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2016 speakers

Hear from leading Stanford Medicine faculty members on a range of health and wellness topics that matter most to you and your family.


Maya Adam, MD

Maya Adam, MD

Lecturer, Pediatrics
Our Relationship with Food: How to Make It a Healthy One

At the Stanford University School of Medicine, Dr. Adam teaches courses on child health and nutrition and has created two massive, open online courses on nutrition. Since 2014, Dr. Adam has been using new teaching technologies to create digital teaching tools designed to support the work of community health workers around the world. The resulting Stanford Health Outreach App is now being used by community health organizations in South Africa and Guatemala and the teaching videos associated with the app have been translated into Xhosa, Spanish and Hindi. Dr. Adam is also the founder of a non-profit organization called Just Cook for Kids, a well known blogger and the author of Food Love Family: A Practical Guide to Child Nutrition.


Anosheh Afghahi, MD, MPH

Anosheh Afghahi, MD, MPH

Instructor, Medicine - Oncology
Breast Cancer: Advances in Screening and Prevention

Dr. Afghahi uses an innovative breast cancer database that links patient medical records with cancer registry and genomic data to perform her research. She is currently using this database to study survival in triple-negative breast cancer patients. Dr. Afghahi is a co-principal investigator of an innovative phase II clinical trial addressing whether inhibitor therapy has anti-cancer activity in advanced breast cancer patients. The recipient of a three-year Susan G. Komen Postdoctoral Fellowship Award surrounding this project, Dr. Afghahi's dedication to breast cancer care and research continues to grow with each exciting discovery.


Scott Anderson, MA, ATC, FMSC, DNSP

Scott Anderson, MA, ATC, FMSC, DNSP

Director of Athletic Training
Managing Concussions on the Sidelines: Proper Detection, Treatment, and Therapies

Under Scott Anderson's leadership, the athletic training program at Stanford University has reached new heights. Scott has been instrumental in the creation and implementation of the nation's only electronic pre-participation evaluation tool. He started the Advanced Athletic Training Fellowship Program, and co-developed the International Affiliate Clinical Training Program. Currently, he works closely with distinguished clinicians and researchers in one of the nation's largest studies examining concussion in student athletes. As chair of the Pac-12 Sports Medicine Committee, Scott has also been influential in conference-wide research initiatives focused on improving the health and welfare of student athletes. Scott is an internationally recognized speaker on topics related to healthcare administration, sports medicine, and injury prevention.


Euan Ashley, MRCP, DPhil

Euan Ashley, MRCP, DPhil

Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular),
of Genetics and, by Courtesy, of Pathology
Super Genes: Do Exceptional Athletes Hold the Key to Health?

Dr. Ashley joined the Stanford faculty in 2006. In 2013, he was recognized by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy for his contributions to personalized medicine. In 2014, Dr. Ashley became co-chair of the steering committee for the NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Network. He is a recipient of the National Innovation Award from the American Heart Association (AHA) and a Director's New Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He is a member of the AHA Council on Functional Genomics, and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences Roundtable on Translating Genomic-Based Research for Health. Dr. Ashley is also co-founder of Personalis Inc., a genome scale genetic diagnostics company.


Ami S. Bhatt, MD, PhD

Ami S. Bhatt, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hematology) and of Genetics
Me and My Microbes: What's My Microbiome and How Does It Affect My Health?

In perpetual awe of how 'simple' microbial organisms can affect complex organisms like people, Dr. Bhatt has dedicated her research to inspecting, characterizing, and dissecting this microbe-human interface. In addition to her academic efforts, she is also committed to improving cancer care, education, and research in resource-limited settings. She is the director of global oncology for the Center for Innovation in Global Health at Stanford University and has also served as a visiting lecturer at the University of Botswana as well as Tokyo Medical and Dental University. Dr. Bhatt, along with Franklin Huang, is a co-founder and co-president of the non-profit organization Global Oncology, an all-volunteer organization that spearheads creative, multi-disciplinary projects focused on improving cancer outcomes in impoverished settings.


