Looking Forward to TEDMED 2020 with the Editorial Advisory Board

The 2020 TEDMED Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) is comprised of leading experts in fields spanning the spectrum of health and medicine. They have played an important role in helping to identify the topics, themes, Speakers and Innovators that will make up the TEDMED program this year. The members of the EAB are invaluable members of the TEDMED Community and are instrumental in shaping TEDMED 2020.

Given their unique role in helping to inform the TEDMED program, we wanted to know what they’re excited to experience at TEDMED this year and which speakers they are looking forward to meeting. Below are some of their responses – and we want to hear from you as well. Be sure to tag us in your responses on Twitter (@TEDMED), and on Facebook and Instagram (@TEDMEDcommunity).

Throughout the 2.5 days of TEDMED you will see the EAB in action, hosting Sessions, moderating Meetup Discussions, participating in Partner events, watching TEDMED Talks and enjoying the evening celebrations. If you haven’t registered yet for TEDMED 2020, join the EAB and the rest of the delegation before space runs out.


What are you most excited for at TEDMED 2020 and why?

“I’m excited for the energy and creativity that always sparkles from the TEDMED stage – and excited to see this wonderful program in its new Boston location!”-Pam Belluck, Health & Science Writer, New York Times

“As someone who grew up in ‘The Hub’, I have a ton of hometown pride and am thrilled for Boston to help forge the worldwide connections that form at TEDMED.”-Roxanne Khamsi, Independent Journalist

“Reconnecting with old colleagues and making many new friends!”- Sara Gorman, PhD, MPH, Director, High School Programming, Jed Foundation

Which TEDMED 2020 Speaker are you most looking forward to and why?

“Gokul Upadhyayula. Why?—biological sciences are in the midst of an imaging revolution and Gokul is leading the way; the machines he builds, the images he captures and the movies he creates are the very definition of wonder.”-Adam Goulburn, PhD, General Partner, Lux Capital

“Katherine Eban is one of the most amazing investigative journalists focused on medicine, the pharmaceutical industry and our modern quest for health. Her new book is fantastic — a must read for any TEDMEDer!”-Udaya Patnaik, Entrepreneur and Consultant

“Thjis Biersteker. This is the artist for our time. Combining data, technology and artistic installations to visualize the impact of climate change. Thjis proudly answers the common refrain of ‘I need to see it to believe it’ mentality. I’m so excited to see him talk about his vision, process and highlight the works he’s most proud of.”-Vanessa Ruiz, Creative Director, Wolters Kluwer Health; Founder, Street Academy

“Anne Basting—we are all aging.”-Howard Bauchner, MD, Editor in Chief of JAMA and the JAMA Network


We look forward to seeing you soon in Boston, MA. If you plan on joining us, be sure to register soon!

What Does “When I Make Way For Wonder Mean to You?”

As we approach TEDMED 2020 we want to know what happens when you make way for wonder. We spent a lot of time earlier this year thinking about wonder—what it means and what creates wonder. Now we are contemplating what happens when we make way for it?


To help everyone begin to brainstorm what it means when they make way for wonder, we have compiled a few questions.

  • Have you had any transformative moments when you have taken the time to wonder?
  • What emotions or thoughts arise when you make way for wonder?
  • How has wonder impacted your work?
  • How would you describe wonder?

We also asked the members of our 2020 Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) what happens when they make way for wonder. You can see some of their answers below.

Now we want to hear from our larger TEDMED community! Tag us on Twitter (@TEDMED) and on Facebook and Instagram (TEDMEDcommunity) with your answers. Remember be creative, there is no right or wrong answer.

When I make way for wonder…

“People all over the world will benefit from better health.”- Sara Gorman, PhD, MPH, Director, High School Programming, Jed Foundation

When I make way for wonder..

“I think about if there is a way to reach consensus on health care delivery in the U.S. that works for the majority of the people.”-Howard Bauchner, MD, Editor in Chief, JAMA and The JAMA Network

When I make way for wonder…

“Discovery, innovation and progress exponentially accelerate.”-Adam Goulburn, PhD, General Partner, Lux Capital


Join us as we experience the power and possibilities that come to us when we make way for wonder this March 2-4 in Boston,MA. Register today!

Announcing the TEDMED 2016 Editorial Advisory Board

Artificial intelligence. Climate change. Cybersecurity. Addiction. Pandemics. Global drug development. These are some of the cutting-edge topics intersecting with health and medicine that we’ve been exploring as we design the program for TEDMED 2016. With every event, we strive to inspire new thinking, broaden perspectives, and accelerate progress. Central to this mission is our collaboration with the TEDMED 2016 Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) – a group of leading experts in their fields who each embody a wealth of experience and knowledge. Our board members represent worlds spanning health and medicine, foundations and academia, business and technology, philanthropy and design, and journalism and communications. Their diversity ensures that we approach the curation process from a truly multi-disciplinary perspective.

Image courtesy of Shutterstock.
Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

As we design the TEDMED 2016 program, our EAB members are involved from start to finish. They generously offer their time and insights in crafting the event theme and identifying important and timely innovations and nominations for the stage and Hive.

Fortunately, we didn’t have to go too far to find this year’s board members. Drawing upon our wonderful TEDMED community, we gathered 18 remarkable thought leaders – many of whom are former Delegates, speakers, and co-hosts. A number also served on the 2015 EAB, allowing us to tap into their experience while also taking advantage of fresh perspectives from new members. We are both delighted and honored to be announcing them here:

Abraham Verghese, MD, Physician and Author, Professor at Stanford University

Atul Butte, MD, PhD, Director of the Institute of Computational Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco

Bijan Salehizadeh, MD, MBA, Managing Director, NaviMed Capital

Carla Pugh, MD, PhD, Surgeon and Director of the Health Clinical Simulation Program at the University of Wisconsin

Charles “Chuck” Pell, Chief Science Officer and Co-Founder at Physcient

Christopher Elias, MD, MPH, President of the Gates Foundation Global Development Program

Daria Mochly-Rosen, PhD, Professor of Chemical and Systems Biology at Stanford University and Founder and Director of Stanford Universitys SPARK program

Hemai Parthsarathy, PhD, Scientific Director of Breakout Labs and the Thiel Foundation

Jeff Karp, PhD, Associate Professor, Brigham and Womens Hospital and Harvard Medical School

John Qualter, Co-founder of BioDigital Systems

Laura Schmidt, PhD, MSW, MPH, Professor of Health Policy in the School of Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco

Michael Painter, MD, JD, Senior Program Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Michael Penn, MD, PhD, Vice President of Diversity, Outreach, and Mentoring at the Gladstone Institutes

Mohit Kaushal, MD, MBA, Partner at Aberdare Ventures

Stacey Chang, Executive Director of the Design Institute for Health, University of Texas at Austin

Pam Belluck, Health and Science Writer, The New York Times

Roberta Ness, MD, MPH, Vice President of Innovation at University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Sandeep “Sunny” Kishore, MD, PhD, Post-doctoral Fellow of the Human Nature Lab at Yale University