2020 National Forum on Sepsis

Leading public health experts share their ideas on how we can do better in the fight against sepsis.

Thank you to all those who participated in the 6th National Forum on Sepsis!

The virtual 2020 National Forum on Sepsis addressed pressing questions about the future of sepsis care and prevention, including: How will the COVID-19 pandemic impact our approach to the prevention and diagnosis of sepsis? How are the two related? What tools and policies do we need to better address both conditions? What innovations are being developed during the current COVID-19 pandemic that could advance the fight to end sepsis?

Moderated by Dr. Martin Doerfler, Senior Vice President, Clinical Strategy and Development & Associate Chief Medical Officer, Northwell Health

Session 1: Sepsis & COVID-19–Lessons Learned
Public policy, clinical care, public awareness: How can the lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic be applied to the problem of sepsis? 

Speaker 1: Dr. Denise Cardo, Director, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, CDC

Speaker 2: Dr. Edward Conway, Chief of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Jacobi Medical Center Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Speaker 3: Ms. Catherine Chao, Director, Strategy and Evaluation, Ad Council 

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Session 2: Prove It! How Data Show Us What Works.
What we can learn from big data and how it can be applied in hospitals and inform state policies to improve outcomes for patients.

Speaker 1: Dr. Chris Seymour, Associate Professor of Critical Care Medicine and Emergency Medicine and Translational Science, University of Pittsburgh

Speaker 2: Dr. Mark Jarrett, Professor of Medicine, Chief Quality Officer and Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Northwell Health

Speaker 3: Dr. Marcus Friedrich, Chief Medical Officer of Quality and Patient Safety, NYS Department of Health.

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Session 3: Innovation, Education & Regulation–A Look to the Future.
How for-profit companies, hospital systems and government agencies can drive real change in the fight against sepsis.

Speaker 1: Dr. Timothy Buchman, Senior Advisor IPA to the Division of Research, Innovation and Ventures (DRIVe) Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), Professor of Surgery, Anesthesiology, and Biomedical Informatics, Emory University

Speaker 2: Dr. Jeremy Kahn, Professor of Critical Care Medicine and Health Policy & Management, Department of Critical Care Medicine, University of Pittsburgh

Speaker 3: Dr. Nirav Shah, Senior Scholar at the Center for Clinical Excellence Research, Stanford University 

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With opening remarks by Senator Charles Schumer