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Colonel(CA) Ronit Katz M.D emigrated from Israel in 1982 she received her medical degree magna cum laude, completed a fellowship in cancer research at Tufts-New England Medical Center, and later was appointed a Faculty Member at Harvard University School of Public Health. She is Board Certified in Preventive, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine. She was the recipient of Lawrence Livermore National Lab's (LLNL) “Certificate of Excellence” for outstanding performance in support of the Health Services Department and was elected as President of LLNL Women’s Association. In 2007, Dr Katz received The American Medical Association’s “Excellence in Medicine and Leadership Award”. In 2013, Dr Katz received the prestigious " NASA Group Achievement Award" for her role in the NASA- AMES Human Performance Centrifuge Project Team.
"In 4/ 2018 Professor Ronit Katz served as a Keynote Speaker at the Disaster Preparedness part of an International Conference on Bio-terrorism and Counter-terrorism in Tokyo,Japan.The Conference ,organized by the Japan Medical Association is an Extremely prestigious and renowned event that attracts Japanese Cabinet members among others. Professor katz spoke on Overview and Medical Response to CBRNE ( Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Explosives )"
She serves on many Boards and Committees for local and national professional organizations, among them Bay Area Air Quality Management,Medical Director(Act.)at Stanford University Medical Center, Judge for the AMA Research Symposium, AMA-IMG Scientific Committee, AMA-IMG Nominating Committee, Chair of the AMA-IMG Leadership Development Committee, and Chair of the AMA-IMG Governing Council. Currently, she is Clinical Associate Professor at Stanford University Medical Center, where she treats patients and teaches new doctors and medical students, and an Occupational& Environmental Medicine Expert for the War Related Injury and Illness Study Center (WRIISC) at the Palo Alto VA Hospital. Colonel katz continue to serve as a AMA-IMG Governing Council Member and was selected from Stanford University Medical Center to be the Stanford-OMSS Representative to the AMA.
IDr. Chowdhury is the Chief Resident at Saint Peter's University Hospital, Rutgers- Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey.
Abraar Karan MD MPH is an internal medicine resident at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a member of the Hiatt Residency in Global Health Equity. He graduated from UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, where he served as the Student Body President, and completed an MPH at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. His primary interests are in global health systems, medical ethics, and international health politics. He has worked in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia, with many vulnerable populations including sex workers, the disabled elderly, TB/AIDS co-infected patients, and those suffering from Neglected Tropical Diseases. His research has been published widely, including in The New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, Lancet Global Health, The BMJ, NPR, Academic Medicine, PLoS Translational Global Health, Journal of General Internal Medicine, Annals of Family Medicine, STAT News, and Journal of Global Health. His first book, “Protecting the Health of the Poor,” was released in December 2015. Abraar graduated with distinction in Political Science from Yale University in 2011 as a Journalism Scholar and Parker Huang Fellow.
Kathy Travnicek, MD, is a physician at the Pain Institute of Nevada in Las Vegas, Nevada. She did her PMR residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and worked as a general PMR physician for 2 years. She then went back into training and completed an anesthesia based pain fellowship at The Cleveland Clinic where she was also voted chief fellow. She now works in a solo physician practice but has experience in a large multi-speciality group and equity firm owned medium sized group in a single specialty. She is always happy to help!
Hanna Nohynek works as Chief physician and expert team leader of influenza and other respiratory viruses and vaccine preventable diseases at THL. She also serves as secretary of the Finnish National Immunization Techincal Advisory Group (NITAG/KRAR).
Dr. Nohynek completed her medical studies, PhD and international health competence in Helsinki, Finland. Her PhD work was on the aetiology of childhood pneumonia in Finland, Russia, and The Philippines. In collaboration with RITM, The Philippines, she coordinated phase II trials (Hib, meningococcal, PCV, PPS among pregnant mothers and infants), and a major phase III trial of an investigational 11PCV of Sanofi Pasteur against childhood pneumonia (2000-2004).
When serving as Unit Head at THL, she was instrumental in designing the HPV vaccine introduction to NVP. Presently she heads the NITAG influenza vaccination strategic subgroup. Her current research interests include influenza vaccine development, safety and effectiveness, vaccine safety in general, vaccine hesitancy, register based vaccine impact studies, policy and decision making, and evidence based evaluation of introduction of new vaccines into national programmes. Her publications include over 100 original articles (including the first scientific report on association between A(H1N1) pandemic vaccination and narcolepsy), chapters and books. She teaches vaccines related epidemiology, methodology, and has guided several elective, graduate, and PhD students.
Dr. Nohynek has served expert committees evaluating introduction of HBV, PCV and rota virus vaccine in Finland. She has been/ is an advisor to EU, IMI, IVI, WHO (GACVS 2006-12), GAVI, CEPI, SIDA/SRC, Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She was chairman of EPIET 1998-2001 and member of EDCTP 2002-3.
