Now Available: The Agenda of the 5th International Health and Wellness Tourism Congress

Dr. Alejandro Cambiaso, president of the Dominican Association of Health Tourism (ADTS) and Amelia Reyes Mora, president of AF Comunicación Estratégica, announced the agenda for the 5th International Congress of Health and Wellness Tourism.

The long-awaited meeting is scheduled for June 9 and 10, 2021 at the Ambassador Royal Hideaway Hotel in Santo Domingo and their organizers assured that it will have an innovative and updated biosafety protocol in accordance with the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of Atlanta and the World Health Organization.

The congress plans to address topics of interest with some of the highest representatives of the public and private sector, as well as internationally renowned personalities such as Dr. David Vequist, Ph.D. Founder and Director Center for Medical Tourism Research (CMTR); Dr. David Samadi, Director of Oncologic Urology at Saint Francis Hospital; Elizabeth Ziemba, President of Medical Tourism Training; Dr. Javier Morales, President of Best Option Healthcare; Massimo Manzi, Executive Director of the Costa Rican Chamber of Health (PROMED), among others.

The activity is labeled as the industry’s main event in Central America and the Caribbean and includes conferences, panels, spaces for networking and the launch of the 3rd edition of the Dominican Republic Health and Wellness Tourism Guide.

Moreover, the 5th version of the congress serves as a cluster to promote updates, business and synergies between leaders of health centers, insurers, travel agencies, airlines, tour operators, hotels, financial sector, government, transport, legal, pharmaceutical, and educational.

Here is the congress agenda:

Wednesday June 9, 2021 – Welcome ceremony

The event begins at 5:00 PM with a welcome cocktail, recognitions and the launch of the 3rd Edition of the Health and Wellness Tourism Guide of the Dominican Republic.

Ministerial representations, sponsors, national and international guests, the diplomatic community, investors and participants are invited to the launch event.

Thursday June 10 – Conferences and panels

8:10AM –  9:10 AM

Panel: Lessons Learned from the International Accreditation Process and Covid-19 Safe Standards, which will be moderated by Dr. Alejandro Cambiaso, President of the ADTS.


Dr. Arnaldo Espaillat – Medical Director of the Espaillat Cabral Institute

Dr. José Natalio Redondo – Chairman of the Rescue Group Board of Directors

Dr. Gastón Gabín – CEO of the Medical Center for Diabetes, Obesity and Specialties (CEMDOE)

Dr. Héctor Sánchez Navarro – CEO Meta Integra HOMS

9:10 AM – 10:10 AM

Following up is the second Panel: The Contribution of Health Tourism to the Country Brand, moderated by Lic. Amelia Reyes Mora, President of AF Comunicación Estratégica, and one of the most highly anticipated.

This after the launch of the Country Brand last year; a public-private effort that seeks to project the image and attractions of the nation abroad.


Lic. Biviana Riveiro – ProDominicana Executive Director

Lic. Tammy Reynoso -MITUR Tourism Development Advisor

Lic. Rafael Blanco Canto -Representative of the private sector Country Brand

Arq. Carlos de la Mota – Vice Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Relations for Dominican Communities Abroad

Massimo Manzi -Executive Director of the Costa Rican Chamber of Health (PROMED)

10:10 AM – 10:40 AM

The crisis generated by the COVID-19 pandemic has posed global challenges.

The third panel, named Health Passport and Role of Vaccines in the Relaunch of Tourism and the Economy”, will be moderated by Dr. José Brea, President of the Dominican Society of Vaccination.

It will hold the following experts:

Dra. Rita Rojas – President Society of Infectology

Dr. Javier Morales – Medical Director Best Option Healthcare

10:40 AM – 11:10 AM

The first presentation is given by the international expert in health technology and business, Fedor Vidal, CEO of Arium Health, an information technology services company that aims to raise the quality standards of the health sector in the Dominican Republic and Latin America.

Fedor Vidal - Arium Health

Vidal will speak on the topic Challenges of Innovation and Digital Transformation in Health.

11:35 AM – 12:20 PM

Dr. José Rafael Yunén is in charge of the moderation of the panel: Key factors in the Patient’s Experience, which includes the participation of:

Ms. Elizabeth Ziemba – President Medical Tourism Training

Arch. Herly Valenzuela – General Director of Ureña Valenzuela & Asociados

Dr. José Joaquín Puello – President of the Sanitary City Luis Eduardo Aybar

12:20 – 1:00 PM

The second presentation of the event comes by by Dr. David Vequist, Ph.D, Founder and Director of the Medical Tourism Research Center (CMTR).

Dr. Vequist will speak about Medical Tourism in a Pandemic World, in the Context of COVID-19.

2:00 PM – 2:55 PM

Renowned Dominican orthopedist Dr. Luis Alcántara is in charge of the moderating the panel Plastic Surgery, Dentistry, Orthopedics and Robotics: Markets with Great Potential for the Export of Health Services.

He will have the participation of top-level local and international authorities such as:

Dr. Rubén Carrasco – Dominican Society of Reconstructive and Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

Dr. David Samadi – Director of Urology Oncology Hospital Saint Francis

2:55 PM – 3:55 PM

The Executive Director of Public-Private Partnerships, Sigmund Freund, will lead a panel that seeks to know the perspective of the Dominican health and tourism sector and the potential of its strategic integration.

Freund will lead Public-Private Partnerships in the health and tourism sectors, which holds the participation of:

Lic. Rafael Blanco Tejera – President of Asonahores

Dr. Eddy Pérez Then – Advisor to the Ministry of Health

Lic. Joel Santos – Tourist Advisor to the Executive Branch.

4:20 PM – 5:20 PM

Health and wellness tourism needs the fundamental guarantees to operate safely, reliably and sustainably for both service providers and the insurance sector, and especially for patients.

In this sense, Lic. Leonel Melo, president of OMG, has the responsibility of directing the Panel: Regulatory Framework for Health Tourism: Challenges and Opportunities.

Among those invited to participate are:

Dr. Servio Tulio Castaños Guzmán – Executive Vice President FINJUS

Dra. Maite Del Toro – ADTS Legal Director

Lic. Enrique de Marchena – Managing Partner DMK Abogados

Lic. Gilberto Objío – CEO Medical Law

5:20 PM – 5:50 PM

The great event closes with a speech by Lic. David Collado, Minister of Tourism of the Dominican Republic, who will speak about the Strategies for Reactivating the Tourism Sector.

David Collado en la Camara de Comercio

The International Congress of Health and Wellness Tourism, in its last two years has brought together approximately 800 participants, around 70 exhibitors and more than 110 sponsors, which became a force to continue raising innovation, competitiveness and quality standards of the country’s health and tourism services.

For more information about the event, agenda, registrations and sponsorships, access the web portal:

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