Clinical Innovation Summit

May 1, 2021. Virtual Conference.
0800 to 1230 EST


Saturday: May 1st


08:00AM – 08:05AM EST

Opening Statements



08:05AM – 09:05AM EST

Integrative Approach to Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

William Haas, MD, MBA
(1 CME)

The treatment of type 2 diabetes can become quite complex as a plethora of new medications have entered the market and the treatment guidelines for diabetes and its associated conditions are ever evolving.

When taking an integrative approach, make sure to keep the bigger picture in mind and honor the body’s natural ability to heal itself.  This requires first doing no harm with the conventional treatments we prescribe and then introducing the right supporting elements for the right reasons at the right time.


09:05AM – 09:10AM EST



09:10AM – 10:10AM EST

School Bus Driver Physicals

Michael A. LaRocco
(1 CME)

Learning Objectives:
  1. Why do we have two separate physicals for school bus drivers in Indiana?
  2. What is a state physical fitness certificate?
  3. What is the difference between the two physicals?
  4. Common pitfalls for CMEs on the CDL physical
  5. Common pitfalls for CMEs on the state physical fitness certificate
  6. Recommendations on general medical issues related to school drivers

10:10AM – 10:20AM EST



10:20AM – 11:20AM EST


(1 CME)


11:20AM – 11:30AM EST



11:30AM – 12:30AM EST

Elevated Liver Tests

Rajiv Sharma, MD
(1 CME)


12:30PM EST



William Haas, MD, MBA



Born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina, Dr. William Haas has established himself as a leader in the fields of integrative and functional medicine. Not afraid of breaking the mold, Dr. Haas also earned his MBA while attending medical school at East Carolina University, one of the nation’s top primary-care training programs. He is board-certified in both family medicine and Integrative Medicine. In addition to his integrative medicine training, Dr. Haas is a candidate for certification with the Institute for Functional Medicine.

Currently, Dr. Haas practices telemedicine and consults with various healthcare startups. He is also co-founder of OvulifeMD, a digital education platform focused on helping women naturally optimize their fertility. Prior to his current positions, Dr. Haas served as the Chief Medical Officer for Essential Health Solutions, a healthcare IT company that was acquired for its work on brining personalized medicine direct to the consumer.

Prior to his career as a physician, Dr. Haas worked as strength coach and personal-trainer, holding the highest certification with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Previously an avid triathlete, Dr. Haas now enjoys competing in kettlebell sport competitions. Fitness and nutrition remain central to both his personal and professional practice.

Michael A. LaRocco

Office of School Transportation

Mike has more than 27 years of experience in school transportation as a Director of Transportation at Hamilton Southeastern Schools, Family Development Services – Head Start for Marion and Hamilton Counties, Center Grove Community Schools, and the Indiana Department of Education. He was hired at the Indiana Department of Education in April 2009, originally to lead the Motorcycle Rider Education Program and Driver’s Education for secondary schools. In July 2010 he was given the responsibility for school transportation with the promotion to Director of the Office of School Transportation.

Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and Master’s degree in Business Administration. Mike has served in the United States Army for eight years, is married to his wife of 31 years, Connie, who is retired school teacher, and has a son Eric who is working in his field of information technology.


Chief Medical Officer
Proactive MD


Dr. Kayur Patel, is a Practicing Emergency Department Physician. He is trained and boarded in both Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine. Dr. Patel is also a highly experienced physician executive. He has over twenty years of practical experience in Healthcare management.

This includes serving as the;

  1. Former Chief Medical Officer of a 278-bed Community Hospital in Terre Haute
  2. Former Director to Health Care Excel, An Quality Improvement Organization for Indiana
  3. Currently he also serves as consultant to KEPRO, the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO)

Dr. Patel is a frequent speaker on the subject of quality in healthcare. His focus has been on improving methodology in care delivery to ensure Right Care at the Right Time at the Right Price.

Rajiv Sharma, MD



Dr. Rajiv specialized in his medical training in Gastroenterology at the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York. He learned under the mentorship of Dr Richard G. Farmer who has pioneered the field of Gastroenterology and had previously served as the Chief of Gastroenterology and Chair of Medicine at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic in, Ohio. Training with Dr. Farmer went outside the hospital which included “healthy pizza teaching sessions” to understand the digestive system. After New York, Dr. Rajiv moved to Indiana to initiate a Gastroenterology practice. He was attracted to Indiana because of the commonplace agricultural communities that made him feel at home. The Hoosier kindness and acceptance makes him feel at home.

As fate would have it, one of his children was diagnosed with a serious health condition that brought an icicle into Dr. Rajiv’s heart. He had to pay very close attention to every food molecule that was consumed. The food and nutrients had to be ultra clean, nontoxic and free of impurities. This triggered Dr. Rajiv to connect back to his Eastern roots and use healthy food ingredients with an integrative approach for healing the body. He was inspired to write his first book on gut friendly probiotic recipes “Pursuit of Gut Happiness” in 2014. The book was a big success in the local communities in Indiana and Kentucky. Dr. Rajiv also performed healthy cooking events in the community that bring attention to healthy eating habits in the community. Dr. Rajiv has been featured on TV with 6abc news, 14News, WTHI, WTWO; Radio with Sirius XM Health/NYU Langone, McGill University’s Dr Joe Schwarz radio show; Newspapers such as Courier & press, Tribune Star, Wabash Valley health, apart from being invited as a guest speaker at many local universities. He was featured on national podcasts that get replayed all over the USA and Internationally in France & Australia. He always advocates clean healthy food options in local hospital physician dining areas.

Every day he strives to educate and empower people to lead a clean life by eating clean foods.

CE Overview

IU School of Medicine, Division of Continuing Medical Education
Phone: (317) 274-0104

Course Description
Intended for Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, and Students, this conference aims to provide valuable information regarding current practices in primary health, risk management, acute care and quality attainment. The conference is focused toward creating a strong foundation for primary health care by adding value to the overall healthcare experience and improving patient care and experience.
Course Objectives
At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify, respect, and care about patients’ differences, values, preferences and expressed needs.
  • Listen to, clearly inform, communicate with, and educate patients.
  • Identify errors and hazards in care.
  • Explain and implement basic safety design principles, such as standardization and simplication.
  • Illustrate the importance of communication and patient hand-off.
  • Describe potential issues that could arise due to lack of communication and follow up between teams.
  • Describe how the optimal use of technology can aid in increasing efficiency and effectiveness
    Discuss strategies that can be used to optimize healthcare delivery.
Accreditation Statement
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Indiana University School of Medicine and Proactive MD. Indiana University School of Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Indiana University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) policy ensures that those who have influenced the content of a CE activity (e.g. planners, faculty, authors, reviewers and others) disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial entities so that IUSM may identify and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the activity. All educational programs sponsored by Indiana University School of Medicine must demonstrate balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor.

*Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) defines a commercial interest as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients.