13 Well-Known & Charismatic Healthcare Speakers


Are you looking for an energetic and well-known speaker working in the field of healthcare to get groups talking at your next event or meeting?

Here are thirteen of the top voices in the healthcare industry talking about various healthcare issues and health trends, such as the latest breakthroughs and innovations in healthcare, critical healthcare issues, challenges, and opportunities in the 21st century, the implications of new emerging technologies and innovations or the many disruptive forces on healthcare, and the future of healthcare.


  • Dr. Geoff Tabin, Co-Founder of the Himalayan Cataract Project & Professor of Global Medicine at Stanford
  • Ken Burns, Award-Winning Filmmaker With A New PBS Documentary, The Mayo Clinic: Faith, Hope, Science
  • Dr. Dean Ornish, Renowned Health, Diet, & Nutrition Expert
  • Dr. Holly Atkinson, Senior On-Air Medical Correspondent & Chief of Medical Affairs for HealthiNation
  • Dr. Sampson Davis, Emergency Physician & Best-Selling Author
  • Dr. Daniel Kraft, Physician, Scientist, Entrepreneur, & Repeat TED Speaker
  • Keller Rinaudo, Founder & CEO of Zipline
  • Mick Ebeling, CEO of Not Impossible Labs, Two-Time Winner of SXSW Innovation Award, & Author
  • Dr. Hugh Herr, Head of the Biomechatronics Research Group at MIT
  • Dr. Gurpreet Dhaliwal, Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco & Expert on Decision-Making and How People Think
  • Elizabeth Cohen, CNN Senior Medical Correspondent
  • Nancy Snyderman, Physician & Former NBC News Chief Medical Editor
  • Dr. Susan Blumenthal, Former Assistant Surgeon General & Health Expert

Keep reading to learn more about each of these incredible healthcare experts and click on the links below to navigate to each of their individual speaker profile pages and find out more about their experience, accomplishments and rewards, areas of focus, and their speaking topics.


Co-Founder of the Himalayan Cataract Project & Professor of Global Medicine at Stanford

Dr. Geoff Tabin’s revolutionary model in eye-care has restored sight to two million people globally by taking a surgery that formerly cost $200 and reimaging the medical process. He now completes it in third world countries for just $25 per patient and has restored sight to hundreds of thousands. A recipient of the Dalai Lama’s “Unsung Hero of Compassion” award, he was recently featured in a 60 Minutes profile: Restoring eyesight with a simple, inexpensive surgeryTake a look. Dr. Tabin talks about chasing impossible dreams, reimagining problems to create solutions that change the world, and how to know when to persevere and when to pivot. 


Award-Winning Filmmaker With A New PBS Documentary, The Mayo Clinic: Faith, Hope, Science

Ken Burns is a well-known filmmaker whose latest film charts the course of the Mayo Clinic from its inception to its reputation today as the best hospital in the world. A writer, director, cinematographer, editor, music director, and more, Ken discusses the incredible, life-changing role medicine plays in all of our lives. Click here to watch him talk about the new documentary on Late Night with Seth Meyers earlier this week.


Renowned Health, Diet, & Nutrition Expert

Dean Ornish, MD, is the founder and president of the non-profit, Preventive Medicine Research Institute, clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Dean Ornish received his MD from the Baylor College of Medicine, was a clinical fellow in medicine at Harvard Medical School, and completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He earned a BA in Humanities summa cum laude from the University of Texas in Austin, where he gave the baccalaureate address. For almost 40 years, Dr. Ornish has directed clinical research demonstrating, for the first time, that comprehensive lifestyle changes may begin to reverse even severe coronary heart disease, without drugs or surgery. Medicare created a new benefit category to provide coverage for this program, the first time that Medicare has covered a program of comprehensive lifestyle changes. 


Senior On-Air Medical Correspondent & Chief of Medical Affairs for HealthiNation

Dr. Holly Atkinson is a senior on-air medical correspondent with previous assignments for NBC, CBS, and PBS, as well as the Chief of Medical Affairs for HealthiNation, and the former President of Nobel Peace Prize-winning physicians for human rights. Dr. Atkinson helps audiences unlock the secrets of optimal health and she guides consumers and practitioners alike through today’s healthcare challenges. 


