David Ballard, Psy.D., M.B.A., M.A., currently serves as assistant executive director for organizational excellence at the American Psychological Association (APA), where he is responsible for providing leadership, direction, evaluation, and management for all activities related to APA’s Center for Organizational Excellence. Dr. Ballard has provided research, consultation, and training services to government agencies, corporations, medical schools, and universities in the areas of workplace health and productivity, public health, prevention, and health care finance. He has experience in management, marketing, and consumer research. Dr. Ballard received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology and his M.B.A. in Health and Medical Services Administration from Widener University, where he completed concentrations in organizational and forensic psychology.
Kennita Carter, M.D., is a Senior Advisor in the Division of Medicine and Dentistry, Bureau of Health Workforce at the Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She received a Bachelors of Science in Psychobiology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and completed both medical school and a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She is a fellowship-trained geriatrician, and completed her fellowship at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore. She completed the Duke Integrative Leadership fellowship in Durham, North Carolina, and was a recipient of the Bravewell Leadership Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. She continues to serve as volunteer faculty, training geriatric medicine fellows, internal medicine residents, and medical
students in an interprofessional setting at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Other areas of interest include health equity, spirituality in medicine, and physician well-being.
Sandra E. Crewe, Ph.D., M.S.W., holds a B.S.W. and a M.S.W. from the National Catholic School of Social Services, Catholic University of America. She earned her Ph.D. in Social Work from Howard University in Washington, DC. She is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. Her research interests include family caregiving and kinship care (emphasis on older adults), program development and evaluation, and cultural competence. She serves as the director of the Multidisciplinary Center for Social Gerontology. She is a Master Faculty Scholar for the Washington, DC, Area Geriatric Education Center Consortium and member of the National Association of Social Workers Aging Specialty Group, and served as a member of the expert panel for Family Caregiving Standards. Dr. Crewe also serves on the Council on Social Work Education’s professional development committee. She is a program evaluation/development consultant for the Department of Social Development (provincial government), Cape Town, South Africa.
Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Gerontology in Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine. Formerly, Dr. Czaja was a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Industrial Engineering at the University of Miami and Scientific Director of the Center on Aging at the University of Miami. She has an extensive background in scientific investigation related to functional performance of older adults, innovative use of technology in intervention research, supervision of both laboratory and field research, and administration of large-scale research programs. She is also the Director of the Center on Research and Education for Aging and Technology Enhancement (CREATE). CREATE is funded by the National Institute on Aging and involves collaboration with the Georgia Institute of Technology and Florida State University. Dr. Czaja has extensive experience in aging research and a long commitment to developing strategies to improve the quality of life for older adults. Her research interests include aging and cognition, caregiving, human–computer interaction, training, and functional assessment.
Jason Eliot, J.D., SPHR, is the Chief Experience and Talent Officer for INTEGRIS Health, Inc., the largest provider of health care in the state of Oklahoma. In his role, Mr. Eliot has strategic and operational responsibilities for all human resources, clinical education, and community benefit initiatives. Mr. Eliot was also tasked with the creation of the INTEGRIS Experience Team whose purpose is to enhance each consumer’s experience
with INTEGRIS. Mr. Eliot leads the Workforce team for the INTEGRIS Baldrige journey, led the Workforce Alignment team for the INTEGRIS transformation efforts, is a member of the INTEGRIS Strategy Council, and is active in numerous IT task forces, including the Epic Implementation Steering Committee. INTEGRIS has been named a “Best Place to Work in Oklahoma” multiple times and has received numerous other recognitions for the care it provides its patients and programs it has to support its employees. It is the only health care provider in the nation that runs a charter elementary school, the Stanley Hupfeld Academy at Western Village, for which Mr. Eliot serves on the board and is an active supporter of community health improvement efforts in all of the communities INTEGRIS has hospitals.
