Dr. Abrams has practiced at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore for more than 30 years. He has been chairman of ophthalmology at the Krieger Eye Institute at Sinai for more than a decade. Dr. Abrams earned his undergraduate degree from Lehigh University, attended medical school at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, completed his residency at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and his fellowship at Dohney Eye Institute, USC in glaucoma.
Dr. Donald Anderson is the Director, U.S. National Office for Harmful Algal Blooms and a Senior Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. His lab studies species of toxic algae responsible for disrupting human and ecosystem health. While some of these organisms create the phenomena commonly known as “red tides,” others can be less visible while still causing illness. From the Caribbean to the Arctic, his team is working to understand the factors that drive these harmful algal bloom (HAB) events. Lab: https://www2.whoi.edu/site/andersonlab/
Dr. Brian Anderson is a Harvard-trained physician-scientist, innovator, and digital health expert. Dr. Anderson’s focus is on the use of information technology in support of emerging clinical decision support (CDS) models and the provision of safe, effective, patient-centered care. While at Athenahealth, where he led the Informatics Department, Dr. Anderson launched a new model of CDS leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI). He has served on several national health information technology committees in partnership with the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC). At MITRE, Dr. Anderson works on mCODE, a standardized data language and interoperability model for cancer research and treatment, as well as architecting, implementing, and analyzing health information systems for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). He also sits on the ONC’s Health Information Technology Advisory Committee. Dr. Anderson has written in the Journal of Precision Medicine and spoken at the Precision Medicine Summit and HIMSS19.
Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist, CDEAssociation of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (ADCES)
Insulin Pump Therapy, CGM, Diabetes, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Type 2 Diabetes, Type 1 Diabetes, Diabetes Management, Diabetes Self-management
Dr. Anzai is Professor of Radiology at the University of Utah. She completed her Diagnostic Radiology residency and neuroradiology fellowship training at the University of Michigan. In 2000, she moved to the University of Washington, Seattle where she had served as the neuroradiology fellowship director from 2004-2008, subsequently became the section chief in 2008. In 2005, she obtained her MPH from the University of Washington in Health Services funded by GERRAF program and AHRQ K08 award. Dr. Anzai currently serves as Associate Chief Medical Quality Officer of the University of Utah Health Care. The major goals as the Associate Chief Medical Quality Officer are to improve safety and quality of patient care, to facilitate the process standardization and coordination of care, to implement patient centered outcomes measures that are relevant for each service line, and connect the costs of delivering care with outcome measures in the entire healthcare enterprise. She received the AAMC (Associations of American Medical College) Award for the implementation of Value Driven Outcome tool in 2016. Dr. Anzai has been a longstanding member of many academic organizations, including ASNR, ASHNR, RSNA, AUR, ACR, and AAWR. She also participated in the large clinical trial including ACRIN trial. She has over 16 years of experience in working as a neuroradiologist in leading academic institutions with a background of health services research. Her area of primary imaging research interest includes head and neck cancer imaging, traumatic brain injury, and neurodegenerative disease. She is also involved in the cost effectiveness and comparative effectiveness of diagnostic tests in various conditions.
Director of Nutrition Services/Community OutreachAssociation of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (ADCES)
Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, Diabetes Self-management, Diabetes and Adults, Diabetes and Latino, hispanic health risk factors, Hispanic Health, Bronx and Brooklyn, Latino Health, Minority Health, Minority Health and Health Equity, Health Literacy, Nutrition,
Director of the Center for Policy ResearchUniversity at Albany, State University of New York
Terrorism, Homeland Security, Political Science, International Affairs, Public Administration
Victor Asal is Director of the Center for Policy Research and a Professor in the Department of Political Science. He is also an editor of the American Political Science Association Journal of Political Science Education. He received his PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is also, along with R. Karl Rethemeyer, the co-director of the Project on Violent Conflict. Dr. Asal is affiliated with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence. Asal’s research focuses on the choice of violence by nonstate organizational actors as well as the causes of political discrimination by states against different groups such as sexual minorities, women and ethnic groups. In addition, Asal has done research on the impact of nuclear proliferation and on the pedagogy of simulations. Asal has been involved in research projects funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research. Asal teaches courses on world and comparative politics, political violence and oppression, negotiation and research design. He has worked as a negotiation trainer in a variety of academic, governmental and military settings, and in conjunction with the ICONS Project, created simulations on varied topics. Asal also is a past director of the Center for Policy Research.
