Innovative care approaches: Care elevation strategies, patient empowerment, and the care of tomorrow


Tuesday 10 September


Session description:

Innovative approaches to designing patient pathways for hospital services can include strategies to manage multi-specialty care, collaboration to advance patient partnership, and facilities that enable the customization of care. The panel will share experiences in delivering quality clinical care models for services across the spectrum – including children living with brain, bone, and movement disorders, cancer patients, and older patients with neurodegenerative disorders.


Tuesday 10 September



Dr Emad Estemalik

Chair for International Business Development, Cleveland Clinic, USA

Emad Estemalik MD, MBA is the Chair for International Business Development at Cleveland Clinic’s International Operations, Section Head for Headache and Facial Pain at Cleveland Clinic’s Neurological Institute, and Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Lerner School of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.

Dr Estemalik completed his residency at the Cleveland Clinic in 2012. He also completed a one year fellowship in Headache Medicine following his residency. He received his MD from the Ain – Shams Medical School in Cairo, Egypt in 2005. He is also a graduate of the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University from which he holds an MBA degree.

Dr Estemalik leads the efforts of expanding the Cleveland Clinic’s global outreach to enhance the clinic’s international presence, direct its international resources towards building quality relationships with global healthcare institutions, and identify strategic market opportunities to direct investment strategies.

Dr Estemalik also serves on the Leadership Committee of the Cleveland Clinic’s Neurological Institute. His role includes executing the Cleveland Clinic’s vision and help achieve a high – performing institute while integrating education, research, and medical innovation. His focus is to enhance the capabilities of medical informatics while directing the institute’s programmatic domestic and international growth and further enhance the development of service lines that better serve patients.

Ms Barbara Walczyk Joers

President and CEO, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, USA

Barbara Walczyk Joers has served as President and Chief Executive Officer at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in Minnesota, USA since 2013. As the United States’ first publicly funded hospital dedicated to serving children who have disabilities, Gillette Children’s today is an independent organization that provides subspecialized care to children who have complex, rare or traumatic conditions affecting the performance of an individual’s musculoskeletal and neurological systems.

With more than thirty years of healthcare experience, Ms Joers has a focus on strategic performance and organizational change management as well as health policy and advocacy. She has served in leadership roles in a variety of paediatric and adult healthcare settings, including academic healthcare centres, community health systems and independent children’s hospitals. Earlier in her career she also served at a professional services firm.

A recognized thought leader in healthcare, Ms Joers has been recognized as a transformative healthcare leader, one who appreciates and enjoys the complexities of navigating an ever-changing health care environment, while working to assure individuals’ health and well-being are the focus.

Ms Joers currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. She is also an active participant in other organizations including Health Evolution, Medical Alley, the International Hospital Federation, and the Minnesota Rare Disease Advisory Council.

Ms Joers studied acute care hospital administration at Marymount University (VA) and holds a Master’s in Health Services Management and Policy from George Washington University (W-DC).