Katie Eliot, Ph.D., R.D., is an Assistant Professor and the Director of the undergraduate program in Nutrition and Dietetics at Saint Louis University, where she serves as a primary faculty member at the Center for Interprofessional Education and Research. For the past 6 years, Dr. Eliot has participated in a variety of unique interprofessional education experiences including an international medical mission trip and the development of an interprofessional practicum capstone course. She currently serves on the Interprofessional Education Teaching, Learning and Assessment Team; the Interprofessional Grand Rounds Team; and teaches in the Applied Decision Making in Interprofessional Practice course. Dr. Eliot has presented nationally on interprofessional education topics ranging from course development to student learning assessment. She believes that preparing students to work in interprofessional teams is a means to promote better patient outcomes. As an advocate for her profession, Dr. Eliot is highly involved in dietetics leadership at the local, state, and national level. She currently serves as the chair of the inter-professional education task force for the Nutrition and Dietetics Educators and Preceptors Council.
Caswell Evans, D.D.S., M.P.H., is the Associate Dean for Prevention and Public Health Sciences at the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC) College of Dentistry; he is also a faculty member in the UIC School of Public Health. Previously he served as the Executive Editor and Project Director for Oral Health in America: A Report of the U.S. Surgeon General. For 12 years, Dr. Evans was Director of Public Health Programs and Services for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. He is a past president of the American Public Health Association, the American Association of Public Health Dentistry, and the American Board of Dental Public Health. Dr. Evans is Chairman of DentaQuest Foundation Board. He also serves on the Chicago Board of Health and the boards of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago, Oral Health America, and the Children’s Dental Health Project.
Simon Fleming, MBBS, MRCS, M.Sc., FRSA, MAcadMEd, MASE(RACS), MFSTEd, AFHEA, is a Trauma and Orthopaedic registrar on the Pott rotation in London. He is also Immediate Past President of the British Orthopaedic Trainees’ Association, the Chief Resident for the International Conference in Residency Education for a second term, the Vice Chair of the Academy Trainee Doctors’ Group, and a Ph.D. candidate in Medical Education at Barts and The London Medical School. While passionate about orthopedics and improving surgical training, he has special interests in hand surgery, competency attainment, and combating bullying, undermining and harassment in surgery through the award-winning #HammerItOut campaign, on which he has delivered a TEDx talk. He is heavily involved in mentoring and teaching both undergraduates and postgraduates, and has been recognized with a Surgeon Educator Award from the Royal College of Surgeons (Eng) and the Academic Support Award from Queen Mary University and Barts and The London Medical School.
Dorrie Fontaine, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, is the Dean of Nursing at the University of Virginia. Dr. Fontaine has implemented appreciative inquiry methodology as the basis for the school’s strategic planning and launched an interdisciplinary process to create a transformational model to provide compassionate end-of-life care across the health care spectrum. In addition, she has been a strong advocate for interprofessional education, engaging both medical and nursing students in collaboration with the School of Medicine, and a champion of developing the school’s continuing education programs for working nurses. Dr. Fontaine received her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Villanova University, a master’s degree from the University of Maryland, and her Ph.D. from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. In 2006, she completed a Management and Leadership in Education Program at the Harvard Graduate Institute of Higher Education.
