2014 Stage Program


“Unlocking Imagination in Service of Health and Medicine” is our focus from September 10-12 as we welcome some of the most respected and undiscovered names in science, journalism, education, business and technology to our stage.

Join us to explore the possibilities of a healthier future.

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Session 1

Turn It Upside Down

This opening session of TEDMED 2014 introduces surprising insights that flip beliefs, question standard operating procedures, discard some closely held assumptions and lead to fresh insights about health and medicine. Below, we proudly introduce the speakers and artists for this session. 
Sonia Shah
Social Justice Science Journalist
Elliot Swart
Smart Dermatologic Cameraman
Erica Frank
Virtual Medical School Pioneer
Heather Raffo
Global Witness / Artistic Healer
Jared Heyman
Crowd Wisdom Channeler
E. Bimla Schwarz
Women’s Health Truth-Teller
Thomas Goetz
Visionary Health Entrepreneur & Writer
NANDA
Acrobaticalists
Danielle Ofri
Reflective Physician
Farah Siraj
Global Humanitarian Musician
Ted Kaptchuk
Placebo Investigator

Session 2

We Just Don’t Know

This session explores the liberation that can happen when we recognize the limits of our knowledge – those transformational moments when we realize that the more we know, the more we realize how little we know. Below, we proudly introduce the speakers and artists for this session. 
Zsolt Bognár
Concert Pianist
Tig Notaro
Counterintuitive Comedian
Gary Conkright
Predictive Analytics Entrepreneur
Daniel Webster
Gun Violence Preventer
Jeffrey Iliff
Glymphatic Scientist
Rosie King
Storytelling Activist
Elizabeth Nabel
Medical Leader
Amy McGuire
Genomic Bioethicist

Session 3

Flat Out Amazing

This session focuses on imagination at the far edge of possibility, featuring stories of the seemingly impossible acts, facts or events that should inspire and dazzle even the most cynical or sophisticated listener. Below, we proudly introduce the speakers and artists for this session. 
Diana Nyad
Open Water Swimming Champion
Elizabeth Holmes
Medical Diagnostics Game Changer
Gail Reed
Cuban Health Care Expert
Foteini Agrafioti
Biometrics Entrepreneur
Kitra Cahana
Incisive Photographer
Marc Koska
Persistent Inventor / Global Life-Saver

Session 4

Stealing Smart

The session demonstrates how some of the best solutions to problems in health and medicine come from other worlds than the domain where the problem originated or is usually addressed. Below, we proudly introduce the speakers and artists for this session.  
Barbara Natterson-Horowitz
Zoobiquitous Physician
Drew Lakatos
Trauma Prevention Technologist
Stephen Goldner
Clinical Trials Matchmaker
Dominick Farinacci
Worldly Trumpeter
Brian Primack
Media and Medicine Researcher
Leslie Morgan Steiner
Motherhood Investigator
Abraham Verghese
Attentive Physician / Passionate Storyteller
Nina Tandon
Tissue Engineer
Zachary Copfer
Bio-Artist
Nora Volkow
Explorer of the Human Brain
Ramanan Laxminarayan
Drug Resistance Economist

Session 5

Don’t You Dare Talk About This

This session will raise controversial issues in health and medicine that many people are reluctant to discuss publicly. Below, we proudly introduce the speakers and artists for this session.  
Sigrid Fry-Revere
Organ Donation Ethicist
Carl Hart
Drug Data Dealer
Patricia Horoho
Army Surgeon General
Elizabeth Kenny
Patient Performer
Amy Baxter
Pain Deflector
Heather Raffo
Global Witness / Artistic Healer
Leana Wen
Transparent Physician

Session 6

Play Is Not a Waste of Time

This session reveals the many ways that imagination rewards us, specifically how health and medicine are enhanced through the extraordinary power of play. Below, we proudly introduce the speakers and artists for this session. 
Cole Galloway
Pediatric Motor Learning Scientist & Designer
Kayt Sukel
Edgy Science Writer
Carla Pugh
Haptic Educator
Jill Vialet
Recess Champion
Rupa & The April Fishes
Rock Star Hospitalist / Rebel Musician
Gerardo Contino
Cuban Musician
Howard Rose
Health Games Designer

Session 7

Human Nature Inside and Out

This session offers new views and unusual perspectives that reveal who we are as human beings and the impact of our environment on our health. Below, we proudly introduce the speakers and artists for this session.  
Jeffrey Karp
Bio-Inspired Innovator
Peggy Battin
End-of-Life Ethicist
Zsolt Bognár
Concert Pianist
Emery Brown
Anesthesia Neuroscientist
Art of Motion Dance Theatre
Modern Repertory Dance Company
Jen Hyatt
Global Social Entrepreneur
Mariana Figueiro
Illumination Researcher
Debra Jarvis
Irreverent Reverend
Uzma Samadani
Brain Trauma Detective
Inspector Gadje
Balkan Brass Band
Tiffany Shlain
Interconnected Filmmaker
Julian Treasure
Sound Evangelist

Session 8

Weird and Wonderful

This session offers a joyful survey of surprising combinations and remarkable results. It’s about science and health trends that came out of left field, defied expectations or simply seem completely off the wall, in a good way. Below, we proudly introduce the speakers and artists for this session. 
Rupal Patel
Speech Scientist
Resa Lewiss
Point-of-Care Ultrasound Educator
Bob Carey
Tutu Self-Portraitist
Eric Chen
Scientific Wunderkind
Josh Stein
Serial Entrepreneur
Cathy Ladman
Self-Probing Comic
Joshua Roman
Versatile Cellist
John La Puma
Culinary Medicine Pioneer
Marc Abrahams
Science Humorist
John Cryan
Neuromicrobioticist
Mark Levatich
Disruptive Biomedical Engineer
Sophie de Oliveira Barata
Imaginative Prosthetics Sculptor

Session 9

I Was Just Thinking Too Small

This session encourages us to step back and see the full picture, realizing that a narrow focus can be as limiting as it is productive. Below, we proudly introduce the speakers and artists for this session. 
Gypsy Allstars
East-West Fusion Musicians
Daniel Kohane
Drug Delivery Innovator
Robin Guenther
Sustainable Healthcare Architect
Nadine Burke Harris
Stress Doctor
Ram Sahasranam
Catalyst and Connector
Rebecca Adamson
Global Indigenous Economics Maven
Heather Raffo
Global Witness / Artistic Healer

TEDMED 2014 Co-Hosts


Here are your tour guides to each of our sessions. For the first time in TEDMED history, we have invited co-hosts from outside the organization to join forces with those on the inside.This year, our new partner institutions, Stanford and UCSF, are represented among our San Francisco emcees. 

San Francisco, CA

Shirley Bergin
TEDMED’s Superhero In Residence
Carlos Bustamante
Race-Debunking Geneticist
Sheri Fink
Medical Emergency Journalist
Adam Gazzaley
Brain Game-Changer

Washington, DC

Nassim Assefi
TEDMED’s Curatorial Mixologist
Jon Ellenthal
TEDMED’s Keeper of the Flame
Sandeep Kishore
Physician / Scientist / Global Activist
David Moinina Sengeh
Biomechatronics Engineer / Artist / Activist