Health Matters 2017 Speakers

Kyra Bobinet, MD, MPH

CEO and Founder, engagedIN

Dr. Bobinet has five words of advice on achieving holistic well-being: Compassionately design your brain-behavior gap. As a national speaker, author, and CEO-founder of engagedIN, a neuroscience behavior design firm, Dr. Bobinet devotes her life to cracking the code of WHY we engage in what we do. Every day, she and her team use neuroscience and design thinking to change behavior and make health and wellness more engaging. She is the author of Well Designed Life: 10 Lessons in Brain Science and Design Thinking for a Mindful, Healthy, and Purposeful Life and authors a column on behavior neuroscience design for Experience Life magazine.


Alfredo Dubra, MSc, PhD

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Byers Eye Institute, Stanford

Dr. Dubra and his collaborative research team are devoted to developing, translating, and applying innovative ophthalmic imaging tools to improve the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of conditions that lead to vision loss. Dr. Dubra uses adaptive optics ophthalmoscopy (AO) to correct for the eye’s own imperfections thus allowing visualization of the living retina at the cellular scale. His current collaboration with Dr. Goldberg is aimed at identifying novel biomarkers for early detection and progression monitoring of glaucoma and other neurodegenerative diseases. He joined the Stanford faculty in the fall of 2016.


Gabriel Garcia, MD

William and Dorothy Kaye University Fellow in Undergraduate Education and Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology)

Dr. Garcia is an internist and gastroenterologist specializing in the care of patients with viral hepatitis and other liver diseases. He is particularly attuned to the needs of SGM patients, whom NIH recognizes as having less access to health care and higher burdens of certain diseases such as depression, cancer, and HIV/AIDS. Dr. Garcia has also directed a patient advocacy service-learning course for Stanford undergraduates and developed an international service-learning program addressing immigrant health issues. From 2006 to 2010, he served as the Peter E. Haas Director of the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford. He received his M.D. from New York University in 1977.


Christopher Gardner, PhD

Professor of Medicine, Director of Nutrition Studies at the Stanford Prevention Research Center

Dr. Gardner is the Director of Nutrition Studies at the Stanford Prevention Research Center and a professor of medicine at Stanford University. A nationally recognized leader in nutrition science, Dr. Gardner has investigated the potential health benefits of various dietary components and food patterns for more than two decades. His research addresses two overarching questions: What can people eat and drink to optimize their health, and how can people be motivated to make better food and beverage choices? Dr. Gardner is currently leading the development of a new Stanford Center for Education and Research in Food Systems Initiative and recently served on the Nutrition Committee of the American Heart Association.


Jeffrey Goldberg, MD, PhD

Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology, Byers Eye Institute, Stanford

Dr. Goldberg’s clinical practice treats patients who need medical or surgical intervention for glaucoma and other retinal and optic nerve diseases, as well as cataracts. His research focuses on neuroprotection and regeneration of retinal ganglion cells and the optic nerve, and his laboratory is developing novel stem cells and nanotherapeutics approaches for eye repair. Dr. Goldberg was named the 2010 Scientist of the Year by the Hope For Vision foundation, and he received the Cogan Award from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology in 2012. He has chaired Stanford’s Department of Ophthalmology since 2015.


Mireille Kamariza

Graduate Student, Biology

Mireille Kamariza is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Biology at Stanford. Mireille’s broad research interests include biochemistry, molecular biology, chemical biology, microbiology, and global health. Her doctoral work utilizes the power of chemistry toward the development of new technologies for the improvement of tuberculosis diagnosis. In addition, her thesis work, titled “Development of a rapid and simple novel chemical probe for the detection of M. tuberculosis,” provides new insights into the biology of the human pathogen and other organisms with similar composition.


Abby C. King, PhD

Professor of Health Research and Policy and of Medicine, Stanford Prevention Research Center

Dr. King’s research focuses on the development, evaluation, and translation of public health interventions to reduce chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Her current work investigates how state-of-the-art communication technologies can expand the reach of effective health promotion interventions and how community-based research can address health disparities among disadvantaged populations. An elected member of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research and Past President of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Dr. King has received the Outstanding Scientific Contributions in Health Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association and twice received the Stanford Prevention Research Center’s Outstanding Contributions to Teaching Award, among other distinctions.


