Since launching, the Advocacy Exchange has engaged global and local advocacy organizations through live sessions covering a variety of topics – shaped by participant feedback – and made possible by the passionate advocates, patients, and healthcare professionals who have joined us as presenters. Below, you can learn more about our esteemed speakers.

December 1st, 2022

The Global Impact of Human Rights

MODERATOR

Dave Craig
CEO, GRYT Health

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SPEAKERS

Chris McCarthy, MPH, MBA
ILN Coaching & Consulting

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Cindy Hou, DO, MA, MBA, CIC, CPHQ, CPPS, FACOI, FACP, FIDSA
Infection Control Officer and Medical Director of Research, Jefferson Health

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Manan Shah
Vice President, Head of Global Health Equity & Policy Partnerships, Bristol Myers Squibb

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November 10th, 2022

Checkbooks and Balances: How Advocacy Can Support Both Physical and Financial Health

MODERATOR

Brad Love
Ph.D., Co-Founder and Chief Culture Officer, GRYT Health

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SPEAKERS

Amy Niles
Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer, Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation

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Chris Strumfels
Resource Navigator, Family Reach

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October 6th, 2022

Managing Your Mental Health While Facing a Chronic Illness

EMCEE

Brad Love
Ph.D., Co-Founder and Chief Culture Officer, GRYT Health

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MODERATOR

Catherine Benedict, Ph.D.
Psychologist; Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - Medical Psychiatry, Stanford Health Care

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SPEAKERS

Molly Murray
President & CEO, Autoimmune Association

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Nitika Chopra
Founder + CEO, Chronicon

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Renata M. Kisa, MD, IFAAD
Worldwide Medical Lead, Dermatology, I&F WW Medical

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September 1st, 2022

Nurturing Yourself while Navigating the Nuances of Caregiving

EMCEE

Brad Love
Ph.D., Co-Founder and Chief Culture Officer, GRYT Health

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MODERATOR

Catherine Owen
Senior Vice President and General Manager, U.S. Commercialization, Bristol Myers Squibb

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SPEAKERS

Heather
Executive Director, Research and Training Institute, Cancer Support Community

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Josie Liow
Co-Chair Designate, SingHealth Patient Advocacy Network

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August 4th, 2022

Making Space to Care for Yourself

SPEAKERS

Angelike (Angie) Giallourakis, Ph.D.

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Lauren Lastauskas
Vice President of Community, GRYT Health

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June 2nd, 2022

Create Change Through Lived Experience: The Whole Advocate™ Model

MODERATOR

Dave Bjork
Lung Cancer Survivor, Patient Advocate and Vice President of Empowerment, GRYT Health

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SPEAKERS

John Capecci
Cofounder and Senior Coach, Living Proof Advocacy

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Kate Callan
EVP, Head of Social Media, Evoke KYNE

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Tim Cage
Cofounder and Senior Coach, Living Proof Advocacy

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May 12th, 2022

Designing with the Patient in Mind: Amplifying the Patient Voice in Medicines Development and Approval

SPEAKERS

Catherine Kopil
SVP, Clinical Research, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research

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Kate Morgan
Head of Policy and Access, Myeloma Patients Europe

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Neil Bertelsen
HTAi Patient and Citizen Involvement Group

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Winselow Tucker
Senior Vice President, Intercontinental, Bristol Myers Squibb

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April 7th, 2022

Moving Medicine Forward: Highlighting Humanity and Patient Experience in Clinical Trials

SPEAKERS

Brian McMahon
Founder, SparkCures

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Cara Stabile, MPH
Associate Director, Patient Engagement Capabilities, Bristol Myers Squibb

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Dan Platt (he/him), MD
Chief Medical Officer, GRYT Health

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Dr. Karriem Watson
Chief Engagement Officer, NIH All of Us Research Program

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Rachel Byrd
Senior Research Coordinator, GRYT Health

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March 3rd, 2022

Health Equity: Reinventing Treatment through the Lens of Gender

SPEAKERS

Brad Love
Ph.D., Co-Founder and Chief Culture Officer, GRYT Health

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Chris Chamars
Program & Partnership Specialist, GRYT Health

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Jamie Agunsday
MA, MSN, RNC-OB

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Tyler Campbell
Founder, Pro Player Foundation

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February 3rd, 2022

Assertiveness is Not Aggression: Accessible Strategies to Advocate for Quality Care

SPEAKERS

Colin Ferro
Director Of Operations, Epic Experience

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Gary Nolan
Chief Executive Officer, Colab Health

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Kelly Cuvar
Political Consultant and Healthcare Policy Advisor

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Megan-Claire Chase
Patient Advocate

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Nancy Ferro
Founder and Executive Director, Epic Experience

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January 20th, 2022

Patients are People: Improving Cultural Competency to Reduce Healthcare Disparities

SPEAKERS

Brad Love
Ph.D., Co-Founder and Chief Culture Officer, GRYT Health

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Rachel M Bond, MD, FACC
Co-Chair, Women and Children's Committee for the Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc.

