Connecting to Care Challenge 2015


    • Internal Medicine
    • Director, Center for Health Policy at Washington university in St. Louis
    Dr. William Peck is currently the Director of the Center for Health Policy at Washington University in St. Louis as well as an Alan A. and Edith L. Wolff Distinguished Professor of Medicine. From 1989 to 2003, he served as Dean of Washington University School of Medicine and Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs (Executive Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs from 1993), and President of the Washington University Medical Center. In 2005 he was appointed Senior Professor of Engineering at Washington University. He developed the first method for studying directly the structure, function and growth of bone cells, and demonstrated the mechanisms whereby hormones regulate bone cell function. He served as founding president of the National Osteoporosis Foundation; on the editorial boards of multiple journals; on numerous National and International medical and scientific panels; and on advisory boards of major pharmaceutical companies. He has held numerous lectureships and society memberships, including the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (elected President, 1984), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (awarded Fellowship, 1992) and Institute of Medicine (NAS). He has appeared as a scientific spokesperson on national and local media (including McNeil Lehrer Report, Good Morning America and CBS Morning News) and chaired many National and International conferences and symposia. He has previously served as Director of Angelica Corporation, Hologic Corporation and Reinsurance Group of America. He served on the Centene Health Policy Advisory Council (Founding Chair), RiverVest Venture Fund Advisory Board and SafeMed Advisory Council (Founding Chair). He also served as Chairman of the Council of Deans of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and, subsequently, Chairman of the AAMC. As a member of the Institute of Medicine, he served on the Institute’s Committee on Redesigning Health Insurance Benefits, Payment and Performance Improvement Program. He currently serves on the Boards of TIAA-CREF Trust Company, Research!America (Vice-Chair), Allied Health Care Products, University of Rochester, St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association, Innovate St. Louis (Founding Chair), Center for Emerging Technologies and Nidus Center. His hobbies include playing the piano, reading and travel.
  • I am currently a second year MD/PhD student at Washington University School of Medicine. As an undergraduate at Cornell University, I was a double major in Biology and Applied Economics & Management with a concentration in entrepreneurship. During my senior year at Cornell, I placed first in the Big Idea Competition with the idea to create and distribute edible vaccines using genetically modified plants. At Washington University, through IdeaLabs, I developed an idea to non-invasively evaluate colorectal cancer using human mRNA biomarkers in stool samples. Recently I became the CEO of a company called Geneoscopy that has raised over $20,000 towards developing the pilot program for this colorectal screening method. I also serve on the executive board for IdeaLabs as a public relations representative.
  • Kenneth Newcomer attended college at Brown University, and is now a medical student at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. At Brown, he majored in Chemistry and represented the Bears on the varsity football team. In college, he worked in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology and Biotechnology. After receiving his degree, he accepted a job as a post-baccalaureate trainee at the National Institutes of Health, where he collaborated with the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) to screen potential drug targets for effects on cell growth. After two years at the NIH, he began his MD at Washington University, where he is the co-chair of the Health Economics and Policy Interest Group, and is involved with the AMA and MSMA.
  • Derek Schloemann attended college at Missouri University of Science and Technology where he studied chemical engineering. During his time at Missouri S&T, Derek completed internships in research and development at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals and in manufacturing engineering at General Motors. Derek earned a postbaccalaureate intramural research training award from the National Institutes of Health which allowed him to study the mechanism of action of epidermal growth factor receptor inhibitors in the Lab of Cancer Biology and Genetics at the National Cancer Institute for one year after college. Derek is currently a medical student at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He is co-chair of the Health Economics and Policy Interest Group at Washington University and also serves on the executive board of the Saturday Neighborhood Health Clinic, Washington University’s student-run free clinic.
