At Medicine X | CHANGE we will meet the innovators who are disrupting health care throughout the globe. We will see the emerging technologies of today and learn how they will impact the health care we deliver and receive tomorrow.

We will explore the drivers of change through organizational leadership and creative collaboration outside of health care’s traditional silos.

We will be inspired by moonshot thinking and learn how to grow pockets of excellence and innovation to large-scale change. We will experience empathy and compassion. We will gain an understanding of the problems that matter most in health care.

Be ready to use what you learn at Medicine X to create a shared vision of collaborative change and participatory medicine of tomorrow.


This December 3rd Annual conference was organized with recommendations from an interprofessional advisory panel of designers, researchers, physicians, patients and communication experts in collaboration with Dr. Larry Chu, Professor of Anesthesiology, Stanford University School of Medicine and Executive Director of the Stanford Medicine X Program. We gratefully acknowledge the contributions of this diverse panel of experts advising Stanford Medicine X in creating this program.


Marcella Debidda, PhD, Chief Patient Officer, Pulmonary Wellness Foundation

Amy Price, DPhil (Oxon), Senior Research Scientist, Stanford Anesthesia Informatics and Media (AIM) Lab, Stanford University School of Medicine

Jakub Bil, PhD, Inclusive Habitat Project owner, Deputy Representative for Europe, Global Mental Health Peer Network

Dennis Boyle, Founding Partner, IDEO

Andrea Downing, President and Co-Founder, The Light Collective

Alicia Staley, MBA, Senior Director of Patient Engagement, Metadata

Bassam Kadry, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Stanford University

Paul Shepherd, MFA, Associate Professor of Practice, Hong Kong University



Health design in the age of COVID-19

Emergency room physician Bon Ku, MD began work early in the COVID-19 pandemic armed with a novel tool to help fight the novel coronavirus. As the looming public health crisis threatened to overwhelm the capacity of even the most advanced hospital ventilators, Dr. Ku deployed health design thinking. The implementation of this lifesaving skill by clinicians is what he teaches medical students at Thomas Jefferson's Sidney Kimmel Medical School, what he describes in his new book Health Design Thinking, and what he will share with us in his Medicine X | CHANGE Keynote Address.

Event Schedule

The festivities start at 10 a.m. The conversations begin by revisiting old friends, we will then hear about innovation driven by needs on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Along the way we will hear the voices of patients and end-users of health care. We will consider the importance of health care privacy in our interconnected and online age. And we will conclude by asking what we can learn from networks that have formed to learn from patients. Won't you join us?

Opening Session

10:00 - 10:10 AM
Larry Chu, MD Executive Director

10:10 - 10:20AM
ePatient Program Update 
Alicia Staley, Sr. Director
Patient Engagement and ePatient Advisor

Community Town Hall Discussion


Join Justus Harris, ePatient, artist and educator, and Senior ePatient lead for Stanford's Clinical Science, Technology and Medicine Summer Internship Program Melissa Hicks for a Community Town Hall Discussion. Our audience will have an opportunity to share their thoughts on the most pressing issues and problems facing health care and how we might best work together to solve them.

10:20 - 10:50 AM
Co-Lead Facilitator,
Justus Harris, Designer, Artist, and Advocate 

10:20 - 10:50 AM
Co-Lead Facilitator,
Melissa Hicks, Senior ePatient Lead, Stanford Clinical Science, Technology and Medicine Summer Internship Program

10:20 - 10:50 AM
Amy Price, DPhil (Oxon), Stanford Anesthesia Informatics and Media (AIM) Lab

10:20 - 10:50 AM
Marcella Debidda PhD, Chief Patient Officer, Pulmonary Wellness Foundation

10:20 - 10:50 AM
Alicia Staley, Senior Director of Patient Engagement, MediaData

Liza Bernstein Advocate, Artist, Designer


Keynote Session

11:05AM - 12PM Health Design in the age of COVID
Bon Ku, MD and Assistant Dean of Medical Education,
Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Community Building Break

12PM - 1PM

Don't forget to hydrate.

It's time to grab a snack or a meal.

It's always a good time for a taco.

Use the conference app to connect.

Don't forget to tweet at #MedX.


Design Thinking


Join Dennis Boyle, founding partner of IDEO and University of Colorado Inworks Professor Monika Wittig in a special Medicine X Design announcement. This will be followed by a short message from Nick Dawson, and Amanda Sammann, Co-Founders of the Emergency Design Collective.

