• Maternal Functioning
    • Psychiatric Epidemiology
    • perinatal mood and anxiety disorders

    Dr. Jennifer Barkin is a tenured Professor of Community Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia. A University of Pittsburgh-trained biostatistician (M.S.) and psychiatric epidemiologist (PhD) (Graduate School of Public Health), she completed a postdoctoral scholarship at the prestigious Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her undergraduate educational training took place at Carnegie Mellon University (B.S., Statistics) – also in Pittsburgh. Dr. Barkin’s intellectual property, the Barkin Index of Maternal Functioning (BIMF), has been translated into over 20 languages and has been used in industry-sponsored trials, and in clinical, academic, and community-based settings. Barkin collaborates with groups all over the world to validate the index and explore pertinent research questions related to maternal functioning and mental health. Recently, her work was featured on the Academic Minute National Public Radio Program, sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). She has participated on national advisory panels, various expert panels related to perinatal mental health, and serves on the Board of Directors for Postpartum Support International, Georgia Chapter where she is the Chair of Corporate Sponsors and Partnerships. She also serves on the clinical advisory board for Memora Health, a Silicon Valley-based Med Tech company.  She has achieved national and international recognition as a thought-leader in her field and recently testified before the Georgia House of Representatives Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Committee. Her recent work includes a focus on the mental health effects of extreme weather events, and more broadly, climate change, on mothers and children. She also serves on the executive committee for the Georgia Clinicians for Climate Action (GCCA) where she provides a public health perspective regarding the effects of climate change on family mental health.   

    • Internal Medicine
    • Teaching
    • Data Analysis
    • Public Speaking
    • Clinical Research
    • Leadership & Mentoring
    • Scholarly Case Submissions
    Clinical Hospitalist in the Division of Hospital Medicine at University of California, San Francisco Medical Center
    Clinical Hospitalist in the Division of Hospital Medicine at University of California, San Francisco Medical Center
    • Clinical Instructor at UCSF School of Medicine

    Dr. Joshua Ronen was born and raised in San Jose, CA. He attended Santa Clara University where he majored in Biology with an emphasis in Biomedical Sciences as well as Public Health Sciences. He completed his medical degree (M.D.) at Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) and his Internal Medicine Residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine at the Permian Basin. Dr. Ronen is presently an attending physician at UCSF Medical Center within the Division of Hospital Medicine - he is serving as a Clinical Hospitalist on the Internal Medicine and Cardiology services. He was also elected to an academic appointment as Clinical Instructor with the UCSF School of Medicine. Additionally, he hopes to continue involvement with the local/regional and national chapters of the American Colleges of Physicians, teaching, and mentorship of residents, medical, and pre-medical students. 

    Outside of medicine, Dr. Ronen enjoys watching and playing sports, listening to music, cooking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

    Professional Interests: Hospital Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Point-of-Care Ultrasound, Graduate Medical Education/Teaching, Program Directroship, Hospital Administration


    • Emergency Medicine
    • Program Director of Emergency Medicine Residency at Northeast Georgia Health System NGPG
    Dr. Josh Mugele trained at the University of Michigan for medical school after a previous career working in Silicon Valley at software startup companies. He went to Indiana University (IU) for residency and for his disaster medicine fellowship. During his capstone project in his fellowship, Dr. Mugele worked in Monrovia, Liberia at the start of the Ebola epidemic and subsequently worked with the Indiana State Department of Health for Ebola preparedness. He continued his work at IU as the assistant residency program director and the disaster medicine fellowship director for four years before moving to Gainesville, GA to become the founding residency program director at Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC). Dr. Mugele enjoys starting new programs, designing curricula, and entrepreneurship. He has developed and built multiple courses including his own disaster medicine fellowship. He has also contributed to building a global health track, a gender health clinic, and a diversity and healthcare inequities task force among other projects at various points in his career. His research and academic interests include disaster medicine, global health, medical education, and curricular development. Dr. Mugele is passionate about mission-driven education and is currently designing the Emergency Medicine residency to emphasize resident ownership of the educational process, a commitment to diversity, and a bedrock of strong bedside clinical training all in the service to our patients. Dr. Mugele is married with two college-aged children.
    • Otolaryngology
    • Otolaryngologist Head & Neck Surgeon at The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne

    Eric is an Otolaryngologist Head and Neck Surgeon based in Melbourne, Australia. Eric trained in Melbourne and completed 3 subspecialty Fellowships in Halifax (Canada), Brisbane (Australia) and Auckland (New Zealand). He loves coffee, Airway Reconstruction, Head & Neck Tumours, leadership and social media.

    • Plastic Surgery
    • Social Media in Healthcare
    • Plastic Surgery
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Aesthetic Medicine
    Plastic Surgeon in San Francisco, CA, and Beverly Hills, CA.  Social Media Editor for PRS Journal and PRS Global Open.
    Plastic Surgeon in San Francisco, CA, and Beverly Hills, CA.  Social Media Editor for PRS Journal and PRS Global Open.

    Plastic Surgeon in San Francisco and Beverly Hills.  I am also the Social Media Editor for PRS Journal and PRS Global Open.  


    I have an interest in Social Media and AI, and how these fields are transforming medicine and the patient-physician relationship.

    • Urology
    Urologist at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center
    Urologist at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center

    Dr. David Canes is a board-certified fellowship trained Urologist who specializes in cancers of the prostate, kidney, and bladder. He also repairs complex urinary tract injuries and blockages. He is among the most experienced robotic surgeons in the Greater Boston area, having trained other surgeons in the technique both regionally and internationally. He is the Medical Director of Lahey’s New Hampshire satellite clinic at Parkland Medical Center. He is an avid skier and loves playing guitar. He is married with 5 young boys between the ages of 4 and 12.

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