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Keynote Speakers, Medical Speakers, Celebrities & Experts on Cancer
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Meredith Baxter
Meredith Baxter
(Topics: Substance Abuse, Domestic Violence, Cancer), One of TV's favorite mothers, Meredith appeared on the popular show, "Family Ties". While performing critically acclaimed comedic and dramatic roles in TV and over 50 movies, Meredith Baxter also battled alcoholism, breast cancer, domestic abuse, and other challenges while raising five children. Now a cancer survivor, successful entrepreneur, and recovering alcoholic for 20 years, she also released her memoir, "Untied". From fame to floundering and back, she offers an inspiring story of courage, hope, self-acceptance and happiness. Her upbeat, winning style that earned her the admiration of fans is now a part of her presentation to audiences across the country.

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Tony Dow
Tony Dow
(Topics: Depression, Mental Health Advocacy), Few Hollywood celebrities have a more compelling story than Tony Dow. A two time cancer survivor who also has successfully battled depression, the former star of "Leave It To Beaver" has been an advocate for mental health for many years. He has testified before Congress, was a spokesperson at the national convention of the National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association, and was the subject of a documentary on KQED-TV about the stigma that surrounds mental illness. Dow has made tremendous progress and his story is inspiring to all audiences.

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Susan Ford Bales
Susan Ford Bales
(Topics: Family Substance Abuse; Cancer, Heart Disease) Presidential daughter and advocate for awareness of substance abuse, breast cancer and her own experience with heart disease. .The daughter of former President Gerald Ford and Betty Ford, Susan Ford Bales' adolescence was spent in the White House during one of the most turbulent times in American history. In addition to speaking about living in the White House, Bales also addresses the impact of substance abuse on her family. She is also one of the nation's most visible advocates for breast cancer awareness, and shares her own story of experiencing cardiac arrest in 2010.

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Melina Jampolis, MD
Melina Jampolis, MD
An internist and board certified MD nutrition specialist, Dr. Melina is the 2015 President of National Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists, the diet & fitness expert for CNNHealth.com and is a featured physician expert on most major networks, frequently appearing on The Doctors. She was named 1 of 35 "Diet and Nutrition Experts You Need to Follow on Twitter." Dr. Melina's focus is on an optimal diet that can supply the basic needs of the body and fortify the body's defenses - improving health, increasing vitality, delivering greater longevity and preventing diseases associated with aging including heart disease, age related muscle loss & fat gain, memory loss, dementia & Alzheimer's disease, arthritis, and the physical effects of aging.

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Tembi Locke
Tembi Locke
Actor, Mom, Writer, Artist, Chef's wife and now a young widow, Tembi Locke shares her passionate love affair with her husband and the heart-rending diagnosis that taught her how grief can "transform" and resilience "emerge!" Her creation, "The Kitchen Widow" is a modern take on the age-old kitchen table conversation - an inspirational online platform dedicated to raising awareness about how we can support each other through times of illness and grief. Tembi reminds us to reclaim the lost art of comforting the soul. Using the tools Tembi learned at the side of a chef, she chops, tastes and transforms the raw ingredients of loss and gratitude into something generous and sustaining.

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Brad Ludden
Brad Ludden
A world-class kayaker who also happens to be a world class human being and one of 2016 CNN's "Top 10 Heroes!" By 18, Brad was living his dream. He was Nike's first sponsored whitewater kayaker, on the cover of Outside Magazine and traveling the globe in search of first descents - successfully paddling a river that no one has ever paddled before. But despite those successes, something was missing. At a young age Brad watched his Aunt battle cancer and realized how little support there was for her. Thirteen years later he founded First Descents - an organization that empowers people fighting and surviving cancer by providing free outdoor adventures helping more than 3,000 young adults live beyond their disease and pursue a journey not previously forged.

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Joseph Maroon, MD
Joseph Maroon, MD
An internationally-recognized professor of neurosurgery, Dr. Maroon is an authority on the subject of life balance, longevity and disease prevention. He is the team neurosurgeon to the Pittsburgh Steelers, eight time Ironman triathlete, member of the National Fitness Hall of Fame and SR VP of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. His books include The Longevity Factor, addressing how to live longer and healthier by avoiding disease before it starts and his new release Square One: A Simple Guide to a Balanced Life is the basis for his newly announced 2017 keynote. "It is the story of finding balance in a world that seems increasingly chaotic and disorganized. This book has already changed my life." ~ Dr. Sanjay Gupta

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Jennie Nash
Jennie Nash
A rare breed, a writer who knows how to tell a story as powerfully on stage as she does on the page, Ms. Nash is seen in hundreds of national magazine articles for publications including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Real Simple, Self, Shape, Child, Glamour, Mademoiselle, GQ, US, Home, Working Woman, New York Woman, and Readers' Digest. Her specialty, for more than 20 years, has been writing about the small moments that give life meaning. On stage, Jennie brings her personal story to life, skillfully guiding audiences through laughter, tears and the inspiration to find out what adversity can mean in their own lives and in the lives of those they love.