Tracy Gaudet, M.D., is the Executive Director of the Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA’s) National Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation. This office is charged with leading VHA’s transformation to Whole Health, an approach to health care that empowers and equips people to take charge of their health and live their lives to the fullest. Dr. Gaudet came to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs from the Duke University Health System, where she served as Executive Director of Duke Integrative Medicine from 2001 to 2010. Under her leadership, Duke Integrative Medicine created a state-of-the-art health care facility dedicated to the transformation of medicine through the exploration, demonstration, and research of new models of patient-centered care. Dr. Gaudet received her B.A. degree in Psychology and Sociology from Duke University, her
M.D. degree from Duke University, and she completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at The University of Texas in San Antonio. She is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and regularly teaches and writes for the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Elizabeth Goldblatt, Ph.D., M.P.A., M.H.A., is the chair of the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care. Dr. Goldblatt is a leading educator in the acupuncture and Oriental medicine profession. Dr. Goldblatt has been a strong advocate for interdisciplinary, collaborative, and academic efforts. She assisted in creating three National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health centers with Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and Kaiser Permanente that included representation from the complementary and alternative health care colleges. She helped OHSU and the other complementary health care educational institutions create the Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Goldblatt also had the lead in creating two of the eight clinical doctoral programs in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM). Dr. Goldblatt is currently working with the University of California, San Francisco, Osher Center, and California Pacific Medical Center in acupuncture internship placements, cross-education projects, exploring collaborative research, and placing medical doctors from both institutions on ACTCM’s faculty. Dr. Goldblatt has a Master’s in Public Administration/Health Administration from Portland State University. She earned her Ph.D. from University of California, Los Angeles in Ethnomusicology, which combined anthropology and ritual arts. Her emphasis was on Tibetan culture.
Catherine Grus, Ph.D., is the Deputy Executive Director for Education at the American Psychological Association (APA) and has been on the staff of the APA since 2005. Dr. Grus received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Nova University in 1993. She completed her doctoral internship at the University of Miami School of Medicine and a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At the APA she works to advance policies and practices that promote high-quality education and training at the doctoral, postdoctoral, and post-licensure levels. Areas of focus for Dr. Grus include expanding the number of accredited internships and positions, and development of models and tools for competency assessment in professional psychology, supervision, and interprofessional education. Prior to coming to APA, Dr. Grus was an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Miami School of Medicine, where she served as the director of an APA-accredited internship program.
Aviad (Adi) Haramati, Ph.D., is Professor of Physiology, Department of Biochemistry, Molecular & Cellular Biology and Medicine (Nephrology) at Georgetown University School of Medicine. A graduate of Brooklyn College, he received a Ph.D. in Physiology (University of Cincinnati) and came to Georgetown in 1985 after spending 5 years at Mayo Clinic. For more than 25 years, Dr. Haramati’s research focus was on regulation of kidney and electrolyte physiology. For the past decade, his activities have centered on medical education and rethinking how health professionals are trained. In April 2013, he was named the inaugural director of the Center for Innovation and Leadership in Education at the Georgetown University Medical Center. Dr. Haramati has a deep interest in improving medical education across the globe, especially with regard to the intersection of science, mind–body medicine, and professionalism. He has been a Visiting Professor at more than 60 medical schools around the world and currently works with a number of medical school deans and educators in Europe, Israel, and North America.
Eric Holmboe, M.D., a board-certified internist, is Senior Vice President, Milestones Development and Evaluation of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Prior to joining ACGME in January 2014, he served as the chief medical officer and senior vice president of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and the ABIM Foundation. He is also professor adjunct of medicine at Yale University, and adjunct professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Dr. Holmboe retired from the U.S. Naval Reserves in 2005. His research interests include interventions to improve quality of care and methods in the evaluation of clinical competence. His professional memberships include the American College of Physicians, where he is a Master; Society of General Internal Medicine; Association of Medical Education in Europe; and he is an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in London. Dr. Holmboe is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He completed his residency and chief residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Yale University.
Charamporn “Joy” Holumyong, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of the Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, Thailand. She obtained her doctorate in economics from the University of Utah. She worked as a faculty and researcher in the United States for many years, including the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; University of Utah; and Salt Lake Community College. Her publication and research interests included labor economics, population economics, migration and health issues in the Greater Mekong subregion, and quality of life and happiness of Association of Southeast Asian Nations workers.
