Katherine Egan Bennett is the Director of Communications for the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). Radiation oncologists, radiation oncology nurses, medical physicists, radiation therapists, dosimetrists and biologists comprise ASTRO's more than 10,000 members, making it the largest radiation oncology organization of its kind. These medical professionals, found at hospitals and cancer treatment centers around the globe, make up the radiation therapy treatment teams that are critical in the fight against cancer. These teams treat more than 1 million cancer patients each year. At ASTRO, Katherine is in charge of public relations, publications, the medical journals "International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics" and "Practical Radiation Oncology," Web content, public awareness and patient education, particularly the patient Web site www.rtanswers.org.
Habib Benzian is Founding Director of The Health Bureau Ltd, a UK-based consultant firm in international health. Previously he was heading the Public Health and Development Department at the headquarters of the FDI World Dental Federation in Geneva and has extensive experience in all aspects of health communication and health policy development in diverse country settings around the world.
Nicola Bridges, SVP Content & Programming, Health Guru Media — Before joining Health Guru Media, Nicola was Associate VP & Editorial Director of Prevention Interactive/Rodale Inc., where she was responsible for the strategic development and growth of www.prevention.com. Nicola led a full re-launch of the site and implementation of new platforms resulting in a doubling of traffic and several awards. Previous to Rodale, Nicola was VP of Editorial Programming at iVillage.com/NBCU, where she managed the Health & Wellbeing, Diet & Fitness, and Pregnancy & Parenting channels. She joined iVillage after returning from her native UK, where she developed and produced award-winning business programming for the BBC. Previously in New York, Nicola co-founded Club Mom, Inc. and has also served as Editor-in-Chief of Working Mother and Managing Editor of Working Woman magazines. Nicola holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, summa cum laude, from San Francisco State University. She supports Autism Speaks in the pursuit of research, treatments, prevention and a cure for autism, which affects 1 in 110 children and 1 in 70 boys, including her youngest of two sons. Nicola lives by the beach on City Island outside Manhattan with her husband and family where she swims, sails and practices yoga.
Stephanie Cannon has more than 15 years of health care marketing experience and now serves as the Director of Web Communication & eBusiness at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. In her role, she is in charge of planning, directing, and maintaining the overall strategy, branding and goals for the Internet, as well as working to implement a social media strategy and interactive marketing plan for Nationwide Children's. With her leadership Nationwide Children's has launched a wide variety of web and interactive media endeavor.
Christopher Chang, MD is at Fauquier ENT Consultants, PLC, a private practice otolaryngology-head & neck surgery office located in Northern Virginia (Warrenton, VA). Along with being busy with clinical practice, he is an active blogger, tweeter, video producer on YouTube, patent-holder, author of journal articles and book chapters, as well as frequent speaker at conferences. He has also co-founded a bioinformatics company while at Duke University Medical Center and is a current webmaster of several websites.
Griselda Chapa is an epidemiologist with 30 years of health care experience. Currently, she is Director of Research and Analytics for WellPoint's division of Integrated Health Strategies and Evaluation. WellPoint is the nation's largest Insurer. One of every nine Americans is a member of a WellPoint affiliated health plan. Previous to working at WellPoint, Griselda has worked in a variety of health care settings including Ranging from Taft Hartley Funds to correctional health systems. Additionally, she has worked as a college professor for 20 years. In 2009, she was invited to review grants for the CDC and in graduate school she was an NIH fellow.
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Russell A. Faust, PhD, MD, FAAP, is Chief of Pediatric Otolaryngology at St. John Hospital, Ascension Health Michigan, and the Craniofacial Institute, Providence Park Hospital, Novi, MI, where he has an integrative holistic practice as a pediatric boogor doctor. He is also founder of the medical-education blog, boogordoctor.com, and is co-founder of the branding agency, Zero Degrees Media, Boston MA, that helps medical practices and hospitals ìgo digitalî (helping achieve zero degrees of separation between your practice and your community). He is an author of over 40 papers in scientific and medical journals, is editor of the first text on Robotic Surgery, and is associate editor for multiple medical journals. He holds faculty appointments as several universities. Finally, Dr. Faust is a sought-after speaker on topics of technology in medicine, implementation of EMR/EHRís, and the interface of medicine and social networks.