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Sheila Thorne
President and CEO, Multicultural Healthcare Marketing Group, LLC

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December 9th, 2021

The Power of Advocacy: Lessons Learned from HIV Advocates

SPEAKERS

Jim Howley
Senior Director and Hematology Lead, Patient Advocacy, Bristol Myers Squibb

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Louise Binder
Health Policy Consultant, Save Your Skin Foundation

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Neil Bertelsen
HTAi Patient and Citizen Involvement Group

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November 30th, 2021

End of Life Care: A Retired Hospice Counselor Creates a Safe Space for an Uncomfortable Conversation

SPEAKERS

Susan Desmarais
Retired Hospice Counselor and End of Life Doula

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November 4th, 2021

How Technology and Personal Voices Partner to Create Scalable, Human Care

SPEAKERS

Melodie Narain-Blackwell
Entrepreneur, Health Advocate, Founder, Color of Crohn’s and Chronic Illness (COCCI)

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Paul von Autenried
Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Bristol Myers Squibb

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October 14th, 2021

International Health Technology Assessments and Their Impact on Access and Patient Preferences

SPEAKERS

Dr. Androulla Eleftheriou
Executive Director, Thalassaemia International Federation (TIF)

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Elizabeth Franklin, PhD, MSW
President, Cancer Support Community

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John M. O'Brien, PharmD, MPH
President and CEO, National Pharmaceutical Council

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Michael L. Ryan, Pharm.D.
Senior Vice President and Head for U.S. and Worldwide Value, Access, Pricing and Health Economics and Outcomes Research, Bristol Myers Squibb

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Stephanie Dyson
Vice President, U.S. Policy & Government Affairs, Bristol Myers Squibb

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September 30, 2021

Giving Voice to the Often Voiceless: Advocate-led Research Creating Change

SPEAKERS

Alex Filicevas
Executive Director, World Bladder Cancer Patient Coalition, President, All.Can International

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Michelle Weese
Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Bristol Myers Squibb

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Dr. Roxana Mehran
MD, FACC, FACP, FAHA, FCCP, FESC, MSCAI

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Dr. Yasmin Ibrahim
Public Health Manager, Hepatitis B Foundation

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September 9, LUNGevity

LUNGevity Health Equity Council Series

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September 9, 2021

The Evolution of Healthcare: Co-Creating the Future Through Collaboration

SPEAKERS

Mark Bertolini
Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Aetna Inc., Director of Verizon Communications Inc., and Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company

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June 10, 2021

Living with Disease: A Conversation on Life After Diagnosis

SPEAKERS

Adam Lenkowsky
SVP and General Manager, U.S. Cardiovascular, Immunology and Oncology, Bristol Myers Squibb

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Julia Rowland, Ph.D.
Senior Strategic Advisor, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts

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Kimberly Richardson
Research Advocate, University of Illinois Cancer Center

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Shelley Fuld Nasso
Chief Executive Officer, National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS)

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May 13th, 2021

Strategies to Support Patients: A Focus on Mental Health and Patient-Centric Care

SPEAKERS

Dr. Cindi Slater
M.D., FACR Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs, ConsumerMedical

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Teri S. Brister Ph.D., LPC
National Director Research & Quality Assurance, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

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April 8th, 2021

Addressing Gaps in Healthcare Through Real World Advocacy

SPEAKERS

Reverend Anthony Evans
President, National Black Church Initiative

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Danielle Halstrom
Head, R&D, GPS and Commercial Communications & Global Advocacy Corporate Affairs, Bristol Myers Squibb

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Dave Craig
CEO and CoFounder, GRYT Health

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Tanya Ryder
Tanya Ryder, M.Ed., Director, DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion), NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

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Venus Ginés
CEO and Founder, Dia de la Mujer Latina

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March 23rd, 2021

Resilience: Leading in a Reset World Workshop

SPEAKERS

Ann M. Powell
Global Chief Human Resource Officer, Bristol Myers Squibb

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Charlene Wheeless
Senior Advisor, Gagen MacDonald

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Maril MacDonald
CEO and Founder, Gagen MacDonald

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Patricia Bayerlein
Executive Director, Gagen MacDonald

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March 11, 2021

Outlining Our Paths to Impact and Change

SPEAKERS

Rachel Giles, MD, PhD
IKCC Chair, Von Hippel-Lindau Organization / Living with Bladder or Kidney Cancer Netherlands