Ronald Kaluya, M.Ed., Ph.D., has committed his life to improving the quality of life of people in remote areas in Uganda holistically (spiritually, emotionally, and physically). In 2008, he responded to God’s call on his life to minister spiritually, emotionally, and physically to the people of Uganda. Dr. Kaluya earned his Masters of Education in counseling and Human Development specializing in Mental Health Counseling, and a Master of Arts in Christian Leadership from the Lindsey Wilson College. Dr. Kaluya earned his doctorate in Ministry with an emphasis on Global Health and Wholeness from Saint Paul School of Theology. In 2011, he started Uganda Counseling and Support Services, which is now a registered nonprofit in the United States and in Uganda that provides spiritual, emotional, and physical support to disadvantaged people in eastern Uganda.
Pinar Keskinocak, Ph.D., is the William W. George Chair and Professor in the Stewart School of Industrial Engineering, and co-founder and co-director of the Center for Health and Humanitarian Systems. She also serves as the College of Engineering ADVANCE Professor.
Previously, she worked at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. She received her Ph.D. in Operations Research from Carnegie Mellon University, and her M.S. and B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Bilkent University. Dr. Keskinocak’s research focuses on the applications of operations research and management science with societal impact, particularly health and humanitarian applications, supply chain management, and logistics/transportation. She currently serves as a department editor for Operations Research (Policy Modeling and Public Sector area), associate editor for Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, and secretary of INFORMS.
Sandeep “Sunny” Kishore, M.D., Ph.D., M.Sc., is a Fellow at Yale University. He was formerly a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School where he directed the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network, which currently includes 4,000 members from more than 150 countries committed to the equitable prevention and treatment of noncommunicable diseases as a social justice issue. He has successfully petitioned or co-petitioned the addition of nine medicines to the World Health Organization Essential Medicines List, including blockbuster cholesterol-lowering statin drugs in 2007. He has served as delegate to the United Nations General Assembly, a Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Dalai Lama Center for Ethics & Transformative Values, is the first Lancet awardee for community service, a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow, and a TEDMED 2012 speaker. His work has appeared widely, including in JAMA, The Lancet, Health Affairs, and the Nature Reviews series. His Ph.D. research focused on the evolution of malaria parasitism in humans, earning him the Raymond W. Sarber award by the American Society of Microbiology for most outstanding Ph.D.
student in microbiology. He completed his M.D. at Cornell’s medical college and his medical internship at Yale.
Sirinan Kittisuksathit, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and the Deputy Director for Social Enterprise Development at the Institute for Population and Social Research (IPSR), Mahidol University. She holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom. Her research focuses on quality of life and happiness, migration, and adolescent reproductive health. She specializes in conducting research and development, and monitoring and evaluation research. She currently studies social well-being, happiness, and healthy workplaces and is the Director of the Thailand Centre for Happy Worker Studies of IPSR, Mahidol University.
Maryanna Klatt, Ph.D., is a Professor in the College of Medicine at The Ohio State University, Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Klatt’s research focus has been to develop and evaluate feasible, cost-effective ways to reduce the risk of stress-related chronic illness for employees of high-stress work environments. Specifically her research has shown that nurses working in a surgical intensive care unit reduced their stress by 40 percent (shown in their salivary amylase), and that university/hospital faculty and staff slept significantly better after her 8-week, 1-hour/week intervention, Mindfulness in Motion. This program effectively combines mindfulness meditation, yoga, and relaxing music, and it is delivered at the worksite. Dr. Klatt’s latest research shows a 22 percent reduction in burnout for health care professionals, with a significant increase in their resilience. Her goal is to reduce health care cost via preventative stress reduction worksite programming. She has shown that mindful awareness interventions produce an average of $4,300 annual cost savings for participants up to 5 years post-intervention. Dr. Klatt has published several articles and book chapters, and has presented her work at national and international scientific conferences.
Mary Jo Kreitzer, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, is the founder and director of the Center for Spirituality & Healing at the University of Minnesota, where she also serves as a tenured professor in the School of Nursing. Within the School of Nursing, Dr. Kreitzer is the co-lead of the doctorate of nursing practice program in integrative health and healing. She has served as the principal investigator or co-principal investigator of numerous clinical trials focusing on mindfulness meditation with persons with chronic disease including studies focusing on solid organ transplant, cardiovascular disease, chronic insomnia, diabetes, and caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Kreitzer regularly presents to practitioner and public audiences as well as at academic and health care conferences. Dr. Kreitzer earned her
doctoral degree in public health focused on health services research, policy, and administration, and her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in nursing.
