7th Edition Infection Control, Sterilization & Decontamination Virtual Conference- USA [Time Zone- Eastern Standard Time (EST)]

7th and 8th October 2021
CONFERENCE SPEAKERS
Speakers
Walid Al-Wali
Walid Al-Wali
Senior Consultant Medical Microbiologist and Vice-Chair for Clinical Pathology,
The Hamad Medical Corporation, State of Qatar


In 1997, he was appointed as Consultant Medical Microbiologist/Infection Control Doctor of the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, UK. He was granted Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer status with the University of Sheffield. He was then appointed as Director of Infection Prevention and Control for the Trust in 2000 until 2017. 

He led the Level 7 Credit 30 Healthcare Associated Infections Module at Sheffield Hallam University annually since 2011 which was consistently highly evaluated.  He co-led the Medical Leadership Programme for Iraqi doctors, dentists and pharmacists at the University within the context of a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Health. 

When appointed in Qatar November 2017 through his appointment as Senior Consultant Medical Microbiologist and Chair of Infection Prevention and Control Committee of Ambulatory Care Center and Vice-Chair of Infection Prevention and Control of Al-Wakra Hospital and then Vice-Chair of Clinical Pathology, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology of the Hamad Medical Corporation he has led several initiatives in Clinical Microbiology, Infection Prevention and Control and in management namely workforce affairs and governance matters within the DLMP.

During the Covid-19 Pandemic was appointed as the DLMP Focal Point for Covid-19 testing and was involved in numerous initiatives in the diagnosis, prevention and control of Covid-19 at the Hamad Medical Corporation including active engagement with the press, radio, and TV media.


Tami Heacock
Tami Heacock
Director of Sterile Processing,
St. Elizabeth Healthcare, USA


Heacock is the Director of Sterile Processing for St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Edgewood, KY. Heacock began her career as a Surgical Technologist at BroMenn, transitioning into intraoperative monitoring where she remained for 15 years before becoming an adjunct faculty member at Parkland College where she taught in the Surgical Technology program. Heacock then rejoined BroMenn as a CS/SP Supervisor and transitioned into the role of Business Manager of Perioperative Services and CS/SP at BroMenn and Eureka hospitals for five years. Heacock then took a position as SPD manager at Wake Forest Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC.

 She holds certifications in CRCST, CIS, CHL and CNIM. Heacock received her MBA in August of 2020.

Heacock currently serves on the AAMI Standards work group and also on the endoscope advisory board for ASP(Sterrad). Heacock has spoken at IAHCSMM two consecutive years, several IAHCSMM Chapter meetings and at the Censis Technologies User Conference (CtUC). She is currently a subject matter expert for the IAHCSMM CHL exam.


Heather Saunders
Heather Saunders
Director of Infection Control,
Johns Hopkins Office of Population Health, USA


Previous to this is was with Maryland Department of Health, Baltimore as Nurse Consultant & Coordinator. She has also worked as Infection Control Nurse Epidemiologist at from 2015-2018 and as Registered Nurse- Emergency Department from 2013-2015 at  The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore

 


Ahmed Baggashi
Ahmed Baggashi
Director of Saudi health Education Team, Founder, SterilizationToday Magazine, CSSD & Infection Control Supervisor,
Ministry of Health, KSA


Dr. Ahmed is currently the head of Saudi health education team and founder of sterilization today magazine and SPD Surveyor/Evaluator with Ministry of Health.

He holds a diploma in IPC/SPD and Phd. MSc. Health education. He is also an author of many CSSD books.


Shary Williams
Shary Williams
Sterile Processing Manager,
NorthShore University HealthSystem, USA


I have been in Sterile Processing for 9 years. 7 of those years I have held numerous positions throughout Sterile Processing.  Sterile Processing Supervisor, Educator, Instructor, IAHCSMM Chapter President for the State of Iowa. I am now currently a Manager at a Facility in the Midwest. I have also been involved in many process improvement projects for different Sterile Processing departments.


Cody McElroy
Cody McElroy
Manager, Sterile Processing,
University Hospitals, USA


Experienced Sterile Processing Professional with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Skilled in Microsoft Word, Sales, Team Building, Leadership, and Microsoft Excel. Strong professional with a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) focused in Business Administration and Management, General from Kent State University.


 Michael Compton
Michael Compton
Sterile Processing Leader,
Intermountain Healthcare, USA


Michael Compton and is Sterile Processing Leader. He is nationally certified through IAHCSMM with 16+ years of experience in surgical services, 5 years in Surgical Technology, 5 years of leadership in Sterile Processing, and recently received his Certification of healthcare Leadership from IAHCSMM. 