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Darryle Pollack
Darryle Pollack
Darryle Pollack is an author and "accidental " artist whose inspiring journey has made her a role model for resilience, authenticity and vitality. Her life has included a series of pioneering experiences: at Yale, in television journalism, health and social media. At the same time, challenges including Stage III breast cancer caused Darryle to say "I never signed up for this" so often, those words are the title of her TED talk, her book and her blog. An online influencer and thought leader, she mines her own life experiences and expertise to deliver her platform messages with humor, humanity, and hope.

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Peter Attia
Peter Attia
Dr. Peter Attia is Co-Founder of Nutrition Science Initiative-dedicated to reducing the individual, social, and economic costs associated with obesity-related diseases (diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and Alzheimer's disease). His medical career began as a post-doctoral fellow at the National Cancer Institute working on immune-based treatments for cancer, while completing his residency in general surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Frustrated with certain aspects of medicine and health care, and the lack of focus in preventative health, he left his residency and joined McKinsey & Company, where he split his time between working on healthcare problems and financial system problems. Dr. Attia is one of "30 Most Influential People in Public Health - 2014."

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Kathy Bates
Kathy Bates
When Kathy Bates speaks, she is applauded not only as an Oscar winner and one of Hollywood's most sought-after performers but for what might be the most challenging and inspirational role of her career: cancer survivor. Diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2003 and breast cancer in 2012 - for which she underwent a double mastectomy - she is now in remission and more upbeat than ever!

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Scott Burton
Scott Burton
Scott Burton presents an upbeat, empowering and inspiring program on finding value and passion in life and on the job. He is a headlining comic and bestselling author who has worked with Seinfeld and Leno, written for prime-time television, and is a World-champion juggler. At the age of 30, he was diagnosed with a high grade, stage four cancer. What Burton found in the battle was not loss, but life! He turned his fears into strength, his tragedy to comedy. This is not a talk about cancer - it's a talk about potential. Burton's high-energy and very entertaining program goes beyond the fear of cancer or struggle in life and calls for joy, laughter, and expression of self every day.

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Linda Ellerbee
Linda Ellerbee
(Topics: Substance Abuse; Cancer) Enlightening and entertaining audiences for more than 25 years, Linda Ellerbee is best known as the former anchor of the late-night news program "NBC News Overnight" who is now producer of the highly-acclaimed "Nick News" on Nickelodian. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, Ellerbee underwent a double mastectomy and chemotherapy, and has since been telling her story of living with breast cancer. Using her trademark wit and wisdom, she describes the often amusing yet always heartfelt reactions of her friends, family and colleagues when they heard of her diagnosis. Her personal story of battling the disease is a source of inspiration and strength to many.

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Dr. Max Gomez
Dr. Max Gomez
Max Gomez, PhD., is a 9-time Emmy award winning medical correspondent with more than 32 years of experience. An expert moderator, speaker and emcee, Dr. Gomez is renowned for his clear, concise presentations of complex medical information to a wide range of audiences. Dr. Max is committed to helping the public understand and navigate the world of medicine and healthcare and science. A native of Havana, Cuba, Dr. Gomez speaks Spanish. He graduated cum laude from Princeton University, with a Ph.D. from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. --

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Marion Grodin
Marion Grodin
(Topics: Substance Abuse, Cancer) As the daughter of Charles Grodin and one of the decade's hottest comics, Marion Grodin has shared the stage with Robin Williams, Robert Klein, Jerry Seinfeld and has appeared on numerous TV shows, including "The View", MSNBC and CBS Radio, where she hosted a show for two years. But life had its highs and lows. At an early age, Marion was part of the drug scene and by 14 she was getting high every day and by college was completely addicted to alcohol and narcotics. This sent her on a downward spiral into profound mental illness. Add to her life a diagnosis of breast cancer. She believes that her "community" of friends, family and support groups were her lifeline. In her memoir, "Standing Up", she shares her life stories and how she now loves using humor even more to help others.

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Scott Hamilton
Scott Hamilton
An Olympic Gold medalist, four-time World Champion, and four-time United States Champion, Scott Hamilton's amazing career has spanned more than two decades and has literally transformed modern figure skating. Several hurdles were thrown in his path, including a childhood spent in and out of hospitals with a disease that stunted his growth, the wrenching decision to leave home at age 13 to train with other Olympic hopefuls, the pain of watching his beloved mother die from breast cancer, and his own bout with testicular cancer. Motivated by the love and support of millions around the globe, Hamilton has become a hero in the best sense of the word.