  • MD-PhD Candidate at Washington University School of Medicine
    MD-PhD Candidate at Washington University School of Medicine
    Stephen Linderman is an MD-PhD candidate at Washington University School of Medicine working in orthopedic surgery and biomedical engineering to improve tendon and ligament repairs. Mr. Linderman attended college at Cornell University studying biological engineering, then completed his Masters degree in translational medicine at the University of Cambridge as a Churchill Scholar before coming to Washington University. His research combines biomedical and mechanical engineering design principles to rethink the ancient art of surgical suturing, allowing substantially stronger surgical repairs. Beyond his translational research focus, Mr. Linderman is creating new opportunities for medical entrepreneurial experience inside and outside the classroom. He works to improve medical technology as president of IDEA Labs, a biotechnology incubator that supports multidisciplinary teams creating medical devices and applications. Over the last two and a half years, Mr. Linderman and colleagues expanded IDEA Labs to support more than 125 students on over 20 teams per year with funding, facilities, mentorship, and legal resources. He further promotes medical entrepreneurship by developing new courses in clinical needs identification for undergraduate biomedical engineers, fourth year medical students, and a new Master of Engineering program at Washington University. Mr. Linderman works to improve the St. Louis entrepreneurial community as a Cortex Innovation Centers representative. Outside of medical entrepreneurship, Mr. Linderman generates enthusiasm for science in St. Louis City high schools through Continuing Mentoring, a STEM mentorship program he co-founded that pairs high school students with Washington University graduate students. He is an avid singer and enjoys several sports, including rowing and water skiing.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • Managing Director at Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Washington University in St. Louis
    Emre Toker is the managing director of the Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. Toker most recently served as entrepreneurship senior mentor-in-residence at the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management. An accomplished entrepreneur, Toker is the founder or co-founder of five Arizona- and California-based technology companies – Arch Partners LLC, Surgical Tools LLC, Bioptics Corp., Rad-Icon Imaging Corp. and MedOptics Corp. Through these enterprises, he has invested in and mentored startups, and he developed novel medical devices and digital imaging systems for scientific, medical, industrial and military applications. As a project manager for Fischer Imaging Corp. in Denver, he led the engineering team that developed the world’s first clinical digital stereotactic breast biopsy system. At the University of Arizona, Toker taught graduate and undergraduate courses in industrial analysis, new venture development and development of new venture plans. A graduate of Reed College with a bachelor’s degree in physics, he also earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Arizona and the California Institute of Technology, respectively.
  • Founder of IDEA Labs, Co-Founder of Epharmix
    Founder of IDEA Labs, Co-Founder of Epharmix
    Avik Som is a 5th year MD/PhD student at Washington University, the founder of IDEA Labs, a biomedical engineering incubator, and a co-founder of Epharmix, a health tech startup.
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine
    Gregory M. Polites, MD is an associate professor of emergency medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Dr. Polites earned his bachelor’s degree from Washington University in 1988, then completed his medical degree at the University of Illinois in 1996. After postgraduate training in diagnostic radiology at Saint Louis University, he returned to Washington University for his emergency medicine residency and joined the faculty in 2002. As an assistant director of the emergency medicine residency from 2005 to 2010, he led preparation for the oral board exam and mentored residents to a 100 percent pass rate. The residents honored him for outstanding teaching in 2005. Internationally, Polites has advised Bulgaria’s Varna Medical University in establishing medical simulation training and is now working for Washington University’s McDonnell International Scholars Academy to increase pre-medical enrollment in an exchange program with China’s Fudan University. Beyond his teaching roles, Polites is also assistant team physician for the St. Louis Rams.
  • Josh Siegel is an​ ​MD/PhD candidate at the Mallincrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University School of Medicine.​ ​His​ ​background is in biology and translational neuroscience and​ ​his​ ​current work involves researching applications of functional brain imaging in stroke and brain injury.​ ​He​ ​first became involved in entrepreneurship​ as a WU undergraduate​ through ​a Skandalaris Entrepreneurial Internship​ with St. Louis Green​. Josh ​went on to join IDEA Labs and become Chief Medical Officer of​ ​KinoCOM,​ ​a computer interface for patients with limited hand mobility​. In 2014 he​ ​became Managing Director of the IDEA Labs Incubator.
  • Mr. Vaduva is an innovator and a technology entrepreneur who has successfully leveraged a diverse background in engineering, computers and education to develop and deliver innovative solutions (products, services and technologies) addressing the needs of existing and emerging markets. The breath of his professional experiences includes IT, electrical engineering, process control and automation, control systems, instrumentation, medical technologies, education, social media, not-for-profit organizations and various aspects of R&D. Mr. Vaduva takes a leadership role in the development and growth of long-term diversified businesses and focuses his efforts on economical development of St. Louis by being an active participant in the regional entrepreneurial community. He actively judges and mentors within the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership Venture-Works five incubators, as well as Washington University's Hatchery class, and Biomedical Engineering Design class and Madagascar Projects class. As a civic leader, Mr. Vaduva has been involved in many leadership positions with Missouri Venture Forum and FIRST Robotics Regional Competition in St. Louis Missouri, ISA Central Keystone Section and Central Pennsylvania Engineers Week Council in Pennsylvania. He has successfully managed volunteer assignments like Missouri Venture Forum's Enterprise Newsletter, is currently mentoring a large group of medical school students and provides continuous career advice to Master and PhD. graduates throughout the country. In academia, Mr. Vaduva focused on research and development in the fields of anesthesiology, surgery, neonatal intensive care, sleep disorders as well as geology and geophysics. He has served in peer review boards for Department of Energy (DoE) as well as Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
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