2023 ACA Keynote Speakers  

The 2023 Annual Clinical Assembly of Osteopathic Surgeons welcomes three outstanding keynote speakers. This year's keynotes will cover a range of topics including the perspective of a patient when the patient is a surgeon; marketing and overcoming what to many would be insurmountable obstacles, to become a surgeon and inspirational speaker. You will not want to miss any of this year's ACA Keynotes! 

Sampson Davis, M.D.
Emergency Medicine Physician
New Jersey Hospitals
“Glamorizing Medical Education”

Dr. Sampson Davis was raised as the fifth of six children in Newark, one of New Jersey’s poorest cities. As a child Dr. Davis grew up in cramped living quarters, surrounded by fragmented families, crime, and drugs. Still, he was a good student, able to strike the fragile balance between being smart yet socially acceptable on the streets. It was this combination of skills, Dr. Davis says, that were most critical to his survival.

While attending University High School in Newark, Dr. Davis met Dr. Rameck Hunt and Dr. George Jenkins, two fellow students who together made a promise to become doctors. Dr. Davis and his two childhood friends each successfully fulfilled their pact and today Dr. Davis is a board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician.

He is also the youngest physician to receive the National Medical Association’s highest honor, The Scroll of Merit, and was previously honored on national television with the 2009 BET Awards. Dr. Davis considers his 3 Ds: Dedication, Determination, and Discipline, as the necessary ingredients to success.


Andrew Newberg, M.D.
Professor, Thomas Jefferson University
“Theodore F. Classen Memorial Lecture - Spirituality and Health: Clinical and Research Implications”

Dr. Newberg has been chosen to deliver this year's Classen Memorial Lecture. In his enlightening talk, he will delve into the connection between spirituality and health. Dr. Newberg will not only shed light on this relationship but also provide valuable insights into the neurophysiological changes that occur as a result of different spiritual practices. In addition, he will expound upon the physiological effects that various forms of meditation and spiritual practices have on our well-being. Attendees can anticipate an engaging and informative lecture that will deepen their understanding of the profound impact spirituality can have on our overall health.


Indu Subaiya, M.D., MBA, MFA
Catalyst @ Health 2.0
“Health tech innovation and the evolving frontier of AI: How can we transform healthcare ethically and equitably?”

The keynote will cover the latest trends in digital health technology as we aim to deliver holistic and whole person care within an osteopathic framework. The presentation will take a specific look at innovation in surgical care across the continuum from diagnosis to pre-operative, ambulatory, inpatient and post-operative settings. Dr. Subaiya will review virtual care models supported by telemedicine and AI to improve clinician workflow, decision-support and practice operations as well as remote monitoring and patient-provider communication with the goal of improving long-term outcomes. The presentation will address the legal and ethical implications of adopting AI and new generative AI-enabled solutions and review risk management and regulatory frameworks being developed to minimize bias, errors and maximize transparency and health data rights. Dr. Subaiya will also present best practices for delivering tech-enabled care in culturally relevant contexts to resolve geographic access issues, improve health literacy, reduce health disparities and bridge the digital divide.

Albert H. Olivencia-Yurvati, D.O., FACOS, DFACOS
Emeritus Professor
“Keynote Address: Transition from Provider to Caregiver to Patient”

Dr. Yurvati, a cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon, will share his personal journey of transitioning from provider to a patient in his Keynote lecture. Through his unique perspective, he will delve into the intricacies and challenges involved in being a patient after spending years in the role of surgeon.

Participants can expect to gain valuable insights into the psycho-emotional journey that accompanies this transition, deepening their understanding of the patient's perspective. Additionally, Dr. Yurvati will shed light on the barriers that patients often face when seeking healthcare, enabling participants to comprehend the challenges and obstacles that can hinder access to quality care. Lastly, the lecture will emphasize the significance of patient safety, highlighting the importance of providing a safe and secure healthcare environment for all individuals.