Kimberlyn Leary, Ph.D., M.P.A., is an associate professor of psychology at the Harvard Medical School and an associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she directs the Enabling Change program. Dr. Leary is also the Executive Director of Policy Outreach at McLean Hospital and a faculty affiliate at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. Currently, she is also a Senior Advisor to the CEO at the National Math and Science Initiative, serving as a thought partner on strategy pertaining to inclusive STEM education. From 2016 to 2018, Dr. Leary has been a research fellow at the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School and with the New America Foundation’s International Security Program. Her research and scholarly work is centered on leadership, negotiation capacity, and large-scale systemic change. She has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan, an M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School, and an A.B. from Amherst College, where she is also on the Board of Trustees.
Lizzie Lockett joined the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in February 2005 as Head of Communications. As Head of Communications, and later Director of Strategic Communications, Ms. Lockett and her team were responsible for all of the college’s communications. In autumn 2014, Ms. Lockett set up the Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) alongside its then Chair, Neil Smith. MMI aims to make a difference in the mental health and well-being of members of the veterinary team. Ms. Lockett took up the role of Acting CEO in September 2017 and was appointed CEO in November 2017. Ms. Lockett is an Accredited PR Practitioner with the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and holds a degree in English Language and Literature from St John’s College, Oxford, a postgraduate qualification in journalism, and diplomas in the History of Art, also from Oxford.
Ted Mashima, D.V.M., joined the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) in 2008 and serves as the Senior Director for Academic and Research Affairs. In that role, he provides staff support for the following AAVMC Committees and Subcommittees: Academic Affairs, Research, One Health, Veterinary Educator Collaborative, and Primary Care Veterinary Educators. He also provides leadership and support for several mental health and wellness initiatives under way in the profession and interprofessionally. He has a bachelor’s degree in zoology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a DVM from Colorado State University. He completed an internship in exotic animal, wildlife, and zoo animal
medicine at Kansas State University and a residency in zoological medicine, with a wildlife emphasis, at North Carolina State University. He is board certified in both zoological medicine and veterinary preventive medicine and he was recently inducted into the National Academies of Practice. Mr. Mashima is the co-editor of The Rhino with Glue-On Shoes, and Other Surprising True Stories of Zoo Vets and Their Patients.
Angelo McClain, Ph.D., LICSW, is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and President of the National Association of Social Workers Foundation. NASW is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in America with 140,000 members. NASW promotes the profession of social work and social workers, and advocates for sound social policies that improve well-being for individuals, families, and communities. Dr. McClain previously served as Commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families for 6 years, a position appointed by Governor Deval Patrick. While there, he oversaw a budget of $850 million and a workforce of 3,500 employees to address reports of abuse and neglect for the state’s most vulnerable children, partnering with families to help them better nurture and protect their children.
Diana Nyirenda, M.A., is an aspiring Christian servant leader, administrator, professional counsellor, and child protection worker. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, bachelors of arts in guidance & counselling, and an M.A. of arts in Christian Leadership. She is currently working as Programme Associate, providing program support under Responsive Institutions and Citizen Engagement within the United Nations Development Programme, Malawi, in promoting accountability, civic engagement, respect for human rights, rule of law, peace, and democracy. She enjoys contributing to portfolio projects results and loves to serve her community through volunteering as a community counselor, Sunday school teacher, life skills coach, peer educator at workplaces, and by documenting. As a humanitarian worker, she is inspired to contribute meaningfully to transformational change in the lives of vulnerable and deserted communities nationally and internationally.
