December 13-15, 2018

MedTech Impact 2018

Venetian/Palazzo Resort

Las Vegas, NV

(561) 893-8633

Category: Speaker

Speaker Spotlight: Dennis Robbins, M.P.H, Ph.D. | 2017 Conference Chair

Dennis Robbins (M.P.H. Harvard, Ph.D., Boston College) is a prominent innovator, thought leader, and health activist. His distinguished career spans multiple sectors of health, wellness, health care, industry, medical and surgical devices and technology, disruptive innovation, ethics and policy.  His initial work on patient-centric engagement and now person-centricity ™ has stimulated a major paradigmatic shift in how we think about health, healthcare, and next generation engagement across diverse ecosystems.

Dr. Robbins was a National Fund for Medical Education Fellow, Visiting Scholar and Research Fellow at Harvard. He has advised Presidential and White house commissions, the military health system, start-ups, two US Supreme Court Cases and chaired the PCMH 2.O national think tank where he created the concept of person-centricity™, to help people become and stay healthier while adding years to their lives and life to their years. He blends elements of health information technologies, ethics, behavioral economics, exercise physiology, sleep, mindfulness, and healthy eating to bend the sickness curve. He serves on the boards or advisory boards of several companies and national organizations including the Global Innovation and Leadership Council of Frost and Sullivan and the American Heart Assn’s Technology and Innovation Advisory Board.

Dr. Robbins was a major force in the early Hospice Movement and worked closely across both aisles and CMS in helping to promote the Hospice Medicare benefit. His legacy of nine books and more than 400 articles is complimented by a plethora keynote presentations and panels. He has been recognized in the national media in such publications as Forbes, Medical Economics, Modern Healthcare, Hospital Ethics, and Managed Healthcare Executive who depicted him as among the top ten keenest thinkers in Managed Care.


Dr. Robbins serves as the Conference Chair for the MedTech Impact Expo & Conference, December 14-15, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV.  He will lead a number of sessions on the agenda: Leveraging Technology and Person-Centricity to Help People Add Years to Their Lives and Life to Their YearsImpacting Clinical Outcomes with Innovation and Technology (Panel); and Medtech Challenges and Opportunities. Review the full agenda.




Speaker Spotlight: Amanda Goltz

Amanda L. Goltz, MPA is the Vice President of Digital Innovation at BTG, a global medtech firm, managing the portfolio of digital initiatives combining clinical interventions, device technology, and digital services to incorporate the patient experience and improve measurable outcomes.  Previously, Amanda was the Director of Product Strategy and Innovation at Aetna, sourcing emerging solutions from the digital health and innovative networks marketplace, pairing them with employer clients, and directing implementation of the solutions at scale.

Amanda has also managed the Innovation and Consumer Engagement portfolio at Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH), a coalition of 60 employers who collectively provide self-funded health coverage to over 10M employees and dependents at an annual cost of $12B.  Prior to PBGH, Amanda was senior advisor to the national healthcare practice at Manatt Health Solutions.  From 2005 to 2009, Amanda served as Program Director at Partners Healthcare, the integrated delivery network founded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, managing a system-wide quality improvement initiatives.  Amanda advises several start-up companies as a mentor at 500Startups, Rock Health, and StartXMed, health and life sciences incubator for Stanford University.   Amanda received her MPA in Health Finance and Management from New York University and her BA from Columbia College of Columbia University.

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Amanda will host a session, ‘How Much Should We Pay for Healthcare? Technology’s Answer to Measuring Value’, on Friday, December 15 (10:05 a.m.) at the upcoming MedTech Impact Expo & Conference.




Speaker Spotlight: Nikhil Krishnan

Nikhil Krishnan is a research analyst at CB Insights. His research focuses on biotechnology/drug development, digital health, autonomous vehicles, and consumer products. He is a graduate from Columbia University, and has worked at several other startups in the past, including Relationship Science, Global Thermostat, and Uber. His research has been featured several times in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, New York Times, and Reuters.

Nikhil Krishnan, CB Insights

Nikhil publishes a weekly digital health newsletter, with content focussed on examining how startups and corporations are approaching the intersection of healthcare and technology.

Sign up for access to these briefings:

Apple in Healthcare

Genomics, CRISPR, and the Future of Personalized Medicine

The Digital Hospital: 80+ companies Reinventing Medicine in One Infographic

The Disruption of Digital Health

Nikhil will host a session, Healthcare 2.0: Macrotrends Shaping Healthcare Delivery, on Thursday, December 14 (9:05 a.m.) at the upcoming MedTech Impact Expo & Conference.  For more information and to review the full agenda, click here.

Speaker Spotlight: Amy Dixon

Amy Dixon is a Patient Advocate, Elite Paratriathlete, and motivational speaker, speaking on television and radio and at seminars around the world, on subjects pertaining to triumph over adversity, leadership, team work, rare disease management, patient advocacy, and how to achieve a full life despite devastating setbacks.

Amy Dixon, Patient Advocate, Elite Paratriathlete, and motivational speaker

Amy lost 98% of her sight due to a rare type of Uveitis (an inflammatory autoimmune eye disease), and now travels the world with her guide dog Woodstock by her side, speaking to groups about her passion for empowering patients to educate and advocate for themselves in the face of illness and disease. She is the Vice President of Glaucoma Eyes International Organization, where she serves as a coach and mentor to many visually impaired athletes, eye disease and autoimmune disease patients, helping them live lives beyond their disability and disease through her vast resources and expertise.

She is a Certified Wine Specialist from the Society of Wine Educators, with 20 years’ experience as a wine expert and educator, a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Institute for Public Speaking and Leadership.

Amy is also an elite Paratriathlete, 2016 USA Paratriathlon National Team Member, and currently ranked #3 in the world in the sport of Paratriathlon as a visually impaired female.  Last year, she founded Camp “No Sight No Limits” to train more blind athletes to become elite in the sport, ensuring the future of blind triathlon in the USA.  Amy also is the currently ITU Aquathlon World Champion.  She is currently racing and training to make the US Team for the Tokyo Paralympics in 2020.

Amy speaks about empowering yourself to overcome obstacles, such as illness, injury and professional challenges by educating yourself and becoming an expert in what challenges you. She shows why building the right team and utilizing technology is the key to success in life, and life with rare disease.  Her message, “One does not need sight to have vision,” powerfully reflects her determination to succeed in all aspects of her professional and personal and athletic life.

On Friday, December 15, at 1:00pm, Amy will join MedTech Impact 2017 Conference Chair Dennis Robbins, M.P.H, Ph.D, and fellow panelists Jennifer Joe, M.D., CEO & Founder,; Rain Henderson, Advisor, Clinton Foundation; and Peter Tippett, M.D., Ph.D., CEO, HealthCelerate, for a discussion around becoming a vanguard rather than a victim when faced with uncertainty and adversity.  For more information, visit

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