Judges

    • Psychiatry
    • Director of Research at Center for Mindfulness
    Judson Brewer MD PhD is the Director of Research at the Center for Mindfulness and associate professor in medicine and psychiatry at UMass Medical School. He also is adjunct faculty at Yale University, and a research affiliate at MIT. A psychiatrist and internationally known expert in mindfulness training for addictions, Brewer has developed and tested novel mindfulness programs for addictions, including both in-person and app-based treatments. He has also studied the underlying neural mechanisms of mindfulness using standard and real-time fMRI, and is currently translating these findings into clinical use. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, presented to the US President’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, been featured on 60 minutes, at TEDx, in Time magazine (top 100 new health discoveries of 2013), Forbes, Businessweek, NPR and the BBC among others. He writes a blog for The Huffington Post.
    • Internal Medicine
    • Radiology
    • Abdominal Imaging
    • Co-Founder at CredSimple
    Physician focused on healthcare informatics and innovation. Co-founder of CredSimple, a platform that digitizes and automates the currently labor-intensive and manual processes of medical credentialing. CredSimple improves the verification process through better technology and query of practitioner primary source data. Assistant Chief Medical Information Officer for Advanced Technologies at Massachusetts General Physicians Organization at MGH. Currently focused on quality improvement and health IT - managing applications for a data analytics platform and developing a web-based learning platform for physicians. Clinical interests are focused on cardiothoracic, abdominal, and emergency imaging. Additional interests include applying technology and quality improvement strategies in telemedicine and global health. Also an active faculty member teaching at Harvard Medical School and Harvard College. Received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University, a Masters of Science in Operations Research/Economic-Engineering Systems from Stanford University, and a Masters in Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University. Completed medical training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine as well as Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Mass General Hospital.
    • Psychiatry
    Stanley Cobb Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Dean for Academic Programs at Partners Healthcare, Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Co-Director of the Institute for the Neurosciences at BWH
    Stanley Cobb Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Dean for Academic Programs at Partners Healthcare, Chairman of...
    David A. Silbersweig, MD is Stanley Cobb Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School Dean for Academic Programs at Partners Healthcare, the Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry, and Co-Director of the Institute for the Neurosciences at BWH. He is a neurologist and psychiatrist, and Co-Director of the Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory. He has played an active role in the development of psychiatric functional neuroimaging and in the evolving field of neuropsychiatry. He brings extensive experience in the design and execution of advanced functional neuroimaging research studies that identify and localize brain circuits and neurobiological processing underlying normal neurobehavioral functions and the full range of neuropsychiatric disorders. His work also integrates such systems-level neuroscience with genetics, neuroendocrinology and neurophysiology, to develop biomarkers and targeted therapeutics for neuropsychiatric disorders. With broad and deep knowledge of behavioral neurobiology, pathophysiology and clinical phenomenology, as well as imaging methodology, he has been working towards a biological, mechanistic classification of psychiatric disorders that transcends descriptive taxonomy.
    • Internal Medicine
    • Psychiatry
    • Health information technology
    • General medicine
    • Evidence-based medicine
    • Strategy Consulting
    • Clinical Medicine, Medical Writing/Editing, MedTech Startups, Medical Devices, Aministration
    • Technology, Innovation and Education
    • Family and Community Medicine
    • Digital health
    • Neurosciences
    • MedTech
    • Virtual reality
    • Augmented reality
    • Medical Technology
    • mobile health
    • mobile apps
    Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. Director of Digital Health, Brain Power. 
    Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. Director of Digital Health, Brain Power. 
    • Health and Medicine Consultant at Khan Academy

    Arshya Vahabzadeh M.D. is a Harvard Medical School based physician, trained in both medicine and behavioral health. He is committed to addressing the world's most pressing healthcare needs through medical innovation, in particular the challenges faced by individuals with neurodevelopmental conditions. He is a "40 under 40" healthcare innovator according to MedTechBoston. Dr. Vahabzadeh is the Director of Digital Health at Brain Power. Brain Power is a company that builds neuroscience-based software and hardware that transform current wearable computers into neuro-assistive and educational devices for autism. He is the former Chairman of the Council on Communications of the American Psychiatric Association and a consultant to Khan Academy, Neurolaunch, and Anthem. He is also a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, and McLean Hospital. Dr. Vahabzadeh is widely published in clinical neuroscience, digital health, and medical communication. He has written numerous media editorials and leads a federally funded program to provide autism educational outreach. He has received over 20 national and international awards from organizations including the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the American College of Psychiatrists, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and both the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

    • Internal Medicine
    • Radiology
    • innovative care delivery models
    • precision medicine
    • machine learning
    Resident at Massachusetts General Hospital and Board of Directors Member at American Physician Scientists Association
    Resident at Massachusetts General Hospital and Board of Directors Member at American Physician Scientists Association

    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. 

