• Theresa Williamson, MD is a Neurosurgical Resident and Enfolded Spine Fellow at Duke University Hospital and Researcher at the Duke Margolis Health Policy Center. She focuses on decision-making and physician-patient communication in neurosurgery. Recognizing that neurosurgery is a complex and stressful field, she aims to advocate for both patients and physicians in her writing.  For more, follow her on twitter @twilli7 or at

    • Hospice and Palliative Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
    • Attending Physician at University of Washington

    Allyson received her medical degree from the UC Berkeley - UCSF Joint Medical Program, during which she completed research in global health and was awarded a FASPE fellowship (Fellowship at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics). She then moved to Seattle for training in Internal Medicine at the University of Washington, where she was active in work on primary care innovation, resident and medical student wellness, and teaching about communication. She completed fellowship in the UW Hospice and Palliative Medicine Program in 2019.

    • Gastroenterology

    Dr. Sunanda V. Kane is a Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota. Dr. Kane has contributed over 135 papers of original research, 50 reviews, and 25 book chapters to the medical literature. She has co-edited a pocket guide to the management of IBD for practitioners, and written a book for patients on self-management. She is the Past Chair of the National Patient Education Committee for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. She served as the first female Associate Editor for Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics and continues to serve editorial roles for Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Gastroenterology&Hepatology, and the Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis. Dr. Kane is currently the President-Elect of the American College of Gastroenterology and sits on the GI Specialty Council of the American Board of Internal Medicine. Within the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, she is the Chair of Quality, where she is responsible for oversight of all quality improvement projects, measuring quality metrics for the faculty, leading annual credentialing reviews, and is an adjunct faculty member to the Mayo Quality Academy. She continues to have a busy clinical practice seeing patients with inflammatory bowel disease, and conducts research in the areas of new therapies, gender-specific issues, and medication adherence. Dr. Kane also teaches the second year Gastroenterology course in the Mayo Medical School, the Medicine residents on the GI inpatient consult service, and Gastroenterology Fellows in clinic, on hospital service and the endoscopy suite.

    • Cytopathology
    • Anatomic Pathology
    • Clinical Pathology
    Shantel is a physician, public health consultant, and health policy strategist.
    Shantel is a physician, public health consultant, and health policy strategist.

    Shantel Hébert-Magee, MD, MPH is a cytopathologist, consultant, and non-profit CEO.  As a clinician, she has focused her clinical-effectiveness and device-development research on addressing early detection and diagnosis of pancreaticobiliary malignancy working collaboratively with academic, community, and industry partners. Her global health initiatives focused on early detection of pancreatic cancer have been implemented in Asia, Europe, and South America.  After successfully working to bring two FDA-approved devices to market, she decided to expand her efforts to help those who may not have access to cutting-edge technology.  Pursuant to her passion for stronger domestic health policies, she founded Under the Scope Foundation, Inc. a 501(c)(3) examining the intersection between technology, minority health access, and education.  She currently serves as the CLIA Laboratory Director for the Louisiana Office of Public Health. Dr. Hébert-Magee is an Associate Professor of Pathology, Affiliate Faculty at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine.  Dr. Hébert-Magee completed her undergraduate studies at Clark Atlanta University.  She earned a medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine and MPH in health policy from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. 



    • Critical Care Medicine
    • Pulmonary Disease
    • Attending Physician, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School

    Dr. Laura Rock is a Pulmonologist and Critical Care Physician at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. She is also faculty for the Center for Medical Simulation and a VitalTalk instructor. She runs communication training programs and conducts research on debriefing as it relates to teamwork and patient safety. These include programs for effective and empathic communication between clinicians and patients or family members; work culture and how it affects teamwork, the patient experience, and clinician well-being; managing conflict at the bedside; and providing feedback that improves performance. Clinically, Dr. Rock is attending physician in the Medical Intensive Care Unit.

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