Kevin M. Audlin, M.D., is a Board Certified, experienced doctor and skilled surgeon in The Gynecology Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. He also serves as Director of The Endometriosis Center at Mercy, a division of The Gynecology Center, focused primarily on the diagnosis and treatment of endometrial and fibroid disorders. Dr. Audlin has presented his surgical techniques and endometriosis findings at many national and international conferences. Throughout Dr. Kevin Audlin’s medical career he has cared for and managed the GYN health needs of women in the neighborhoods of Towson, Overlea and Reisterstown. As a result of years of practice and thousands of annual patient exam visits, Drs. Audlin and Barrueto have believed there was a clear need for more focused attention on endometriosis and other pelvic reconstruction conditions. They established The Endometriosis Center at Mercy so that women would have access to state-of-the-art treatment options, including laparoscopic and robotic minimally invasive surgical techniques focusing on excision of endometriosis while preserving the uterus and fertility whenever possible. Mercy offers fully appointed surgery suites equipped with leading edge technology, as well as recovery and inpatient rooms for post-surgical recovery that are welcoming and provide a homelike atmosphere for women and their loved ones. Dr. Audlin also is the first doctor in the mid-Atlantic region to use the groundbreaking low impact laparoscopic surgery to treat GYN conditions. This state-of-the-art minimally invasive technique utilizes micro surgical tools and 3 mm incisions, resulting in 40% or greater decrease in incision size than typical laparoscopic surgery. Low impact laparoscopic surgery incisions are approximately the length of a sesame seed. Low impact laparoscopy also can reduce the effects of surgery since it requires less inflation of the abdomen during surgery and uses micro-fine tools. This groundbreaking technique in coordination with the use of 3D imagery and NBI technology most often provides Dr. Audlin the opportunity to offer the best cosmetic options as well as leading edge management of many common gynecologic problems. This type of surgery may be used for endometriosis, hysterectomy, myomectomy, ovarian cysts and oophorectomy (removal of one or both ovaries). Dr. Audlin will use your medical history, risk factor and a thorough examination to help determine whether low impact laparoscopy is a suitable treatment option for your condition. How do you select the best doctor for your GYN care, especially if you have been diagnosed with endometriosis, fibroids, or other endoscopic and pelvic reconstruction conditions? Dr. Audlin encourages women to carefully select a doctor who is Board Certified, is specially trained in the care of routine and complex gynecologic diagnoses and a doctor who is extensively educated and experienced in minimally invasive surgical treatment options. Named a "Top Doc" by Baltimore magazine, Dr. Kevin Audlin is proud his medical education and clinical achievements have given him first-hand knowledge to care for women’s GYN needs. He also believes concern, a comforting bedside manner, compassion and treating women with dignity and respect are at the heart of Mercy care. Dr. Audlin has in-depth training and experience in treating the many levels of gynecologic care – from routine annual exams to pelvic reconstruction using the da Vinci Robot. Minimally invasive procedures using laparoscopic and robotic surgery have become the gold standard of care to treat many GYN conditions. Dr. Audlin has exceptional skill and knowledge in treating Interstitial Cystitis, a painful bladder condition. One treatment option that requires the expertise of a gynecologist like Dr. Audlin is called sacral nerve stimulation. This is where a thin wire is put in place and delivers an electrical impulse to the bladder to help it perform properly. This procedure is often compared to what a pacemaker does for the heart.
