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TAMH Editor in Chief
Armin Brott is the proud father of three, a former U.S. Marine, a best-selling author, radio host, speaker, and one of the country’s leading experts on fatherhood. He writes frequently about fatherhood, families, and men's health. Read more
about Armin or visit his website, mrdad.com
. You can also connect via social media: Facebook.com/mrdad, @mrdad, pinterest.com/mrdad, linkedin.com/in/mrdad, plus.google.com/+mrdad.
TAMH Deputy Editor
Ana Fadich, MPH, CHES - Washington, D.C. - As Executive Vice President of Men's Health Network, acting in the capacity of chief operating officer, she oversees the execution of various programs and services related to outreach and health promotion, and the organization's various web platforms. She also supervises the organization’s international activities and relationships.
MHN is a national non-profit, educational health organization dedicated to improving the health and well being of men and their families, where they live, work, play and pray.
As a certified health educator (CHES), Ana develops targeted disease education materials & programs for men and their families on various health topics and leads discussions with participants at various community events in an effort to reduce health disparities that exist in underserved communities in the US.
TAMH Contributing Writers
Barb works with corporations, schools, senior centers, and community organizations to help people connect more
deeply to themselves, to each other, and to the opportunities in their lives. Her workshops are geared to help people find
strengths in their commonalities, sparking meaningful connections and kindling relationships. She's all about increasing happiness and profitability, and decreasing bullying and depression, helping friendships evolve, partnerships develop, and aha moments occur.
Connect with Barabara on twitter or read more from her at: www.barbaraabramson.com
John Lee has been a leader and author in men’s health issues for over a decade. Lee began his career as a professor at Austin Community College, the University of Alabama, and the University of Texas. He has written 18 self-help, psychology, recovery, creativity, or relationship non-fiction books that explore men’s health issues, like alcoholism and co-dependency. In addition to literature, Lee has advocated for the maintenance and improvement of men’s health in magazines, like Newsweek and on shows such as Oprah and 20/20. In 1986, Lee co-founded Primary, Emotional, Energy, Recovery (P.E.E.R.), a training program for counselors, social workers, and psychotherapists. Two years later, he founded and directed Austin’s Men’s Center, a counseling center that specializes in men’s issues. In the late 1980’s, he opened his own private practice in Austin, Texas specializing in men’s issues, relationships, adult children of alcoholics, and co-dependency. His latest two books, The Anger Solution and When the Buddha Met Bubba, are on sale now on Amazon.com. More information about John Lee can be found on his web site http://www.johnleebooks.com and on his daily blog at http://openingtheheartnow.blogspot.com.
Ramon holds a Masters in Public Health degree with an emphasis on health promotion and health education from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine and a BS in biological sciences and biomedical engineering from the University of California, Irvine. He is a member of the Men's Health Caucus of the American Public Health Association.
His background includes health promotion at the US DHHS in Washington, DC and Director of Programs for Men's Health Network.
Paul is an AASECT certified sexuality educator and a clinical medical assistant. He is president of the Erectile Dysfunction Foundation, and founder of FrankTalk.org, the largest online community for men’s sexual dysfunctions and maintains a private practice at theEDcoach.com. He works in New York City with Dr. Michael Werner (www.wernermd.com
) as a patient/sexuality educator. Paul is an instructor at the Institute for Sexuality Education and Enlightenment. He is an advocate for men’s reproductive health and has appeared on ABC News with Diane Sawyer, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, the BBC, and the New York Times. Paul is a member of the AUA, ISSM, AASECT, and SMSNA.
Dr. Samadi is a board-certified urologic oncologist trained in open and traditional and laparoscopic surgery and is an expert in robotic prostate surgery. He is chairman of urology, chief of robotic surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital and professor of urology at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. He is a medical correspondent for the Fox News Channel's Medical A-Team. Learn more at roboticoncology.com
. Visit Dr. Samadi's blog at SamadiMD.com
. Follow Dr. Samadi on Twitter
, and Facebook.
Dr. Selby is a family physician, clinical epidemiologist, and health services researcher, Dr. Selby has more than 35 years of experience in patient care, research, and administration. He is responsible for identifying strategic issues and opportunities for PCORI and implementing and administering programs authorized by the PCORI Board of Governors.
