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  • Patch Adams, M.D. Physician, Author and Founder of the Gesundheit! Institute

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    Patch Adams, M.D., started the Gesundheit! Institute in 1971 — the only institution in the world addressing all the problems of health care delivery in a comprehensive model. Dr. Adams ran a pilot of the model from 1971 to 1983, seeing 15,000 patients in a large communal home. It was such a rich experience that he has spent the past 26 years trying to find funding to build a Fantasy Model Hospital, reducing the cost of health care by 90 percent. Thousands of doctors and nurses from all over the world have committed to working at this hospital.

    For 26 years, Dr. Adams has been lecturing and performing 200-300 days per year. He has lectured at 90 medical schools in the United States; and at universities and medical schools in more than 60 countries.

    For 25 years, Gesundheit! has led clown trips, known as Global Outreach (up to nine per year) to the most impoverished communities, war zones, refugee camps and disaster areas. People representing 40 countries, ages 3-88, have clowned. Six years ago, they began to include building clinics and schools. Dr. Adams' dedication to clowning in hospitals has sparked a movement that now has clown groups in 120 countries.

    Dr. Adams, a graduate of the Medical College of Virginia, has published two books, Gesundheit and House Calls. Both have been translated into 14 languages.

    In 1998, Universal Studios released a movie on Dr. Adams' life, based on his book Gesundheit. The movie starred Robin Williams and remains a massive success all over the world. It is frequently aired on television.

    Dr. Adams has received countless humanitarian and peace awards around the world. He is a beloved figure in health care, and the Gesundheit! Institute is known throughout the medical community as the only model of medicine truly centered on care.

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  • Tahir Amin Co-Founder and Director of Intellectual Property of I-MAK

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    Amin is a practicing solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. He trained and practiced with two of the leading intellectual property (IP) firms in the United Kingdom and also served as an in-house global IP manager for a multinational company. Amin has over 10 years' experience in prosecuting, licensing, opposing and litigating trademarks, patents and designs.

    Prior to co-founding I-MAK, he spent two years in India researching public-interest IP issues and working on pharmaceutical patent oppositions. He has served as legal advisor/consultant to many groups, including the World Health Organization, Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative, Doctors without Borders, Oxfam, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, the United Nations, and governments seeking to improve the patent system.

    Amin has published in many prominent forums, including Health Affairs and Nature Biotech. Amin is a Fellow at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine, a 2008 Echoing Green Fellow, and a 2009 TEDIndia Fellow.

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  • Sekou Andrews Motivational Poet and Strategic Presenter

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    Sekou Andrews is inspiring the business world one poem at a time with "The Sekou Effect." As an award-winning and internationally acclaimed spoken-word artist, playwright, actor and musician, Sekou has mastered the art and business of creating original, custom-written, spoken-word pieces that electrify the messages and accelerate the missions of corporations and non-profits worldwide.

    Sekou does not inspire you with his story ... he inspires you with your story.

    An ex-elementary schoolteacher turned national poetry slam champion, Sekou, on any given day, may be presenting an original piece for international marketing executives, giving a keynote speech at a health care conference, or presenting passionate poems for U.S. President Barack Obama at a private party in Oprah Winfrey's backyard. His work has been featured on such diverse media outlets as ABC "World News," MSNBC, HBO, Showtime, MTV and BET, and he has performed privately for Quincy Jones, Maya Angelou, Norman Lear, Hillary Clinton, P-Diddy, and Coretta Scott King and family.

    Sekou has emerged as a powerful voice for health care, routinely evoking tears, cheers and standing ovations at various cutting-edge conferences, including TEDMED, IHI Forum, Health Media ENGAGE, SCHA Patient Safety Symposium, Big Task Weekend, and Health 2.0. Embodying innovation and inspiration, Sekou Andrews is a powerful storyteller.

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  • Kevin Bennet Chairman of the Division of Engineering, Mayo Clinic, Rochester

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    Kevin Bennet's division, composed of 60 technical staff — primarily engineers and programmers — is responsible for the development and application of new technology for clinical practice, research and infrastructure. Major development efforts include wireless physiological monitoring, minimally invasive surgery and deep brain stimulation.

    Bennet joined Mayo Clinic in 1990. His current and past appointments include chair of Strategic Alliances; vice chair of the Information Technology Standards & Architecture Subcommittee; Clinical Practice Committee Equipment Subcommittee; Information Technology Coordinating Executive Committee; Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee; and Medical/Industry Relations Committee, as well as chair and a member of various workgroups and task forces. He has also served as a reviewer for Mayo Clinic Proceedings and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Small Business Innovation Research program.

    He has over 30 years of experience in technology development with organizations including W.R. Grace & Co., Exxon International and Amoco Chemicals. He has been a consultant to the National Institutes of Health and served on NIH site visit teams. Bennet holds patents for semiconductor and optical technology and has founded several technology-based companies. His interests include flying, sailing, scuba diving and gemology.

    Bennet received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School.

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  • Lyle Berkowitz, M.D. Founder and Director, Szollosi Healthcare Innovation Program Medical Director, Clinical Information Systems

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    Lyle Berkowitz, M.D., FHIMSS, is a practicing internal medicine physician, founder and director of the Szollosi Healthcare Innovation Program, and medical director of Clinical Information Systems for the largest primary care group in the city of Chicago.

    Dr. Berkowitz has designed, customized and used a variety of electronic medical record (EMR) systems over the past decade and has been paperless in his clinical practice since fall 2002. He regularly writes and speaks on health care IT topics and wrote the chapter on "Physician Adoption Strategies" for the American College of Physicians' book, Electronic Medical Records. Additionally, his "Change Doctor" blog was recently recognized as one of the "Top 50 Healthcare IT Blogs" in the nation.

    Dr. Berkowitz serves on the editorial board for Healthcare Informatics magazine, the advisory board of the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems, and the board of directors for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Foundation.

    In 2008, HealthLeaders magazine highlighted Dr. Berkowitz as part of its annual "Twenty People Who Make Healthcare Better," and, since 2009, he has been listed as one of Healthspottr's "Future Health Top 100," a list of top innovators and change agents in health care. He graduated with a degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and is an associate professor of medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.

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  • Michael Celender Organization Development Consultant University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Innovation Center

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    Celender has been with the Innovation Center at UPMC and the Patient and Family Centered Care (PFCC) Methodology founded by Anthony DiGioia, M.D., since October 2008. The PFCC Methodology has been nationally recognized by The Institute for Healthcare Improvement, The Picker Institute, Planetree, and The Joint Commission.

    Celender assisted Dr. DiGioia in the development of that process and has directly contributed to its success as a practice for improving the care experience of patients and their families. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Human Resource Management. Celender has over 15 years of experience as an organization development consultant, facilitating performance improvement and team development in organizations such as Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Heinz North America, Marconi, and Coventry Health Care, as well as 10 years with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

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  • Catherine R. deVries, M.D. Clinical Professor of Surgery and Public Health, University of Utah School of Medicine

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    Dr. deVries is a graduate of Harvard University, and holds a master's degree in Pathology from Duke University and an M.D. from Stanford University. She trained in Urology at Stanford, with fellowships in Pediatric Urology at the University of California, San Diego, and Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) at Drexel University.

