in partnership with

Combined Moffitt and Ringling Logo

8th Annual
Virtual Reality and Healthcare
Global Symposium interdisciplinary event...

February 29 - March 3, 2024

Ringling College of Art & Design
2700 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234
February 29 - March 1

Moffitt Cancer Center
12902 USF Magnolia Drive
Tampa, FL 33612
March 2-3

=> 10 CME Credits Will Be Offered for ACCME
4 CMEs on Friday, March 1
6 CMEs on Saturday, March 2 <=


Conference Goal:

=> Fostering Partnership and Collaboration in Healthcare <=

How is this conference different from the others?

=> A strong focus on providing unique content
and perspectives from across the healthcare spectrum.

=> A strong focus on providing new emerging voices
from across the ecosystem: care, technology, research, policy.

=> This conference will provide a forum to collaborate and partner with healthcare leaders to enable the creation of larger data sets.


Apple Vision Pros Available for Demos

=> Every day, we will have special appointments,
for you to schedule a demo time to try the Vision Pro<=


Are You New to Virtual Reality?

=> Every day, we will have special appointments,
for you to schedule your first VR experience <=

You'll learn three important aspects:

=> Gesture VR: A Figure Drawing Application That Has a Passthru Mode

=> Hand Physics Lab: Designed for Hand Gesture Recognition

=> First Encounters: a Mixed Reality Experience



Dr. Susan Kirsh

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Xavier Avat

Moffitt Cancer Center

Dr. Pamela Boyers

University of Nebraska Medical Center

Dr. Larry Thompson

Ringling College of Art & Design

Miles Ludwig

Sesame Workshop

Dr. Giselle Ricur

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Dr. Yasuharu Okuda

Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS)

Dr. Tammie Hyde

Kaiser University

Dr. Harry van Goor

Radboud University Medical Center

Dr. Russell Shilling

Russell Shilling Consulting: Innovation and Impact

Dr. Pooria Ahmadi

University of British Columbia

Kimberly Workum

University of Manitoba

Dr. Albert Chi

Oregon Health Sciences University School of Medicine

Haripriya Sathyanarayanan

University of California, Berkeley

Rob Gutierrez


Emery Bergey

Moffitt Cancer Center

Dr. Joe Morgan

Waya Health

Bola Akinrolabu

Arizona State University

William Geraci

MAGIC Health Insurance Solutions

Dr. Shannon Bailey

Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS)

Dr. Matthew Hardwick

ResInnova Laboratories

Dr. Anju Bhargava

Persistent Technology

Dr. Nicholas Kman

Ohio State University Medical Center

Angela Cohen

Charley Bear Productions

Dr. Grant Nelson

Desert Regional Medical Center

Megan Jiao

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Dr. Clíona Kelly

Yale University

Annaliese Schultz

Persistent Technology

Tess McKinney


Dr. Brian Gonzalez

Cancer Researcher

Stephanie Montgomery

XR Association

Dr. Jarrod Reisweber

Veterans Health Administration

Lindsay Watson PT, MPT

Augment Therapy, Inc.

Chris Goode

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (SJCRH)

Sarah Bassett

Arizona State University

Jeffery Porter

Brooks Rehabilitation

Andre Bollaert


Ana Carolina Pereira

Ringling College of Art & Design

Travis Eriksen

Child's Play

Dr. Hussam Salhi

Ohio State University Medical Center

Maayan Wenderow


Nicholas Pilarski

Arizona State University

Dr. Haipeng (Mark) Zhang

Veterans Health Administration

Sarah Hill


Dr. Jeffrey Jacobson

Boston Children's Hospital

Dr. Anne Lord Bailey

Veterans Health Administration

Dr. Julia Scott

Santa Clara University

Dr. Susan Persky

National Institutes of Health

Kaitlyn O’Connor

Nixon Gwilt Law

Amy Hedrick

Cleanbox Technology

Caitlin Rawlins, MSN, RN

Veterans Health Administration

Paesol Veerakitti

VEERA Medical

Laura Kusumoto


Sarah Krüg

Cancer 101

Mark Edwards

ViewMind Inc.

Thomas Shields

Charley Bear Productions

Dr. Walter Greenleaf

Stanford University

Dr. Sarah Hoffe

Moffitt Cancer Center

Martin Murphy

Ringling College of Art & Design


PLEASE NOTE: Be sure to scroll to the right for the entire schedule.






Hotel Suggestions Near Ringling College

(All listed hotels are 2 miles or less

from The Ringling College venue)

NOTE: If you are having trouble finding a hotel, please reach out to us on the messenger in the corner.


Americas Best Value Inn Sarasota Downtown

Days Inn by Wyndham Sarasota Bay

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Sarasota Downtown

Super 8 by Wyndham Sarasota Near Siesta Key

Quality Inn Sarasota North Near Lido Key Beach


Aloft Sarasota

Courtyard by Marriott Sarasota Bradenton Airport

Hampton Inn & Suites Sarasota/Bradenton-Airport

Hotel Indigo Sarasota, an IHG Hotel

Hyatt Place Sarasot/Bradenton Airport


Art Ovation Hotel, Autograph Collection

Hyatt Regency Sarasota

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

The Westin Sarasota


Hotel Suggestions Near Moffitt Cancer Center

(All listed hotels are 5 miles or less

from The Moffitt Cancer Center venue)

NOTE: If you are having trouble finding a hotel, please reach out to us on the messenger in the corner.


Holiday Inn Tampa North

La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Tampa Near Busch Gardens

Red Roof PLUS+ & Suites Tampa


Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa USF Near Busch Gardens

Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa Busch Gardens Area

Home2 Suites by Hilton Tampa USF Near Busch Gardens

Hyatt Place Tampa/Busch Gardens

Residence Inn Tampa at USF/Medical Center


Hotel Suggestions for Halfway Between both Ringling and Moffitt

(All listed hotels are about a 30 minute drive

to either venue from St. Petersburg)

NOTE: If you are having trouble finding a hotel, please reach out to us on the messenger in the corner.


Budget Inn

Holiday Inn St. Petersburg West

Days Inn by Wyndham St. Petersburg/Tampa Bay Area

Quality Inn & Suites at Tropicana Field


Courtyard by Marriott St. Petersburg Downtown

Hollander Hotel

Mint House St. Petersburg – Downtown

Staybridge Suites St. Petersburg Downtown, an IHG Hotel

Tru by Hilton St. Petersburg Downtown Central Ave



Contact Information

If you have questions about tickets, sponsorship or anything else related to the event, please feel free to email us at or call us at +1-202-684-6207.


The International Virtual Reality and Healthcare Association (IVRHA) is a member driven organization comprised of entities throughout the healthcare ecosystem, including technology companies, teaching hospitals and universities, as well as healthcare providers and insurance companies. IVRHA’s mission is to facilitate and support the growth of the virtual reality in health and life sciences. Visit:

COVID-19 Statement

The conference will follow local guidelines as stipulated by the City of Sarasota, FL, City of Tampa Bay, FL, Moffitt Cancer Center and Ringling School of Art & Design as it relates to the management of COVID-19.
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