She belongs to faculty of Advanced Course in Vaccinology since its initiation in 2000, initiated EPIET vaccine epidemiology module in 1997, and the Finnish Diploma Course on Global Health in 2000.
Leigh Jennings, MD is an early career psychiatrist, writer, and advocate for physician wellness. Her first-authored essays on medical student and resident burnout, written while a trainee, have been published in journals such as Academic Medicine. Dr. Jennings began promoting wellness as a medical student and as a resident physician piloted a wellness intervention for resident interns. Dr. Jennings completed her residency in adult psychiatry at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, where she served as Associate Chief Resident of Scholarly Activity. She received her undergraduate degree in biochemistry at Rice University. Dr. Jennings currently works on the front lines of psychiatry as an employed hospitalist for a large healthcare system in San Antonio, Texas. She is a contributing author to a forthcoming textbook, Clinical Psychopharmacology for Neurologists, and she writes a blog at PsychCongress.com.
Internal medicine resident passionate about clinical operations that foster person-centered, high quality care; particular interests in chronic disease management, oncology, information technology, costs of care, and value of care.
Dr Welsh currently serves as the Assistent Clerkship Director/Assistant Program Director at Boston Medical Center. completed her residency and cheif residency at the MGH/BWH Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency program. She also completed a Medical Education Research fellowship at the University of Washington.
Dania Daye, MD, PhD completed an internal medicine internship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is currently pursuing radiology residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Daye graduated from the University of Pennsylvania MD-PhD program, with election to Alpha Omega Alpha. She completed her PhD in Bioengineering as an HHMI-NIBIB Interfaces scholar. Her interests lie at the intersection of machine learning, precision medicine and innovative care delivery models. Dr. Daye served as the 2012-2013 President of the American Physician Scientists Association and currently serves on the board of directors.
Rita F. Redberg, MD, MSc, is a cardiologist and Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco since 1990 and Core Faculty, Philip R Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies. Dr. Redberg is the Chief Editor of JAMA Internal Medicine (formerly Archives of ) and has spearheaded the journal’s new focus on health care reform and “less is more”, which highlights areas of health care with no known benefit and definite risks. Her research interests are in the area of health policy and technology assessment, and how to promote high value care, focusing on high risk medical devices as well as the need for inclusion of women in clinical trials of such devices.
Dr. Redberg is a member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, which advises Congress on Medicare payment issues. She also served on the Medicare Evidence, Development and Coverage Advisory Committee from 2003-2006 and was reappointed in 2012 as Chairwoman of MEDCAC. Dr Redberg is a member of the California Technology Assessment Forum, the Medical Policy Technology and Advisory Committee, and the Food and Drug Administration Cardiovascular Devices Expert Panel, and is a consultant for the Center for Medical Technology Policy. She has given Congressional testimony multiple times in hearings related to the issue of balancing safety and innovation in medical device approvals. Dr. Redberg worked in the office of Senator Hatch and with the Senate Judiciary Committee on FDA-related matters during her tenure as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, 2003-2006.
Dr. Redberg was a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Learning Health Care Committee, which produced the report Best Care at Lower Cost in September 2012. She is currently a member of the National Academy of Medicine Committee on A Learning System for Military Trauma Care. She chaired the AHA/ACC Writing Group on Primary Prevention Performance Measures and is a member of the American College of Cardiology’s (ACC) Clinical Quality Committee and serves on the Quality in Technology Work Group. She is on multiple technology assessment boards, including the Blue Cross Blue Shield Medical Advisory Panel and the California Technology Assessment Forum, as well as the Institute of Clinical and Economic Review Advisory Board.
Dr. Redberg has authored several books, including You Can Be a Woman Cardiologist, Heart Healthy: The Step-by-Step Guide to Preventing and Healing Heart Disease, and Betty Crocker Cookbook for Women: the Complete Guide to Women’s Health and Wellness at Every Stage of Life. She has done hundreds of radio, television and newspaper interviews on health related topics including being featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, National Public Radio and the Today Show. Dr. Redberg graduated from Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and has a Master of Science in Health Policy and Administration from the London School of Economics.
Astha Thakkar, MD is a Chief Resident in internal medicine at Mount Sinai St-Luke's-West (Roosevelt) in New York, NY.
Neil Shah is a board-certified internal medicine physician at CareMore Health and Clinical Assistant Professor at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas. He relocated to Texas after twelve years in Boston, MA where he completed his medical training and then served as an attending physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute with a faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School. He served on the board of directors for Physicians Insurance Agency of Massachusetts and was appointed to serve on the special commission for graduate medical education by the Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services. Dr. Shah attended medical school at Boston University through the accelerated seven-year medical education program and completed internal medicine residency at Cambridge Health Alliance, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. He has received training in value-based health care delivery at Dell Medical School and Harvard Business School.