    While pediatric urology is her clinical focus within the U.S., she has been intensively active in the development of sustainable global surgery since 1992. In 1994, she founded International Volunteers in Urology (now IVUmed) and continues as president of the board. IVUmed is dedicated to urological education worldwide and focuses on training doctors and nurses in developing countries. Dr. deVries has developed urological training programs in Asia, Africa and Latin America. She is a member of the Global Alliance for Elimination of Filariasis (GAELF), and is on the Board of Chairmen of the Societe Internationale d'Urologie (SIU). She teaches courses in surgery and public health; and in engineering innovation for the developing world at the University of Utah and at Stanford.

    Her honors include the American Urological Association's 2009 Distinguished Contribution Award; The Southeastern Section AUA Presidential Lecture 2009; Globus Medical Award, 2007; the American Medical Association's 2006 Dr. Nathan Davis International Award in Medicine; Best of State, Humanitarian, Utah, 2003; Utah Business Magazine Medical Heroes, 2002; AOA Faculty Award, 1999; and the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) Award for Community Service in 1998.

    When Dr. deVries is not engaged in medical activities, she and her husband, Scott Lucas, raise grass-finished cattle at their ranch in Wyoming.

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  • Jesse Dylan Founder of, Filmmaker, Creative Director and CEO of FreeForm

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    At the vanguard of the collective intelligence community, Jesse Dylan dedicates himself to his nonprofit medical website, The hope behind Lybba is that all of the world's medical knowledge will be available in an open forum, free of charge, in simple, easy-to-understand language. Dylan is also an active member of several organizations dedicated to growing our understanding of the world in an effective and equitable way. He is a fellow at Science Commons and serves on the board of Public Knowledge, a public interest group based in Washington, D.C., working to defend citizens' rights in our emerging digital culture.

    Dylan is a filmmaker, and creative director and CEO of FreeForm, a full-service production company focusing on corporate social responsibility and social media. The company works to translate potent thinking into content that moves people to act, and engages communities across the media landscape. In addition, he is a prolific director behind some of the most successful campaigns in commercial television, print and interactive advertising; he has created award-winning commercials for clients, which include Nike, Nintendo, Motorola, American Express, the NFL and MTV.

    Recently, Dylan's work has focused on telling the stories of the world's most innovative projects, people, and organizations. He created the iParticipate campaign for the Entertainment Industry Foundation, tying together film, print, and social media in the service of inspiring volunteerism across the United States. He directed the public service announcements, including a print campaign, for Stand up to Cancer (, an organization committed to fostering collaboration in cancer research. He also directed a film for The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) about the newly completed Large Hadron Collider.

    Dylan's previous work includes the Emmy Award-winning music video "YES WE CAN," inspired by Barack Obama's historic run for president. He has created media projects for a diverse group of organizations, including Bono's nonprofit ONE, the (RED) campaign fighting AIDS in Africa, the Council on Foreign Relations, the PODER Reconciliation Forum, and a short film exploring innovation at Harvard Medical School. Dylan is also an active member of TED (Technology Entertainment Design), where he creates marketing materials and short films in support of TED prize winners.

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  • Esther Dyson Entrepreneur, Journalist and Commentator on Emerging Digital Technology, Health and Health Care

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    Esther Dyson is actively involved in improving the world's health, both as an investor and a research subject. Her genome and some health records are available online to the public, courtesy of George Church's Personal Genome Project. She believes fiercely in the power of information to affect people's behavior and to improve the quality of health as well as health care. She has written two monographs on electronic records and health information liquidity, and ran the 2005 Personal Health Information workshop cosponsored by New York's New School University.

    Dyson brings to her work insights from economics, information technology, management practice and practical psychology. In addition to her own genome (plus those of 26 family members on 23andMe), she is exploring her own data with help from, FitBit, Boston Heart Lab, Biophysical Corp., and New York University Medical Center immunologist Derya Unutmaz, M.D.

    However, her primary activity is investing in startups and guiding many of them as a board member. To that end, she travels broadly and speaks four languages (English, Russian, French and German). Her board seats include 23andMe, Airship Ventures, Boxbe,, Evernote, IBS Group (Russia, advisory board), Meetup, NewspaperDirect, Voxiva, Yandex (Russia), and WPP Group (not a startup). Her past IT investments include Flickr and (sold to Yahoo!), BrightMail (sold to Symantec), Medstory and Powerset (sold to Microsoft), Plazes (sold to Nokia), Orbitz (IPOed, sold to Cendant and later re-IPOed), Tacit (sold to Oracle), and ActiveWeave (sold to Buzzlogic). Her current holdings include BlogAds, ChoiceStream, Dopplr, Dotomi, Linkstorm, Ovusoft, PatientsLikeMe, Resilient, ReliefinSite, School of Everything, Technorati, TerraLink (Russia), UCMS (Russia), and Zedo.

    Dyson is also active in the nonprofit world. She is a director of the Sunlight Foundation, devoted to transparency in government; the Eurasia Foundation; and the Santa Fe Institute. She is also a member of the NASA Advisory Council and chairman of its Technology and Innovation Committee.

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  • Ian Eslick, Ph.D. Candidate at MIT Media Laboratory

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    Ian Eslick's passion is finding ways to make the considerable power of computation more accessible to ordinary people so individuals and communities can solve big societal problems. His technical research interests span artificial and collective intelligence, software engineering, data visualization and human-computer interfaces.

    Eslick's current work is developing a model for community-driven problem solving, entitled Collective Discovery. The concrete goals of this work are identifying and validating hypotheses in patient-provided epidemiological data. His research looks at the role of knowledge representation in mediating communal hypotheses generation to compensate for both self-reporting and methodological error. He has partnered with the LAM Treatment Alliance in the development of LAMsight, a Collective Discovery platform for lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) patients, clinicians and researchers.

    Eslick received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees from MIT in 1996. That year, he co-founded Silicon Spice, a telecommunications company developing high-performance, multi-core digital signal processors, telephony software and reference designs for carrier-class voice-over-IP infrastructure. In late 2000, Silicon Spice was acquired by Broadcom, where Eslick became a director of software engineering. Under the Broadcom label, Silicon Spice's products became the market leader with significant penetration in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Eslick also helped form Broadcom's Mobile Handset Business Unit, which developed the first generation of 2.5G "EDGE" cellular devices.

    Eslick remains an advisor to venture capital firms and start-up companies in the semiconductor, telecommunications, software and consumer Internet sectors. He holds more than a dozen patents in semiconductor architecture, real-time software, and communications technology.