He has implemented various successful quality control processes, hospital wide policies, departmental procedures, short term and long-term educational programs, and accountability and communication tools that are still being used today in hospitals throughout the country. 

Likes to build healthy relationships through honest stewardship, transparent communication, attentive listening, team strategizing, and faithfulness and accountability to all agreements that are made. 

Identifies as servant leader with a passion to help inspire others to become servant leaders though positive behavior, vision casting, strategic planning, goal setting, goal prioritization, work performance, consistent monitoring of all practices, and accountability. 


Michael Viveiros
Michael Viveiros
Sterile Processing Manager,
Boston Children’s Hospital, USA


Michael is a 20 year veteran of Sterile Processing. He started out as a Level 1 Sterile Processing Technician with zero industry knowledge and quickly realized his immense interest In the field and worked tirelessly to learn more. He is currently an IAHCSMM Triple Crown Certified Technician, subject matter expert and Manager of Sterile Processing at Boston Children’s Hospital.


Kyree Thomas
Kyree Thomas
Manager of Sterile Processing,
Northside Hospital, USA


I am a 10-year Sterile Processing veteran with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology from SUNY at Albany in Albany, NY. I received my Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. I am in my first year of being a senior leader in the hospital, fighting for a change for Sterile Processing.

I enrolled in the MBA program just months after becoming a first-time mother, seeing it as an opportunity to build an even brighter future for my daughter and me. Within a month of attending school, I learned the importance of time management and the avoidance of task overload— skills that proved even more valuable after giving birth to my son following my first year in the MBA program. Although a growing family meant scaling back my course load and “learning humility” in my simultaneous parenting and academic journey, my commitment to succeeding at both never wavered.

“I worked hard at work and stayed over every day for two hours to ensure my commitment to school was never sacrificed.” I spent 10.5 hours at work, drive one hour home to pick the kids up at daycare and provide dinner, and then—after the children were bathed and tucked in bed—I would go back to completing my school assignments. I credit much of my discipline to spending seven years in the Air National Guard, where I live by the motto “Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do.”

My strong work ethic and desire to work in the healthcare profession started at a young age. At age 14, I began working at my local hospital in Poughkeepsie, NY; Vassar Brothers Medical Center. 19 years later, I still enjoy working in the healthcare field. I envision myself continuing to learn and grow and becoming even more involved within my discipline. My master’s degree will allow me to serve as an effective senior healthcare leader and help motivate staff to consistently provide quality patient care. “Providing patients with a quality product is the most valuable gift we can give in healthcare.”


Marwan Al-Khudhair
Marwan Al-Khudhair
Faculty Physician and Associate Program Director in Conroe Residency Program,
HCA-Houston Healthcare-Conroe Hospital, USA


Dr. Al-khudhair is the Director of Inpatient Services for the residency and serves as a Hospital Attending Physician providing care for hospitalized adult patients, including critical care patients. Dr. Al-khudhair also serves as an outpatient Faculty Physician teaching and directly supervising family medicine residents and medical students. Further, as a Faculty Physician Dr. Al-khudhair provides adult and pediatric outpatient care, performs exercise stress tests, pulmonary function tests, and procedures. Dr. Al-khudhair has been a residency faculty member for almost 10 years. He holds faculty appointments at the University of North Texas Health Science Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and Sam Houston University College of Medicine.


Gerry DiBattista
Gerry DiBattista
Global VP of Marketing & Business Development for PTFE,
Porex


Gerry is the Global Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Porex’s PTFE business unit. Porex, a business of Filtration Group, is a porous materials manufacturer headquartered in Atlanta, GA, with product development and manufacturing facilities in USA, Germany, Scotland, Malaysia and China. Gerry has a diverse experience of over 30 years in the areas of Manufacturing, R&D, Operations, Product Management, Marketing, Business Development, Sales and Business Management for a wide variety of industry segments. An expert in materials and material science, Gerry leads a global team to develop a robust and sustainable product portfolio based on PTFE by working closely with customers and industry associations. Gerry holds an MBA from the Katz Graduate School of Business, and a bachelor’s degrees in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh.


Nadia Hajjar
Nadia Hajjar
Category Manager for Life Sciences,
Porex


Nadia is the Category Manager for Life Sciences solutions at Porex. Porex, a business of Filtration Group, is a porous materials manufacturer headquartered in Atlanta, GA, with product development and manufacturing facilities in USA, Germany, Scotland, Malaysia and China. Nadia has 10 years of international healthcare experience in the areas of Manufacturing, R&D, Operations, Product Development, Marketing, and Business Development. An expert in our sintered and fiber technologies, Nadia leads a global team to develop a robust product portfolio focused on drug delivery for applications such as injectables, inhalation, and topical application. Nadia holds an MBA from the University of Edinburgh Business School.