Emergency Physician & Best-Selling Author

Everyone has difficult moments in life. But everyone also has the Stuff to overcome hardships, to survive and thrive. Learn how to better access and hone the eleven core elements of the Stuff and be inspired by the real-world stories of triumph in this practical book by New York Times best-selling author, Dr. Sampson Davis (The Pact, Living, and Dying in Brick City) and Sharlee Jeter (Turn 2 Foundation). Everyone has those moments in life when they’re truly tested, when they wonder if they have the strength to overcome the challenges before them. We’ve all heard stories of people who have risen up in the face of the unimaginable. But not everyone believes that they have what it takes to do the same. However, what we need to realize our own potential—to fight for what we want our lives to be—already resides within each of us. You already have the Stuff. Learning how to develop and harness it is the key. Survivors themselves, Dr. Sampson Davis and Sharlee Jeter, have created The Stuff Movement, interviewing dozens of people to find the common threads that enabled them to triumph over their challenges. Through the powerful stories of people who overcame cancer, poverty, toxic relationships, racism, violence, career roadblocks, and other obstacles big and small—The Stuff highlights eleven core elements that will help you not only survive but thrive in spite of life’s difficulties. These elements are as easy to understand as they are to enact—presented in plain talk, without judgment, and with compassion for the everyday challenges people face. As Dr. Davis and Sharlee share stories of the amazing people who’ve shown their Stuff, you’ll find that unearthing the same Stuff within yourself is a process as rewarding as it is important—and you’ll never say you can’t do it again.


Physician, Scientist, Entrepreneur, & Repeat TED Speaker

Dr. Daniel Kraft is a Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur and innovator, who has more than 20 years of experience in clinical practice, biomedical research and healthcare innovation. Daniel is the faculty chair for Medicine and Neuroscience for Singularity University and is founding executive director for Exponential Medicine, a program which explores convergent, exponentially developing technologies and their potential in biomedicine and healthcare. His various TED Talks have more than one million views. He is a biomedical inventor using technology to revolutionize the way we practice medicine, and from the perspective of a leading physician, scientist, and innovator, Dr. Kraft examines rapidly emerging, game changing and convergent technology trends and how they are and will be leveraged to change the face of healthcare and the practice of medicine in the next decade.


Founder & CEO of Zipline

If you’re looking for a talk on getting ahead of healthcare change from someone who’s done it, Keller is a fantastic choice. Just named one of the Wired magazine’s “25 People Who Will Shape Technology Over the Next 25 Years,” he started Zipline—a revolutionary company that delivers life-saving medical equipment to doctors and patients in the most remote areas of the world using a fleet of drones—in 2016. Keller is already gaining the attention of some of the biggest names in business and government. Read this review of a speech Keller gave to see what makes him so extraordinary, and why “he’s on a trajectory that could make him as well-known as Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.” 


CEO of Not Impossible Labs, Two-Time Winner of SXSW Innovation Award, & Author of Not Impossible: The Art and Joy of Doing What Couldn't Be Done

A recipient of the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award, a two-time South by Southwest Innovation Award Winner, one of Wired magazine’s “Agents of Change,” and listed as one of the most influential creative people by The Creativity 50’s, Mick Ebeling is a film, television, and commercial producer, philanthropist, technology trailblazer, author, entrepreneur, and public speaker who has won every major creative and advertising award. Raised in a family of entrepreneurs and philanthropists, he is the CEO of Not Impossible Labs, a multiple-award-winning social innovation lab and production company whose mission is to develop creative solutions to real-world problems. Named one of Ad Age’s “Top 50 Most Creative People,” Mick Ebeling’s mantra of “Commit, then figure it out” allows him to convene, connect, and empower a team of thinkers, dreamers, hackers, and doers to change the world. Working with a wide variety of Fortune 500 companies, Ebeling shares the important message of creating “Technology for the Sake of Humanity,” and encourages others to do the same.


