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KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Jeff Bauman
Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor and National Hero

On April 15, 2013 Jeff Bauman stood at the finish line of the Boston Marathon eagerly awaiting his girlfriend Erin, who was running in support of a local charity.  As he waited, an ominous looking man dressed in dark clothing appeared, and Jeff immediately had a sinking feeling. The man who seemed so out of place on such a festive day dropped a black backpack only feet away from Bauman and moments later, the first of two explosions rocked Boylston Street.

Jeff was gravely injured, losing both of his legs along with other serious injuries.  Despite being somewhat delirious and in shock, he still remembered the man in dark clothing with whom he’d made eye contact with. When he arrived at the hospital, he told officers and medical staff that he knew who did it, but he was rushed into the emergency room and into surgery so quickly that he didn’t have time to share the details. When Jeff woke up, he started talking, a sketch artist started drawing, and soon the FBI had identified the two suspects. Jeff Bauman went from a normal 27 year old Costco employee, musician and Boston sports fan, to national hero. Since that tragic day, Jeff has remained a beacon of hope, strength and resilience.  

  C. Dean Kurth, MD
Anesthesiologist-in-Chief
Professor and Chair, Department of Anesthesiology
and Critical Care Medicine
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Dr. Kurth received his MD from the University of Wisconsin and completed residencies in pediatrics at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and anesthesia at the University of Florida. He also completed a pediatric anesthesia and pediatric cardiac fellowship at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and a postdoctoral research fellowship in cerebrovascular physiology at the University of Pennsylvania. He was faculty at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine from 1989 to 2002. During the first few years of his career, he investigated anesthetics on respiratory control in Infants. For the next 15 years, he studied cerebral hypoxia-ischemia related to congenital heart disease and developed the technology, near infrared spectroscopy to monitor cerebral oxygenation at the bedside. From 2002 to 2016, he was the Anesthesiologist-in-Chief at Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Professor of Anesthesia and Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. During those years, he used quality improvement science to advance pediatric anesthesia care at Cincinnati Children's and other departments, writing and speaking on this topic frequently around the world. In 2010, he was elected to the Board of the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia and served on the board for 4 years. From 2008 to 2015, he was a principal founder and President of “Wake up safe”, a patient safety organization for the Society of Anesthesiology from 2008-2010 and 2014-2016. In 2009 he founded the Pediatric Anesthesia Leadership Council of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the leadership organization for pediatric anesthesia, and served as president until 2014. Dr. Kurth became Chairman of the department of anesthesiology and critical care medicine and the Anesthesiologist-in-Chief at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in July of 2016. He is also a Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care and Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

GUEST SPEAKER
  Charles J. Cote, MD

Dr. Cote is the former Director of Clinical Pediatric Research at the Mass General Hospital for Children, Massachusetts General Hospital and Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School. His research focuses on clinical anesthesia of children. Dr. Cote has published broadly in this area, including the textbook, A Practice of Anesthesia for Infants and Children, 5th Edition.

Dr. Cote is board-certified in Anesthesiology, and Pediatrics, with a special certificate in Critical Care Medicine.  He holds a medical degree from Albany Medical School, and completed residencies in pediatrics at Boston Floating Hospital for Infants and Children at Tufts New England Medical Center and in anesthesiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He also completed a fellowship in pediatric anesthesiology and critical care at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.