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AAPS 75th Annual Meeting – October 3-6, 2018 – Indianapolis

October 3, 2018 - October 6, 2018

Our diamond anniversary — the 75th annual meeting of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.

Hilton Indianapolis Hotel and Suites
120 West Market Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204 | 1-317-972-0600

Group rate $159/night. CLICK HERE For online room reservations.

Due to high demand, our group block is sold out at the moment, but there are a few rooms left at a higher rate. The current best price available price at our hotel requires calling Hilton at 1-317-972-0600. If you book on the Hilton website you will be offered a rate of $359/night for all nights, despite lower prices being available for nights other than Wednesday. 
There are other nearby easily walk-able less expensive options. Here is a link to other hotel options listed in order of distance to the hotel: http://bit.ly/indyoverflow.

For online meeting registration: CLICK HERE

Can’t attend the entire meeting? Partial registration options available here.

Click here or click image for PDF of meeting preview flier.


Detailed Agenda: https://goo.gl/Yirtww

Agenda Summary: 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018:

8am–5pm – AAPS board meeting

7pm–9pm – President’s Welcome Reception

Thursday, October 4, 2018:

7am – Get Acquainted Breakfast

8am – Opening Ceremonies

  • President’s Welcome Message–Al Fisher, MD
  • Introduction of candidates, nominations, and resolutions

Introduction of students

Legal Module

The Legal Fight for Medical Freedom

As physicians we fight for our patients daily by giving personalized, excellent care to our patients.  As government became more and more intrusive into our medical lives, attorneys play an increasingly important role. They can protect our interests by fighting government regulatory overreach and helping us navigate the treacherous regulatory waters. Sometimes we can enlist the government to protect David from Goliath. At other times, AAPS has to take our fight to court.

  • Andy Schlafly, JD (Moderator), AAPS General Counsel
  • Christina Sandefur, JD, Executive Vice President Goldwater Institute
  • John P. Wiegand, JD, Federal Trade Commission
  • David Rosenberg-Wohl, JD, PhD, Partner, Hershenson Rosenberg-Wohl

LUNCHEON – Scott Bradley, PhDNullification: Constitutional Solution to Federal Usurpation

Ethics Module

Crisis in Collegiality: When Surveillance Supplants Conscience in Professional Regulation

There was a time when physicians respected one another, recognizing the journey that all physicians had taken to achieve their goals. Physicians were a band of brothers and sisters. What happened? Does this new environment lay the groundwork for the uptick in physician suicide?

  • Robert Emmons, MD (Moderator), Psychiatrist, AAPS Director
  • Lawrence Huntoon, MD, PhD, Sham Peer Review Expert, AAPS Director
  • Richard Levenstein, JD, Partner, Kramer, Sopko & Levenstein, P.A.
  • Graham Spruiell, MD, Forensic Psychiatrist

Friday, October 5, 2018:

7am – Networking Breakfast

Clinical Module

The Opiate Crisis in the U.S.A.: How We Got Here & Where Are We Going?

The proliferation of legal and illegal use of narcotics has led to needless deaths. Is this really a prescription drug problem? Are physicians at fault? Is criminalization the answer?

  • Paul Kempen, MD, PhD (Moderator), AAPS Director
  • Bradley Hall, MD, DABAM, FASAM, MRO, Executive Director West Virginia Medical Professionals Health Program
  • Richard Vaglienti, MD, MBA, DABA, DABPM, Pain Clinic, Assistant Professor West Virginia University
  • Paul Larkin, JD, Heritage Foundation Senior Legal Research Fellow Senior Legal Research Fellow Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, Institute for Constitutional Government
  • Terry Johnson, DO, Ohio State Representative

Current Clinical Topics

  • William K. Summer, MD, Psychiatrist, Neuroscientist – The causes and possible treatments of Alzheimer’s Disease.
  • Michel Accad, MD, Cardiologist, Author – New Blood Pressure Guidelines.
  • Richard Dolinar, MD, Endocrinologist, Senior Fellow, Heartland Institute – Biosimilars and Biologics.

LUNCHEON: Jane M. Orient, MD, AAPS Executive Director; Student Essay Contest winner 

Activism Module

Physicians and health care professionals have a long and distinguished history of political activism dating back to our country’s stormy beginnings. Is grass roots political advocacy even possible in today’s partisan climate? Is there a way to discuss medical care in a civil and understandable manner?

  • Richard Amerling, MD, Professor of Clinical Skills, St. George’s University, Grenada
  • Twila Brase, RN, PHN, president and co-founder of Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom
  • Charles Taylor, PhD, Managing Dir. Bowen Center for Public Affairs, Ball State University
  • Beth Haynes, MD, Medical Director Benjamin Rush Institute, Galen Institute Board of Directors
  • Indiana State Senator Elizabeth Brown, Ken Christman, MD – MOC Update
  • Kris Held, MD – MACRA Update

7pm – DIAMOND Anniversary Banquet: Featuring Larry P. Arnn, President of Hillsdale College

Saturday, October 6, 2018:

7am – Until We Meet Again Breakfast

8am – Business meeting and elections

Incoming President’s Message–

Marilyn M. Singleton, MD, JD

Direct Patient Care Module:

Thriving in the Era of Over-Regulation

As the government and insurers insinuate themselves into our medical practice, direct primary care has become the beacon of light on the horizon. Is direct care feasible? Can I afford it? Will the patients stay with me? Can the government shut me down?

  • Jenny Powell, MD (Moderator), Family Physician, AAPS Director
  • Jules Madrigal-Dersch, MD, Internist, Pediatrician, Marble Falls, Texas
  • Josh Umbehr, MD, Family Physician, Atlas MD, Wichita Kansas
  • Kevin L. Tadych, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon, Northern Wisconsin Bone & Joint Center, Minocqua, Wisconsin
  • Kimberly Legg Corba, DO, Family Physician, Green Hills Direct Primary Care, Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Phil Eskew, DO, JD, MBA, Direct Primary Care Frontier (DPC legal services), Family Physician, Torrington, WY

Noon– Adjourn

1pm–5pm – AAPS Board Meeting


October 3, 2018
October 6, 2018
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