Enhance Minimally Invasive Surgery Options in a Competitive Market
Vicki Newmiller CEO | Great Falls Clinic HealthCare System, Great Falls, MT


Strategic Acquisition Solutions for da Vinci Technology
Nick Santore Sr. Director of Customer Finance & Pricing, Intuitive

1:45 pm 3:15 pm

Operational Program Management


A Multi-Specialty Deep Dive into Program Management
Kelli Brooks, Executive Director of Perioperative Services | Cabell Hospital, Huntington, WV
Heidi Hamady, Robotics Program Administrator |Cabell Hospital, Huntington, WV


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


3:15 pm 3:30 pm

Closing Comments
Donald Brandt, Marketing Manager, Programs | Intuitive


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Kelli Brooks

Executive Director of Perioperative Services, Cabell Hospital, Huntington, WV


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.

Mark Delworth, MD

Medical Director & Robotics Program Surgeon Champion, TriHealth Bethesda North Hospital, Cincinnati, OH

Mark Delworth, MD is the Director of Robotics at Bethesda North Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio and was recently promoted to System Chief of Surgery for TriHealth. Since incorporating da Vinci into his practice in 2004, he has completed over 2000 procedures.

Dr. Delworth graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1988 and received his surgical and urology training at the University of Kentucky. He subsequently completed a Fellowship in Urologic Oncology from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Jennifer Espinal

Genesis Training Manager, Intuitive

Jennifer Espinal is a Genesis Training Manager at Intuitive. She joined the Intuitive team in October 2010 following her active-duty service in the United States Navy as a Service Warfare Officer with a concentration in Engineering. Upon joining Intuitive, Ms. Espinal assisted with the opening of the Hartford Hospital Lab, training more than 215 da Vinci users. In 2012, she transitioned to the Genesis team and has shared her expertise with approximately 100 da Vinci Surgery Programs worldwide. Ms. Espinal strives to help hospitals optimize quality, cost, and care through analysis of individual da Vinci programs and the introduction of best practices to help ensure programmatic success.

Richard L. DiCicco, MD

Bariatric Surgeon, Memorial Hospital, Tampa, FL


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.

Heidi Hamady

Robotics Program Administrator, Cabell Hospital, Huntington, WV


Luis Herrera, MD

Thoracic Surgeon, Orlando Health, Orlando, FL

Luis Herrera, MD is the Section Head, Division of Thoracic Surgery at the UF Health Cancer Center at Orlando Health. He received his medical degree with honors from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and then completed his general surgery residency at the University of Pittsburgh. He then pursued a fellowship in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and the Texas Heart Institute. He holds faculty appointments at the University of Florida, University of Central Florida and Florida State University.

Dr. Herrera has expertise and clinical interest in all aspects of thoracic oncology, minimally invasive thoracic surgery and is an expert in robotic thoracic surgery. He is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, the General Thoracic Surgical Club and the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer.

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.

Seth A, Rosen, MD, FASCRS

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Dr. Seth Rosen received his MD at New York University School of Medicine in 1996. He completed a general surgery residency at the University of Chicago, where he developed an interest in inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal cancer.  Dr. Rosen pursued further training in colorectal surgery, completing a residency in colon and rectal surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Florida in 2002.

Following his training, Dr. Rosen joined Atlanta Colon & Rectal Surgery, working in private practice for 13 years.  During this time, Dr. Rosen developed an interest in robotic-assisted colorectal surgery.  He joined the faculty of the Emory University School of Medicine in 2015, and now spends a considerable amount of his time performing, teaching and developing new techniques related to robotic-assisted colon and rectal surgery.  He is considered a center of excellence for Robotic Colorectal Surgery.  As the Chair of Emory Healthcare’s Robotic Surgery Committee he has directed initiatives related to robotic surgery credentialing and privileging, resident education, clinical quality and research.

Nick Santore

Sr. Director Customer Finance & Pricing, Intuitive

Nick Santore joined Intuitive in 2013. During his tenure, he has served in a variety of rolls, including Director Global Pricing and Vice President Key Accounts. In his current position, he is spearheading the company’s initiative to further develop its customer finance solutions, providing expanded access to Intuitive technologies.  

Mr. Santore began his healthcare finance career in 1997 and for more than 20 years has consulted with medical facilities, assisting with acquisitions ranging from blood analyzers to the construction of new cancer clinics. He has assisted hospitals with expanding or starting more than 700 robotics programs allowing surgeons and patients access to da Vinci technology.  

Mr. Santore graduated from Wesley College in Dover, DE, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with an emphasis in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Mark Soliman

Colorectal Surgeon, Colon & Rectal Clinic of Orlando, Orlando, FL

Mark Soliman, MD is Board Certified by both the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and the American Board of Surgery. He attended the University of Florida and was a part of the Junior Honors Medical Program, graduating with his Bachelors and Medical Degrees by the age of 23 as magna cum laude. He did his surgical residency at Baptist Health in Birmingham, Alabama and completed his fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at the Colon and Rectal Clinic of Orlando.

Dr. Soliman is the Chairman of Surgery at Florida Hospital Altamonte and is as an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Central Florida. He is the Program Director of the Minimally Invasive and Robotic Colon and Rectal Surgical fellowship and additionally is the Associate Program Director at the Colon and Rectal Clinic of Orlando’s colorectal Surgical Residency.

On a national level, Dr. Soliman helped develop the standardized training curriculum used by the Association of Program Directors of Colon and Rectal Surgery (APDCRS) and is lead faculty in training courses for robotic certification of colorectal surgical residents.

Dr. Soliman specializes in advanced robotic colorectal surgery for benign and malignant disease, and evolving techniques in minimally invasive surgery

In his spare time, Dr. Soliman enjoys life with his wife and two children, is an avid photographer, and is very active in his church.

Sonia Wellman, RN, BSN, MBA, FACHE

CEO, Memorial Hospital of Tampa, Tampa, FL

Prior to her appointment in February 2017 as Memorial Hospital of Tampa’s Chief Executive Officer, Sonia Wellman was the Chief Operations Officer and Ethics & Compliance Officer for Oak Hill Hospital. 

Mrs. Wellman has served as a healthcare executive for over 26 years in the acute care hospital setting. Her career began as a Registered Nurse in Miami, Florida at Jackson Memorial Hospital – University of Miami Health Systems where she held positions in Nursing Leadership, Education, and Research & Development. She completed her BSN and MBA while working full-time in various managerial roles.

After locating to West Florida, Mrs. Wellman served as an Executive for Health Management Associates, where she was involved with the opening of a new community hospital and providing executive leadership for a multi-campus healthcare system.

Mrs. Wellman joined HCA in 1999 as Chief Nursing Officer and in 2002 was promoted to Chief Operations and Nursing Officer.  At Oak Hill she has led the implementation of Open Heart Services, Hospitalist, Women’s Diagnostic Services and numerous expansion projects in excess of $100 million dollars required to manage the hospital’s ongoing growth. Most recently as the Ethics & Compliance Officer she was awarded the Top Performer with HCA West Florida Division for Ethics & Compliance.

Professionally Mrs. Wellman is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and was actively involved in Hernando County as the Chair of the Greater Hernando Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of Leadership Hernando and Leadership Citrus. In 2010 she was awarded the Glass Ceiling Award by the Hernando County Business and Professional Women’s Organization.  Mrs. Wellman and her husband Travis both enjoy time with their family and on the golf course.

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