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  • Robert Fabricant Vice President of Creative for frog design

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    Robert Fabricant leads multidisciplinary design teams for frog design, a global innovation firm. Frog's multidisciplinary process reveals valuable consumer and market insights, and inspires lasting, humanizing solutions. With a team of more than 450 designers, technologists, strategists and analysts, frog delivers fully convergent experiences that span multiple technologies, platforms and media. Frog's work crosses a broad spectrum of industries, including consumer electronics, telecommunications, healthcare, media, education, finance, retail, and fashion. Founded in 1969, frog is headquartered in San Francisco, with studios in Amsterdam, Austin, Milan, Munich, New York, Seattle and Shanghai.

    Robert is a leader of frog's health care expert group, a cross-disciplinary global team that works collectively to share best practices and build frog's health care capabilities. An expert in design for social innovation, Robert recently led Project Masiluleke, an initiative that harnesses the power of mobile technology to combat the world's worst HIV and AIDS epidemic in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. In 2009, he presented frog's work with Project Masiluleke at the mHealth Summit and was a moderator at the Connected Health Symposium 2009 for Mobile Health.

    Prior to frog, Robert led the research and development team at Organic, where he worked on wireless applications for key clients such as Federated, Lucent Technologies, and the Museum of the Moving Image. Other work experience includes positions at @radicalmedia, Microsoft Research, and Edwin Schlossberg Inc.

    Robert is an adjunct professor at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where he teaches a foundation course in Interaction Design. In 2009, he joined the faculty of the School of Visual Arts in New York and is a faculty member of the Pop!Tech Social Innovation Fellowship Program. A regular speaker at conferences and events, Robert recently gave a keynote speech at the 2009 IxDA Interaction Conference. He is a frequent contributor to a wide variety of publications, including I.D. Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Wired.

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  • Tye Farrow Senior Partner, Farrow Partnership Architects

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    Farrow is re-imagining the future of design as a catalyst for health. His approach to thinking through bold possibilities with clients results in design that demonstrates true compassion for human emotional and physical well being.

    He has been recognized internationally for setting a new standard in health care design at Credit Valley Hospital. His work at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre in Canada was recently described in the Canadian Medical Association Journal as "one of the most architecturally advanced hospitals in the world".

    The Stockholm-based World Congress on Design and Health has identified him as a global leader who is making "a significant contribution to health and humanity through the medium of architecture and design."

    Farrow is a recipient of the Best International Design award from the U.K.'s Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) and received the U.S.-based Healthcare Facilities Symposium Individual Architect Award. Farrow holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Toronto and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University.

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  • Susannah Fox Associate Director, Digital Strategy

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    Susannah Fox studies the cultural shifts taking place at the intersection of technology and health care. Her survey research has documented The Social Life of Health Information, as well as the fact that participation matters as much as access. Health professionals, friends, and family members remain central, but Dr. Google and online patient communities are gaining in influence. Patients and the people who love them are not just a target audience, but a resource for innovation and knowledge.

    Fox contributes to a health care blog,, and you can follow her on Twitter: @SusannahFox.

    Fox is the former editor of the Web site for U.S. News & World Report and winner of the 2001 National Magazine Award for General Excellence in New Media. She has also worked as a researcher for RealNetworks and for The Harwood Group. Fox graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in anthropology.

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  • Sharon M. Gibson Health Industry Executive, Internet Business Solutions Group, Cisco Systems, Inc.

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    Gibson is a health industry executive in the Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) at Cisco Systems. IBSG is the strategic consulting arm of Cisco, which collaborates with Global 500 CXOs and public sector leaders to help them innovate and turn technology investments into strategic assets that increase productivity, reduce costs and create new revenue sources.

    Over the past two years, Gibson co-led a project to design, build and start up a state-of-the-art corporate health and fitness center at Cisco's corporate headquarters in San Jose, Calif. She also worked with Cisco customers on health care technology visions for 2020, sustainable building and operational strategies, care at a distance, and personalization of the patient experience.

    Gibson has more than 15 years' executive experience in the health care industry, where she has worked at private and not-for-profit hospitals, government institutions, and academic medical centers, along with technology and consulting organizations.

    Before joining Cisco, she was global president of e-Solutions consulting practice at EDS, where she was responsible for industry-focused and general business consulting services. Prior to EDS, she was a health care consultant with Booz-Allen & Hamilton where she led patient-focused restructuring projects. She was a senior vice-president with American Medical International before joining Booz-Allen.

    Gibson graduated at the top of her class from The Johns Hopkins University, where she earned a Master of Science degree. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan College.

    Gibson is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), and a certified professional in health IT (CPEHR and CPHIT). She is also on the Board of Directors for Bridges to Excellence, the national health care quality organization, and an adjunct faculty member at Portland State University.

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  • Thomas Goetz Executive editor of Wired magazine, Author of The Decision Tree blog and of the new book, The Decision Tree: Taking Control of Your Health in the New Era of Personalized Medicine.

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    Thomas Goetz has been a journalist for more than 15 years, first reporting on media and business at the Village Voice, then at the Wall Street Journal, followed by two years at the Industry Standard. He has been at Wired magazine since 2001 and currently serves as executive editor.

    Thomas writes about science, health and medicine. In 2005, this led him back to school, where he picked up a Master of Public Health degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Thomas often frames the contexts of health and medicine with the question: How can we deliver healthcare to our citizens to create the maximum amount of health and happiness?

    Based on the premise that our health doesn't happen all at once, The Decision Tree helps us see that health is a consequence of years of choices — some large and some small. Sometimes we choose wisely and we enjoy good health; sometimes we choose poorly and we suffer the consequences. A decision tree, then, is a trope; a device that can make these decisions more explicit and more obviously something we are actually choosing — it's a way to externalize the choices that we otherwise make without much thought at all. Research shows that when we actually engage in a decision (i.e., when we think it through, even if just for a moment) we tend to make a better decision, defined both as one that we're more comfortable with in hindsight and one that potentially bodes a better outcome. By engaging with our health consciously and explicitly as a series of decisions, one leading to another, we can become "smarter" and enjoy better health.

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  • Jessica Hagy Conceptual artist behind the web series Indexed (

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    Hagy's work has been featured on the BBC Magazine Online, in Good Magazine, The New York Times, Indexed was named on of Time Magazine's best blogs of 2008 and won a Webby in 2010 for best personal blog. She's been published by Random House Europe, Penguin Books, Chronicle Books, O'Reilly Publishing, and is a contributor to national media such as RedBook, Golf Digest, and CurrentTV.

    She speaks frequently on the topics of visualization and imagination, and records events ranging from meetings and debates to conferences.

    She's won a Silver Clio for interactive marketing, a Webby, is a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and has worked to build the international brands of JPMorgan Chase, Victoria's Secret, Starbucks, SONY, and Autodesk.

    She has an MBA from Otterbein College and a bachelor's in advertising from Ohio University.

    Jessica's Philosophy — "This is a little project that allows me to make fun of some things and sense of others without resorting to doing actual math."

