VU-sponsored health conference to feature noted speaker

Rushika Fernandopulle — the co-founder and CEO of Iora Health and a possible rising star within the national health care industry — will be a keynote speaker at Vanderbilt University’s sixth annual Health Care Conference and Career Fair to be held Oct. 25 at the Music City Center.

Overseen by the VU Owen Graduate School of Management, the conference will host various health care sector speakers, including Chicago-based Healthbox founder and CEO Nina Nashif, as well as students and industry recruiters. This year’s conference will focus on developments that are transforming the health care industry. The conference will include multiple breakout sessions, a recruiting fair with more than 20 companies and a networking reception.

Fernandopulle (pictured), a Harvard University Kennedy School of Government graduate, is becoming well known on the health care speaking circuit. He most recently appeared at the Mayo Clinic Center of Innovation Transform 2013 event in September.

Nashif’s Healthbox is an offshoot of Sandbox Industries, the tech venture capital firm retired NutraSweet Co. executives Nick Rosa and Robert Shapiro started a decade ago and that manages for BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners a venture fund that invests  in promising health care startups.

“This event gives students unique exposure to globally recognized health care executives,” Eric Johnson, Owen School dean, said in a release. “It also allows them to work closely with Vanderbilt faculty and staff from across the university who are involved with Owen’s health care management programs.”

Registration for students is $55; for professionals, $175; and for Vanderbilt alumni, $120. More information and registration details are available here.