Gel Health 2009

  • October 22-23, 2009
  • New York City

Speakers

Sigall Bell

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
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Patients who suffer medical errors get a range of responses from doctors and other parts of the medical establishment. Dr. Sigall Bell has researched this topic - finding out why a good response is often so difficult - and suggests ways to improve outcomes, system-wide.

Patients who suffer medical errors get a range of responses from doctors and other parts of the medical establishment. Dr. Sigall Bell has researched this topic - finding out why a good response is often so difficult - and suggests ways to improve outcomes, system-wide.

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Bill Brownstein

Founder, Kids RX
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A pharmacy can offer friendly and personal service - and thrive. Bill Brownstein, founder of Kids RX, describes the approach he takes in his New York-based pharmacy and the outcomes that he and his customers have enjoyed as a result.

A pharmacy can offer friendly and personal service - and thrive. Bill Brownstein, founder of Kids RX, describes the approach he takes in his New York-based pharmacy and the outcomes that he and his customers have enjoyed as a result.

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Michael Christensen

Co-founder, Big Apple Circus; founder, Clown Care
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Visiting children and their families in the hospital, Clown Care founder Michael Christensen has learned to focus on "what's going right" in the room. Speaking at the first Gel Health conference, Christensen describes how his clown rounds got... More

Visiting children and their families in the hospital, Clown Care founder Michael Christensen has learned to focus on "what's going right" in the room. Speaking at the first Gel Health conference, Christensen describes how his clown rounds got started, and finishes with an on-stage performance as Dr. Stubs.

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Bridget Duffy

former Chief Experience Officer, Cleveland Clinic
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After breaking her leg, Bridget Duffy got a close look at the patient experience - by being a patient herself. At the first Gel Health conference, Bridget discusses what she learned - and what has inspired her, throughout her career, to advocate for improved patient experience.

After breaking her leg, Bridget Duffy got a close look at the patient experience - by being a patient herself. At the first Gel Health conference, Bridget discusses what she learned - and what has inspired her, throughout her career, to advocate for improved patient experience.

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Dan Ford

Patient advocate
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Dan became interested in patient advocacy after his wife suffered a severe injury due to a medical error. He is an active volunteer with a number of patient safety, patient/family-centered care, and quality committees regionally, nationally and internationally.

Dan became interested in patient advocacy after his wife suffered a severe injury due to a medical error. He is an active volunteer with a number of patient safety, patient/family-centered care, and quality committees regionally, nationally and internationally.

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John La Puma

Author, "ChefMD's Big Book of Culinary Medicine"
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Food as medicine: Eating right can be delicious and can give such strong health benefits as to reduce the need for, or even replace, expensive medicine. Dr. John La Puma, known online and on-air as ChefMD, describes some simple steps to enjoy better health with better food.

Food as medicine: Eating right can be delicious and can give such strong health benefits as to reduce the need for, or even replace, expensive medicine. Dr. John La Puma, known online and on-air as ChefMD, describes some simple steps to enjoy better health with better food.

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Robert Martensen

Lecturer, Harvard Medical School
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The end-of-life experience: Here are stories from patients at the end of their lives. Dr. Martensen also covers this theme in his excellent book A Life Worth Living: A Doctor's Reflections on Illness in a High-Tech Era.

The end-of-life experience: Here are stories from patients at the end of their lives. Dr. Martensen also covers this theme in his excellent book A Life Worth Living: A Doctor's Reflections on Illness in a High-Tech Era.

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Javette Orgain

Family physician and Chairperson, Illinois State Board of Health
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Practicing medicine on the south side of Chicago, Dr. Javette Orgain describes her work at a community health center there. The challenges and issues in the patient experience, she says, would be better addressed with improved "health literacy."

Practicing medicine on the south side of Chicago, Dr. Javette Orgain describes her work at a community health center there. The challenges and issues in the patient experience, she says, would be better addressed with improved "health literacy."

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Mark Pochapin

Director, Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health
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There's always hope, says Dr. Mark Pochapin, even in dire situations. To underline his point, he finishes his presentation by bringing a special guest to the stage.

There's always hope, says Dr. Mark Pochapin, even in dire situations. To underline his point, he finishes his presentation by bringing a special guest to the stage.

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Cathy Salit

President, Performance of a Lifetime
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Helping nurses improve their performance: Oncology nurses have one of the toughest jobs in the world: treating cancer patients day after day and maintaining focus and professionalism despite the taxing emotional terrain. Here Cathy Salit and her... More

Helping nurses improve their performance: Oncology nurses have one of the toughest jobs in the world: treating cancer patients day after day and maintaining focus and professionalism despite the taxing emotional terrain. Here Cathy Salit and her colleague from Johns Hopkins, Sharon Krumm, describe a unique project that has helped improve the working environment for nurses at the Johns Hopkins cancer center.

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Daniel and Ken Trush

Founders, Daniel's Music Foundation
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Daniel and Ken tell the amazing story of how they started the foundation after Daniel's injury, and how the foundation has grown and developed in recent years.

Daniel and Ken tell the amazing story of how they started the foundation after Daniel's injury, and how the foundation has grown and developed in recent years.

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Olie Westheimer

Founder, Brooklyn Parkinson Group
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Bringing dance to Parkinson's patients: People with Parkinson's disease have a lot in common with dancers, explains Olie Westheimer: they are constantly learning how to move. With this in mind, Olie co-founded "Dance for PD," a series of dance... More

Bringing dance to Parkinson's patients: People with Parkinson's disease have a lot in common with dancers, explains Olie Westheimer: they are constantly learning how to move. With this in mind, Olie co-founded "Dance for PD," a series of dance classes for people with Parkinson's and their caregivers - taught by professional dancers in Brooklyn's Mark Morris Dance Group. This story shows the difference that one person can make, in creating a community - and the difference a community can make in the world.

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Jim Withers

Founder, Operation Safety Net
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Concierge healthcare for the homeless: Bringing healthcare directly to the homeless, as Dr. Jim Withers describes in this Gel Health talk, is difficult but rewarding. As a founder of the global street medicine movement, and the subject of the... More

Concierge healthcare for the homeless: Bringing healthcare directly to the homeless, as Dr. Jim Withers describes in this Gel Health talk, is difficult but rewarding. As a founder of the global street medicine movement, and the subject of the documentary "One Bridge to the Next," Dr. Withers has accomplished a great deal - both in his home city of Pittsburgh with Operation Safety Net and throughout the world in dozens of cities now maintaining street medicine practices.

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Gel Health 2009 is part of the Gel series of events.

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