  • Jamie Heywood Co-Founder and Chairman, PatientsLikeMe d'Arbeloff Founding Director, ALS Therapy Development Institute

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    An MIT engineer, James Allen "Jamie" Heywood entered the field of translational research and medicine when his brother Stephen was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 1998 at age 29. With his experience in design, information technology, systems modeling, neuroscience and industrial engineering, Jamie brings a unique perspective to drug discovery and medicine. The scientific and business innovations he developed at ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) and PatientsLikeMe have been transforming the intersection of biotechnology and pharmaceutical development, personalized medicine, and patient care.

    At PatientsLikeMe, Jamie provides the scientific vision and architecture for its patient-centered medical platform. He co-founded the company in 2005 with his youngest brother, Benjamin, and friend, Jeff Cole. Named by "CNN Money" as one of "15 companies that will change the world," PatientsLikeMe is a personalized research and peer care platform that allows patients to share in-depth information on treatments, symptoms and outcomes. This novel open model allows clinicians, providers, and the pharmaceutical industry to better understand diseases and the patient experience. Patients improve their care and actively partner with industry to accelerate and influence the development of new treatments and biomarkers.

    In 1999 Jamie founded ALS TDI, the world's first nonprofit biotechnology company, where he served as CEO until 2007. Pioneering an open research model and an industrialized therapeutic validation process, Jamie led ALS TDI to become the world's largest and most comprehensive ALS research program.

    Today, ALS TDI continues to grow and runs a large-scale discovery and informatics program focused on finding an effective pathway for treating ALS. In 2009, Jamie and a small group of thought leaders founded, an organization that asserts a patients right to access a copy of all of his/her medical data in a computable form. Jamie serves on the National Biosurveillance Advisory Committee for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is an activist in the health record, privacy, and innovation area.

    Jamie is a published author, frequent speaker, media pundit and an active investment advisor. He speaks at dozens of conferences around the world. Additionally, Jamie's work has been profiled in The New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, and BusinessWeek, and on "60 Minutes," "CBS Evening News," and NPR. He was named to WIRED magazine's 2009 "Smart List" and to the Fast Company "10 Most Creative People in Healthcare." Jamie and Stephen were the subjects of Jonathan Weiner's biography, His Brother's Keeper, and the Sundance award-winning documentary, "So Much So Fast."

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  • James Levine, M.D., Ph.D. Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

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    Professor Levine holds the Richard Emslander Chair in Nutrition and in Metabolism. He is Professor of Physiology and a Professor of Bioengineering and an internationally renowned expert in obesity, undernutrition and human energy requirements. His research is focused on understanding Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT), obesity and body weight regulation.

    Dr. Levine lectures around the world and is a scientific advisor to the US government, United Nations and the Government of the Peoples Republic of China as well as throughout Africa and in Jamaica. He is an invitee to the Presidents Panel on obesity. Articles have appeared based on Dr. Levine's work in national newspapers and magazines around the world and he has completed documentary filming with the BBC, ABC and CNN.

    Professor Levine has received more than 50 national and international awards in science including the Judson Daland prize from the American Philosophical Society. He holds several NIH grants and other federal grants. His Treadmill Desk won the Invention of the Future Award from NASA, the Innovation Award at the World Fair and is now a Product by Steelcase. In 2007 he received the entrepreneur of the year award — the Minnesota Cup — for the Mayo Clinic based company he founded called Muve, which promotes physical activity.

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  • Sanne Magnan, M.D., Ph.D. Minnesota Commissioner of Health

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    Dr. Magnan was appointed Minnesota Commissioner of Health by Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Sept. 28, 2007. She is responsible for directing the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), which is the state's lead public health agency that is responsible for protecting, maintaining and improving the health of all Minnesotans.

    Prior to her appointment as commissioner, Dr. Magnan was president of the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) in Bloomington, MN. An independent, nonprofit organization, ICSI facilitates collaboration on health care quality improvement among medical groups, hospitals and health plans that provide health care services to people who live and work in Minnesota and adjacent states. She has served on several boards, including Minnesota Community Measurement.

    Dr. Magnan is a staff physician at the Tuberculosis Clinic at the St. Paul-Ramsey County Department of Public Health and a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota.

    She formerly was vice president and medical director of consumer health at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, where she was responsible for case management, disease management, and consumer engagement. Dr. Magnan also was a physician at Lino Lakes Correctional Facility. She is a board-certified general internist.

    Dr. Magnan was named one of the 100 Influential Health Care Leaders by Minnesota Physician in 2004 and 2008. She holds a medical degree and a doctorate in medicinal chemistry from the University of Minnesota.

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  • Chris McCarthy Director of the Innovation Learning Network (ILN) and Innovation Specialist Kaiser Permanente's Innovation Consultancy (IC)

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    McCarthy has been with Kaiser Permanente (KP) since 1997 in various roles- from implementing electronic health records to redesigning the medication administration and shift change experiences. In 2003, McCarthy partnered with IDEO to learn and import methods of "design thinking" into Kaiser Permanente, and has co-led several multiregional innovation projects which have since been implemented in dozens of KP and non-KP hospitals.

    McCarthy also directs a network of health care innovators who share design techniques and prototypes to speed learning and deepen inter-organization collaboration. Among the members are CIMIT/Partners, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.K. National Health Service, Via Christi and Kaiser Permanente.

    McCarthy has a master's degree in Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, N.Y.) / Copenhagen Business School (Denmark), and a master's degree in Public Health in Health Policy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In his spare time, he obsesses about fitness, movies and home remodels.

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  • Lew McCreary Contributing Editor: Harvard Business Review

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    McCreary is a writer and editor specializing in innovation-related subjects. He is a contributing editor at Harvard Business Review (HBR), where he previously worked as a senior editor. Prior to HBR, he spent nearly two decades covering information technology—from a leadership perspective—for audiences of senior executives. Starting at International Data Group's CXO Media in 1987, he helped launch and develop CIO magazine, and went on to found four other award-winning titles there, each devoted to exploring the intersection of IT and competitive excellence. He was the 2005 winner of the G.D. Crain Award for editorial innovation and leadership. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Wesleyan University. He is a spare-time fiction writer and has two published novels. One, The Minus Man, a first-person psychological portrait of a serial killer, was made into a 1999 movie starring Owen Wilson.

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  • Sona Mehring Founder and CEO of CaringBridge

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    Mehring created the first CaringBridge website in 1997 during a friend's high-risk pregnancy. With extensive experience in the information technology industry, Mehring had a vision to build upon that formative and deeply personal experience — combining the capabilities of technology with the personal needs of people facing a crisis. In the years since, she and CaringBridge have become widely known for the creation and implementation of Compassion Technology, which facilitates personal and convenient communication for individuals receiving care.

    Mehring is frequently recognized and honored for her passion and visionary leadership. In 2009, she was named one of 25 Women Industry Leaders in the Twin Cities by the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal. In 2008, she received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition citing her outstanding and invaluable service to the community. In 2006, called her one of the nation's leading Women Working for Change. Also in 2006, she received the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Alumni Excellence Award. During 2004, Mehring was a finalist for the Minnesota High Tech Association's TEKNE award, was honored at Medica's Speaking of Women's Health Conference, and was nominated for the Volvo for Life Award.