    • Chief Strategy and Science Officer at Affectiva
    Rana is co-Founder, and Chief Strategy and Science Officer at Affectiva. She invented Affectiva's award winning, automated emotion-sensing and analytics technology, used by over 1,400 brands and one third of the Fortune Global 100 today. Prior to that, as a research scientist at MIT Media Lab, Rana spearheaded the applications of emotion technology in a variety of fields, including mental health and autism research. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including The New Yorker, Wired, Forbes, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, CNN, and TIME Magazine. A TED speaker, she was recognized by Entrepreneur as one of the “7 Most Powerful Women To Watch In 2014”, inducted into the “Women in Engineering” Hall of Fame, a recipient of the 2012 Technology Review’s “Top 35 Innovators Under 35” Award and listed on Ad Age’s “40 under 40”. Rana holds a BSc and MSc in computer science from the American University in Cairo and a PhD from the computer laboratory, University of Cambridge.
    • Psychiatry
    Psych.Digital
    Psych.Digital

    John Torous, MD is a staff psychiatrist and fellow in clinical informatics at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School. He has a background in electrical engineering and computer sciences and received an undergraduate degree in the field from UC Berkeley before attending medical school at UC San Diego. He has been active in investigating the potential of mobile mental health technologies for psychiatry and helped create his own research apps for the iTunes and Android stores, served a principal investigator on a smartphone depression screening app study, is involved in several ongoing smartphone studies , and published numerous papers on the topic. He serves as editor-in-chief for the leading academic journal on technology and mental health, JMIR Mental Health (http://mental.jmir.org/), currently leads the American Psychiatric Association’s work group on the evaluation of commercial smartphone apps, co-chairs the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society's Health Information Technology Committee, and in 2014 was awarded an Outstanding Resident Award for research by the National Institute of Mental Health. He is an assistant editor for the Harvard Review of Psychiatry and section editor for the Asian Journal of Psychiatry as well as Psychiatric Times. 

    • Vice President of Marketing and Product Strategy at Affectiva
    Gabi is VP of Marketing and Product Strategy at Affectiva, the global leader in emotion-sensing and analytics technology. Responsible for all marketing, she leads the strategic direction of Affectiva's products and solutions, driving expansion into new markets, and growing industry awareness of emotion-sensing and analytics technology. In the past twenty years Gabi has held a variety of marketing, product management and international positions in high tech, leading new product launches, go to market strategies and channel management for companies including ON Technology, Dragon Systems, Be Free, Centra and Segue Software. Prior to joining Affectiva, Gabi was at IBM where she first led a product management team and then worldwide marketing for Linux and Open Virtualization. Gabi has a graduate degree in Art History and Archeology from Utrecht University in The Netherlands.
    • Orthopaedic Surgery
    Medical Consultant (for startups), President at Massachusetts Medical Society Alliance Boston North District, Mentor at MassChallenge, former Research Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital, Sports fanatic
    Medical Consultant (for startups), President at Massachusetts Medical Society Alliance Boston North District, Mentor at...
    Dr. Yvonne Braun obtained her medical degree and doctorate at the Friedrich-Alexander University in Germany. As a resident in the Orthopedic, Trauma- and Reconstructive Department it did not take long to realize she would like to further her skills on the international stage. Dr. Braun moved to Boston in 2012, and she began a research fellowship at the Orthopedic Hand and Upper Extremity, Orthopedic Spine, and Oncology Spine Department at MGH. She carried out multiple prospective, retrospective, translational, and biomechanical studies mainly focusing on patient outcomes, quality and safety themes. As an educator in Germany and in Boston she enjoyed mentoring her colleagues and supervised national and international medical students. Having a strong passion for health care and patient outcomes Dr. Braun is thrilled about the new digital technologies and health solutions that make a real impact in preventive health care. She is excited about the ongoing revolution in healthcare and the dynamics between entrepreneurships/innovators, incubators, and investors in Boston, therefore she switched paths from clinical to entrepreneurial work. Dr. Braun serves as a medical consultant for several startups and on the advisory board of Germany’s largest digital health marketing agency. Further, she serves as President of the Massachusetts Medical Society Alliance – an organization that promotes health and well-being of the family of medicine in the Boston North district. She also volunteers her time as a Mentor at MassChallenge - the world largest startup accelerator. In her free-time, Dr. Braun enjoys running, sailing and yoga. She loves to travel with her husband exploring new cultures.
