Well-Known & Charismatic Healthcare Keynote 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 some the top voices in the healthcare industry and speakers on healthcare 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. Check out these speakers in healthcare.
WELL-KNOWN HEALTHCARE KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
- Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann, Former CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Dr. William Li, Food, Health and Disease Expert; Founder of Angiogenesis Foundation
- Dr. Nadja West, First African American Army Surgeon General and Former Commanding General, US Army Medical Command
- Dr. Dean Ornish, Renowned Health, Diet, & Nutrition Expert
- Mick Ebeling, CEO of Not Impossible Labs, Two-Time Winner of SXSW Innovation Award, & Author
- Jon Cohen, Senior Correspondent for Science; Infectious Diseases, Immunology, Vaccines, Public Health, and Genomics Expert
- Ken Burns, Award-Winning Filmmaker With A New PBS Documentary, The Mayo Clinic: Faith, Hope, Science
- Dr. Nancy Snyderman, Physician & Former NBC News Chief Medical Editor
- Dr. Susan Blumenthal, Former Assistant Surgeon General & Health Expert
- Dr. Daniel Kraft, Physician, Scientist, Entrepreneur, & Repeat TED Speaker
- Dr. Sampson Davis, Emergency Physician & Best-Selling Author
- Dr. Gurpreet Dhaliwal, Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco & Expert on Decision-Making and How People Think
- Dr. Geoff Tabin, Co-Founder of the Himalayan Cataract Project & Professor of Global Medicine at Stanford
- Dr. Holly Atkinson, Senior On-Air Medical Correspondent & Chief of Medical Affairs for HealthiNation
- Dr. Hugh Herr, Head of the Biomechatronics Research Group at MIT
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.
Former CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
With a medical, scientific, and philanthropic career that spans more than 30 years, Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann has devoted her life to improving the human condition through innovation. Most recently, she was the CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, leading the organization’s vision for a world where every person has the opportunity to live a healthy, productive life.
Food, Health and Disease Expert; Founder of Angiogenesis Foundation
Dr. William W. Li is a world-renowned speaker, physician, scientist, and New York Times best-selling author of the Amazon #1 best-seller, Eat to Beat Disease. An international expert on health and disease fighting based on diet, lifestyle, and treatments that keep the body’s blood vessels in balance, he is CEO and President of the global nonprofit Angiogenesis Foundation. Dr. Li’s work has impacted more than 50 million people worldwide and has led to the effective prevention, novel treatment, and even reversal of diseases spanning cancer, chronic wounds, obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and vision loss. Known for his ability to predict medical breakthroughs often years before they become realized, he is also the creator of the Eat to Defeat Cancer program, a healthy eating campaign which now has spread to more than 40 countries.
First African American Army Surgeon General and Former Commanding General, US Army Medical Command
A trailblazer in female leadership, Lieutenant General (ret) Dr. Nadja West is the 44th Army Surgeon General and the former Commanding General of US Army Medical Command. She is the first African American woman 3-star General in the Army’s history, and currently the highest-ranking woman to ever graduate from West Point.
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.
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.
Senior Correspondent for Science; Infectious Diseases, Immunology, Vaccines, Public Health, and Genomics Expert
Jon Cohen is a widely published magazine writer and author of four nonfiction books on scientific topics. Cohen is a senior correspondent with Science, and also has written for the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times Magazine, BuzzFeed, Smithsonian, Technology Review, Outside, Slate, Surfer, and many other publications. His television appearances include the PBS NewsHour, the TODAY Show, and the Larry King Show, and he also has been on several NPR and BBC radio shows. Cohen specializes in biomedicine and is widely known for his coverage of epidemics (HIV/AIDS, COVID-19, Ebola, influenza), immunology, vaccines, and global health. He also has reported extensively on genetics, primate research, evolution, bioterrorism, research funding, ethics, reproductive biology, credit battles, and the media itself.
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.
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.
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.
Emergency Physician & Best-Selling Author
Dr. Davis has appeared on numerous talk and radio shows including Oprah, The Today Show, Dr. Oz, Anderson Cooper 360, The View, Tavis Smiley and NPR as well as print publications, including but not limited to Readers Digest, O Magazine, People, Washington Post, The New York Times, USA Today, Parade, and Black Enterprise. In 2018, Dr. Davis co-authored “the Stuff” with Sharlee Jeter. Everyone has the strength to overcome any obstacle. This inner fortitude is what we refer to as the STUFF. The STUFF will help you discover the hidden strengths within yourself. Today Dr. Davis spends his time practicing medicine and traveling the country delivering keynote speeches with timely messages.
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.
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 surgery—Take 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.
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.
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.
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