Head of the Biomechatronics Research Group at MIT

Dr. Hugh Herr, a double amputee after a rock climbing accident, now heads the Biomechatronics research group at the MIT Media Lab. He is creating bionic prostheses that emulate natural limbs—and are having a dramatic impact on eliminating disabilities and empowering people. The “Leader of the Bionic Age” according to TIME magazine, his work in the emerging field of biomechatronics—technology that marries human physiology with electromechanics—is revolutionizing the way we approach human limitations. He is responsible for breakthrough advances in bionic limbs that augment human strength, endurance, and agility and provide new hope to those with disabilities. In presentations, Herr uses inspiration and humor as he shares his story and creates a powerful message that is both personal and applicable to organizations. With insights on innovation, technology, and human possibility, he speaks from firsthand experience in creating breakthrough advancements that help people overcome adversity. An incredible presenter and repeat TED speaker, Herr’s story of overcoming his own tragedy is highly inspirational and his insights on innovation, technology, and the future of the human body are out of this world.


Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco & Expert on Decision-Making and How People Think

Gurpreet Dhaliwal, MD, is a professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco. He studies how doctors think – how they diagnose, how they make treatment decisions, and how they develop expertise. Considered one of the most skillful diagnosticians and clinician-educators in the U.S. today, he regularly mesmerizes audiences of hundreds of medical professionals as he correctly diagnoses cases meant to stump participants. The New York Times said, “To observe him at work is like watching Steven Spielberg tackle a script or Rory McIlroy a golf course.” In presentations, Dr. Dhaliwal shares insights on how we think – and how that affects the quality of our decision-making—from what facts you ignored or included and what shortcuts your mind took to what biases affected your decision and what forces shaped it (tradition, evidence, habit). Believing that examining our thinking is how we develop knowledge, wisdom, curiosity and humility, Dhaliwal impresses audiences with his poise, humor, and ability to articulate his real-time thinking in an accessible way.


CNN Senior Medical Correspondent

An expert on patient empowerment, healthcare reform, and health communications, Elizabeth Cohen has been informing and educating audiences on CNN for more than 20 years and has reported on site for CNN during nearly every major medical story in recent history. As the network’s senior medical correspondent and author of the national best-selling book, The Empowered Patient, Cohen has become the nation’s patient advocate and a recognized authority on the movement for improved healthcare in the United States. In her talks, Cohen delivers an accurate and understandable explanation of health care reform and health communication. She reveals that everything from a hospital stay to a check=up will change in the future because of five trends: patient empowerment, technology, value-based billing, social media, and increased transparency for cost and outcomes. Cohen examines how these trends interact to affect both patients and providers - in fact, to seismically alter the way healthcare will be delivered and received


Physician & Former NBC News Chief Medical Editor

For almost three decades, Dr. Nancy Snyderman has combined careers as a head and neck cancer surgeon, network television correspondent, and advisor to Fortune 500 corporations. The former chief medical editor of NBC News is one of the most trusted voices in medical communication as well as a New York Times best-selling author, having written five books. Known for her approachable demeanor and quick wit, she is routinely called upon to explain some of the most complicated scientific breakthroughs to the public via television, radio, and print. Award-winning journalist reporting for ABC News, NBC News, as well as Nightly News with Brian Williams and TODAY, she has traveled the world extensively and has reported from some of the world’s most troubled areas, and has served on the board of GE’s Healthymagination and the Global Health Advisory Council for InBev. She has also garnered several of the industry’s most-distinguished honors including Emmy, DuPont, Edward R. Murrow, and Gracie awards. As a highly-acclaimed and highly-respected medical expert, she explains the most complicated scientific breakthroughs to the public in a clear and concise way.


Former Assistant Surgeon General & Health Expert

An internationally recognized health expert and leader, Dr. Susan J. Blumenthal, MD, MPA served as US Assistant Surgeon General, Rear Admiral, Senior Medical, and Global Health Advisor in the US Department of Health and Human Services, where her work focused on a broad range of public health and science issues facing the Nation and world. She has been a major force in bringing important public health issues including global health, disease, and violence prevention, women's health and mental illness to scientific and public attention, helping to place them at the top of our nation’s healthcare agenda. She is considered a pioneer in exposing the inequities in women’s health and fostering the study of sex differences in health. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Blumenthal was appointed and served as the country's first ever Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women's Health within the US Department of Health and Human Services in recognition of her landmark leadership in women’s health. In this position, she developed innovative national initiatives, provided oversight and coordinated a $4 billion dollar budget of research, services and education programs and activities across the agencies of the US Department of Health and Human Services including NIH, CDC, and the FDA ensuring that our national health programs targeted the unique needs of women.


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