  • MD/MBA Candidate at Tufts University School of Medicine
    MD/MBA Candidate at Tufts University School of Medicine
    I am confident that the MD/MBA will allow me to effectively practice medicine, while leading other physicians through healthcare constantly shifting landscape. I grew up in my Father’s independently owned pharmacy, and realized early on that regardless of the intent and expertise of the professional, healthcare does not work without effective management and organization. After high school, I left Central California to attend Hampton University in Virginia. At Hampton, I pursued a degree in Cellular/Molecular Biology and became involved in various organizations that (Beta Kappa Chi, HU Honors College, Golden Key, etc.) forced me to re-evaluate myself in order to learn to lead. In 2013, I graduated from Hampton and became a Physio of Georgetown University’s Special Master’s Program in Physiology where I put my hopes to the test, confronting a year’s worth of medical school level classes. Now at Tufts University, I am not only self-assured, but also determined for these new challenges to force me to grow academically, socially, mentally, and in width of perspective.
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Emergency Medicine Resident at Los Angeles County USC Medical Center
    Marissa Camilon MD was born and raised in San Diego, CA before attending college at the University of California Irvine majoring in Biology with a minor in History. She completed medical school at the USC Keck School of Medicine. Dr Camilon is currently an Emergency Medicine resident at Los Angeles County USC Medical Center. She is interested in medical education, providing healthcare to the underserved population, and international medicine. As a medical student, Marissa was a columnist for blog HouseCallMD. She is involved in the Committee of Intern and Residents at her institution and is currently a WikEM section editor. In her (rare) free time, Dr Camilon loves to bake, hike, spend time with her fiancé and family, and read non-medical books.
    • Critical Care Medicine
    • Anesthesiology
    • Anesthesiologist, Intensivist at Critical Care Medicine Fellow
    Dr. Craig Chen began blogging as a young high school student in Orange County, California. He parlayed his writing talents into a minor in creative writing at Stanford University, while also double majoring in philosophy and biology. While in college, Dr. Chen witnessed the rise of social media and saw firsthand its power to reach large audiences from every corner of the globe. When he attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), he decided to create a journal to capture the experience and transformation of becoming a physician. As readers began following and commenting on the blog, he realized what a useful tool it was for the patient, family member and layperson to understand the culture and inner-workings of medicine. Dr. Chen finished his anesthesiology residency and critical care medicine fellowship at Stanford Hospital and Clinics. He is currently practicing both anesthesiology and intensive care medicine at a community hospital in the Bay Area.
  • Heather Alva is currently a third year medical student at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from Stanford University in 2010 where she studied healthcare reform and creative writing. After graduating, she spent a year interning for a nonprofit in hepatitis B prevention before she joined a clinical research team in Stanford’s Department of Anesthesia and worked as coordinator for the 2011 Stanford Medicine X Summit. As a patient with type 1 diabetes of over 15 years, she is passionate about bridging gaps between patients and physicians to improve the practice of patient-centric medicine. She enjoys live music wherever she can find it, fiction prose, and spending time with her beloved retriever mix, Hector.
  • Jennifer Adaeze Anyaegbunam is currently a third year medical student at the University Of Virginia School Of Medicine. In 2010, Jennifer received a concentration in Film Studies and a secondary concentration in Health Policy from Harvard College. She subsequently attended Columbia University where she received a Masters of Science degree in Narrative Medicine, a field of study that allowed her to further synthesize her interests in medicine and media. Ultimately, Jennifer hopes to pursue a dual career as a physician and a medical journalist. She is also committed to increasing the diversity of the physician workforce and alleviating health disparities by empowering underrepresented and disadvantaged minorities to pursue medical careers. As a participant in the Kaiser Family Foundation Health Reporting Media Fellowship Program, Jennifer further cultivated her passion for using the media as a tool to educate and inform the public about issues in healthcare. She has also interned for CNN's Medical Unit and has served as a health contributor for NBC's the Grio, The Huffington Post, Policy Mic and WTJU-FM radio. Jennifer is the founding editor of The Intima, a Journal of Narrative Medicine. In her spare time she enjoys Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
    • Internal Medicine
    Internal Medicine Resident at UCSF
    Internal Medicine Resident at UCSF
    • Resident Physician at San Francisco General Hospital
    Elaine Khoong, MD MS is in her second year of internal medicine residency at the primary care program at San Francisco General Hospital at University of California San Francisco (UCSF). After graduating from the Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy, she attended the University of Pennsylvania where she majored in business and engineering. Before entering medical school at Washington University in St. Louis, Khoong taught high school science in Chicago as a Teach For America corps member. During her time as a teacher, she cemented her desire to work in under-resourced urban communities as a primary care physician. In the future, she hopes to not only practice as a clinician but also to research and implement strategies to deliver better health care to urban populations.