1:00 - 1:10 PM
Dennis Boyle Partner, IDEO Palo Alto

1:00 - 1:10 PM
Monika Wittig Faculty, University of Colorado Denver Inworks

1:10 - 1:20 PM
Nick Dawson Co-Founder, Emergency Design Collective

1:10 - 1:20 PM
Amanda Sammann Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco;  Founder and Executive Director of The Better Lab; and Co-Founder of The Emergency Design Collective


1:20 - 1:30 PM
Julie Flygare Founder of Project Sleep

1:30 - 1:40 PM
Swapna Kakani ePatient Speaker


Health Privacy Policy: Offline/online


Our privacy online and offline have fundamentally changed in the information age. Facebook, Google, Amazon, and many other internet companies have sought to monetize our personal and sometimes private information for corporate profit. What implications might this have for our personal health privacy? As our offline lives become more intertwined with our online identities, how will companies protect us from unwanted health privacy breaches? What role might legislation or government oversight play to ensure public trust?

eHealth reporter Mohana Ravindranath will moderate this panel of experts that includes Lucia Savage, Chief Privacy and regulatory Officer, Omada Health and Erik Perakslis, Rubenstein Fellow, Duke University.

1:40 - 2:10 PM
Lucia Savage Chief Privacy and Regulatory Officer, Omada Health

1:40 - 2:10 PM
Eric Perakslis Rubenstein Fellow at Duke University

1:40 - 2:10 PM
Mohana Ravindranath Health Reporter at Politico, Panel Moderator


2:10 PM - 2:30 PM


Mental Health in the age of COVID-19


The COVID-19 pandemic has created unique challenges for the global mental health community, leading a crisis with skyrocketing rates of people seeking help for anxiety and depression. Young people are struggling most with their mental health and lonliness or isolation are top concerns.

Stanford Brainstorm is an academic lab dedicated to mental health innovation and entrepreneurship. The lab is currently working on studying some of these issues and believes it can do so in an ethical and socially responsible manner by designing solutions that are based on scientific evidence, interdisciplinary, integrated inside and outside the traditional healthcare system, and scalable to millions at a time.

In this Medicine X | CHANGE session, moderator Jakub Bil will lead a panel discussion of Stanford Brainstorm lab members, as well as a Patient and Researcher, Cyrena Gawuga in a discussion on Mental Health in the Age of COVID-19.

2:30 - 2:55 PM
Nina Vasan Founder and Executive Director, Project Brainstorm

2:30 - 2:55 PM
Neha Chaudhary Co-Founder and Chief Research Officer, Project Brainstorm

2:30 - 2:55 PM
Gowri Agaram Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer, Project Brainstorm

2:55 - 3:05 PM
Cyrena Gawuga Researcher and Associate Project Manager for PCORI-funded Project

3:05 - 3:35 PM
Jakub Bil Inclusive Habitat Project owner, Deputy Representative for Europe, Global Mental Health Peer Network


3:35 PM - 3:45 PM


What can we learn from learning health networks?


Online communities bring people with shared health conditions and medical knowledge together with the goal to improve lives. These networks of peer support on social media are a lifeline for many ePatients. Yet, along with these benefits come great risks. Health care organizations have largely failed to embrace community-generated data in an equitable and fair way. Nor have they studied or implemented practical knowledge from these networks in ways that meaningfully improve patient outcomes. Privacy abuse and medical misinformation are also threatening the existence of online peer support networks.

Could Learning Health Networks flip this narrative? Might this model offer a respected for patient communities in clinical care? During this session, you will learn about the current threats to patients who engage on social networks. This will guide us to frame the problems we intend to solve. We will then hear from the founders of a thriving Learning Health Network that started out of Cincinnati Children's Hospital that is run by patients, for patients.

3:45-5:15 PM
Michael Seid Director, Health Outcomes and Quality Care Research, Division of Pulmonary Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s

3:45-5:15 PM
Jack Lennon Executive Director of IROC

3:45-5:15 PM
Andrea Downing President and Co-Founder of The Light Collective

Our event wraps up at 5:30 PM., but you're welcome to remain in the virtual rooms to socialize and strategize ways you will invigorate health care and CHANGE the world in 2021!

Strong Spirit, Strong Community

Join one of the world’s most discussed academic medical conferences at our 2020 convening. Your voice can build change and empower others. Medicine X challenges you to join voices of Change 2020 on Thursday December 3, 2020 for an unforgettable day of inspiring ideas and discussion.

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