Benjamin P. Geisler, MD, MPH is a decision-analytic modeler with experience in cardiovascular and oncologic modeling. He is a graduate of CharitÈ Medical School in Berlin and Harvard Unversity. Ben currently serves a co-editor of "Value in Health", the official journal of the International Society For Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research. The focus of his current research includes probabilistic Markov modeling, cost-effectiveness and value of information analysis.
Heather Guidone is a widely recognized women's health professional with a dedicated interest in female reproductive disorders; specifically endometriosis and related gynepathologies. She is the Surgical Program Director of the internationally acclaimed Center for Endometriosis Care and has served as a Consultant to the clinical and consumer health industries for nearly two decades. She also holds a voting seat on the Executive Board of Directors of the Endometriosis Research Center and is a Development Advisor to the Endometriosis Foundation of America. Recently, Ms. Guidone was also elected to the Executive Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine's Women's Council, and will serve the Society through 2012. This year marks her tenth service as a Judge with the prestigious Web Health Awards.
Jill Harvill is Occupational Health Services Team Lead at AdvanceMed Hanford in Richland, WA. AdvanceMed Hanford provides occupational health care for over 16,000 employees at the Department of Energy's Hanford Site. These workers are spread out over a 500 square mile site, requiring innovative strategies to promote worksite health and wellness programs. As the team lead, she has coordinated the development of web-based programs and services that allow even remote workers access to preventive health education tools. Spending the first 10 years of her health care career in athletic training, she has expanded her experience to include both clinical and worksite rehabilitation and wellness services.
Mike Hensgen is Vice President Marketing, for Blausen Medical Communications headquartered in Houston, Texas. Blausen is the developer and owner of the world's largest library of 3D medical and scientific animations, which are licensed and distributed via web, smartphone and mobile device platforms. His extensive branded marketing experience includes work with numerous healthcare organizations and medical device makers, as well as development and promotion of Blausen mobile apps for Apple, RIM Blackberry and soon-to-be Android devices.
Diana Keough is Co-founder, Editor-In-Chief of ShareWIK.com, an always smart, sometimes sassy social networking site where you can find health and wellness information that allows you to share your story and learn from the experience of others. Keough is a Pulitzer-prize nominated medical journalist with over 18 years of experience, working for The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, National Public Radio and the Emmy-nominated PBS NewsNight Akron. Diana's work also appeared regularly in The Christian Science Monitor, Reader's Digest, Beliefnet.com and Living Without, a national healthcare publication, as well as The Book Reporter and faithfulreader.com. Diana is also an instructor of journalism at Emory University and a popular speaker at women's conferences. She holds the rare honor of being one of the few journalists to have won national awards for her work in print and radio.
Julius Licata is the Director of TeenCentral.Net and ParentCentral.Net for KidsPeace. He has been working with children for over 30 years. Before taking over TeenCentral.Net, he worked as a Mental Health Professional for KidsPeace. Julius earned his BA in Philosophy from Immaculate Conception Seminary in Troy, New York and his Master of Divinity from Immaculate Conception Seminary in Mahway, NJ. He recently received his Ph.D. in Psychology. Besides his position at KidsPeace, Julius is Archbishop of the Old Catholic Apostolic Church of the Americas, located in Bethlehem, PA and Pastor of the Cathedral Parish of St. Jude, also in Bethlehem.
John McMullen is the Online Products Manager/Consumer Health Writer for The WorkCare Group, Inc, in Charlottesville, VA. The WorkCare Group provides comprehensive worksite health promotion and health and productivity management and consulting services, as well as a wide range of award-winning health promotion products. Besides creating and contributing to several such products during his years at The WorkCare Group, John has also provided creative, editorial, and technical support and advice to both new and nationally-recognized companies and organizations.
