Health Matters has a history of bringing engaging and inspiring speakers to our community, and this year was no exception. Our stellar lineup of presenters who spoke at Health Matters 2024 is listed here.

Tamiko Katsumoto, MD

Dr. Katsumoto is a clinical associate professor of medicine–immunology and rheumatology at Stanford Medicine. Fascinated by the impact of diet on inflammation and autoimmunity and deeply committed to human and planetary health, she is passionate about educating her patients and colleagues on the merits of sustainable diets. She led the PLANT (Providers Learning About Nutrition Together) Study, a nutrition education study for health care providers focused on the benefits of plant-rich eating styles. She also serves as co-director of the Stanford Immune-Related Toxicity Working Group, a multidisciplinary group aimed at improving the quality of care for cancer patients who are receiving immune checkpoint inhibitors. Dr. Katsumoto is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including an Investigator Award and a Scientist Development Award from the American College of Rheumatology’s Rheumatology Research Foundation and the Jo Rae Wright Early Investigator Award from the American Thoracic Society. She completed medical school, her internal medicine residency, and her rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco.

Frank M. Longo, MD, PhD

Dr. Longo is the George E. and Lucy Becker Professor of Medicine at Stanford Medicine, a professor of neurology and neurological sciences, and professor, by courtesy, of neurosurgery. He served as chair of the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences from 2006 to 2023. Prior to joining Stanford, he was vice chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco, and chair of neurology at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Longo is the 2015 recipient of the inaugural Melvin R. Goodes Prize for Excellence in Drug Development from the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, and his team’s work on Alzheimer’s therapeutics was featured on the cover of Time magazine in 2016. He currently serves on the National Advisory Council on Aging for the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Longo received his MD and PhD in neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego, conducted an internship in medicine at New York University, and completed his neurology residency and neurobiology fellowship at UCSF.

Joseph C. Wu, MD, PhD

Dr. Wu is director of the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute and current president of the American Heart Association (AHA). The Simon H. Stertzer, MD, Professor and a professor of medicine–cardiovascular medicine and of radiology at Stanford Medicine, Dr. Wu received his MD from Yale and his PhD in molecular and medical pharmacology from the University of California, Los Angeles. One of the world’s most highly cited scholars in the field of cardiovascular medicine, stem cells, genomics, and precision medicine, Dr. Wu has published more than 600 papers in peer-reviewed journals such as Nature, Cell, Science, Circulation, and many others. He is the recipient of several distinguished awards, including the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award; the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, presented by President Obama at the White House; and the AHA Distinguished Scientist Award and Merit Award. Dr. Wu is an elected member of the National Academy of Inventors, the National Academy of Medicine, and many other notable scientific and medical societies and associations.