Kyra Bobinet, MD, MPH

Kyra Bobinet, MD, MPH

CEO and Founder, engagedIN
A Well-Designed Life: Using Brain Science and Design Thinking to Live Your Personal Best

Dr. Bobinet has five words of advice on achieving holistic well-being: compassionately design your brain-behavior gap. As a national speaker, author, and CEO-founder of engagedIN, a neuroscience behavior design firm, Dr. Bobinet devotes her life to cracking the code of WHY we engage in what we do. Everyday, she and her team use neuroscience and design thinking to change behavior and make health and wellness more engaging. She is the author of Well Designed Life: 10 Lessons in Brain Science and Design Thinking for a Mindful, Healthy, and Purposeful Life and authors a column on behavior neuroscience design for Experience Life magazine.


Alexandra Buchanan, MD

Alexandra Buchanan, MD

Director of Simulation and Education, Center for Immersive and Simulation-based Learning (CISL)
Lights, Camera, Simulation!: Educational Techniques that Help Turn Med Students into Doctors

Dr. Buchanan's role involves simulation program design and development, teaching, project consultation, and program assessment. Dr. Buchanan has a bachelor of medical science degree (Honors). She earned her bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery degree from The University of Sydney. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Simulation, Health Professions Education. Prior to her move to California, Dr. Buchanan was completing her anesthesiology training in Sydney, Australia.


Oliver Dorigo, MD, PhD

Oliver Dorigo, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Oncology)
Immunotherapy for Ovarian Cancer: The Future Looks Promising

Dr. Dorigo's focus is the treatment of patients with gynecologic cancers, including ovarian, cervical, endometrial, vaginal, and vulva cancer. In his surgical practice, Dr. Dorigo emphasizes the use of minimally invasive technologies, particularly laparoscopic and robotic surgery. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Dorigo is committed to the development of innovative new therapies for patients with gynecologic malignancies. These efforts will focus both on the continuous expansion of the clinical trials program in Gynecologic Oncology and the Stanford Cancer Center, as well as the preclinical development of new therapies in the laboratory.


Neil Gesundheit, MD, MPH

Neil Gesundheit, MD, MPH

Professor (Teaching) of Medicine (Endocrinology and Metabolism)
So You Want to Go to Med School? Is a Career in Medicine Right for You?

Dr. Gesundheit is an endocrinologist and associate dean for advising at Stanford University School of Medicine. He previously served as the associate dean for medical education (1999-2006) at Stanford where he was the principal architect of Stanford's current medical curriculum. Dr. Gesundheit has been the faculty lead for the Stanford Immersion in Medicine Series (SIMS) program that pairs undergraduates with faculty members at Stanford so students can gain an understanding of physician roles in teaching, research, and patient care. In addition to being involved with premedical students, he oversees the program by which Stanford medical students apply for residency positions to finish their training after completing medical school.


Jamshid Ghajar, MD, PhD, FACS

Jamshid Ghajar, MD, PhD, FACS

Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery and Director of
Stanford Concussion and Brain Performance Center
President of the Brain Trauma Foundation
Managing Concussions on the Sidelines: Proper Detection, Treatment, and Therapies

Dr. Ghajar has dedicated his career to improving the quality of life for traumatic brain injury patients. He is the founder and president of the Brain Trauma Foundation, which has created a new standard of care for traumatic brain injuries that has been adopted by trauma centers across the country and led to a 45 percent decline in deaths. He is the principal investigator of the EYE-TRAC Advance study funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, which is testing 10,000 normal and concussed subjects using novel eye-tracking technology that quickly and precisely assesses visual attention and focus. Dr. Ghajar is also the principal investigator for the Brain Trauma Evidence-based Consortium, a multi-institute effort to develop a new brain trauma and concussion classification system that will lead to more effective diagnostics and therapeutics.


Rita Ghatak, PhD

Rita Ghatak, PhD

Founder and Director, Aging Adult Services,
Geriatric Health, Stanford University Medical Center
Aging with Grace: What to Expect as Your Parents Get Older

Dr. Ghatak is the founder and director of Aging Adult Services at Stanford. She directs the programs of Care Coordination, Geriatric Health, Lifeline, Checking-In, Dementia Management, Caregiver Support, Chronic Disease Self-Management, and Vial of Life, just to name a few. Dr. Ghatak is a published psychologist/gerontologist and holds significant positions in several eldercare coalitions. She teaches, conducts research, and is involved in policy planning.


