Featured Speakers & Sessions

Featured Speakers



Walter Bond 

Walter Bond

Opening General Session | Saturday, March 28

Walter Bond is a dynamic personality who has reached the pinnacle in a diverse range of fields: NBA athlete and broadcaster, Food Network TV host, and successful Business Coach. He knows how to take control, make winning decisions, and create a culture of success. Hospitals and hospital systems are very similar to sports teams. Like sports, healthcare operates by a few basic fundamentals. Do you know what they are? Do you know what’s required of you to get to the next level? Being fundamentally sound means you pay attention to every detail in your business and industry. You take criticism and use it to your advantage. You know your competition and you don’t stop no matter what. Competition in today’s healthcare is fierce, as it is in any business. As registered nurses, you have the advantage of being identified by the public as a member of the most trusted profession. Walter will teach you strategies to boost confidence and create buy in, engagement, and ultimately, accountability. Bottom line is…You have to MASTER the Fundamentals. This includes mindset, continuous improvement, taking control, and following a solid strategy.


Marty Makary, MD, MPH, FACS will be speaking at the AORN Global Surgical Conference and Expo 2020 

Elizabeth Iro, MHSc, MBA, RN, RM

Jerry G. Peers Lectureship — Celebrating 2020, The Year of the Nurse and Midwife: In Honor of Florence Nightingale’s 200th Birthday | Sunday, March 29

AORN is pleased to present the Jerry G. Peers keynote speaker, Elizabeth Iro, the first Chief Nursing Officer at the WHO. Elizabeth has more than 30 years of experience as a nurse. For the first 25 years of her career, she was a staff nurse, midwife, and charge midwife at hospitals in the Cook Islands and New Zealand. She has held the positions of CNO and Acting Director of Hospital Health Services for the Cook Islands, Cook Islands Secretary of Health, and President of the Cook Islands Nurses Association. Elizabeth is an innovator and visionary. In her role as WHO’s CNO, she focuses on building up nursing’s voice globally. She is bringing groups together to work to ensure more visibility and value for nurses’ and midwives’ contributions to healthcare services. Elizabeth will deliver an inspirational message focusing on the role of one of the most trusted professions in the achievement of healthcare for all people. In the year 2020, when Florence Nightingale, turns 200, we will be reminded of nursing’s roots and Florence’s contribution to healthcare. You will leave this session renewed in your understanding of the impact of nurses worldwide and energized to make a difference in your role as a perioperative nurse.


Marty Makary, MD, MPH, FACS will be speaking at the AORN Global Surgical Conference and Expo 2020 

Marty Makary, MD, MPH, FACS

Leadership Summit Keynote | Saturday, March 28

Marty Makary, MD, MPH, FACS, a New York Times best-selling author, John Hopkins surgeon, and health policy expert, will share insights on the complex issues impacting the U.S. healthcare system and innovative solutions to address them. Dr. Makary regularly contributes to The Wall Street Journal and USA Today and is a frequent medical commentator of NBC and FOX News, commenting on the healthcare cost crisis, the impact of new technology, and interpreting the latest medical research for everyday consumers. He has written extensively on organizational culture, the science of measuring quality in medicine, and healthcare reform. Dr. Makary is principle investigator of a Robert Wood Foundation Grant to lower healthcare costs in the U.S., director of The Center for Opioid Research and Education, and founder of SolveTheCrisis.org, a website that shares expert opioid prescribing recommendations for common medical procedures for clinicians and patients.


Ann B. Geier, MS, RN, CNOR(E), CASC will be speaking at the AORN Global Surgical Conference and Expo 2020 

Ann B. Geier, MS, RN, CNOR(E), CASC

EHR Adoption by Surgery Centers | Monday, March 30 AND ASC Summit Financial Workshop | Saturday, March 28

Ann B. Geier has worked in the ASC industry for over 30 years. She has been responsible for every aspect of financial and clinical operations and has been a surveyor for Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) since 2006. Currently, she is chief nursing officer for Surgical Information Systems, the largest provider of software, billing, and professional services for outpatient facilities. Ann's extensive clinical background is in the OR, where she served in every capacity. She is an active member of AORN and ASCA; and served on the Board of Directors of AAAHC until April 2018. She is secretary/treasurer of BASC Board of Directors, which oversees the CASC and CAIP certifications.


