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Thursday, March 23, 2023

Scott Gottlieb MD (Former FDA Head) to Headline Upcoming AI in Healthcare & Diagnostics Conference

Scott Gottlieb MD

Innovative companies bringing artificial intelligence (AI) to hospitals, physicians, and diagnostic providers will gain key insights about the market opportunities to improve patient care and generate more revenue when they hear the keynote address by former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., who was announced this week as a keynote speaker at the Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare and Diagnostics (AIHD) Conference. The event takes place May 10-11 in San Jose, Calif.

Artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare is less about replacing the duties of providers and more about analyzing the troves of data in clinical records to support better care decisions. That notion has long been advocated by Dr. Gottlieb, who helped the FDA develop its guidelines for evaluating AI for use in clinical care settings.

“I don’t think artificial intelligence and the use of algorithms to help assess things like histopathology or radiological scans is going to replace the radiologists,” Gottlieb said during a 2021 webinar hosted by Proscia, which develops AI-powered pathology software. “There’s always going to be radiologists. There’s always going to be pathologists. I think the technology is going to provide assistance to annotate data, helping to make a diagnosis.”

Gottlieb served as FDA Commissioner from 2017 to 2019. During that time, he promoted a framework to regulate AI within medical devices that attempted to balance innovation with patient safety needs.

AIHD Conference Focuses on the State of AI in Healthcare
At AIHD, Dr. Gottlieb will engage in a fireside chat and then take part in a panel discussion with other keynote speakers.

“We are producing AIHD in Silicon Valley because that’s the hotbed for AI technology. It’s a great location to assess how artificial intelligence is being used to support healthcare,” said Robert Michel, founder of AIHD and Executive Director of the Precision Medicine Institute. Michel will moderate the fireside chat with Gottlieb.

“There’s no better individual than Dr. Gottlieb to address AIHD participants about the state of artificial intelligence, where it’s going, how it’s regulatory oversight will unfold, and what’s likely to be the most surprising contribution of AI in patient care,” Michel added.

Executives attending the conference will walk away with strategic lessons about how AI will influence:

  • Healthcare diagnostics in areas such as digital pathology;
  • Drug discovery and development; and,
  • Precision medicine’s goal to deliver more personalized treatments for patients.

“Dr. Gottlieb is looking forward to addressing industry leaders who represent the scientific expertise developing AI and the emerging companies that are delivering AI-powered services to hospitals and physicians,” Michel noted.

To learn more about the event, including speakers, sessions, workshops, and exhibits and to register for the conference, visit

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