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With wide-ranging experience across a range of prestigious medical leadership posts, encompassing academia, biotechnology and community health systems, Dr. Kent Bottles is ideally placed to speak on healthcare issues.
As an academic, Dr. Bottles has served at, amongst others, the University of California, the University of Iowa and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He has been a tenured professor, a medical director, a corporate operations officer, residency director and held several other posts.
In community-based medicine, Dr. Bottles has been president of the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement and chief medical officer for the Iowa Health System, a $2 billion integrated community health system. In this second post he worked on health information technology implementation issues and also created a Physician Leadership Academy that trained more than 200 physician leaders.
In the biotechnology field, Dr. Bottles has been president of the Genomics Repository, also serving as chief knowledge officer and managing director. Whilst serving with Genomics Collaborative in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he raised venture capital to the tune of $36 million.
A graduate of University of California, Berkeley, and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Dr. Bottles has written many articles on leadership topics. His views have been featured in, amongst others, Physician Executive Journal of the American College of the Physician Executives, Trustee Magazine and The New York Times (op-ed page). He has been honored with the Rodney T. West Literature Award for the most important medical management article of the year, and the Kaiser Teaching Award at the University of California, San Francisco.
Dr. Kent Bottles has held numerous leadership positions in academia, biotechnology, and community health systems.
At the University of California, San Francisco, the University of Iowa, Allegheny University of Health Sciences, and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, he has served as tenured professor, chair, medical director of managed care, corporate operations officer for ambulatory services, assistant dean, residency director, designated institutional officer, and elected medical school executive committee member.
He has led strategic planning exercises for the Department of Pathology at the University of Iowa, the clinical enterprise at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, the Grand Rapids Medical Education and Research Consortium, and the quality programs at the Iowa Health System.
Dr. Bottles has facilitated medical staff and hospital system board retreats centered on physician integration and engagement in evidence-based medicine and quality initiatives, and he has lectured extensively for the Governance Institute on a variety of planning topics.
In biotechnology, Dr. Bottles has served as president of the Genomics Repository, chief knowledge officer, and managing director. During his tenure at Genomics Collaborative in Cambridge, Massachusetts he raised $36 million in venture capital.
Kent Bottles, MD Dr. Bottles served as president of the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) and as chief medical officer of the Iowa Health System, a $2 billion integrated community health system in the Midwest. At the Iowa Health System, Dr. Bottles developed and implemented a Physician Leadership Academy for over 200 physician leaders. He also was heavily involved in health information technology (HIT) implementation issues.
At ICSI he developed a physician leadership academy and also frequently lectured on leadership for St. Thomas University. Dr. Bottles currently serves on a National Quality Forum committee on quality.
Dr. Bottles has been active in lecturing and writing about leadership topics. He has contributed articles to the Physician Executive Journal of the American College of the Physician Executives, Trustee Magazine, and the op-ed page of The New York Times.
Dr. Bottles was awarded the Rodney T. West Literature Award for the most important medical management article published in 2001, and the Kaiser Teaching Award at the University of California, San Francisco. He received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and his M.D. from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
Dr. Kent Bottles speaks on Accountable Care Organizations, examining the changes that are taking place in the provision of healthcare. He says, “What we're trying to do is to change the way we pay for healthcare, to change the incentives, to make it easier for people to give the right care at the right time and for people to only give the necessary care, not unnecessary care, and not to pay people more for unnecessary care."
Moving into specifics, he asks, “Then what's an accountable care organization, why are you talking about global payments? Well, if you have global payment, an accountable care organization would be that organization which accepts the global payment… Mayo Clinic would find this rather easy I think, because it has employed doctors."
Outlining the difficulties inherent in the system, he explains, “In lots of parts of Minnesota, and in lots of parts of America, there are no integrated delivery systems, the doctors' offices are groups of twos and threes and fives, the lab is always a separate corporation, physical therapy is another corporation, the hospital doesn't employ the doctors."
Dr. Kent Bottles brings a wealth of real-world experience to his keynote speeches on health care and health administration. This experience means that his presentations are practical, thought-provoking and have excellent takeaway value.
Dr. Bottles talks on healthcare leadership, explaining why administrators and physicians seem so far apart and how the physician–patient relationship needs to be recast for the 21st-century.
He examines the future for American health care programs, showing how hospitals, doctors and nurses can survive in a post reform world, and urging American Medical Schools to prepare their students for the realities of 21st-century healthcare.
Unlike many professional keynote speakers and healthcare futurists, Dr. Bottles′ approach is practical and grounded in the real world. He was president of a major healthcare organization in Minnesota, was vice president and chief medical officer of a $2 billion health care organization with twenty-three hospitals, and was responsible for the day-to-day operations of a large education and research organization in Michigan.
Dr. Bottles — who is skeptical of keynote speakers who have never met a payroll or cut a budget — draws on his extensive experience to deliver keynote addresses about 21st-century healthcare that are thought-provoking, amusing, and action-oriented. His keynote address topics have included the following:
Healthcare Leadership Programs
The Future of American Health Care Programs
Lessons from the Healthcare Trenches Programs
SPEAKING.COM: What do you want people to take away from your presentations?
BOTTLES: There is only so much technical content that anyone can absorb during one keynote. What I aim to do then, is provide a framework for understanding the vast changes that are happening in health care. I can also be funny and interact with the audience. Finally, I can point you in the right direction to add technical content to the overall framework as you go about your job in health care.
SPEAKING.COM: How do you prepare for your speaking engagements?
BOTTLES: I always want to make sure I understand the demographics of the audience. For instance, there is a big difference between speaking at pathology grand rounds and speaking to a patient advocacy group.
I also want to make sure that I get to interview the organization’s leader about how a “home run” keynote looks and sounds to conference participants. I always try to get to the room early so that I can introduce myself to as many attendees as possible beforehand. It is comforting to connect visually during a keynote with someone in the audience that I have at least connected with prior to presenting. I often ask for volunteers, and it works best if you identify the extroverts in the audience before you start calling on them in front of 600 people.
SPEAKING.COM: Have you had any particularly memorable speaking engagements /unusual situations arise while on the road?
BOTTLES: Once when I checked into my hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts, I came across a dead body in the hall outside my room!
SPEAKING.COM: What types of audiences would most benefit from your message?
BOTTLES: I speak to professional societies, lay audiences, student groups, and health care policy “wonks.” Everyone needs to better understand health and wellness.
SPEAKING.COM: What inspired you to start doing speaking engagements?
BOTTLES: As a medical school professor, I was often called upon to teach and to present at conferences. My speaking career progressed organically from my professional career as a physician executive.
SPEAKING.COM: Which of your keynote topics are the most popular? How are your keynote presentations unique? Which of your keynote speeches do you enjoy the most and why?
BOTTLES: I really enjoy getting a large audience to participate actively in the discussion. Sometimes it feels like walking a tight rope without a net, but some of my best teaching has taken place when an audience member gets angry about the Affordable Care Act and another audience member challenges them. By asking leading questions and trying to control their emotions, I’m able to explore the strengths and weakness of the most important health care law since Medicare was passed in 1965. I truly believe it is important for all Americans to understand these important issues and to get beyond the political sound bites about “murder panels” and “the government getting between you and your physician.”
I am pleased when after a keynote, someone in the audience says, “I am still not sure if you support the Affordable Care Act or not.”
SPEAKING.COM: How much do case studies, personal stories or humor factor into your keynote?
BOTTLES: It is a fact that human beings respond more to stories and examples than statistics and peer reviewed scientific studies. My keynotes are filled with stories and jokes.
SPEAKING.COM: What are some of the successes you’ve had with your clients?
BOTTLES: I’m happy and professionally satisfied when I work with a group of physicians to help them stop feeling like victims and start figuring out ways to better take care of their patients under the new economic circumstances and health care rules under a value-based program. I love my job, and I have never regretted going to medical school and becoming a physician.
“The audience was thrilled by the genomics presentation that was a highlight for the 500 guest conference in Palm Springs. Kent Bottles far exceeded our expectations for a top-notch professional program; it was informative; it was cutting-edge; it was humorous; and it was enjoyable for a varied audience of physicians and healthcare administrators.” Tom Smith, CMP, Director of Meetings HealthNet, California
“Dr. Bottles is the transformational antidote for the ills of the traditional approach to medicine. Even when you don′t agree with him, he makes you think in new ways about important issues that later come back to help you.” Greg Voelm, MPH, President of Personal Health, LLC Carmichael, California
“Kent Bottles is a dynamic speaker. Kent′s view of healthcare today is very broad. His energy and enthusiasm are infectious.” Michael Kienzle, MD, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Biomedical Communications University of Iowa College of Medicine
“Kent Bottles inspires audiences to embrace the inevitable trend of consumer-centered health and health care. His knowledge of the principles of the new economy and it′s application to health care generally and patient care specifically is a message that health care providers should hear.” Anne Beighey, Health Care Consultant, The Gingrich Group Washington, DC
“Kent Bottles is one of most original and innovative physician executives I have ever met. Whether he is discussing the Internet, genomics, career reinvention, networking, or biotech entrepreunership, he is always provocative, funny, and insightful. Bottles is truly one of a kind” Susan Sasenick, Former Managing Editor, The Physician Executive, Director of Advertising and Co-sponorships American College of Physician Executives, Tampa, Florida
“Kent is a provocative speaker, one who politely but directly debunks the status quo. He engages the audience with a refreshingly candid way of looking at the entire healthcare field (patients, physicians, institutions, and employers).” Keith Pryor, Former Hospital CEO and Healthcare Governance Consultant Bryn Mawr, PA
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