  • Kerri Vincenti, M.D., attended the University of Delaware as an undergraduate where she received a degree in Marketing and Management. While working in advertising after graduation, she engaged in a number of outreach and community service activities where she realized that her skills and interests would be better served in the field of medicine. After completing a post-baccalaureate program at the City College of New York, she was accepted to and subsequently graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in May 2014 as a member of the Medical Education Leadership Track. Dr. Vincenti is currently a preliminary medicine resident at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, where she will also be completing her residency in radiology. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter. Dr. Vincenti is interested in the role that healthcare technology plays in the medical school classroom to help facilitate active learning skills among trainees. She is also interested in understanding how different forms of social media can be used to effectively promote a healthcare system's brand and services to patients.
    • Business Development
    • Health Policy
    Wash U. MS2, President of Wash. U's AMA Chapter, Health Policy Advocate, Entrepreneur
    Wash U. MS2, President of Wash. U's AMA Chapter, Health Policy Advocate, Entrepreneur
    Ramin Lalezari is currently a second year medical student at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Mr. Lalezari grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of California – Los Angeles, majoring in business economics. His senior thesis investigated the workers’ compensation overhaul of the 1980s. He has a strong interest in health policy and often advocates in Jefferson City (Mo.) and Washington, D.C. He is currently the president of his medical school’s chapter of the American Medical Association, and served as a voting delegate to the Medical Student Section’s annual meeting. Mr. Lalezari is passionate about incorporating issues of health economics into medical education and helped construct a case-based elective course for his medical school’s fourth year class called “The Business of Medicine.” As a project manager for Washington University’s homegrown incubator, IDEA Labs, he led a group constructing a device to quantify blood pressure noninvasively and continuously. He is currently a Writing Fellow at The American Resident Project. In his spare time, he enjoys playing soccer and listening to music.
    • Obstetrics and Gynecology
    • Resident Physician at Hospital
    Danielle is an Ob/Gyn resident in Texas where she lives with her husband, twin girls, and three crazy dogs. She blogs about medical training, mothering multiples, life, and everything in between at Mind On Medicine. In her free time she enjoys taking the time to breathe, shower, or even eat a full meal while seated. Danielle went to college at Texas A&M University (Gig 'Em Aggies!) and completed her medical school at Texas Tech. She is interested in fertility medicine, social media, and health technology.
    • Emergency Medicine
    International ER physician at BWH
    International ER physician at BWH
    Dr. Usha Periyanayagam a Fellow in International Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women¹s Hospital and an Instructor of Medicine (Emergency Medicine) at Harvard Medical School. She received her MD, her MPH, and an MS in Engineering Design and Innovation from Northwestern University. She also completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at Northwestern University. As a physician with a background in large database analysis, user design and experience, and global health, she is uniquely primed to address the growing global health technology market. Dr. Periyanayagam has worked clinically, instructed, and conducted research in academic institutions in Asia, Africa and Latin America. She collaborates with local government, NGOs, industry, universities and non profits to accelerate the implementation of new innovations in global health. She has taught medical doctors and nurses in public and private hospitals in Cambodia, Uganda, and India. In Pakistan, she coordinated the government¹s disaster agency with local ambulance services to ensure an efficient response to a bombings and mass casualty events. In South Sudan, she worked in refugee camps on the Sudanese border to improve the medical response to the crisis. At the MIT H@cking Medicine Grand Hackfest, she led a team that created a inexpensive locally sustainable defibrillator that won the Google Ventures award. She has published numerous papers in the national and international literature, and has a patent pending in tranapical cardiac surgery.
