Duke Symposium on Fostering AI/ML Research for Health Equity and Learning Transformation (FAIR HEALTH™)

March 13-14, 2024 | In person at the Duke University School of Nursing

We are thrilled to invite you to our upcoming symposium, Fostering AI/ML Research for Health Equity and Learning Transformation (FAIR HEALTH™), scheduled for March 13-14, 2024, at the Duke University School of Nursing in Durham, NC. This two-day event is dedicated to advancing discussions on cutting-edge research and practices aimed at promoting equity and fairness in algorithmic systems.

Keynote Speakers:

We are honored to announce our distinguished keynote speakers for this symposium:

Lisa S. Lehmann, PhD, MD. A renowned figure in bioethics and a Harvard professor, Dr. Lehmann brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the intersection of ethics and technology. With a background as a past medical director, clinician, as well as past Google executive, she offers a unique perspective on the ethical considerations surrounding algorithmic equity and decision-making.

Maia Hightower, MD, MPH, MBA. As the CEO of EqualityAI and a leading authority on bias mitigation in clinical algorithms, Dr. Hightower is on the front lines working to ensure fairness in artificial intelligence. Her insights into practical strategies for addressing bias in algorithmic systems make her a captivating and invaluable speaker.

Event Highlights:

Presentations: Thought-provoking content featuring experts from healthcare, ethics, education, policy, all sharing insights on the challenges and opportunities in achieving algorithmic equity.

Interactive Breakout Sessions: Participate in breakouts designed to facilitate discussions on the problems and gaps, but more importantly the proposed solutions for implementing fairness and equity in algorithmic processes.

Networking Opportunities: Connect with industry professionals, researchers, clinicians, and students passionate about the intersection of healthcare, technology, ethics, and fairness.


Registration for the FAIR HEALTH Symposium is now open. Secure your spot to be part of this enriching experience and contribute to the advancement of fairness in algorithms.

Register here: https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6RIrLwyKEyM8FOm

Event Details:

  • Day 1: Wednesday, March 13 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Eastern time)
  • Day 2: Thursday, March 14 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Eastern time)
  • Location: Duke University School of Nursing, Christine Siegler Pearson Building at 307 Trent Drive, Durham, NC 27710

Join us as we embark on this exciting journey to explore, learn, and shape the future of algorithmic equity. We look forward to your presence at what promises to be a transformative symposium.

Event Leadership:

The FAIR HEALTH™ Symposium is convened by Michael Cary, PhD, RN. Dr. Cary is an Associate Professor with tenure and Elizabeth C. Clipp Term Chair of Nursing in the Duke University School of Nursing.

Dually trained as a health services researcher and applied data scientist, Dr. Cary uses AI and machine learning to study health disparities related to aging and develop strategies to advance health equity and improve healthcare delivery to older adults in diverse populations. His research has been supported by the National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Nursing Research, and the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute. He has published more than 50 manuscripts, book chapters, and editorials and has mentored numerous students and faculty members. In 2022, he was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing for his significant contributions to improve health and healthcare.

Most recently, he was selected by Duke Health to be the inaugural AI Health Equity Scholar. In this health system leadership position, he leads an interdisciplinary team in identifying clinical algorithms that perpetuate racial and ethnic health and health care disparities and implementing system-wide standards for mitigating their harmful discriminatory effects on patients. These meaningful contributions are vital to addressing health disparities and promoting equitable health outcomes for all patients at Duke and beyond.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of this event by the Duke Faculty Advancement Seed Awards.

Flyer for the March 13-14 symposium