Plenary Session

Plenary Session: 


Visions of the Future from Extraordinary, Risk-Taking, Forward-Thinking, Change-Making IPE Leaders

Early research findings from the National Center Nexus Innovation Network indicate that the critical success factor for interprofessional practice and education is the importance of leadership, especially senior.  In today’s transforming health care and health professions education, senior leaders take the path not traveled to establish new cultures, create compelling visions to lead change, build the case and appropriately resource bold efforts.  During the opening plenary, leaders will share what they are learning and how this will impact the future of interprofessional practice and education.

Featured Speakers: 

Barbara Brandt, PhD, Director, National Center for Interprofession Practice and Education, and Associate Vice President for Education, University of Minnesota Academic Health Center

Renowned for her work in health professional education, and specifically, interprofessional education and continuing education, Dr. Barbara Brandt serves as the associate vice president for education within the University of Minnesota’s Academic Health Center, and she is responsible for the University’s 1Health initiative to build the interprofessional practice skills of students and faculty in a broad range of health professions. Dr. Brandt is also the director of the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, a public-private partnership and cooperative agreement with the Health Resources and Services Administration, established in 2012.


Jeanette Mladenovic, MD, MBA, MACP, Executive Vice President and Provost, Oregon Health and Science University

Jenny Mladenovic, M.D., M.B.A., M.A.C.P. currently serves as Executive Vice President and Provost at Oregon Health and Science University. In this position she serves as the chief operating officer for the University, overseeing research, schools and institutes. She has 27 years of experience in academic administration, having held positions as Chair of the Department of Medicine, Dean for Education, faculty and hospital affiliations, and Director of research education and career development. An AOA graduate of the University of Washington School Of Medicine, she completed internal medicine residency training at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Stanford University, and chief residency and hematology fellowship at the University of Washington. She has held leadership roles at the University of Minnesota, University of Colorado, the State University of New York, and the University of Miami, having won several teaching awards throughout her career. For 18 years, Dr. Mladenovic directed an NIH funded laboratory focused on hematopoietic stem cell differentiation; her clinical activities have included hospital medicine and the care of patients with myeloproliferative diseases. 


Eduardo Salas, PhD, Professor and Allyn R. & Gladys M. Cline Chair, Rice University

Dr. Eduardo Salas serves professor and Allyn R. & Gladys M. Cline Chair in the Department of Psychology and Rice University. Salas previously was University Trustee Chair and Pegasus Professor of Psychology at University of Central Florida, where he also held an appointment as program director for the Human Systems Integration Research Department at the Institute for Simulation & Training. He was also a senior research psychologist and head of the Training Technology Development Branch of NAVAIR Orlando for 15 years.

During that time, Salas served as a principal investigator for many research programs benefiting U.S. sailors and Marines. Those programs focused on teamwork, team training, advanced training technology, simulation-based training, decision-making under stress, learning methodologies and performance assessment.


Richard W. Valachovic, DMD, MPH, President and CEO, American Dental Education Association, and President, Interprofessional Education Collaborative

Richard W. Valachovic, D.M.D., M.P.H., received the American Dental Education Association's (ADEA) Distinguished Service Award on February 28, 2010, during the 2010 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in Washington, DC. Given by the ADEA Board of Directors, this award recognizes significant contributions to education, research, and ADEA.

During his 13-year tenure as ADEA Executive Director, Dr. Valachovic has spearheaded the transformation of ADEA into an association that embraces the full range of academic dental institutions, including dental schools, allied dental education programs, and advanced dental education programs. Under his leadership, the Association has been completely redefined, from its core values, strategic directions, policy statements, and member services, to the membership itself.

Dr. Valachovic received a B.S. degree from St. Lawrence University, the D.M.D. degree from the University of Connecticut, and the M.P.H. and M.Sc. (Health Policy and Management) degrees from Harvard University. He completed postdoctoral programs in pediatric dentistry and dental public health. He is also a board certified oral and maxillofacial radiologist and a Past President of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. Prior to joining the Association, Dr. Valachovic's career was as a full-time educator and funded researcher at the University of Connecticut and Harvard University.


Barbara Barnes, MD, MS, Associate Vice Chancellor for Industry Relations and Continuing Education, Health Sciences

Barbara E. Barnes, MD, MS, serves as associate vice chancellor for industry relations and continuing education, health sciences, and associate dean for continuing medical education with the School of Medicine. She coordinates continuing medical education (CME) programs in the Schools of the Health Sciences and UPMC, oversees CME accreditation for the School of Medicine, and administers the University of Pittsburgh's Health Career Scholars Academy and Office for Oversight of Anatomic Specimens.

Dr. Barnes began her career as a general internist and emergency medicine physician in rural Pennsylvania. She was senior vice president for provider relations at Saint Vincent Health Center in Erie, Pa., before coming to Pitt. She received her MD from the Penn State Hershey College of Medicine and her MS in health services administration from Gannon University. Her research interests include the use of educational technology and integration of continuing education into performance-improvement initiatives.