Special Guest Speakers

Monday, Oct. 26


Anthony S. Fauci, MD, NIAID Director

FauciAnthony_webHS.jpgHear from the man who has been at the epicenter of this pandemic and get a first-hand account of the nation’s response to COVID-19. Dr. Anthony Fauci will offer his unique perspective on the virus and the care given to Americans in 2020.

He will kick off ACEP20 at 9 am CDT, Monday, Oct. 26, followed by a panel of international emergency physicians on “Lessons Learned: Global Response to COVID-19.”

Dr. Fauci was appointed Director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in 1984. He oversees an extensive research portfolio of basic and applied research to prevent, diagnose, and treat established infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, tuberculosis and malaria, as well as emerging diseases such as Ebola and Zika. NIAID also supports research on transplantation and immune-related illnesses, including autoimmune disorders, asthma and allergies.

Dr. Fauci has advised six Presidents on HIV/AIDS and many other domestic and global health issues. He was one of the principal architects of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a program that has saved millions of lives throughout the developing world.

Charlie Cook

CookCharlie_webHS.jpgIt’s a presidential election year, so who better to give his analysis of the political scene in American than oracle Charlie Cook. For more than two decades he has been Washington’s most trusted – and most accurate – voice on all things political. As the editor and publisher of the Cook Political Report and a political analyst for the National Journal Group, he offers a direct line to the heart of politics.

Donate to NEMPAC at the Give-A-Shift level and get a personal invitation to his exclusive session, 11 am CDT, Monday, Oct. 26 as part of ACEP20 Unconventional.

Mr. Cook is widely considered to be one of the nation’s most respected and impartial analyst of American politics, elections and political trends. As the editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report, columnist for National Journal, political analyst for NBC News and co-author of the upcoming 2020 edition of the Almanac of American Politics, Charlie’s writing is prodigious. Deemed “the Picasso of election analysis” by The Wall Street Journal, he produces the sharpest and most impartial political handicapping in the business, serving as the one-man, go-to-source for Americans who want to be “in the know” about politics.

With his encyclopedic knowledge, memorable stories, quick wit, and meaningful insights, Mr. Cook focuses on the broad implications of the latest election results. Using poll numbers, economic indicators, and historical data, he forecasts the fortunes of each party in a non-partisan way, leaving audiences with the concrete information they need in today’s political environment.

Tuesday, Oct. 27


Ibram X. Kendi, PhD

IbramKendi_HS.jpgIbram X. Kendi, PhD, is one of America’s foremost historians and leading antiracist voices. He is a National Book Award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author.

Join ACEP President-Elect Dr. Mark S. Rosenberg and Dr. Aisha Terry, Board Liaison to the ACEP Diversity Inclusion & Health Equity Section for a moderated discussion with Dr. Kendi on “Racial Health Disparities and Inequities in America: Where Do We Go From Here?” from 11 am - 12 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 27.

Dr. Kendi, whose wife is a pediatric emergency physician, will address the issues of health equity, as well as disparities relative to gender and race and the role of medicine, especially for vulnerable populations.

Dr. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and the Founding Director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. He is a contributor writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News correspondent. He is also the 2020-2021 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for the Advanced Study at Harvard University.

He is the author of The Black Campus Movement, which won the W.E.B. Du Bois Book Prize, and Stamped From The Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2016.

Dr. Kendi is also the author of three #1 New York Times bestsellers, How to be an Antiracist, an international bestseller that has been translated in several languages; Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, co-authored with Jason Reynolds; and Antiracist Baby, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky. How to be an Antiracist made several Best Books of 2019 lists and was described the New York Times as “the most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind.”

He has published 14 academic essays in books and academic journals, including The Journal of African American History, Journal of Social History, Journal of Black Studies, Journal of African American Studies, and The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture. He co-edits the Black Power Series at NYU Press with historian Ashley Farmer.

Dr. Kendi also has published op-eds in numerous periodicals, including The New York Times, The Guardian, Washington Post, London Review, Time, Salon, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Paris Review, Black Perspectives, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He commented on a series of international, national, and local media outlets, such as CNN, MSNBC, NPR, Al Jazeerah, PBS, BBC, Democracy Now, OWN, and Sirius XM.

For more information on Dr. Kendi, please visit the Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau.

Wednesday, Oct. 28


Joy Bauer, MS, RDN, CDN

Joy_Bauer_HS.jpgJoy Bauer, MS, RDN, is one of the nation’s leading health authorities, and the nutrition and healthy lifestyle expert for NBC’s TODAY show and the host of NBC’s Health + Happiness.

Share in her wit and wisdom as she walks you through preparing a delicious spread, 7 to 7:45 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 28. Watch her tips and tricks, then download the recipes to try them yourself later.

Ms. Bauer is also a monthly columnist for Woman’s Day magazine, the official nutritionist for the New York City Ballet and the creator of JoyBauer.com. She is a #1 New York Times best-selling author with 14 best-sellers to her credit. Her newest book, Joy Bauer’s Superfood! 150 Recipes For Eternal Youth, features mouthwatering dishes to enhance health, boost energy and increase longevity.

In the earlier part of her career, Ms. Bauer was the Director of Nutrition and Fitness for the Department of Pediatric Cardiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, as well as the clinical dietitian for their neurosurgical team.

Passionate about delivering scientifically sound, realistic information to millions of Americans, she has received countless awards including the National Media Excellence Award from two of the most esteemed organizations, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American Society of Nutrition Science.

Thursday, Oct. 29


Laurie Santos, PhD

Laurie SantosHost of the popular podcast “The Happiness Lab,” Dr. Laurie Santos will join ACEP20 and examine the latest scientific research on factors impacting our well-being and happiness.

Dr. Santos is a Professor of Psychology and Head of Silliman College at Yale University, and an expert on human cognition and the cognitive biases that impede better choices.

At 6 pm CDT, Thursday, Oct. 29, she will close ACEP20 with some uplifting, useful and practical advice for everyone to take back to your emergency department.

“The Happiness Lab,” which launched its first 10-episode series in September 2019, spent 126 days on the U.S. Podcasts Chart, peaking at No. 3. In the series, Dr. Santos explores some new takes on the science of what truly makes us happy and talks with some people who have found a path to happiness for themselves, such as an Olympic medalist who didn’t fall prey to social comparison, a Grammy-winning musician who’s fighting to make our lives more social again, and a Navy SEAL who realized that her training in negative thinking might be more powerful off the battlefield.

Dr. Santos’ course, “Psychology and the Good Life,” teaches students how the science of psychology can provide important hints about how to make wiser choices and live a life that’s happier and more fulfilling. It recently became Yale’s most popular course in over 300 years, and has been featured in numerous news outlets including the New York Times, NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, GQ Magazine, Slate and O! Magazine.

A winner of numerous awards both for her science and teaching, Dr. Santos was recently voted as one of Popular Science Magazine’s “Brilliant 10” young minds and was named in Time Magazine as a “Leading Campus Celebrity.”