Lisa Spruce, DNP, RN, CNS-CP, CNOR, ACNS, ACNP, FAAN, will be speaking at the AORN Global Surgical Conference and Expo 2020 


Surgical Attire Guideline Changes and Implementation | Saturday, March 28

Dr. Lisa Spruce is the Director of Evidence Based Perioperative Practice for AORN where she is responsible for the overall leadership, development, evaluation, and maintenance of the products, services, and guidelines for perioperative practice developed by AORN's Nursing Practice team and AORN's research information center. Dr. Spruce led the process for producing the AORN evidence appraisal tools and model, which helps translate literature-based interventions into systematic, evidence-based guidelines, thus raising the bar for perioperative standards. Dr. Spruce has authored two of AORN's national guidelines, which are used throughout the US and many other countries, to inform perioperative nursing practice. Dr. Spruce is a board-certified acute care nurse practitioner, adult clinical nurse specialist, perioperative clinical nurse specialist, and a certified nurse operating room. Dr. Spruce serves as the AORN representative to the American Academy of Nursing's Choosing Wisely campaign and was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in October 2016.


Hassan A. Tetteh, MD, MBA, FACS, FACHE will be speaking at the AORN Global Surgical Conference and Expo 2020 

Hassan A. Tetteh, MD, MBA, FACS, FACHE

ASC Summit | Sunday, March 29

Dr. Hassan A. Tetteh will share his personal experience, both as a patient whose life was saved, as well as a physician who saves lives. His inspirational presentation will inspire you to redefine what it means to heal and reignite your passion when caring for your patients. Dr. Tetteh is an associate professor of surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, adjunct faculty at Howard University College of Medicine, and served as division lead for Futures and Innovation at Navy Medicine’s Headquarters, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow from 2012–13, assigned to the U.S. Congress, Congressional Budget Office (CBO), and served as assistant deputy commander for Healthcare Operations and Strategic Planning at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center during its integration. Currently, Dr. Tetteh is a thoracic staff surgeon for MedStar Health and WRNMMC and most recently served as command surgeon for the National Defense University.


Josh Linkner

Josh Linkner

AORN Foundation General Session — Find Your Spark: Inspiring Disruption, Growth, and Action  | Tuesday, March 31

A spark. A flash of creative brilliance. A new beginning. The energy to forge ahead when things get tough. What if you could cultivate and deploy this white-hot, mighty force? What if you injected sparks of innovation, competitive advantage, and sustainable growth into your cohorts? Whether it’s mustering the courage to take that first step or harnessing the creative soul of your team to ignite wide-sweeping transformation, it’s time to create sparks so powerful they can’t be ignored. The long-awaited breakthrough idea. The inspiration to drive change. The unexpected solution to a burdensome problem. The beginning of unstoppable momentum. In this inspiring and actionable keynote, a famed tech entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author provides a memorable performance to help you cultivate those powerful, combustible forces. Through real-world examples, hysterically funny stories, and practical takeaways, Josh will help you and you will help your organization.


Featured Sessions

The Future of Congenital Heart Surgery and 3-D Printing

Saturday, March 28

See real footage and illustrations of how futuristic technology is changing the surgical approaches of congenital and cardiothoracic nursing and surgery and how 3-D images are being produced with detail and accuracy in specialized areas.


Evidence-based Practice Made Easy

Wednesday, April 1

Learn about evidence-based practice and key steps of implementation of a successful evidence-based practice change. Participants will build the framework for an implementation plan for a targeted practice change that can be taken back and applied in their practice setting. Participants will then practice presenting the rationale for their practice change to key stakeholders in a simulated activity.


The Road to Magnet: Our Magnificent Journey

Monday, March 30

Learn the systematic process one organization took to develop the structure and processes critical to achieving Magnet designation. Specific examples related to involvement with the perioperative nursing team will be shared.


Financial Workshop at ASC Summit

Saturday, March 28

During this full-day, interactive class, Ann Geier, MS, RN, CNOR(E), CASC and Rob Westergard will introduce accounting principles, business office terminology, and critical financial reports and provide useful business management tools for administrators and directors. Attendees will learn how to reduce supply costs, read and interpret financial reports, and effectively navigate the budget planning process.


Periop Challenge

Wednesday, April 1

Show off your perioperative smarts and compete in this fun, fast-paced education session. Four teams of attendees will vie against each other to evaluate cartoons, questions, and real-life situations for the right responses. Listen carefully, as there are sure to be some twists and turns.