Child Life Annual Conference


Opening Keynote Speaker

Dr. Eytan Young, M.D., F.A.C.S.


Dr. Eytan Young, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a specialist in Pediatric Otolaryngology. He currently works at Iowa ENT Center in West Des Moines. Dr. Young obtained his B.A. degree from Columbia University and his Doctor of Medicine from Cornell University Medical College. Prior to his position at Iowa ENT Center, Dr. Young was a Clinical Assistant Professor at Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Surgery and Director of Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital. He serves on the Advisory Board of ACLP. Dr. Young also serves on the Advisory Team "Reimagining Care for Hospitalized Kids" for the Hope for Henry Foundation. Dr. Young has presented at the American Rhinologic Society, the American Academy of Otolaryngology, and the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology. Additionally, he is fluent in French and Hebrew. 

Plenary Session Speakers

Judy Rollins, Ph.D., RN


Plenary Session - Being Heard: Empathetic Artistic Interpretations of the Personal Journeys of Young People with Serious Illness

Judy Rollins, PhD, RN, president of Rollins & Associates research and consulting, is adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine with a secondary appointment in the Department of Pediatrics at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC; and Adjunct Lecturer at the Center for Arts in Medicine at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. She is a nurse with a fine arts degree in visual arts, a master’s in child development/family studies, and a PhD in health and community studies. She has developed arts in healthcare programming in hospitals, hospice care, and the community, including Studio G, the artists in residence program in pediatrics at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Her writing and research interests include arts in healthcare, family-centered care, and psychosocial issues of care, with a focus on children with cancer. She is editor of Meeting Children’s Psychosocial Needs Across the Health-care Continuum, now in its second edition; editor of Pediatric Nursing; North America regional editor of Arts & Health; and a Scholar at The Institute for Integrative Health, Baltimore, MD. 

Daniel Davis, Ph.D.


Plenary Session - Caring for Children: An Imperative in Clinical and Social Ethics

Dan Davis is Geisinger’s chief bioethics officer and director of the system’s fledgling bioethics center.

A native of West Virginia, he earned his Ph.D. degree in the philosophy and ethics of medicine from Georgetown University in May 1996.  He also worked at Georgetown for more than 20 years, serving as director of strategic planning for the medical center (from 1988 to 1997) and then as associate dean for educational planning and evaluation at the medical school  (from 1997 to 2005).  At Georgetown's Center for Clinical Bioethics, he was a senior research scholar with varied responsibilities for teaching and research in bioethics; he also served as a senior ethicist on the ethics consultation service at Georgetown's hospital and as chair of Georgetown's institutional review board for psychosocial and behavioral research. 

From January 2006 to September 2009, he served as the executive director of the President's Council on Bioethics.  In October 2009, he was appointed senior advisor for bioethics and policy in the Office of the Director at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, where his portfolio included policy analysis and development in genomic ethics, biosecurity, Common Rule reform, and therapeutics development.  He served in that capacity until his recruitment to Geisinger in September 2012.

At Geisinger, in addition to his work in bioethics, he chairs a standing working group on patient engagement in research, discovery, and innovation and has served as the co-lead of an ad hoc working group founded in 2013 and organized around the goal of spurring Geisinger’s growth as a learning health care system.  His research interests include clinical ethics consultation; shared decision making, especially in the context of advanced illness; patient engagement in research and care; professional formation in the health professions; and, organizational culture and ethics in health care.

Plenary Session (Panel Discussion) - ICU Liberation: Child Life Specialists as Essential Collaborators for Success

Presented by:

  • Caroline Potter, MS, CCLS, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD 
  • Emily Carolton, CCLS, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD 
  • Sapna Kudchadkar, MD, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD 
  • Emily Warren , MSN, APRN, ACCNS/P, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD 
  • Yun Kim, MS, OTR/L, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD 

Closing Keynote Speaker

Laurie Strongin, CEO & Founder, Hope for Henry Foundation



In 1996, Laurie became heavily invested with finding a medical breakthrough procedure with hopes of saving her son and other children. She worked alongside a number of political figures including - former House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, Newt Gringrich, and Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO). Additionally, she secured features in media outlets such as - ABC, Washington Post, and New York Times. Laurie's valiant efforts led to President Obama lifting the ban on federal funding for stem cell research in 2009. 

In 2010, Laurie published a memoir, "Saving Henry" garnering widespread coverage on major network television programs - Good Morning America, The Diane Rehm Show, The Bob Edwards Show, The Dr. Oz Show, and BBC. Her memoir led to over 60 speaking engagements across the country. 

As the result of her remarkable endeavors, Laurie received many honors including - Children's National's Chairman's Award, Georgetown Pediatrics' Flame of Hope Award, and the Center for Nonprofit Advancement's 2016 EXCEL Award. She has also served on the Institute of Medicine's Committee on the Ethical and Social Policy Considerations of Novel Techniques for Prevention of Maternal Transmission of Mitochondrial DNA Diseases. 

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