    Mehring is a member of Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, National Health Council and the National Health Marketing Leadership Roundtable. An early adopter of Internet technologies, she has been actively involved in the development of several widely used software applications.

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  • Patricia Moore President, MooreDesign Associates LLC

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    Moore is an internationally renowned gerontologist and designer, and a leading authority on consumer life span behaviors and requirements. For three years (1979-1982), in an exceptional and daring experiment, Moore traveled throughout the United States and Canada disguised as women more than 80 years old. With her body altered to simulate the normal sensory changes associated with aging, she responded to people, products, and environments as an elder.

    Moore is a frequent international lecturer, media guest, author of numerous articles and of the books DISGUISED: A True Story, The Business of Aging (2010), and OUCH! Why Bad Design Hurts (in the works). She is co-author of the American National Standards Committee on Anthropometry, was a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Harrington Arthritis Research Center, the Herberger Center for Design Excellence at Arizona State University, the Advisory Board of CARF (Certifying Association of Rehabilitation Facilities), and The American Occupational Therapy Association Foundation.

    Moore completed Advanced Studies in Biomechanics at New York University's Medical School & Rusk Institute and holds graduate degrees in Psychology and Counseling and in Human Development (Social Gerontology) from Columbia University. She was selected to receive the 1996 Community Service Award of the American Rehabilitation Association, for advancing independence and quality of life with environmental design; the American Hospital Association's 1996 NOVA Award for the "Family Road" Care Centers, holistic health environments for the promotion of appropriate child care and parenting; the American Occupational Therapists Association's 2005 Leadership Award; the 2006 American Society of Interior Designers Humanitarian Award; and has been honored internationally for her work with OXO Good Grips. Moore is a Fellow of the Industrial Designers Society of America.

    Moore received the Professional Recognition Award by the Arizona Design Institute (1997) for fostering Excellence in Design and support to Design Education. Moore was the 1996 & 1997 Carnegie Mellon University Visiting Design Chair. She is an Adjunct Professor of Industrial Design at Arizona State University, and has lectured at universities throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand and Russia.

    Moore has been named by ID Magazine as one of the 40 Most Socially Conscious Designers in the world; and was selected in 2000 by a consortium of news editors and organizations as one of the 100 Most Important Women in America. ABC World News featured Moore as one of 50 Americans Defining the New Millennium.

  • Jill J. Morin 3EO (one of three co-CEOs) at Kahler Slater and author of the new book Better Make it Real: Creating Authenticity in an Increasingly Fake World

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    Jill J. Morin is a member of the three-person leadership team that makes up the Office of the Chief Executives for Kahler Slater, an interdisciplinary design enterprise that works with visionary clients throughout the world and helps them design and deliver innovative and transformational experiences. Kahler Slater's unique and holistic design process, Total Experience Design™, was named a BizTimes 2009 IQ Award Winner, which honors innovative products, services or processes developed by southeastern Wisconsin companies.

    In addition to her duties as an executive officer for the firm, Morin works with clients as a strategic facilitator to ensure that the design process uncovers clients' unique visions — the starting point for all design. Morin also oversees marketing, brand identity, community outreach and strategic planning for the organization and its business groups.

    Morin leads the development and launch of new and integrated service lines for Kahler Slater. These integrated and value-added offerings, combined with architecture and interior design services, include strategic planning, vision development and creative workshop facilitation, branded environment services, multimedia and project Web site design, environmental design and market research, special events planning and implementation, philanthropy support and community outreach, and media/public/employee relations planning and implementation.

    Morin is the author of Better Make it Real: Creating Authenticity in an Increasingly Fake World (2010, Praeger Publishing). The book is about Total Experience Design — a specific, step-by-step process for designing stake holder experiences that are "authentic, intentional, and wholly integrated." In Better Make It Real, Morin shares behind-the-scenes stories from Kahler Slater projects and clients, including Google, Martha Jefferson Hospital, Robert Redford's Sundance Cinemas,, and numerous entrepreneurial enterprises.

    Morin has been named to The Business Journal serving Greater Milwaukee's "Forty under 40," "Women of Influence" and "Next Generation of Business and Community Leaders" lists. She was named a "Peak Performer" by the Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame and Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, and was selected as a 2009 Marquette University Alumni National Award recipient. She is the co-chair of the regional Creativity Works! Executive Council, and also serves on the boards of the Milwaukee Water Council, Medical College of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. Morin was a judge for the 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

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  • Brian Nass, M.S.

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    Brian Nass is chair of the Department of Mayo Clinic Global Products and Services, a position he has held since January 2009. Nass joined Mayo Clinic in 2004 as the chief operating officer, Lab Operations, and later served as the section head of Process Improvement in Quality Management Services. Before coming to Mayo Clinic, he had 24 years of multifunctional experience in the technology industry. Nass has held senior leadership positions at the XIOtech Corporation in Eden Prairie, Minn.; Seagate Technology in Rochester; Western Digital in Rochester and in Irvine, Calif.; and the IBM Corporation across multiple sites in the U.S., Japan, and Europe.

    Nass has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Iowa State University and two master's degrees (Industrial Engineering & Mechanical Engineering) from Stanford University.

    Mayo Clinic Global Products and Services is a not-for-profit department that serves several markets, including patient/consumer, employer/government, medical professionals and students/residents/fellows. Drawing upon the collective experience of more than 3,000 physician experts, Mayo Clinic Global Products and Services provides an integrated suite of products and services designed to improve both individual and population health.

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  • Chaki Ng Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science, Harvard

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    Chaki Ng is interested in novel ways of connecting people with physical places and venues. He designs interactive multiuser applications using touch screens, RFIDs, and mobile devices. His latest project was a 30-screen system for the MIT Media Lab.

    He is an eLearning veteran, having co-founded and sold Interactive Constructs, Inc., a 70-employee and 10M+ annual revenue company that developed award-winning adaptive products for publishers like Scholastic and Harcourt.

    Ng is a Ph.D. candidate in computer science at Harvard, specializing in resource allocation for cloud and grid systems. He holds Master of Science (Harvard), Master of Business Administration (MIT Sloan), and Bachelor of Science (Northeastern) degrees.

    Read more about Ng's research projects and publications.

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  • Rebecca Onie Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Project HEALTH

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    In 1996, during her sophomore year at Harvard College, Rebecca Onie founded Project HEALTH with Dr. Barry Zuckerman, Chair of Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center. As Executive Director of Project HEALTH, Rebecca oversaw the organization's growth to Providence and New York City. After attending Harvard Law School, where she served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review and research assistant for Professors Laurence Tribe and Lani Guinier, Rebecca clerked for the Honorable Diane P. Wood of the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She was also an associate at Miner, Barnhill & Galland P.C., a boutique law firm in Chicago, where she represented civil rights plaintiffs, health centers, affordable housing developers, and nonprofits. During this time, Rebecca served as founding Co-Chair of Project HEALTH's Board of Directors.