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Mark Hyman, MD
Mark Hyman, MD
Dr. Mark Hyman has dedicated his life to tackling the root causes of chronic disease by harnessing the power of functional medicine to transform healthcare. Dr. Hyman and his team work every day to empower people, organizations, and communities to heal their bodies and minds. Dr. Hyman is a practicing family physician, a 10-time #1 New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in his field. He is also the Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine and the founder and director of The UltraWellness Center.

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Suleika Jaouad
Suleika Jaouad
Suleika Jaouad is an Arab-American journalist, blogger, women's health advocate and cancer survivor. She is the founding author of the Emmy Award-winning New York Times series "Life, Interrupted." Suleika started writing and videotaping her experiences navigating the health care system as a young woman living with cancer within weeks of her diagnosis. At age 23, in the Spring of 2012, she became one of the youngest New York Times journalists, and began writing her column "Life, Interrupted", from the bone marrow transplant unit at Memorial Sloan- Kettering Cancer Center.

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Ashley Koff
Ashley Koff
An award-winning nutrition expert and recognized as one of the "Top 10 Social Health Makers in Nutrition" Ashley is also in the top "50 Natural Influencers" in health and nutrition to follow on Twitter and was selected for the first list of "Top 10 Registered Dietitians in the US" by Today's Dietitian Magazine. She shares her message with millions as a go-to expert appearing regularly on The Dr. Oz Show, The Doctors, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Access Hollywood and lends her expertise on the pages of the New York Times, O!:The Oprah Magazine, InStyle, among others. Ashley serves on the faculty of the Continuum Center for Health and Healing at the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.

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Shannon Miller
Shannon Miller
Shannon Miller remains the Most Decorated Gymnast in American History. She is the only American to rank among the Top 10 All-Time gymnasts and is the only female athlete to be inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame - Twice! (Individual (2006) and Team (2008). In January of 2011, Shannon was diagnosed with a malignant germ cell tumor, a rare form of ovarian cancer. On the platform, she shares her own cancer journey and how she used lessons learned through her Olympic training to forge ahead in the midst of the most challenging obstacles. She speaks about the importance of caregivers and the incredible role they play.

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Leslie Mouton
Leslie Mouton
Leslie is an inspirational motivational speaker and has touched lives all across the country. Leslie is an anchor and reporter at KSAT-12 in San Antonio, Texas. She has covered many stories during her career, but in October 2000 she began reporting on the most important story of her life. Her own.

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Dean Ornish,MD
Dean Ornish,MD
Dean Ornish, M.D., is the founder and president of the non-­‐profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He was selected as one of the "TIME 100" in integrative medicine; recognized as "one of the most interesting people of 1996" by People magazine; honored as "one of the 125 most extraordinary University of Texas alumni in the past 125 years;" chosen by LIFE magazine as "one of the fifty most influential members of his generation;" and by Forbes magazine as "one of the seven most powerful teachers in the world."

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Mehmet Oz, MD, MBA
Mehmet Oz, MD, MBA
Dr. Oz, two-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning host of the two-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning "The Dr. Oz Show," is Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University. He directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital. His research interests include heart replacement surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, complementary medicine and health care policy. He has authored over 400 original publications, book chapters, and medical books, has received several patents, and performs more than 100 heart surgeries per year.

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Bob Schieffer
Bob Schieffer
Broadcast journalism's most experienced Washington reporter, Bob Schieffer has been anchor and moderator of "Face The Nation," CBS News' Sunday public affairs broadcast, since May 1991. He also serves as CBS News' Chief Washington Correspondent and the current interim anchor of the "CBS Evening News." Covering Washington for CBS News for more than 30 years, Schieffer is one of the few broadcast or print journalists to have covered all four major beats in the nation's capital -- the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department and Capitol Hill. Schieffer was recently treated for an aggressive form bladder cancer - a diagnosis made on his 66th birthday. Now cancer-free, Schieffer is committed to stressing the importance of early detection. "...I want to make sure people know that if they seek help early, it can be treated. You can't wish cancer away," he said.

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Alex Sheen
Alex Sheen
Alex Sheen is the Founder of "because I said I would." Through his philanthropic work, his personal commitments and the stories of his supporters, Alex speaks to audiences around the world about the importance of keeping a promise. His work has been featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, Good Morning America, the TODAY show, Steve Harvey, CNN, The Los Angeles Times, NPR and many other programs. Alex has spoken at over 110 events in 2014 and is a three-time TEDx closing speaker. He has spoken to audiences ranging from middle schools to the world’s largest consulting firm.

