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Kerr Russell member Patrick Haddad to present at "The Eye, The Brain, & the Auto (8th World Research Congress)" in October

August 24, 2018

Registration is now open for The Eye, The Brain, & the Auto 8th World Research Congress, which will focus uniquely on the autonomous mobility movement. The three-day event in October 2018 will be hosted by the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology (DIO), the research arm of Henry Ford Health System’s Department of Ophthalmology. The mission of The Eye, The Brain, & The Auto is to advance the relationship between vision and the brain, and the safe operation of a motorized vehicle. View a video overview here.

Paul Edwards, M.D., chairman, Henry Ford Department of Ophthalmology, said dedicating this year’s event to the autonomous transportation movement was an obvious choice. “Autonomous mobility is more entwined with healthcare than many may realize. Additionally, the healthcare and automotive industries are experiencing the same level of rapid transformation. Given Henry Ford’s long history and connection to the auto industry, we are uniquely poised to partner with our automotive colleagues on this exciting journey.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, human error is a primary cause of 94% of all traffic accidents, and it’s widely believed that autonomous vehicles will greatly reduce the number of crashes, potentially lessening the burden on the healthcare industry. Additionally, autonomous vehicles and ride-sharing programs are expected to emerge as a valuable resource for increased access to health related visits.

Philip C. Hessburg, M.D., Medical Director of the DIO and a member of the Henry Ford Department of Ophthalmology, said this movement goes far beyond that. “Preventing accidents and helping our patients get to and from their appointments are critical parts of this mission. But that said, we now conceive of a world where the disruptive technology necessary to achieve full Level 5 autonomous transportation will find opportunities via biometric sensing devices within the vehicle itself, as well in evaluating complex diagnostic, therapeutic and management challenges in medicine.”

Presenters from healthcare, legal, and automotive industries will tackle tough questions surrounding the role medicine should play in autonomous vehicle design, especially with the impact of big data management and disruptive IT technology. Kerr Russell member Patrick J. Haddad will address health care privacy matters during Tuesday afternoon's session. Speakers will include:

  • Mehul Bhatt, Ph.D.: School of Science and Technology, Orebro University, Sweden and Centre for Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems, Germany
  • Larry Burns, Ph.D.: former Vice President of Research, General Motors, now a consultant to the Google AV project and author of the new book, Autonomy: The Quest to Build the Driverless Car—And How It Will Reshape Our World.
  • Timothy Cavanaugh: Business Development and Events, Emerging Technology Program Developer, Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
  • David Cole, Ph.D.: Chairman Emeritus of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) in Ann Arbor, MI, Chairman of Auto Harvest and Chair of Building America’s Tomorrow (BAT)
  • Jennifer Dukarski, J.D.: a shareholder based in Butzel Long’s Ann Arbor office, her practice focuses on the intersection of technology and communications with an emphasis on the legal issues arising from emerging and disruptive innovation: vehicle safety, connected and autonomous cars, data privacy and security, patient portals and telehealth, infotainment, and mobile apps.
  • Patrick J. Haddad, Esq.: A Kerr Russell member with over 25 years of experience in the areas of securities, corporate law, health care law and insurance, Patrick is chairperson of the firm’s Securities Law Practice Group, co-chairperson of the firm’s Health Care Practice Group, and the firm’s Co-General Counsel.
  • Gary Shapiro, J.D.: President & CEO Consumer Technology Association (CTA), which owns and produces the global showcase for electronic innovation, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held annually in Las Vegas, NV

The Eye, The Brain, & The Auto 8th World Research Congress will take place Oct. 7-9, 2018 at the Motor City Casino Hotel in Detroit, MI. For more information, go to or contact program coordinator Roseanne Horne at 313-936-1968 or

Patrick J. Haddad has over 25 years of experience in the areas of securities, corporate law, health care law and insurance. He is chairperson of the firm’s Securities Law Practice Group, co-chairperson of the firm’s Health Care Practice Group, and the firm’s Co-General Counsel.

In his securities and corporate practice, Patrick represents public companies, the boards of for-profit and nonprofit organizations, statewide professional associations, health care professionals, hospital systems, joint ventures, management/service organizations, and managed care delivery systems. His work includes disclosure and compliance relative to current, quarterly and annual filings; Section 16 reporting and representation of corporate directors and officers; corporate governance; audit committee and compensation committee representation; public offerings; private placements; and negotiation and documentation of complex business transactions

Patrick’s health care law practice includes advising on provider contracting, formation of management service organizations (MSO) affiliated with health care providers, change of ownership (CHOW), certificate of need (CON), hospital/medical staff relationships, third party payor reimbursement, and state and federal laws regulating the delivery of health services and the business of health care.

He also advises a wide array of mortgage originator and insurance clients, including agents, captive, casualty, property, professional liability, health and worker’s compensation insurers, third party administrators, and self-funded health plans. Patrick frequently assists clients regarding the drafting and analysis of federal, state and local legislation and regulation. He also represents clients before federal and state courts and administrative tribunals.

Patrick is a frequent speaker before legal and business groups on the topics of securities and health care, including presentations on peer review, physician self-referral, anti-kickback, compliance plans, HIPAA, and antitrust.

Patrick was named to The Best Lawyers in America®, by Woodward/White, Inc. in the area of health care law.

  • Download Patrick Haddad's article "Michigan Legislation on Sexual Assault Prevention and Retention of Medical Records" here.

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