    Rebecca returned to Project HEALTH as CEO in February 2006. In 2009, she was honored to receive a MacArthur Fellowship, for "individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction." She was also a recipient of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award honoring Americans under the age of 40 who are changing their communities and the country with their commitment to public service.

    She is a U.S. Ashoka Fellow, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and received the Jane Rainie Opel '50 Young Alumna Award in 2008 for outstanding contribution to the advancement of women. In 1999, Rebecca received the Do Something Brick Award for Community Leadership, for dynamic young people under the age of thirty with the passion and drive to improve their communities.

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  • Dean Ornish, M.D. Founder and President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute

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    Dean Ornish, M.D., is clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Ornish received his medical training in internal medicine from Baylor College of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Massachusetts General Hospital. He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from the University of Texas at Austin, where he gave the baccalaureate address.

    For over 32 years, Dr. Ornish has directed clinical research demonstrating, for the first time, that comprehensive lifestyle changes may begin to reverse even severe coronary heart disease, without drugs or surgery. Recently, Medicare agreed to provide coverage for this program, the first time that Medicare has covered a program of comprehensive lifestyle changes. He directed the first randomized controlled trial demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle changes may stop or reverse the progression of early-stage prostate cancer. His current research has shown that comprehensive lifestyle changes affect gene expression, "turning on" disease-preventing genes and "turning off" genes that promote cancer and heart disease, as well as lengthening telomeres, the ends of chromosomes that control how long we live. His collaborator was Elizabeth Blackburn, Ph.D., who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2009.

    He is the author of six best-selling books, including The New York Times' best sellers, Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease; Eat More, Weigh Less; Love & Survival; and most recently, The Spectrum.

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  • Sandhya Pruthi, M.D. Director of the Breast Diagnostic Clinic, Mayo Clinic, Rochester

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    Dr. Pruthi is a consultant in the Department of General Internal Medicine and an assistant professor of medicine at the College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, in Rochester. Dr. Pruthi serves as chair of Breast Cancer Prevention for the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center Breast Research Program. She received her M.D. degree from the University of Manitoba, Canada, in 1990, and then completed a Family Medicine residency at Mayo Clinic in 1994.

    Dr. Pruthi's research focuses primarily on chemoprevention of breast cancer, management of breast pain, and development of new educational tools for counseling women at high risk and those newly diagnosed with breast cancer. She is the Mayo Clinic principal investigator on several national chemoprevention trials aimed at reducing the risk of invasive breast cancer, including the STAR trial, a nationwide National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel (NSABP)- and National Cancer Institute (NCI)- sponsored study, and Mammary Prevention Trial sponsored by the NCI in Canada. Dr. Pruthi has collaborated in other women's health trials, including management of menopausal symptoms.

    Dr. Pruthi is the Women's Specialty Editor of She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the American Society of Breast Disease. She enjoys speaking and writing on breast health awareness.

  • Mrs. Q Educator and anonymous author of the blog Fed Up With Lunch: The School Lunch Project

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    Mrs. Q's blog has been catching the eye of child health advocates around the United States. The country has a growing interest in childhood obesity and school lunch reform, thanks in part to programs like Chef Jamie Oliver's "Food Revolution" on ABC and First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" initiative. The woman known as Mrs. Q, a pseudonym, makes no pretense: Her blog was born after a couple of unfortunate experiences with school meals after she forgot her lunch at home and had to eat the school's prepared food. She keeps her identity a secret, out of fear of losing her job as a teacher. Mrs. Q is not comfortable with making waves.

    Compelled by her own frustration with school meals — both as a mother and a teacher — she has committed to eating school lunch every school day in 2010, just like the kids who eat school lunches in her elementary school. Mrs. Q is documenting her experience by blogging, tweeting and sharing photos that describe the meals she is served. She also shares her own health changes and the developments she never anticipated. Mrs. Q has been interviewed on "Good Morning America" (in shadow) and over the telephone on National Public Radio.

    Her blog has been featured on, AOL Health, the Yahoo! home page, and in USA Today. The blog receives from 5,000 to 10,000 hits per day from an audience that includes nutritionists, doctors, chefs, "foodies," and parents. Mrs. Q uses social media to create a gathering place for people concerned about the state of children's food at school and about children's health. She is married, the mother of a toddler, and lives and teaches in Illinois.

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  • Priti Radhakrishnan Co-Founder and Director of Treatment Access of I-MAK

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    Radhakrishnan obtained her law degree from New York University (NYU) School of Law, and has worked as a health attorney in the U.S., Switzerland and India. Prior to co-founding I-MAK, she served as the senior project officer of the Lawyers Collective HIV/AIDS Unit in India.

    Radhakrishnan recently coordinated the efforts of TEAM VINAY — a movement that registered 25,000 new bone marrow donors in the South Asian American community and received the National Marrow Donor Program's Lieutenant General Frank E. Peterson, Jr. award for innovation and commitment to minority recruitment and retention of bone marrow donors.

    In 2008, she was awarded the Echoing Green Fellowship for social entrepreneurs, the Pop!Tech Social Innovation Fellowship and was selected as one of 160 dynamic young leaders for the 2008 Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit in Tokyo. The Asia Society recently selected Radhakrishnan as one of three young leaders from the United States for its 2009 Class of Asia 21 Fellows. She was awarded the 2010 Black, Latino, Asian Pacific American NYU Law Association's Young Alumni Award, was the 2010 Honoree of the NYU Law Women of Color Collective, and was named NYU School of Law's Alumnus of the Month (November 2009).

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  • James G. Rasche 3EO (one of three co-CEOs) and Health Care Experience Designer, Kahler Slater

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    Jim Rasche is a member of the three-person leadership team that makes up the Office of the Chief Executives for Kahler Slater. The company is an interdisciplinary design enterprise working with visionary clients throughout the world, helping them to design and deliver innovative and transformational experiences. Kahler Slater has been recognized by the Great Place to Work Institute for each of the past six years as one of the best 25 small companies to work for in the United States.

    Rasche's enterprise responsibilities are leading the development of the firm's vision, creativity and people. He also serves as the team leader for the Health Care Team designing life-enhancing total experiences with visionary health care clients throughout the world. Rasche has been a national champion in the development and use of Evidence-Based Design which is the process of basing decisions about the built environment on credible research to achieve the best possible outcomes. He is a contributing author of the Center for Health Design Study Guides for individuals seeking Evidence-Based Design Accreditation Certification (EDAC). His clients include Mayo Health System, Martha Jefferson Hospital and the National University Hospital Singapore, where he was recently involved in creating a new world-class experience integrating clinical services, teaching and research into an ambulatory medical center setting.

    Rasche is a registered architect and member of the American Institute of Architects, a board-certified member of the American College of Healthcare Architects, member of the Academy of Architecture for Health, member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and he has been recognized with more than 14 awards for health care design.