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February 11th 2021

Harnessing Our United Strength to Create Meaningful Change

SPEAKERS

Sheila Thorne
President and CEO, Multicultural Healthcare Marketing Group, LLC

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Tina Ripperger
Accenture, Managing Director , What If Innovation, Partner, Global Head of Life Sciences

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January 14th 2021

Advocacy for Advancements: Patient Insight Influencing Action

SPEAKERS

Brian Lee
Director, Global Advocacy, CV, Fibrosis, MS and LCM, Bristol Myers Squibb

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Maria Dutarte
Coordinator, European Patients’ Academy (EUPATI)

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Mellanie True Hills
CSP, Founder and CEO, StopAfib.org

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Neil Bertelsen
HTAi Patient and Citizen Involvement Group

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December 17th 2020

Building Stronger Relationships Across Healthcare Through Empathy

SPEAKERS

Erin Galyean
Author, Speaker, & Trainer

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Laura Adams
Special Advisor, National Academy of Medicine Catalyst, X4Health Principal, Laura Adams Consulting

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Sandra Leung
Executive Vice President, General Counsel , Bristol Myers Squibb

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Shanelle Gabriel
HBO Def Poet/ Singer/ Activist/ Advocate for Lupus Awareness

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November 12th 2020

Taking Action to Correct Health Inequities

SPEAKERS

Anthonise Louis Fields PhD
Director, Strategic Collaborations, World Wide Medical, Bristol Myers Squibb

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Feyikemi (Kemi) Osundina PharmD, MS
Associate Director of Oncology Advocacy, Bristol Myers Squibb

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John L. Damonti
President, Bristol Myers Squibb

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Kristen D. Krause PhD, MPH
Deputy Director, Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies (CHIBPS)

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Patricia (Patti) Mae Doykos PhD
Lead, Health Equity Initiative and Director, Bristol Myers Squibb

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Perry N. Halkitis PhD, MS, MPH
Dean, Professor of Urban-Global Public Health, and Director of Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies (CHIBPS), Rutgers School of Public Health

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Steven Kramer
Deaf Community Representative

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October 14th 2020

Moving Forward and Rebuilding

SPEAKERS

Adam Grant
Organizational Psychologist The Wharton School of Business Bestselling Author Host: WorkLife, a TED Original Podcast

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Chris Boerner PhD
Executive Vice President, Chief Commercialization Officer, Bristol Myers Squibb

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October 8th 2020

Getting Back to Work

SPEAKERS

Noreen Gleason
Executive Director, Business Continuity and Corporate Event Response Team Lead, Bristol Myers Squibb

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Tinamarie Duff
Global Lead, Differently-Abled Workplace Network (DAWN) People and Business Resource Group, Bristol Myers Squibb

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September 10th 2020

Getting Back to Normal: Care by Putting Patients First

SPEAKERS

Dr. Nicholas A.J. Botwood BSc, MB BS, MRCP, MFPM
Head of US Medical Affairs, Interim Head of Oncology Development, Bristol Myers Squibb

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July 23rd 2020

The Patient Voice & Patient-Focused Drug Development

SPEAKERS

Begonya Nafria
Coordinator, Share4Rare & Patient Engagement in Research Coordinator, Sant Joan de Déu Children's Hospital

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Danielle Halstrom
Head, R&D, GPS and Commercial Communications & Global Advocacy Corporate Affairs, Bristol Myers Squibb

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Kathleen A. Arntsen
President & CEO, Lupus and Allied Diseases Association, Inc.

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Oriana Sousa
SCOCHT survivor, Founder/Psychologist, Dealing with Cancer, Patient Advocate, Rare 2030, EUPATI Student

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Samit Hirawat M.D.
Chief Medical Officer, Global Drug Development, Bristol Myers Squibb

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Tamás Bereczky MA, PhD
Courses and Contents Coordinator, EUPATI

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July 16th 2020

Reshaping Healthcare: Thinking Differently after COVID

SPEAKERS

Eleanor M. Perfetto Edwards Ph.D., M.S.
Executive Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, National Health Council (NHC)

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Ester Banque
SVP & Head of Intercontinental Commercial, Bristol Myers Squibb

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Katie Rizvi
Co-Founder and Executive Director, Youth Cancer Europe

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KT Jones
Cancer Survivor & Patient Advocate

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Lily Cannon
Operations Manager, Thalassaemia International Federation (TIF)

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July 9th 2020

Preventive Care & COVID

SPEAKERS

Anita Wiseman
Campaigns and Partnerships, World Stroke Organization

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Jessica Valence
Colorectal Cancer Survivor, Patient Advocate, Director of Operations, GRYT Health