    • Psychiatry
    Psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital
    Psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital
    • Associate Chief - Dept of Psychiatry at MGH
    Dr. Herman is Associate Chief of the Department of Psychiatry and Trustees Chair for Medical Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Herman serves as Medical Director of Partners HealthCare’s Employee Assistance Program, serving over 90,000 employees and their family members. In addition to his clinical practice, he supervises medical students, residents and fellows. Dr. Herman has lectured across the United States and internationally. His current interests include pursuing solutions to address the gap between the enormous need and the relatively scant resources available to serve mental health needs locally, nationally and globally. He focuses his teaching efforts on helping psychiatric and primary care clinicians develop straightforward approaches to patients suffering common psychiatric problems. He is co-editor (with Ted Stern, MD) of the popular MGH Guide to Primary Care Psychiatry (McGraw Hill, 1998, 2003) and Psychiatry Update & Board Preparation (MGH Psychiatry Academy Publishing, 2012). After residency at MGH, in 1984, Dr. Herman joined the staff of the MGH Psychopharmacology and Addiction clinics. For 15 years he also directed the Department’s national and international postgraduate education programs. From 1992 - 1999 he was Director of the MGH-McLean Residency Training program, and later was the department's Director of Clinical Services. He is past President of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training and past Chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine, and of its Quality and Patient Safety Division. Dr. Herman grew up in Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He served an internship in internal medicine at the Miriam Hospital in Providence Rhode Island and Brown University Medical School and a residency in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital.
    • Psychiatry
    Consulting Psychiatrist, Specializing in Forensic Psychiatry & psychiatric care of persons with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities
    Consulting Psychiatrist, Specializing in Forensic Psychiatry & psychiatric care of persons with Intellectual &...
    • President at On-Site Psychiatric Services, Inc.
    My current practice includes several areas of subspecialty: a full range of psychiatric consultation services to state and private agencies which serve adults with mental retardation and/or head injury in Connecticut and Massachusetts, provision of psychiatric services to hospitals and crisis teams, forensic psychiatry, psychotherapy, and volunteer work, serving on a variety of statewide committees and professional societies. I received my B.A. at Brown University and my M.D. at the University of Cincinnati. Specifically, I focus on the interface of law, psychiatry and mental retardation.
    • Medical Toxicology
    • Emergency Medicine
    Medical toxicologist at Children's Hospital, Boston.
    Medical toxicologist at Children's Hospital, Boston.
    • Professor at Umass medical school
    Dr Boyer is Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Chief of the Division of Medical Toxicology at UMass-Memorial Medical Center. Dr Boyer’s research, funded by NIH since 2001, transcends disciplinary and methodological boundaries. Dr Boyer has studied the use of machine learning algorithms to analyze wearable biosensor data to detect affective states that threaten recovery from PTSD and substance abuse. He has also evaluated advanced behavioral interventions for antiretroviral adherence in substance abusing patients, and has used wearable biosensors to detect drug use in natural environments. These efforts have culminated in funding from NIH to fund Dr Boyer’s mentoring of junior faculty in mHealth research methods that integrate behavioral science, electrical engineering, software development, qualitative analysis, infectious diseases, and medical toxicology.
  • Brian is an entrepreneur, design engineer, and researcher with a passion for designing innovative medical products and assistive technologies. Currently, Brian is an Innovation Strategy Manager at the Brigham Innovation Hub. Brian is also the founder of an early stage medical device company, Therapeutic Systems, focused on helping people across the life spans who are struggling with brain disorders such as autism, ADHD, PTSD and anxiety based disorders. As CEO, Brian lead Therapeutic Systems in winning MassChallenge in 2011, the UMass Innovation Challenge, a VentureWell E-Team award, raised seed investment, and launched the product. Brian holds a B.S.M.E., M.S.M.E and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Brian's doctoral research covered many disciplines, from clinical research exploring the safety and effectiveness of treatments for people with mental illness, to the design, development, and commercialization of therapeutic devices for people with disorders related to the brain. His focus has been on the testing and design of non-invasive low risk sensory based interventions to facilitate better focus, function, interaction, and performance. Brian’s work has led to peer reviewed publications, awards, and presentations in multiple fields. In addition, Brian has given a tedx talk and his work has been features in multiple media outletts including the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, and industry trade publications. Currently, Brian is working with representatives in the Massachusetts house to advance a bill he drafted focused on improving care in mental health care through innovation; the bill is currently in committee.
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