Joshua Knowles, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine

The fundamental theme of Dr. Knowles’ work is the application of genetics to improve human health. His work focuses on the discovery of inherited variants underlying cardiovascular disease, particularly coronary disease and insulin resistance. Dr. Knowles and his team have created human-induced pluripotent stem cell lines (iPSCs) that can give rise to all of the cell types in the body—to model the genetic networks that produce disease. By giving patients more information about their inherited risk of heart disease, Dr. Knowles hopes to help them lower their risk. Dr. Knowles also serves as the chief medical advisor for The FH Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness of familial hypercholesterolemia (FH), an inherited disease that causes extremely elevated LDL cholesterol levels and risk of coronary disease.


Anna Lembke, MD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic

Dr. Lembke's key areas of interest include treating patients who have become addicted to prescription drugs. She takes a holistic, harm-reduction approach to each patient, and encourages spiritual and alternative therapies in the process of healing. She is the program director for the Stanford University Addiction Medicine Fellowship and chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic. She has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, chapters, and commentaries, including in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Journal of General Internal Medicine, and Addiction.


S. V. Mahadevan, MD

Professor of Emergency Medicine

S.V. Mahadevan has written, traveled, and taught widely, presenting more than 500 invited lectures worldwide and authoring more than 100 journal articles, book chapters, and multimedia publications. Dr. Mahadevan is the founding director of Stanford Emergency Medicine International (SEMI), and he was instrumental in setting up India's first paramedic training institute (2007), India’s first prehospital research center (2009), Nepal's first EMS system (2010), Cambodia’s first EM strengthening program (2012), and Myanmar’s first public-private EM training program (2015).  

Dr. Mahadevan has received numerous teaching awards including the Council of Residency Director’s (CORD) National Faculty Teaching Award (2003), American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) National Faculty Teaching Award (2012), California ACEP Education Award (2011), the Stanford-Kaiser Emergency Medicine Resident Bedside Teaching Award (2003), and the Arthur L. Bloomfield Award: Excellence in the Teaching of Clinical Medicine (2012).


John Magaña Morton, MD, MPH

Chief of Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery & Bariatric & Metabolic Inter-Disciplinary (BMI) Clinic

Dr. John Morton is chief of Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. With more than 2500 bariatric surgeries performed, he has been recognized as a bariatric surgery leader by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, RAND, American College of Surgeons, Who’s Who, and America’s Top Surgeons. Dr. Morton has received six teaching awards at Stanford University in eight years, including the 2008 Arthur Bloomfield Clinical Teacher of the Year and 2011 Henry J. Kaiser Teaching Award. Dr. Morton was named the 2012 Castle Connolly Physician of the Year for Clinical Excellence. He has published more than 140 peer-reviewed articles and 19 book chapters and has given more than 300 national and international presentations.


Dr. William T. Newsome, PhD

Harman Family Provostial Professor and Professor of Neurobiology and, by courtesy, of Psychology

Dr. Newsome serves as the Harman Family Provostial Professor at the Stanford School of Medicine and is the Vincent V.C. Woo Director of the Stanford Neuroscience Institute. Dr. Newsome has made fundamental contributions to the understanding of the neural mechanisms underlying visual perception and simple forms of decision making. He has co-chaired the National Institutes of Health’s BRAIN Advisory Committee and served on the Society for Neuroscience’s Committee on Committees. Dr. Newsome is the recipient of numerous honors and awards: He received an honorary degree from the State University of New York’s School of Optometry in 2012 and won the Karl Spencer Lashley Award from the American Philosophical Society in 2010.


Rafael Pelayo, MD

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences – Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

Dr. Pelayo is a clinical professor whose professional interests include the diagnosis and management of sleep disorders in people of all ages. He teaches the popular Sleep and Dreams course to undergraduate and graduate students. Along with Dr. William Dement, he co-authored the class textbook. He serves on the board of the California Sleep Society. Dr. Pelayo is board-certified in Sleep Medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He served on the National Institutes of Health Sleep Disorders Research Advisory Board. Dr. Pelayo has published widely on sleep disorders. He has also presented many invited lectures and has been interviewed on television, radio, and the Internet on the topic of sleep disorders.


Justin Sonnenburg, PhD

Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

The gut microbiota—the 10–100 trillion microbes that reside in our gastrointestinal tract—is a control center for multiple aspects of our biology including our immune status, metabolism, and neurobiology. Dr. Sonnenburg’s research aims to elucidate the basic principles that govern interactions within the intestinal microbiota and between the microbiota and the host, by exploring the effects of perturbations in the intestines. In 2009, Dr. Sonnenburg received an NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, and in 2011, he received the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigators in Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease Award. He and Erica Sonnenburg, PhD, are the authors of the book The Good Gut: Taking Control of Your Weight, Your Mood, and Your Long Term Health.