Neil B. Friedman, M.D., FACS, is Director of The Hoffberger Breast Center at Mercy as well as Medical Director of The Weinberg Center for Women's Health and Medicine at Mercy. As a catalyst for advancing breast cancer treatment, Dr. Friedman has partnered with many prestigious national and local organizations to improve the treatment options for women with breast cancer. Likewise, on a very personal level, he partners with each of his patients and their families to help them face the challenges and triumphs of living with a breast cancer diagnosis. Dr. Friedman led the charge to bring IORT, Intraoperative Radiotherapy, to Mercy making it the first hospital in Maryland to offer this leading-edge technology. Dr. Friedmane began his medical career as Chief Resident at the nationally renowned Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He is a Board Certified breast cancer doctor who is dedicated to the search for a cure for cancer. His team continues to lead breast cancer initiatives and introduce best-in-practice breast care treatment options, including Intraoperative Radiotherapy (IORT), an innovative, single-dose radiation treatment, to patients. Dr. Friedman was named Humanitarian of the Year by the Mildred Mindell Cancer Foundation for his efforts in the fight against breast cancer. He has served as a national spokesperson for breast cancer prevention for major organizations such as Bath & Bodyworks. Dr. Friedman has been the Chairman of the American Cancer Society’s Research Administrative Committee, a member of its Executive and Professional Education Committees, and served on its Board of Directors. He has also been involved with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Dr. Friedman leads a team of clinicians devoted to breast cancer education, advocating the latest advancements in diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer at a number of conferences, continuing education forums, and patient seminars. Dr. Neil Friedman remains committed in his career to find optimal treatments for breast cancer. Some of his accomplishments include: • Named a “Top Doc” by Baltimore magazine in the Breast Surgery category • Named Humanitarian of the Year by the Mildred Mindell Cancer Foundation • The Breast Center at Mercy Medical Center first in Maryland to offer IORT Treatment • Research on cancer has been published in American Journal of Public Health(APHA) and the Journal of Immunotherapy
Dr. Badura Brack teaches Abnormal, Health, and Introductory Psychology, and she supervises the psychology internship program at Creighton University. Dr. Badura Brack is developing and testing a version of Attention Training Treatment that appears efficacious in treating combat-related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as well as using magnetoencephalography (MEG) to identify regions where the brain functions abnormally in PTSD and determine if more normal neural functioning can be restored after attention training treatment.
Associate Professor of Accounting, Health Policy, and ManagementJohns Hopkins University Carey Business School
healthcare administration, finace, Accounting, healthcare pricing, Healthcare Management, Health Policy, Healthcare Access, healthcare business, healthcare decision making, Healthcare economics, healthcare information, Healthcare Law
Ge Bai, PhD, CPA is an associate professor of Accounting at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and associate professor of Health Policy & Management at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is an expert on health care pricing, policy, and management. Dr. Bai has testified before House Ways and Means Committee, written for the Wall Street Journal, and published her studies in leading academic journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, JAMA Internal Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, and Health Affairs. Her work has been widely featured in ABC, Atlantic, CBS, CNN, Forbes, Fox News, Los Angeles Times, NBC, New York Times, NPR, The Guardian, U.S. News & World Report, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and other media and used in government regulations and congressional testimonies.
Professor of HistoryBinghamton University, State University of New York
African-American History, African Diaspora, History and Memory, African History, Civil Rights, Oral History, Race, Slavery, Immigration, Refugees, Human Rights
I balance cutting-edge fieldwork with analysis of global ecological data to examine how human changes to fire patterns are encouraging forest-savanna transitions, degrading ecosystems and increasing greenhouse gas emissions. Together with an international community of collaborators, I work across disciplines and scales—from individual organisms to entire ecosystems.
I run the Positive Emotion and Social Behavior Lab. We examine how specific emotions influence relationship building and personal well-being outcomes. Much of my work has focused on the emotion gratitude and its role in shaping our relationships with others, both through our personal experience of gratitude and in our expression of gratitude to others.
Dr. David Baskin is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery. He completed his medical training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine of the CUNY, and a residency at the University of California. He completed a fellowship in neural protection at the University of Capetown Medical School. He also completed a fellowship in brain endorphins at the University of California. Baskin is the primary investigator for a number of clinical trials looking at different novel diagnostics and treatments for primary brain tumors and autistic spectrum disorder. His clinical focus is on the treatment of brain and spinal tumors.