Sigurdis Haraldsdottir, MD, MS

Sigurdis Haraldsdottir, MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Oncology)
Colorectal Cancer: How Precision Health Will Create Better Outcomes

Dr. Haraldsdottir's clinical and research focus is in gastrointestinal malignancies with a focus on colorectal cancer. She is conducting population-based research on Lynch Syndrome, an inherited cancer syndrome. She's also investigating colorectal cancer genomics and outcomes. Dr. Haraldsdottir received her medical degree and master's degree in medical sciences from the University of Iceland. Before joining the faculty at Stanford, she did her Internal Medicine training at Boston University Medical Center and her training in Medical Oncology at Ohio State University.


Jill Helms, DDS, PhD

Jill Helms, DDS, PhD

Professor of Surgery (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery)
Aging Is Not Inevitable: Are Stem Cells the Fountain of Youth?

Dr. Helms is a professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. Her interests center on regenerative medicine and craniofacial development. She leads a team of investigators who are working on accelerating tissue healing in humans by activating a patient's own stem cells at the site of an injury. A popular speaker at events, Dr. Helms has been a featured presenter at both TedX and TedMed.


Sean Mackey, MD, PhD

Sean Mackey, MD, PhD

Redlich Professor, Stanford Division of Pain Medicine
Management of Chronic Pain: Getting to the Root of Persistent Pain

Under Dr. Mackey's leadership, researchers at the Stanford Pain Management Center and the Stanford Systems Neuroscience and Pain Laboratory (SNAPL) have made major advances in the understanding of chronic pain as a disease in its own right, one that fundamentally alters the nervous system. Dr. Mackey has overseen efforts to map the specific brain and spinal cord regions that perceive and process pain, which has led to the development of a multidisciplinary treatment model that translates basic science research into innovative therapies to provide more effective, personalized treatments for patients with chronic pain. He is currently co-chair of the Oversight Committee for the NIH/Health and Human Services National Pain Strategy, an effort to establish a national health strategy for pain care, education, and research.


S.V. Mahadevan, MD

S.V. Mahadevan, MD

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Interim Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine
"I'm Not a Doctor, But I Play One on TV": Real-Life ER Physicians Examine the TV Show "ER"

Dr. Mahadevan has written, traveled, and taught widely, presenting over 500 invited lectures worldwide and authoring more than 100 journal articles, book chapters, and multimedia publications. Dr. Mahadevan is the founding director of Stanford Emergency Medicine International. He was instrumental in setting up India's first paramedic training institute, India's first prehospital research center, Nepal's first EMS system, Cambodia's first EM strengthening program, and Myanmar's first public-private EM training program. He is lead editor of the textbook, An Introduction to Clinical Emergency Medicine, which was awarded the 2006 American Medical Writer's Association Award: Physician's Category.


Rachel Manber, PhD, CBSM

Rachel Manber, PhD, CBSM

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Stanford Sleep Health and Insomnia Program
Sleep Health: How Different Phases of Life Shape Our Sleep

Dr. Manber has been treating adults, children, and adolescents with different types of insomnia for more than 20 years. An expert in non-drug treatments for insomnia, she heads Stanford's program dedicated to improving the treatment of insomnia and depression. She founded the Insomnia and Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at the Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic and led it until 2014. She remains an active affiliate of the Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic and has trained many clinicians to provide outstanding care. Dr. Manber has authored several popular books on sleep, published many papers in scientific journals and presented her groundbreaking research at scientific conferences.


Jodi Prochaska, PhD, MPH

Jodi Prochaska, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor of Medicine (Stanford Prevention Research Center)
Heartbeats and Tweets: Social Media Support Groups for Promoting Heart Health

Dr. Prochaska is a member of the Stanford Cancer Institute, and a faculty research fellow with the Stanford Clayman Institute for Gender Research. A licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Prochaska completed her clinical psychology doctoral training and masters in public health degree at San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego. She completed her undergraduate studies at Duke University.


