Professional Development

Karl F Mech Jr MD Symposium on Healthcare Disparities and Vulnerable Populations

Keynote and roundtable discussions to explore population and community-based approaches to reducing healthcare disparities for vulnerable populations.



No Registration Required

The Saint Agnes Healthcare Department of Surgery invites you to attend the inaugural Karl F. Mech, Jr., MD, Symposium on Healthcare Disparities, on Friday, September 6, 2019, from 7:30-11:00 a.m. at Saint Agnes Hospital.

Through keynote and roundtable discussions, the Mech Symposium aims to consider population and community-based approaches to reducing healthcare disparities for vulnerable populations. It invites caregivers to explore empathy for patients and others in the community as an essential component in providing care for all persons as exemplified by Dr. Mech’s lifelong commitment and dedication to Saint Agnes’ patients.

Featured Presenters

  • Nilesh Kalyanaraman, MD, FACP, Chief Medical Officer, Health Care for the Homeless, Inc. – “Health and Housing”
  • Jennifer Broaddus, LCSW-C, Director of Population Health, Saint Agnes Health Institute
  • Ashley Kinder, MD, Director, Comprehensive Care Center, Saint Agnes Healthcare

Panel Discussion

  • Juan Sanchez, MD, Chair, Department of Surgery, Saint Agnes Healthcare (Moderator)
  • Nilesh Kalyanaraman, MD
  • Jennifer Broaddus, LCSW-C
  • Ashley Kinder, MD
  • Melissa Herbert, Lead Coordinator, AMG Care Management Team

Video Presentation

“Inherit the Earth” with video introduction by Bob Fish, D.Min., Senior Director, Ministry Formation, Ascension.


Over 200 attendees are expected at the symposium. A networking opportunity has been added to the agenda from 10:30-11:00 a.m. Please plan to stay to exchange information and develop contacts with attendees from Saint Agnes and Baltimore area healthcare, business, government and nonprofit communities.

Registration Information

The Mech Symposium is free and open to the entire Saint Agnes community and interested parties from outside the organization. Attendees are asked to kindly RSVP to

Breakfast will be served.

Registration and breakfast open at 7:30 a.m. Program will begin at 8:00 a.m. Networking time from 10:30-11:00 a.m. 

About Karl F. Mech, Jr., MD

Dr. Karl Mech, Jr. is a second-generation Saint Agnes surgeon – he and his father, Dr. Karl Mech Sr., together have dedicated more than 110 years of service to this hospital. Dr. Mech joined the Saint Agnes medical staff as a thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon in 1975, after medical school and training at University of Maryland, and has been a leader in education and clinical excellence ever since. He was President of the Medical Staff in 1989 and has served in several other roles and founding member of the Board Finance Committee and the Saint Agnes Physician Advocacy Group. Because Dr. Mech passionately believes physicians have an obligation to promote high-quality health care in our community, he has advocated in Annapolis and Washington D.C. as Chair of the Hospital’s Board Government Affairs and Legislative Committee.