Medical Tourism Association Announces Preliminary Speaker Lineup

The Medical Tourism Association is pleased to announce the preliminary lineup of speakers and sponsors of the 4th Annual World Medical Tourism and Global Healthcare Congress to be held October 25-28, 2011 Chicago.

West Palm Beach, FL, April 30, 2011 --( In its 4th year, the World Medical Tourism and Global Healthcare Congress promises to be better than ever featuring up to 1500 attendees, 100+ speakers and sponsors from over 87 countries. This year’s theme is “Patients in Emerging Markets,” focusing on some of the largest growth regions for traveling patients including Russia, Ukraine, CIS Countries, China, Japan, Africa, the Middle East and GCC regions. The strong Buyers VIP program targets buyers of healthcare in these emerging marketplaces.

Not only has the MTA brought together buyers from across the globe, but the Association has expanded its educational platform and reached out to some of the most inspiring speakers for stronger business development. “The world of healthcare is changing at a rapid pace. It is important that the MTA changes along with it,” said Renée-Marie Stephano, President of the Medical Tourism Association and Editor in Chief of Medical Tourism Magazine. “Our speakers this year and Ministerial participation will serve to provide the most advanced knowledge available in the industry about emerging and existing markets. This congress is the best opportunity to bring executives from around the world together to learn, share and network to achieve your business objectives,” she added.

The preliminary list of speakers and sponsors is as follows:
Bill Rancic ~ Entrepreneur and Winner of the First Season of the Famous TV Show, “Apprentice”
Dr. Robert Rey ~ Cosmetic Surgeon and Star of the Hit Show, “Dr. 90210”
Hon. Prof. Peter Anyang' Nyong ~ Minister for Medical Services, Kenya
Vladimir Budiansky ~ Medical Director, Moscow Doctor Corp.
Jacqueline Madrigal ~ Human Resource/Benefits Manager, American Apparel
Jack Norton ~ Human Resources Manager, Blue Lake Casino & Hotel
Muna Almuallem ~ Manager of International Benefits Mary Kay Inc.
Mouhanad Hammami, MD ~ President, National Arab American Medical Association
Yakov Elgudin, MD, PhD, FACS ~ President, Russian American Medical Association
Chris Russo ~ President and Chairman of the Board, American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA)
Dr. Hisham Diwani ~ General Manager of Health Insurance for Ministry of Health, Syria
Karen H. Timmons ~ Former President and Chief Executive Officer Joint Commission International and Joint Commission Resources
J. Edson Pontes M.D ~ Senior VP International Medicine, Detroit Medical Center
Samer Ellahham, MD,FACP,FACC,FAHA,FCCP ~ President, International Association of Healthcare Quality
Bill Ruschhaupt ~ Chair, Global Patient Services, Cleveland Clinic
David Jaimovich ~ President and Founder, Quality Resources Intl., Former CMO of JCI
Dr. Terry Stevens ~ Managing Director, Stevens & Associates
Rosanna Gomez Moreno ~ CEO RGM Global
Stacy Dreyfus ~ Founder, Orchid Resorts & Escapes

This is the one event per year where Employers, Self Funded Health Plans, Insurance Companies, and Medical Tourism Facilitators that are looking to outsource healthcare overseas have the opportunity to meet with top International Hospitals and Medical Tourism Companies in one place for the ultimate networking event. “The World Medical Tourism and Healthcare Congress is the most important gathering of Healthcare professionals to learn about more information about the issues we all face in today’s market. When it comes to the issues about Healthcare Reform, nearly every piece of information is discussed to aid implementation once and when it becomes law. The Congress also allows for networking with the current and new vendors and facilitators to make sound decisions as to where to send our clients for alternative practical costs for exceptional medical and dental treatment.” -Ramon Sandoval, Trusted Insurance Services

The conference is the dedicated annual event of the Medical Tourism Association, the nonprofit trade association in the Medical Tourism industry, and media partner Medical Tourism Magazine, the only dedicated magazine for the medical tourism and global healthcare industry, and by Medical Tourism City,, a social network for the medical tourism and global healthcare industry with over one thousand participants from over sixty countries.

The 4th World Medical Tourism and Global Healthcare Congress will also feature four additional conferences, the Global Benefits Conference,, focusing on international employers and insurance companies, the Healthcare Development Conference, , focusing on the growth of medical tourism in the healthcare sector and the building and development of healthcare facilities around the world, the Healthcare Investment Conference,, creating awareness about healthcare investment opportunities around the world and the Health and Wellness Conference, focusing on the continuous growing health and wellness industry.

Medical Tourism Association
Silvana Maldonado