Deborah Powell, M.D., is dean emerita of the University of Minnesota Medical School and professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Minnesota Medical School, where she coordinates the medical school pathology curriculum. At the University of Minnesota, Dr. Powell instituted the medical school’s Flexible M.D. program, an individualized model of medical education designed to be more adaptable to students’ career and learning goals. Dr. Powell served as
chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Board of Directors from 2009 to 2010 and was the first female chair of the AAMC Council of Deans in 2004. She was awarded the AAMC 2013 Abraham Flexner Distinguished Service to Medical Education Award. She is currently working on a pilot study of a new model for training medical students who want to go into pediatrics in a competency-based model that combines Undergraduate Medical Education and Graduate Medical Education. It is currently being tested in four U.S. medical schools including the University of Minnesota. Dr. Powell was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2000.
Rajata Rajatanavin, M.D., FRCP, FACP, FACE, studied medicine at the Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University. He has dedicated his life to teaching, medical service, and research. His research is focused in two areas: iodine deficiency disorders and metabolic bone disease, specifically osteoporosis. Dr. Rajata became chairman of the Department of Medicine at Mahidol University in 1997 and has since shifted his interest to administration, becoming the Dean of Faculty of Medicine. During his term, he was successful in securing $300 million from the government to build a new medical school and university medical center. Dr. Rajata assumed position of President of Mahidol University in December 2011. The university is ranked first in the country by the Office of Higher Education and 34th in Asia by the QS International Ranking. He also served as Minister of Public Health of the Royal Thai Government during 2014–2015. He is now an Advisor to the Dean and Chairman of the Board of Ramathibodi Hospice and Elderly Care Research and Learning Center, Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand.
Calli Schardein is a third-year medical student at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences. She was born and raised in Oklahoma and intends to practice as a general surgeon in Oklahoma. Mrs. Schardein attended Oklahoma State University for her undergraduate education and has her Bachelors of Science in Psychology. In her second year of medical school, Mrs. Schardein was elected the student government president and became a representative to the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP). At the end of her term, she ran for the national positional of 2nd Vice Chair of the Executive Board of COSGP. She has since filled that role as the Chair of the Student Wellness Committee and Coordinator of the Mental Health Awareness Task Force.
Siddharth Ashvin Shah, M.D., M.P.H., is the President of Greenleaf Integrative Strategies. Dr. Shah is a board-certified preventive medicine physician with expertise in community/workplace resilience, trauma-informed care and peace building, post-conflict leadership needs, disaster public mental
health, and cross-cultural health systems. Dr. Shah is a member of the disaster response community. Greenleaf currently serves the United States Agency for International Development Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. The firm seeks to support people who do good in the world and prevent unnecessary suffering. Dr. Shah received his B.A. in Religious Studies from Rice University. He completed his M.D. at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, with additional training at the Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry, Topeka, Kansas. He completed his residency in Preventive and Behavioral Medicine and received a Masters in Public Health from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York.
Javaid Sheikh, M.D., M.B.A., is an internationally renowned medical executive and creative thought leader in global academic medicine and population health. During his tenure as Dean of Weill Cornell Medicine–Qatar (WCM–Q) since 2010, Professor Sheikh has pioneered and implemented innovative biomedical educational and research programs enabling WCM–Q to become widely acknowledged as a leading institution preparing “Global Physicians” for the 21st century. Dean Sheikh serves on a number of national health policy committees including the Qatar Council on Health Practitioners Board. Professor Sheikh also founded and co-edits Innovations in Global Health Professions Education Journal, providing an international platform for profiling conceptual and technological innovations in global health profession education. Prior to joining WCM–Q in 2007, Professor Sheikh built a distinguished career as a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Associate Dean, and Chairman of the Board of the Palo Alto Institute for Research and Education at the prestigious Stanford University School of Medicine and affiliated hospitals in California.