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  • David Rose Product Designer, Technology Visionary, and Serial Entrepreneur

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    David Rose is chief executive at Vitality, a company that is reinventing medication packaging with wireless technology. Prior to his work at Vitality, he founded and was CEO of Ambient Devices. There, he pioneered glanceable technology: Embedding Internet information in everyday objects like light bulbs, mirrors, refrigerator doors, digital post-it notes, and umbrellas to make the physical environment an interface to digital information.

    Rose founded Viant's Innovation Center, an advanced technology group for Fortune 500 companies including Sony, GM, Schwab, Sprint and Kinkos. He helped build Viant to more than 900 people, $140 million and a successful IPO.

    In 1997, Rose patented online photo-sharing and founded Opholio (acquired by FlashPoint Technology).

    Before his work on the Internet, he founded and was president of Interactive (acquired by RDW Group), which creates interactive museum exhibits, educational software and smart toys, including the award-winning LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Invention System.

    Rose taught information visualization at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and currently teaches a popular course in tangible user interfaces at the MIT Media Lab. He is a frequent speaker to corporations and at design and technology conferences.

    He received a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from St. Olaf College, studied Interactive Cinema at the MIT Media Lab, and earned a master's degree from Harvard University.

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  • Lorna Ross Creative Lead and Manager Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation Design Team

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    Ross has 16 years' experience working in design and design research, with the past nine years focused on health and health care. She is a graduate of The Royal College of Art, London, England.

    Prior to joining the Center for Innovation at Mayo Clinic as manager of the design group, Ross ran the Design for Human Wellbeing Group at the MIT Media Lab Europe. She has led large-scale strategic design projects for the Department of Defense, Motorola Inc., Interval Research Corporation and Massachusetts General Hospital.

    Ross held a faculty position at Rhode Island School of Design in the Industrial Design Department, and has been on the visiting faculty at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India. She has consulted to the UK Design Council and was a visiting research fellow at University of Reading, United Kingdom, Bionics Group.

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  • Sonia Sarkar Chief of Staff to the CEO, Project HEALTH

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    Sonia Sarkar serves as Chief of Staff to the CEO of Project HEALTH, a national non-profit dedicated to breaking the link between poverty and poor health by mobilizing college students to connect families with the resources they need to be healthy. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University in May 2008 with a B.A. in Public Health and International Studies and joined Project HEALTH's National office from the Baltimore site, where she served as a Programs Manager.

    Prior to joining the Project HEALTH staff team, she served as a volunteer, program coordinator, and campus coordinator for the organization's Baltimore site, as well as a student member of Project HEALTH's Board of Directors. While at Hopkins, Sonia co-developed an undergraduate course on Urban Health and Advocacy, advocated at the Annapolis Statehouse for expanded Medicaid legislation, and conducted research to assess the clinical impact of the Family Help Desk model.

    A 2008 Truman Scholar and Member of the USA Today All-Academic Team, Sonia has worked as a Mayoral Fellow with the Baltimore City Health Department, where she provided case assistance and studied the effects of inadequate housing on health outcomes in urban neighborhoods. In 2009, Sonia was named SAALT's South Asian Changemaker of the Year, and also received a Rotary Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarship to conduct work with local paramedic teams in San Jose, Costa Rica. Recently, Sonia co-authored an article on Project HEALTH's program model in the Journal of Patient Education and Counseling, and presented her work at the 2010 Annual Pediatric Academic Societies Conference in Vancouver.

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  • Sharon Schindler Rising Executive Director, Centering Healthcare Institute, Inc.

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    Rising is a certified nurse-midwife who graduated from the Yale School of Nursing, taught on the faculty there and then established the graduate nurse-midwifery program and the Childbearing Childrearing Center at the University of Minnesota.

    In 1993-94, she developed and piloted the CenteringPregnancy model of group health care in Waterbury, Conn., and began doing instructional workshops nationally and internationally.

    The Centering Healthcare Institute, Inc. (CHI) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the paradigm of health services in order to improve the overall health outcomes of mothers, babies, new families and all individuals across the life cycle. In addition to serving as the institute's executive director, Rising is on the clinical nursing faculty at the Yale School of Nursing and is an adjunct professor at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.

    Rising was awarded the Purpose Prize by Civic Ventures in December 2008, and, in 2010, won the Trout Premier Cares Award; was named an Edge Runner by the American Academy of Nursing and was awarded the top honor given by the American College of Nurse-Midwives.

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  • Dave Schy New Taste LLC

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    Chef Dave Schy is the creator of — a totally free healthy eating/recipe driven web site designed to teach people to cook and eat healthfully. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, Chef Schy has been a professional chef for more than thirty years. Highlights of Schy's career include working as the corporate chef of research and development for Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises in Chicago where he created recipes and menus for many nationally known restaurant concepts. Schy was also the chef/owner of the highly regarded Hubbard Street Grill and was featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal when he decided to close that restaurant. Dave has also developed products and recipes on a consulting basis for many of the of the largest food manufacturing and restaurant companies in the country.

    During the last few years Chef Schy has devoted his time to developing healthful recipes based on a whole food, whole grain, plant based diet that also includes a reasonable amount of lean animal protein. Originally for his personal use, he decided to post the recipes on the internet as his contribution to the community.

    Chef Schy believes that a coordinated effort among foodservice, home cooking, schools, and internet education can change peoples' eating habits, increase their quality of life and benefit health through prevention.

    Chef Schy's Food Philosophy — Eating is a sensual pleasure that we can enjoy several times a day for as long as we live.

    Nature has given us countless ingredients that we can use to create an endless parade of delicious recipes.

    Edible fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, herbs and spices, as they are found in nature are designed to entice us. Their colors, shapes and aroma invite and persuade us.

    From subtle to lush, we enjoy their distinctive flavors. In a perfect, mysterious symbiotic relationship they delight, energize and nourish us and in return we ensure their future by spreading the seeds.

    These natural, unprocessed ingredients, commonly known as whole foods, are the ingredients I choose to use in cooking.

    The foods you will enjoy during the day at this symposium are an example of how these simple ingredients can be paired up to create healthy and delicious foods.

    From fresh whole grain cereals for breakfast to apricot granola bars at lunch, each item should bring you energy and enjoyment.

    If you wish to re-create these foods at home or many others like them, all of the recipes can be found at

  • Lori Seibel President / CEO of the Community Health Endowment (CHE), Lincoln, Neb.

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    Community Health Endowment (CHE) was founded by public leaders from proceeds of a hospital sale, and it undertook the ambitious charge "to make Lincoln, Nebraska the healthiest community in the nation." CHE supports bold and creative ideas from the community to achieve this vision. Recent targeted community projects focus on prevention and systemic change as a means to address issues of obesity and health care access. CHE, along with a partnership involving other public, private, and philanthropic leaders, recently completed plans to construct an "Active Living Center" in downtown Lincoln by September 2011.

