National Forum on Sepsis

Each year, END SEPSIS hosts the National Forum on Sepsis featuring the best and the brightest in healthcare policy, government, critical care, patient advocacy, and biotechnology to identify and address challenges and opportunities in the sepsis crisis. The Forum provides an opportunity to discuss progress and forge new commitments and build strong coalitions as we work to reduce the burden of sepsis on our society and our families.

In 2018 the Forum took place at the New York Academy of Medicine and featured prominent speakers including:

  • Howard Zucker M.D., New York State Health Commissioner
  • Cathleen Bennett, President and CEO, New Jersey Hospital Association
  • Anne Schuchat, M.D. Principal Deputy Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Christopher Seymour M.D., M.Sc. Associate Professor, Department of Critical Care and Emergency Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Timothy Buchman, M.D., Senior Adviser, IPA to DRIVE, BARDA, U.S. HSS, Editor-in-Chief of Critical Care Magazine
  • Martin Doerfler, M.D., leader, Office of Clinical Transformation in Center for Learning and Innovation(CLI) at Northwell Health
  • Marcus Friedrich, M.D., MDA, FACP, Chief Medical Officer for Office of Quality and Patient Safety at New York State Department of Health
  • Jean Moody-Williams, R.N., MMP, Deputy Director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, CMS.

National Family Council Members shared their heartbreaking stories of survival and loss. Tara Cirella spoke of her precious daughter Gianna who passed away from sepsis at age 16 years, Chris Aiello spoke of Emily, his daughter who passed away at 14 years old, and Cheryl Douglass from Rhode Island told of her fight to survive sepsis and her work since then to educate the public about sepsis.

Previous speakers at the Forum have included:

  • Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY)
  • Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Dr. Patrick Conway, Chief Medical Officer for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • Kevin Tracey, M.D. Feinstein Institute
  • Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
  • Dr. Konrad Reinhart, Chair of the Global Sepsis Alliance
  • Richard Neal (D-MA), Chairman, House Ways & Means Committee
  • Jim Dwyer, New York Times

View photos of past Forums here.

Jean Moody-Williams

Jean Moody-Williams

“Since last year, my perspective, my viewpoint, my actions have certainly changed. CMS was working in the area of sepsis, but after attending the Forum it became a compelling movement we had to get more traction on.”

Deputy Director, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, CMS

The Rory Staunton Foundation is now END SEPSIS.

Rory's story is the story of our entire community.

This new identity represents the expanded scope of our work as we build on our past successes and continue the war against sepsis.

Thank you for your continued support and we welcome you to join us in our future endeavors!

- Orlaith & Ciaran Staunton