Teresa Anne Roman-Micek

Teresa Anne Roman-Micek

Medical Simulationist
Lights, Camera, Simulation!: Educational Techniques that Help Turn Med Students into Doctors

Teresa Roman-Micek is the lead simulationist at the Center for Immersive and Simulation-based Learning (CISL) at Stanford University School of Medicine. She provides educational and technical support to clinical faculty who use simulation as a teaching methodology.


Aimee D. Shu, MD

Aimee D. Shu, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - Endocrinology, Gerontology, and Metabolism
Precision Mineralization: How to Maintain Strong Bones

Dr. Shu is a certified menopause practitioner and endocrinologist who helps women fine-tune their health at the mid-life transition. While some women pass through menopause with ease, others experience challenging symptoms like hot flashes, mood changes, and slowed metabolism. It also marks the beginning of natural bone loss, leaving patients more susceptible to fragility fractures. This transition period provides a good opportunity for Dr. Shu to create a "game plan" for preserving future health. She provides individualized treatment plans for bone health to men and women of all ages.


Marcia L. Stefanick, PhD

Marcia L. Stefanick, PhD

Director, Stanford WSDM Center,
Professor of Medicine (Stanford Prevention Research Center) and of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Precision Health for Women: Why Sex and Gender Matter

Dr. Stefanick's research focuses on two key areas: the effects of menopausal hormone therapy on the overall health of middle-aged and older women; and the role of exercise, diet, and weight in cardiovascular diseases, breast and colorectal cancers, and osteoporosis in both women and men. Dr. Stefanick has conducted several influential trials of exercise and weight loss in both men and women that address the role of lifestyle interventions on cardiovascular risk factors. She is a fellow of the American Heart Association and the American College of Sports Medicine.


Susan M. Swetter, MD

Susan M. Swetter, MD

Professor of Dermatology and Director, Pigmented Lesion and Melanoma Program, Stanford Cancer Institute; VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Melanoma and Sex: How Gender Affects Incidence and Outcome

Dr. Swetter's research interests include primary and secondary prevention strategies in melanoma. She has published over 150 scholarly articles, reviews, abstracts and textbook chapters. Dr. Swetter serves on the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Melanoma Panel and on the American Academy of Dermatology melanoma practice guidelines task force. She is the national dermatologist liaison to the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group's Melanoma Committee. She also co-directs the Melanoma Prevention Working Group, a multi-center, interdisciplinary collaboration dedicated to cancer control and prevention.


Jennifer Tremmel, MD, MS

Jennifer Tremmel, MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine)
Women and Heart Disease: Your Risk and What You Can Do About It

Dr. Tremmel is a pioneering interventional cardiologist who also trained in preventive cardiology. She is the clinical director of Women's Heart Health at Stanford, where she is diagnosing and treating women whose cardiovascular disease might otherwise go undetected. By tailoring evaluation and treatment specifically to individual women, Women's Heart Health is improving the cardiovascular health of women by focusing on their distinctiveness and offering the most current evidence-based information and comprehensive care available.


Tony Wyss-Coray, PhD

Tony Wyss-Coray, PhD

Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences
Recharging the Brain: How Young Blood Might Help Reverse Aging. (Yes, Really.)

Dr. Wyss-Coray is the co-director of the Stanford Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, and the associate director of the Center for Tissue Regeneration, Repair, and Restoration at the Palo Alto VA. His lab investigates the role of immune responses in brain aging and neurodegeneration with a focus on cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Wyss-Coray's most recent studies show that blood-derived factors from young mice or humans can rejuvenate the aging mouse brain. He is the recipient of an NIH Director's Pioneer Award, an NIH Director's Transformative Research Award, a Zenith Award from the Alzheimer's Association, and a distinguished scholar award from the John Douglas French Alzheimer's Foundation. He has been a speaker at the World Economic Forum in Davos and at TED Global in London. Dr. Wyss-Coray is also the co-founder of two companies and inventor on multiple patents.