Conference Speakers

As we get closer to the conference, we will update this page with details of our speakers and other agenda highlights.


Michael O’Reilly, Health Special Projects, Apple

Michael O’Reilly, MD MS joined Apple in July 2013.  Prior to joining Apple, Mike was the Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Masimo Corporation, a medical device company focused on noninvasive monitoring. 

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Mike spent most of his career in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan where he was the Medical Director of Information Technology, the Director of Transplant Anesthesia and an institutional leader for the implementation of patient safety initiatives. After moving to Southern California, Mike continued his anesthesia practice as Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care at the University of California, Irvine. In addition to working at Apple, Mike is Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology at Stanford University. Mike attended graduate school, medical school and did his residency at the University of Vermont.


Margaret (Gretchen) Schwarze MD, MPP, FACS. Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Wisconsin

Gretchen Schwarze MD, MPP is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Surgery and Medical History and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin. She received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government.  She completed residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Her fellowship training in vascular surgery and clinical ethics was done at the University of Chicago Hospital and Clinics.

She is a practicing vascular surgeon and health services researcher who also directs the clinical ethics curriculum for the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. Her research interests are in patient-doctor decision making for high-risk operations and end-of-life care for surgical patients. She is an alumna of the Greenwall Faculty Scholars program. She recently received a Cambia Foundation Sojourns Scholar Leadership award and she is funded by the NIH (NIA) and PCORI to test interventions to improve patient-doctor communication. She has also been supported previously by the National Palliative Care Research Center and the Greenwall Foundation Making a Difference Award. She has two daughters, ages 11 and 13.