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Lisa Berry Edwards
Managing Director, External Affairs, Prevent Cancer Foundation

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Patrick E. McBride MD, MPH, FAHA, FACC, FNLA
Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health; Former Associate Dean of Faculty, and Associate Dean for Students; Former Director, UW Preventive Cardiology Program

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Richard Wender M.D.
Professor, Family and Community Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University

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Robert C. Block MD, MPH, FACP, FNLA,
Associate Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences and the Cardiology Division, Department of Medicine, University of Rochester

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July 2nd 2020

Practical Solutions for Patients during COVID

SPEAKERS

Anders Thelborg
General Manager, Bristol Myers Squibb Denmark

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Diane Gross
National Director of Advocacy and Programs, Lupus Research Alliance

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Gaetano Crupi
President and General Manager, Bristol Myers Squibb Brazil

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Kelly Brassil Ph.D., R.N.
Director of Medical Affairs, Pack Health

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Megan-Claire Chase
Cancer Survivor, Blogger & Patient Advocate

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Pat Masterson
Vice President, HUSCO International, MaskForce LLC

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June 25th 2020

Mental Health, Well-Being, and Psychosocial Support for Patients

SPEAKERS

Catherine Benedict Ph.D.
Psychologist, Stanford University School of Medicine

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Dominika Czarnota-Szałkowska
Secretary General, Polish Multiple Sclerosis Society, Executive Committee Member, European Multiple Sclerosis Platform

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Jasmin Watson-El
MS Patient Ambassador

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Kelly Davis
Director of Peer Advocacy, Supports, and Services, Mental Health America (MHA)

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Teri S. Brister Ph.D., LPC
National Director Research & Quality Assurance, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

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June 18th 2020

Telemedicine and Access to Care

SPEAKERS

Adriana Zupa-Fernandez
Global PBRG (People & Business Resource Group) Lead, Bristol Myers Squibb

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Leticia Ferri MD MSc MBA PhD,
Global Lead, OLA (Organization for Latino Achievement), Bristol Myers Squibb

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Matt Bouchonville MD
Associate Professor, Division of Endocrinology, Associate Director, ECHO Institute, University of New Mexico School of Medicine

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Dr. Morhaf Al Achkar
Lung Cancer survivor, Family Physician, UW Medicine

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Sandeep Pulim M.D.
Chief Medical Officer, Bluestream Health

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Sirisha Mohan M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor, Telemedicine Physician Lead, Interim Associate Program Director, Family Medicine Residency Program, Department of Family Medicine, Keck School of Medicine

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June 11th 2020

Safely Returning to Clinical Trials

SPEAKERS

Dr. Amy C. Moore
Director, Science & Research, GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer

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Catherine Owen
Senior Vice President, Major Markets, Bristol Myers Squibb

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Christopher D. Ferris MD, PhD, MPH
Gastroenterologist, Tryon Medical Partners

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Dave Craig
CEO and CoFounder, GRYT Health

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Kathleen Griffin
Executive Director, Partnerships and Digital Engagement, Syneos Health

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Upal Basu Roy PhD, MPH
Vice President of Research, LUNGevity Foundation

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June 4th 2020

Going Virtual: Best Practices for Advocacy Organizations

SPEAKERS

Crista Lopes
Professor, University of California, Irvine

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Dave Craig
CEO and CoFounder, GRYT Health

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Lorna Warwick
CEO, Lymphoma Coalition

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Nick Giallourakis
Co-Founder and President, Elephants and Tea

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Shwen Gwee
VP and Head of Global Digital Strategy, Bristol Myers Squibb

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May 28th 2020

Coalitions & Collaboration

SPEAKERS

Dr. Cary Adams
CEO, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)

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Pat Garcia-Gonzalez
CEO, The Max Foundation

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Trudie C A Lobban
MBE, Founder & Trustee, Arrhythmia Alliance, Founder & CEO, AF Association, Founder & CEO, STARS

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May 21st 2020

Welcome & Introduction

SPEAKERS

Andrea Vassalotti
Partnerships & Programmes Director, World Heart Federation

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Catherine Owen
Senior Vice President, Major Markets, Bristol Myers Squibb

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Cathy Trzaskawka
Executive Director & Head, Global Advocacy, Bristol Myers Squibb

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Dave Craig
CEO and CoFounder, GRYT Health

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Gary Nolan
Chief Executive Officer, Colab Health

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Seth D. Ginsberg
CO-Founder, Global Healthy Living Foundation (GHLF)

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Wayne Eskridge
CEO, Fatty Liver Foundation

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November 6th 2020

Insights From the Exchange

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