    A hallmark of Seibel's work at CHE has been bringing nontraditional partners, and even competitors, to the table to work toward common community health goals. Some recent examples include appropriate utilization of emergency department services, integration of primary and behavioral health care, development of culturally diverse leadership among local nonprofit organizations, and engagement of local government in addressing safety net issues. Seibel's close collaboration with community leaders and support from a diverse Board of Trustees has generated energetic partnerships, creative solutions, and imaginative philanthropy resulting in programs that have transformed the health care experience in Lincoln.

    Seibel's background includes work as a public health epidemiologist and a former adviser to two Lincoln mayors. She earned a master's degree in preventive medicine and epidemiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Medicine. She serves on numerous boards, including the Leadership Council for Lincoln's Community Learning Centers and the Board of Directors for the Prairie Hill Learning Center.

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  • Alice A. Tolbert Coombs, M.D. Critical Care Specialist/Anesthesiologist, South Shore Anesthesia President, Massachusetts Medical Society

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    Dr. Coombs has long been active in organized medicine. For the last three years, she has served as president-elect, vice-president, and secretary-treasurer of the society, and has been a member of its Board of Trustees and House of Delegates.

    She is a member of the American Medical Association's Commission to Eliminate Healthcare Disparities. She is former vice chair of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine's Patient Care Assessment Committee; a former member of the Massachusetts State Commission to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Healthcare Disparities; and a past chair of the Massachusetts Medical Society's Committee on Ethnic Diversity. She was also a member of the Massachusetts Special Commission on the Health Care Payment System, established to evaluate the system and recommend reforms to provide incentives for cost-effective and patient-centered care.

    Dr. Coombs has served on the Massachusetts Medical Society's committees on Public Health, Managed Care, Recognition Awards, and Leadership Development. She is a past president of the Norfolk South District Medical Society, one of 20 district groups that comprise the statewide organization and a former chair of the Ethics Committee at South Shore Hospital.

    In 2005, she received the Society's Henry Ingersoll Bowditch Award of Excellence in Public Health, an annual award given to a physician who demonstrates creativity, commendable citizenship, initiative, innovation and leadership in the public health and advocacy fields. One of her major public health activities for several years has been her annual anti-smoking program for South Shore youth, "Smoking-Don't Go There," an adaptation of a program produced by the American College of Chest Physicians. Dr. Coombs developed the program in 1999.

    She is also a driving force behind the American Medical Association's Doctors Back to School Program, which brings physicians into elementary, middle and high schools across the country to interest young men and women, particularly in minority communities, in health care careers.

    A native of Compton, Calif. and a graduate of Compton High School, Dr. Coombs received her medical degree from the UCLA School of Medicine. She is board-certified in internal medicine, anesthesiology, and critical care. Dr. Coombs is a diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners and a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians.

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  • Sidna Tulledge-Scheitel, M.D., M.P.H. Mayo Clinic Associate Dean of eHealth

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    Dr. Tulledge-Scheitel serves as Mayo Clinic's associate dean of eHealth and as medical director of Mayo Clinic Global Products and Services, in addition to her role as a practicing physician in Primary Care Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Dr. Tulledge-Scheitel is also an assistant professor in the College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed journal articles with special interests in care delivery models, preventive service delivery and chronic condition management.

    Dr. Tulledge-Scheitel has a wealth of experience and an understanding of the use of systems and technology to advance patient care. She has served as clinical telephonic medical director for Mayo Clinic Health Solutions, and as the medical director for the Mayo Clinic Health Manager project. Within Mayo, Dr. Tulledge-Scheitel received the 2007 Department of Medicine Laureate Award, and has been a member of the Board of Directors for Immanuel St. Joseph's — Mayo Health System, and the Institute of Healthcare Improvement (ICSI).

    Mayo Clinic Global Products and Services is a not-for-profit department that serves several markets, including patient/consumer, employer/government, medical professionals and students/residents/fellows. Drawing upon the collective experience of more than 3,000 physician experts, Mayo Clinic Global Products and Services provides an integrated suite of products and services designed to improve both individual and population health.

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  • Macharia Waruingi, M.D. Founding Chair of KDNC Senior Consultant in Health Care, Global Health Care Systems

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    Dr. Waruingi is trained in medicine and health administration. He holds doctorate degrees in both fields. He is the founding chair of KDNC (, an organization that is focused on developing processes for emergence of relevant knowledge in global health and human development using human centered designs. Dr. Waruingi's work is inspired by the works of Peter M. Senge, Ph.D., MIT Sloan Leadership Center, in systems thinking and the theory of the learning organization. Dr. Waruingi worked with Dr. Senge to investigate system-based explanations of the failure of global health. He published this work as a dissertation project titled "Discovering the Tacit Dimension of Global Health Leadership Using Grounded Theory and Systems Thinking."

    From his work with Dr. Senge, Dr. Waruingi found that global health fails because there is no process for gaining access to tacit knowledge resources residing among the stakeholders of global health. Failure to include tacit knowledge in the design structure of global health solutions leads to implementation of solutions that lack important elements in their design, resulting in relevance paradox. Dr. Waruingi explains how we can do things differently to achieve effectiveness in global health in his recent book Emergencing.

    Dr. Waruingi is a senior consultant in health care with the Global Health Care Systems, where he helps entrepreneurs and professionals develop human-centered systems for health care delivery in developing countries. He is currently developing a model for a sustainable, franchised, health services delivery organization for developing countries, built on mobile technology platform.

    Dr. Waruingi also is an associate professor at the University of Phoenix, School of Advanced Studies, where he facilitates regular doctoral course work in the Doctor of Health Administration program; and doctoral dissertation seminars and dissertation-mentoring program.

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  • John Wilbanks Vice president for Science of Creative Commons Executive Director of Science Commons

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    Wilbanks is an American entrepreneur, scientist and engineer. He attended Tulane University (New Orleans, LA) and received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy in 1994. He also studied modern letters at the Sorbonne in Paris, France.

    From 1994 to 1997, he worked in Washington, D.C., as a legislative aide to U.S. Representative Fortney "Pete" Stark. During this time, Wilbanks was also a grassroots coordinator and fundraiser for the American Physical Therapy Association. Wilbanks was the Berkman Center for Internet & Society's first assistant director, from the fall of 1998 to the summer of 2000. There, he led efforts in software development and Internet-mediated learning, and was involved in the Berkman Center's work on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

    While at the Berkman Center, Wilbanks founded Incellico, Inc., a bioinformatics company that built semantic graph networks for use in pharmaceutical research and development. He served as president and CEO, and led to the company's acquisition in the summer of 2003. He has also served as a Fellow at the World Wide Web Consortium on Semantic Web for Life Sciences and a member of the National Advisory Committee for PubMed Central. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Sage Bionetworks, the DuraSpace digital repository organization, and AcaWiki.

    Wilbanks began working at Creative Commons in October 2004. As vice president of science, he runs the Science Commons project. He was named a Seed Magazine Revolutionary Mind in 2008 and a "Game Changer," and the Utne Reader, in 2009, named him one of "50 visionaries who are changing your world."

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