Carolyn Sommerich, Ph.D., M.S., BSME, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Integrated Systems Engineering at The Ohio State University (OSU) and also holds graduate faculty status in Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences within OSU’s College of Medicine. She is the director of the OSU Engineering Laboratory for Human Factors/Ergonomics/Safety. Her research focus is ergonomics and occupational biomechanics, with a special interest in intervention research to reduce exposures to risk factors for musculoskeletal discomfort and disorders; application sectors include health care, industry, and education. The research approach is participatory and interdisciplinary. She and faculty and student collaborators from orthopedics, design, radiologic sciences, mechanical engineering, and nursing have effectively partnered with imaging technologists, home health aides, paramedics, teachers, high school students, distribution center workers, manu-
facturing workers, and many others to investigate and address risk factors that affect their musculoskeletal health, task performance capabilities, and quality of work life. Dr. Sommerich is currently the Secretary-Treasurer of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), as well as faculty advisor for the OSU student chapters of HFES and the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers.
Zohray Talib, M.D., FACP, is Associate Professor of Medicine and of Health Policy at the George Washington University (GWU) Medical School in Washington, DC. Dr. Talib is a board-certified internal medicine physician and primary care doctor at GWU. Dr. Talib oversees Internal Medicine Residency’s Global Health Program where she directs a global health course and mentors residents in global health research. Dr. Talib has more than 10 years of experience in medical education. Her research focuses on health system strengthening and health workforce issues both in the United States and globally. In particular, her interests include examining ways to scale up the global health workforce and linking investments in medical education to health outcomes. Dr. Talib received her Bachelor of Science in physical therapy from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, and her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the George Washington University Hospital. She is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.
Richard W. Valachovic, D.M.D., M.P.H., is the Executive Director of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and President of the ADEAGies Foundation. He joined ADEA in 1997 after more than 20 years in research, practice, and teaching of pediatric dentistry and oral medicine/radiology. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and completed postdoctoral training in pediatric dentistry and dental public health. He previously served on the faculty and administration of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Valachovic has served as President of the Federation of Associations of Schools of the Health Professions and as Executive Director of the International Federation of Dental Educators and Associations. He is a member of the Washington Higher Education Secretariat. Dr. Valachovic earned his B.S. degree in 1973 from St. Lawrence University; his D.M.D. in 1977 from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine; and a Masters in Public Health degree (1981) and a Master of Science degree in health policy and management (1982) from the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed a residency in pediatric dentistry at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston in 1979.
Tim van de Grift, Ph.D., M.D., M.B.A., received his M.D. from Amsterdam University and his M.B.A. from Ghent University (Belgium). After finishing his Ph.D. from the departments of Plastic Surgery and Medical Psychology, psychiatry resident at the Vrije Universiteit University in Amsterdam. Over the past years, he has developed several projects at the intersection of arts, design, and health care. These projects include improving clinical observation skills through art, and teaching interdisciplinary skills and creativity using design thinking.
Meghan M. Walsh, M.D., M.P.H., earned her medical degree in 2001 from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and her Masters in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health in 1997. She completed her residency and Chief Residency in internal medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) in 2005. Dr. Walsh is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine, the Designated Institutional Official, and Chief Academic Officer at HCMC. Her main interests reside in patient safety and quality and resident education, and she serves as a Volunteer Site Surveyor for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s Clinical Learning Environment Review program. Her current energy is dedicated toward the creation of a Center of Excellence for Integrated Learning at HCMC, and she is actively engaged in the redesign of interprofessional training, patient education, and employee development through blended learning.
John Weeks has been involved in the integrative health care movement for 32 years in various capacities as a writer, organizer, speaker, and executive. Since the mid-1990s, Mr. Weeks has produced the principal newsletter on policy and business of integration, now via the Integrator Blog. He produces related columns for The Altarum Institute, IntegrativePractitioner. com, Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, and the Huffington Post. Mr. Weeks attended Stanford University for 3 years, studying history. Academic institutions have four times granted Mr. Weeks honorary doctorates for his work. Three consortia in the field combined to grant him a Lifetime Achievement Living Tribute award in 2014.