Announcing the TEDMED 2017 Research Scholars

Over the years, we’ve found that the curation of a powerful and compelling Stage Program relies on one secret ingredient: the TEDMED community. From our Editorial Advisory Board and Research Scholars to our Partners and volunteers, the TEDMED community is composed of all of the individuals and organizations that provide us with the insight and expertise to help identify the topics, themes and Speakers that appear at the annual TEDMED event.

After completing the first half of our Editorial Advisory Board meetings on both the East and West Coasts, we are now bursting with captivating Speaker nominations for the TEDMED 2017 Stage Program. To ensure that each Speaker on the TEDMED stage represents high-quality and scientifically credible ideas in health and medicine, we rely on a group of carefully selected Research Scholars to help us vet each nomination.

TEDMED’s Research Scholars are a diverse group of experts from across the globe who specialize in a wide range of subjects, such as biophysics, health policy, neuroscience, immunology, bioinformatics, nutritional and metabolic biology, public health and epidemiology. Regardless of their field, each Research Scholar is passionate about the future of health and medicine and has graciously invested their time and expertise to help shape the TEDMED 2017 Stage Program.

As we welcome the TEDMED 2017 Research Scholar class, we’d like to thank the TEDMED 2016 Frontline Scholars and volunteers for their hard work and support last year.

TEDMED’s 2017 Research Scholars represent organizations including the National Cancer Institute, The University of Chicago Medicine, the YMCA of the USA, The Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Stanford University School of Medicine, The World Health Organization, the Dell Medical School and many more.

We are proud to announce the 2017 class of TEDMED Research Scholars, and we are deeply grateful for their contributions. Learn more about each of them below:

Ajay Khilanani, MD – Critical Care, Global Health, Telemedicine

Alex Cressman, MD, MSc – Disease, Healthcare Delivery

Amy Faith Ho, MD – Health Policy, Medical Humanities, Medicine

Ann M. Geiger, PhD – Cancer, Disparities, Epidemiology, Healthcare

Ata Kiapour, PhD, MMSc – Medical Devices and Wearables, Sports Injuries

Beth Taylor Mack, PhD – Health and Wellness Innovation

Bridget N. Queenan, PhD – Neuroengineering, Neuroscience

Bryon Petersen, PhD – Bioengineering, Stem Cell Biology

Christina Allison Gulotta, MPH – Global Health

Cindy Greatrex – Ologies in Telehealth, Radiological Intervention

Dezmond Taylor-Douglas, PhD – Immunology, Life Sciences, Obesity

Diana Lutfi – Medical Ethics, Social Systems, Worldviews

Diego Wyszynski, MD, MHS, PhD – Drug Safety, Pharmacoepidemiology, Pregnancy Registry

Emilie Grasset, PhD – Immunology

Geetha Rao, PhD – Medical Technology Innovation

Halima Moncrieffe, PhD – Autoimmunity, Knowledge Sharing, Pharmacogenomics

Happy D. Thakkar, MD – Cardiology, Care Coordination, Health IT

Jasmin Saric, PhD – Digital Strategy and Transformation

Jeffrey L. Blackman, MBA – Corporate Innovation, Entrepreneurship

Jill J. Williams, PhD – Bioengineering, Nutrition Science, Nutritional and Metabolic Biology

Joshua Brown, PharmD, PhD – Health Economics and Outcomes Research

Kaitlin E. Sundling, MD, PhD – Pathology, Quantitative Biology

Karen Palmer, MS, MPH – Healthcare Delivery and Funding, Health Policy

Kim Kristiansen, MD – Entrepreneurship, Research

Lisa Sundahl Platt, MS – Health Systems Science and Engineering

Nicole Stone, PhD Candidate – Cardiac Reprogramming, Epigenomics

Paul Lindberg, JD – Healthy Communities

Pooja Prabhakar – Global Health

Qiming Duan, MD, PhD – Epigenetics, Medicine

Ramsey Najm, PhD Candidate – Neurodegenerative Disease, Regenerative Medicine

Ritesh Bhattacharjee, MPH – Dentistry, Oral Oncology, Public Health

Rukmani Sridharan, MSc – Immune Response, Regenerative Medicine, Stem Cells

Sandor Bekasi, MD, MSc – Mobile Health, Primary Care

Shirley Yan – Public Health

Sneha R. Aidasani, MS – Global and Public Health, Maternal and Child Nutrition, Reproductive Health

Srdjan Saso, PhD – Fertility Preservation and Restoration, Oncofertility, Ultrasounds

Sudah Yehuda Shaheb, MD – Endocrinology, Medical Anthropology

Sumudu Perera, MD candidate – Global and Public Health, Health Innovation and Technology

Tabitha Moses, MS – Bioethics, Medicine, Neuroscience, Public Health

Tej Azad, BA – Bioinformatics, Digital Health

Teresa Wilson – Alternative Medicine, Biotechnology, Healthcare, Marketing

Tony Manuel, MD, MMM – Frontline Healthcare Delivery

We’ll soon be sharing the event theme for TEDMED 2017 and the various topics that will make up the Stage Programso stay tuned! And, if you’ve been thinking about joining us in Palm Springs this November 1-3, there is no better time to register. Click here to join us.