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Sneak Peek: Speakers of Spotlight Health 2018

Mar 08, 2018

Presenters left to right, top row: Vanessa Mason, Ted Koppel, Grace Anne Dorney Koppel, Atul Gawande, Karen DeSalvo, Mark Smolinski Presenters left to right, bottom row: Larry Smarr, Kwanele Asante, Gary Reedy, Jerome Adams, Tollulah Oni, Larry Merlo

It’s a busy time behind the scenes of Spotlight Health. Each day, we hear from the world’s most inspiring and knowledgeable leaders in health, medicine, and science, eagerly confirming their participation at the Festival. We’re assembling panels, creating schedules, and preparing synopses of the thought-provoking programming you will enjoy this June. For now, here’s a sneak peek at just a few outstanding speakers who are confirmed to join us at Spotlight Health 2018
Vanessa Mason is co-founder of P2Health Ventures, the first public health tech venture fund focused on tech products that prevent disease onset or address the needs of medically vulnerable populations. She is also CEO at Riveted Partners, where she consults on strategies for leveraging tech to improve health outcomes.
Ted Koppel is Senior Contributor to the CBS Sunday Morning Show and legendary former anchor of ABC News' Nightline. With his wife, Grace Anne Dorney Koppel, he is a prominent voice on the prevention and treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), one of the leading causes of death in the US.
Grace Anne Dorney Koppel, diagnosed with severe COPD in 2001, has devoted her career to achieving better outcomes and quality of life for the 30 million Americans and hundreds of million worldwide who have COPD. 
Atul Gawande is a respected surgeon, author, and public health researcher. He recently authored Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, which explores the difficulties encountered in the medical profession as a patient’s life draws to a close.
Karen DeSalvo, former New Orleans Health Commissioner and National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the US Department of Health and Human Services, is currently Professor of Medicine and Population Health at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School.
Mark Smolinski is the President of Ending Pandemics, an organization that works with partners across the globe to unlock the potential to find, verify, and respond to disease outbreaks no matter where they might emerge on the planet.
Larry Smarr is the founding Director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology. In the last decade, Smarr has become a pioneer in the quantified-self movement. He studies his own body in unprecedented detail using a supercomputer, which led to his self-diagnosis of Crohn's disease. 
Kwanele Asante is a lawyer, bioethicist, African cancer equity activist, and trailblazer who is committed to sharing innovative ideas on how the African cancer patient’s voice can be included in global cancer equity and research deliberations.
Gary Reedy is the CEO of the American Cancer Society (ACS), a global non-profit organization attacking cancer from every angle and leading the fight for a world without cancer. 
Jerome Adams is the 20th Surgeon General of the United States. In this role, Dr. Adams has pledged to lead with science, facilitate locally led solutions to the nation’s most difficult health problems, and deliver higher quality healthcare at lower cost through patient and community engagement and better prevention. 
Tollulah Oni is an Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town. She leads the Research Initiative for Cities Health and Equity, an interdisciplinary program to identify creative strategies that address population health challenges through partnerships between researchers, policy makers, and civil society.
Larry Merlo is President and CEO of CVS Health, a pharmacy innovation company that is at the forefront of a changing health environment. CVS is transforming healthcare by delivering breakthrough products and services that enable people to manage health in more affordable, effective ways.
We hope you’ll join these healthcare pioneers and advocates, along with many others, at Spotlight Health 2018 and participate in the most important health conversations taking place today. Register today, and begin planning an enlightening and educational trip to our Aspen, CO campus. Contact Tracy Anderson at or 970-544-7959 with questions.
Spotlight Health offers continuing medical education credits (CME, CNE, or APA) to attendees.