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  • Telehealth is here to stay, but it will go through an evolution like all new technology shifts. A new study evaluated performance of teledermatology. The results were mixed. There were incorrect diagnoses and missed diagnoses. Treatment recommendations were not always consistent with guidelines. Prescriptions frequently lacked disclosure about possible adverse effects.  The study was limited because there are not yet large numbers of cases to evaluate. A significant limitation to the study was the authors were unable to assess whether clinicians seeing these patients in traditional in-person encounters would have performed any better.

    On balance, telehealth is a good thing. It has the potential to expand access to more patients, and the medical literature is filled with examples of telehealth systems providing quality care.


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  • Squeezing in a little exercise improves concentration and actually makes your meeting more productive. Waking up the mind and body creates a better atmosphere for listening to the innovative thoughts and ideas being delivered and better prepares us for putting those ideas into action when we return to the workplace.

    Invite a person from your Leadership Team to deliver a “3-5 minute” exercise break. Exercise helps increase energy levels, as well as concentration levels.  Break up the presentations where sitting for long periods can put the mind, not to mention other parts of the body, to sleep.  The break also creates a different type of exposure for your attendees to interact with leadership! 
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  • Re-Posted from John Patrick’s Blog on Accelerating Cancer Treatment…I remember being at a technology conference in 1999 when teenagers Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning demonstrated a digital music service called Napster. It was the beginning of a revolution, and it made a lot of sense to me. The rock group Metallica sued Napster in 2000 and the momentum of music sharing slowed – temporarily. I never saw the problem as theft. I saw it as an industry unwilling to give up the status quo and give consumers a way to purchase music. It took Steve Jobs, the iPod, and iTunes to ignite major growth in digital music.
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  • In a recent article, Healthcare Selfies: Consumers Go Mobile for Better Health, Dr. John Patrick features mobile devices for consumers to monitor their health. One such device is AliveCor. It has a heart monitor that attaches to the back of an iPhone and creates a 30-second EKG. A team of engineers at Cornell University has developed a smartphone camera attachment that takes a photo of a single drop of blood that a consumer has placed on a strip, and in a matter of seconds a colorimetric analysis displays cholesterol level. Read the article for additional devices. The pace of mHealth adoption will accelerate; self-monitoring and self-diagnosis are here to stay.
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  • In a recent interview by Bottom Line/Health, our own Dr. Cynthia Green was asked to suggest her best brain workouts. It’s not what most of us think. Crossword puzzles, online classes and other such activities are not necessarily the best for improving memory and preserving overall cognitive function. The latest research reveals that it takes more than quiet puzzle-solving and streaming lectures.

    In fact, some activities that we once thought were time wasters may actually help build intellectual capacity and other cognitive functions.  And, the most important steps to keep your brain performing at optimal levels are lifestyle choices.  Brain workouts that include getting aerobic exercise (at least 150 minutes per week), maintaining a healthy body weight, not smoking and eating a diet that emphasizes fruits and vegetables (low in refined sugar and white flour)

    However, research now tells us that there is more to a healthy brain workout. 
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  • Did you wonder how the Paris attacks could actually create a stronger “World Kindness Day?” True human kindness was shown, at its best, in the days following the attack as witnessed by many of us in the numerous media stories. Tweets, during the attacks, showed how ‘kindness spreads faster than hate.’ Tributes were laid to victims of the Paris attacks at the foot of the Monument a La Republique, in many cases by strangers for strangers.

    Dr. Stephen Post, author of Why Good Things Happen to Good People: How to Live a Longer, Happier, Healthier Life by the Simple Act of Giving, discusses kindness in his lectures across the globe.
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  • Buckwheat honey for a cough, peppermint for IBS, turmeric for arthritis, Chia seeds for high cholesterol, salmon for inflamation…“I think most people think food can’t possibly be as potent as drugs, but I see the powerful direct benefits all the time,” said Dr. Melina Jampolis, in a recent discussion with CNN and posted in an article on Fox8.com. A small, growing number of physicians are “prescribing” foods not only for weight management, but also to prevent and treat chronic diseases and CNN spoke with medical nutrition experts to unearth the specific foods they recommend. And you don’t have to be a chef or nutritionist to take advantage of these healthy choices.
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  • I just spent a glorious week disconnecting from my ordinary workaday world and escaped to paradise…northern Lake Kootenay in the Canadian Rockies. I was there with my wife and dear family friends staying in a gorgeous mountain home where our major decisions were whether we had wine and hors d’oeuvres before or after the bocce-ball game, or what garden greens to pick for that evening’s meal.

    Along with the house came with three big dogs, including Maggie, a 20 year old Black Lab mix nearing the end of her life. She was virtually immobile, spent the day sleeping only getting up to eat, drink or relieve herself.
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