09:00 AM - 02:30 PM
Women in Medicine & Science 2023
Women Evolving: Embracing the Journey
Join us for a day of inspiration, education, and celebration of the remarkable achievements of women in medicine and the biosciences. You’ll be hearing from experts as they share stories of this year's theme of Women Evolving: Embracing the Journey. We hope you'll be able to attend and expand your network with these accomplished women and other attendees who share the same perspectives on the many career paths in the world of science and medicine.
08:30 - 09:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
09:00 - 09:10 a.m. Welcome | Monica Eneriz Wiemer, '00, MD '06, MS '15
09:10 - 10:00 a.m. Morning Keynote Presentation
Finding Your Superpowers | Catherine Mohr, MD '06
10:00 - 10:40 a.m. Micro Lectures
Swimming Upstream, Gathering Wisdom, and Coming Home | Gina Perez-Baron, MD '06
Connecting Community | Yi-Ching Ong, PhD '10
Your Purpose and the Second Mountain | Yana Vaks, MD '08
10:40 - 10:50 a.m. Group Discussion
10:50 - 11:10 a.m. Break and Networking
10:00 - 12:10 p.m. Workshop
Reflecting Foward: Envisioning Futures, Facilitated by Leticia Britos Cavagnaro, PhD '11
12:10 - 12:30 p.m. Networking and Group Photo
12:30 - 01:00 p.m. Lunch
01:00 - 01:50 p.m. Afternoon Keynote Presentation
What I Know at 60 | Tina Seelig, PhD '85
01:50 - 02:00 p.m. Closing Remarks
Morning Keynote Speaker
Catherine Mohr, MD ’06
President, Intuitive Foundation
Dr. Catherine Mohr is President of the Intuitive Foundation, the corporate foundation of Intuitive Surgical, a high technology Silicon Valley based company that makes the da Vinci surgical robot. In this role she invests in research and development programs aimed at understanding and improving education of medical practitioners around the world and applying novel technologies aimed at reducing the global burden of disease. Dr. Mohr has a diverse background which covers surgery, medical technology, engineering, product design, healthcare, alternative energy, automotive, aerospace, global entrepreneurship, IP litigation, FDA compliance, education, and product development. She received her BS and MS in mechanical engineering from MIT, and her MD from Stanford University School of Medicine. She is the author of numerous scientific publications, the recipient of multiple design awards, and speaks regularly internationally on the subject of the future of surgery, technology and robotics.
Afternoon Keynote Speaker
Tina Seelig, PhD
Executive Director, Knight Hennessey Scholars
Dr. Tina Seelig is Executive Director of Knight-Hennessy Scholars at Stanford University, which cultivates and supports a multidisciplinary and multicultural community of graduate students from across the university, and prepare graduates to address complex challenges facing the world. She is also Director Emeritus of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, where she served as executive director, faculty director, and professor of the practice in the Department of Management Science and Engineering (MS&E). She teaches courses on leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship within MS&E and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school) at Stanford. Dr. Seelig earned her PhD in Neuroscience at Stanford Medical School, and has been a management consultant, entrepreneur, and author of 17 books, including inGenius, Creativity Rules, and What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20. She is the recipient of the Gordon Prize from the National Academy of Engineering, the Olympus Innovation Award, and the Silicon Valley Visionary Award.
Micro Lecture Speakers
Gina Perez-Baron, MD '06
Advanced Integrative Medical Science Institute
Dr. Perez has focused her practice on addiction treatment and care for the underserved. Blending clinical knowledge with her perspective as an Apache-descent / Chicana, she has focused her career on creating novel treatment approaches and improving health outcomes by integrating best practices with cultural knowledge and traditional wisdom. She received her MD degree from Stanford School of Medicine, is family medicine board-certified, and specializes in Primary Care, Addiction and Myofascial Pain. She is the creator of the Alchemy Treatment Model and past Medical Director at the Seattle Indian Health Board. Her work has been highlighted in Gabor Maté’s “Talks on Trauma” series. She now shares her time between Lummi Tribal Health and private practice caring for people with cancer and complex chronic disease in an integrative practice, research and residency setting.
Yi-Ching Ong, Phd ’10
Executive Director, Haas Center for Public Service
Dr. Yi-Ching Ong is the newly appointed Executive Director of the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University. She comes to Stanford from Princeton University, where she served as Senior Associate Director of experiential learning and Service Focus program director at the Pace Center for Civic Engagement. In this role, Ong worked with a team to develop and offer internships, fellowships, and other programs to support students in engaging with societal issues and connecting academic inquiry with learning from community partners. Before her time at the Pace Center, Ong served as an associate research scholar and lecturer in the Global Health Program at Princeton and as a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at Columbia University. She holds a PhD in microbiology and immunology from Stanford University, a Master of Philosophy degree in development studies from Oxford University, and an undergraduate degree in biochemic al sciences from Harvard University.
Yana Vaks, MD ’08
Chief of Inpatient Pediatrics, Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara
Pediatric Critical Care Physician
Co-founder SAMPL (Society of Aspiring Minority Physician Leaders)
Yana Vaks is a pediatric ICU physician and Chief of Inpatient Pediatrics at Kaiser Permanente in Santa Clara, passionate about promoting equitable, patient-centered, high value medical care. Yana was born in Ukraine, grew up in Russia and came to the United States as a refugee in 1996. She majored in neuroscience at the University of Rochester (2003) and received her MD from the Stanford University School of Medicine (2008). She continued her training at Stanford, completing her pediatrics residency, pediatric ICU fellowship and a research fellowship in healthcare delivery innovation (2014). In 2017, Yana co-founded SAMPL, the Society of Aspiring Minority Physician Leaders, a mentoring network for students and physicians underrepresented in medicine. The SAMPL mission is to increase diversity in medical leadership. In her spare time Yana enjoys attending her 17-year old son’s theatrical productions, making art with her 4-year old daughter and re-imagining medical culture with her partner and SAMPL co-founder Leo Aliaga, MD.
Leticia Britos Cavagnaro, PhD ’11
Adjunct Professor, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school)
Leticia Britos Cavagnaro is a scientist turned designer. While earning her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology from Stanford University, her passion for designing learning experiences led her to the d.school in 2006, and she never left. Leticia has created and facilitated a wide range of courses in design, creativity, and innovation, including Advanced Reflective Practice, which she developed for the Stanford MS Program in Design. As co-founder and co-Director of the University Innovation Fellows program, she has empowered thousands of students and educators from over 300 universities globally to be agents of change. Leticia has also worked with corporate and social sector leaders. Her creative methods include the use of emerging technologies to help people grow as self-directed, action-oriented, reflective, and responsible shapers of the future. If she were granted a wish, she would bring her home country of Uruguay a tad closer to San Francisco, California, where she lives with her husband.