Dr. Bertalan Mesko is the managing director and co-founder of Webicina.com, the first medical social media guidance service for patients and medical professionals. He speaks at prestigious conferences; covers online international events and is a consultant for pharma and medical companies. Healthspottr.com included him in the Future Health Top 100 list. He is the author of the award-winning medical blog, Scienceroll.com and the educator of the Medicine and Web 2.0 university credit course which is the first of its kind worldwide. He was mentioned in Nature Medicine, the New York Times, British Medical Journal and Wired Science, among others.
Alan Meyer is an independent computer consultant with more than 30 years experience developing information systems, largely for medical and medical library institutions at the National Institutes of Health. His experience lies in the analysis, design, and programming of systems using relational databases, XML, MARC, and other data repositories for information management and retrieval.
Debra Staecker Mollohan, CMPE is President of Marketed Care, LLC, a Lenexa, KS-based agency she founded in 2003 and referred to as "The Marketing Department When You Need One". She has over 15 years of healthcare marketing, communications, management and strategic planning expertise. Debra's practical hands-on experience garnered from corporate and non-profit marketing positions she held, provides each client with in-depth and focused marketing strategies. Health care entities of all types and sizes have benefited from her expertise including, practice management companies, healthcare IT, assisted living and Alzheimer's communities, hospice and home health agencies, hospitals, physical therapy/rehabilitation services, associations and individual physician specialty groups.
Stefanie Peischl is Associate Director of Product Strategy at Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in Emeryvile, CA, a biopharmaceutical company committed to improving the lives of people with cancer. Before joining Onyx, Ms. Peischl spent 15 years working at healthcare communications agencies as a team leader in product strategy and lifecycle management. She is a marketing and communications professional with extensive experience in utilizing both online and offline channels across all healthcare sectors.
Derek Rudnak is the owner of RUDNAK communications in Los Angeles, which specializes in content creation/optimization and inbound marketing strategy for hospitals and healthcare and medical companies. For more information, please visit www.rudnakcommunications.com.
Betsy Sheppard, Owner and President, B. Sheppard Consulting — Gilbert & Sheppard Group, LLC was founded in 1999 as B. Sheppard Consulting, Inc. by Betsy Sheppard, a respected veteran in the marketing and advertising industry and graduate of Georgia Southern University. Currently Betsy Sheppard is the Chairman of the Board for the Atlanta 50+ Housing Council and serves on the Atlanta HBAís Green Building Council's Board of Directors. Betsy has recently joined the Board of Trustees of the Thanks Mom and Dad Fund which was founded by the Atlanta Regional Commission in 2001. She works on numerous initiatives associated with the local and national Housing Industry as well as marketing and branding for Senior Housing.
Hilary Weber is the Principal and Founder of Opportu, a social media and digital marketing consultancy focused on helping health care organizations and other complex, highly regulated industries attain their goals, surmount challenges and stay competitive, synthesizing the best marketing programs of today with strategically selected technologies, opportunities and models of tomorrow. Formerly, as Kaiser Permanente's Director of Internet Marketing Services, she directed web/digital marketing and promotional strategy, with particular emphasis on search marketing, email and emerging e-marketing technologies such as social media (e.g. Kaiser Permanente's first external blog, kp.org/farmersmarketrecipes). She is one of the 12 original founding members of the Blog Council (now known as the Social Media Business Council), a member of the trustee network for the Marketing Science Institute, and a member of the Advisory Board for iMedia. She has presented at national conferences such as iMedia Brand Summit, BlogWorld, BlogWell, DMA Strategic Summit, DMA Email Evolution, The Conference Board, Search Engine Strategies and Marketing Sherpa.
Nedra Kline Weinreich is the president and founder of Weinreich Communications, a social marketing consultancy with an emphasis on social media and entertainment education. Since 1995, Weinreich Communications has made a difference on a broad range of health and social issues for clients including Federal, state and local government agencies, as well as domestic and international nonprofit organizations. Ms. Weinreich is the author of the widely used book "Hands-On Social Marketing: A Step-by-Step Guide to Designing Change for Good" and publishes the Spare Change blog. Ms. Weinreich teaches a graduate-level course on social marketing at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Public Health, and she is the founder of the Social Marketing University training series.
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