Dr. Selby joined PCORI from Kaiser Permanente, Northern California, where he was Director of the Division of Research for 13 years and oversaw a department of more than 50 investigators and 500 research staff members working on more than 250 ongoing studies. He was with Kaiser Permanente for 27 years. An accomplished researcher, Dr. Selby has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and continues to conduct research, primarily in the areas of diabetes outcomes and quality improvement. Dr. Selby was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine in 2009 and was a member of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality study section for Health Care Quality and Effectiveness from 1999 to 2003.
Dr. Paul Turek is an internationally known thought leader in men’s reproductive and sexual health care and research. A fellowship trained, board-certified physician by the American Board of Urology (ABU), he has received numerous honors and awards for his work and is an active member in professional associations worldwide. His recent lectures, publications and book titles can be found in his curriculum vitae.
TAMH Guest Contributors
George L. Askew, M.D., serves as the first chief medical officer for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In this role he provides expert advice and consultation to the assistant secretary for children and families on the development of plans, programs, policies, and initiatives that address the health needs and strengths of vulnerable children and families.
Ray Bullman is the Executive Director of the National Council on Patient Information and Education
(NCPIE)—a non-profit coalition of diverse member organizations working together to promote the smart and safe use of medicines through trusted communications. In concert with the FDA and the American Pharmacists Association, Ray oversaw the launch of Be MedWise
, a national, research-based campaign that works to educate consumers about the seriousness of over-the-counter (OTC) drug products.
In addition to his role at NCPIE, Ray was also a founding member of the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition
, a group of 10 leading consumer, patient, and healthcare provider organizations committed to the safe use of acetaminophen—a popular pain reliever and one of the most common drug ingredients in the U.S.
Chief, Public Liaison and Education Branch at the National Eye Institute, NIH
Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary. He is also Chair of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force.
Dr. Howard K. Koh serves as the 14th Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), after being nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2009. Dr. Koh oversees 12 core public health offices, including the Office of the Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, 10 Regional Health Offices across the nation, and 10 Presidential and Secretarial advisory committees. He also serves as senior public health advisor to the Secretary. The Office of Assistant Secretary for Health implements an array of interdisciplinary programs relating to disease prevention, health promotion, the reduction of health disparities, women’s and minority health, adolescent health, HIV/AIDS and chronic infectious diseases, vaccine programs, fitness, sports and nutrition, bioethics, population affairs, blood supply, research integrity and human research protections. As the Assistant Secretary for Health, Dr. Koh is dedicated to the mission of creating better public health systems for prevention and care so that all people can reach their highest attainable standard of health.
Nancy C. Lee, M.D., is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Women's Health and the Director of the Office on Women's Health (OWH) in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). At OWH, Dr. Lee oversees a staff of about 30 who work together to accomplish the OWH mission: provide leadership and coordination to improve the health of women and girls through policy, education, and model programs. Dr. Lee also chairs the Coordinating Committee on Women's Health (CCWH), which was formed in 1984 to advise the Assistant Secretary for Health on activities across HHS that safeguard and improve the physical and mental health of women and girls. The CCWH includes senior‐level representatives from each of the HHS agencies.
Measure Up/Pressure Down™ is a national high blood pressure campaign led by the American Medical Group Foundation. The campaign leverages the coordinated delivery systems of nearly 150 organized systems of care to achieve a goal of 80 percent of patients in control of their blood pressure by 2016.Concurrently, it taps the resources and reach of national partners (including Men’s Health Network) and sponsors to raise awareness of what high blood pressure is, the risks it poses, and what people can do to prevent and manage it.
Follow Measure Up/Pressure Down on Twitter: @MUPDcampaign
Like Measure Up/Pressure Down on Facebook: MeasureUpPressureDown
is a Berlin-based entrepreneur and writer, passionate about health and nutrition. He loves motivating people of all ages create a leaner, stronger body and mind
. You can connect with Patrick on Wingman Magazine.
Dr. Alfred O. Bonati revolutionized the field of spine surgery. He developed a new set of treatments based on his work with lasers, e.g., Holmium YAG, and received FDA approval for the use of that laser for the first time on the human spine as part of his patented procedures. The Bonati Spine Procedures are highly successful and reflect over 94% patient satisfaction. More than 45,000 successful procedures have been performed at The Bonati Spine Institute since 1981. Dr. Bonati continues to lead the way in the study of laser technologies to treat cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine problems. Outside of his professional duty to look after the well-being of his patients, Dr. Bonati seeks to better the lives of the members of his community through his commitment to charitable service.
Considered one of the key thought leaders in men’s health, Dr. Bonhomme, MD, MPH, is Founder of the National Black Men's Health Network and an expert on minority health, addictions, AIDS, and the effect that family relationships have on men and their health.
Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt is a board certified urologist and robotic microsurgeon. Dr.
Brahmbhatt completed his urology residency at the University of Tennessee Health
Science Center followed by a clinical fellowship in robotic microsurgery and male
infertility at the University of Florida. He is a former clinical assistant professor at the
University of Florida College of Medicine. Currently he is co-director of The PUR Clinic
(Personalized Urology & Robotics) at South Lake Hospital & Orlando Health.
Dr. Brahmbhatt has a special interest in men’s health and has published several research
articles on testicular pain and infertility. He is active member of several local and
national healthcare organizations. He is passionate about using science and technology
to inspire our future leaders and has organized several robotics based internships for
high school students. Dr. Brahmbhatt is co-founder of the national men’s health
campaign, Drive 4 Men’s Health. Dr. Brahmbhatt has discussed a wide variety of health
topics in the media, including Fox News, CBS Radio, & Yahoo Health, Men’s Fitness
Dr. Matthew B. Candelaria (PhD, U of Kansas 2006)
is a freelance writer who works in a variety of science- and law-related fields, with special emphasis on medical and environmental topics. He is also an award-winning science fiction author and critic. He can be reached for hire or for comment at www.writermc.com
Anton Capaldi has a passion for advocacy and writing and attends Oakland University in Rochester Hills Michigan where he is majoring in Women and Gender Studies. He enjoys writing about the important topics that affect so many people in this country and the world we live in.
Mariya Cherk is a Communication Associate at Men’s Health Network (MHN), a Washington, D.C. based national non-profit whose mission is to reach men, boys and their families where they live, work, play and pray. Prior to working at MHN, Mariya worked at a private New York City fitness club, where she leaned tips and tricks to stay healthy on a budget. She is excited to share the secrets of the New York City’s top healthy living gurus with the TAMH readers.
Mariya is in progress of receiving her master’s degree in strategic public relations from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. She enjoys cooking, politics, thrift stores, hiking, kayaking and whitewater rafting.
Follow Mariya on Twitter : @MariyaCherk
Connect with Mariya on LinkedIn: mariyacherk
Visit website: www.menshealthnetwork.org
Dr. Eigner was born and raised in Dover, Ohio. He attended Stanford University where he graduated “with distinction” and received a degree in human biology. He attended Case Western Reserve University Medical School in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was elected vice president of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Dr. Eigner spent his internship and a second year of general surgery training at Stanford University Medical Center, and then completed a four-year urology residency. He served as the Gallo Research Fellow in prostate cancer and ultrasonography in 1989 through 1990. He served a chief resident at Stanford in 1991 and 1992. After residency training, Dr. Eigner moved to Denver where he joined Urology Associates in 1992. His practice interests and expertise include the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer, using da Vinci robotic surgery and open surgery when required. He treats all stages of disease. Other interests are incontinence, enlargement of the prostate (BPH) and stone disease. Dr. Eigner served as chairman of The Department of Surgery at Porter Hospital and Chairman of Credentials at Sky Ridge Medical Center. He is presently the Chief of Robotic Surgery at Sky Ridge Medical Center. He is board certified in urology and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. In his spare time, Dr. Eigner enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf or skiing. He also takes a special interest in history.
Gary Fitzgerald is managing editor with Allergy & Asthma Network, a nonprofit patient education and advocacy organization dedicated to ending the needless death and suffering due to asthma, allergies and related conditions. Visit www.aanma.org
Amy is an Acupuncture Physician in the state of Florida where she works in an integrative medicine practice. She has studied abroad in Yunnan China under some of the nations top doctors. In addition she has extensive training in Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture, Reiki, personal training and as a labor and delivery doula. Her experience as a NCAA Champion in field hockey influences how she approaches her personal and professional life- Go big or go home!
Rupal Christine Gupta, MD, FAAP, is a pediatrician and a medical editor with KidsHealth.org. Follow KidsHealth on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. When she is not at her desk or with patients, she enjoys the rollicking adventure of early parenthood with her husband and two young children and tweets personally from @Doc2Mom.
is a freelance writer and expert in health, fitness, beauty and fashion. When she isn’t writing she can usually be found reading a good book or hitting the gym.
, MS, PhD, is Director, Addressing Disparities Program, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
John Hayes is a blogger and entrepreneur who helped launched MyTennisLessons.com in Austin TX. His mission is to help people stay active by making tennis a more accessible and affordable option for beginners and enthusiasts alike.
Zak Hines is a rising senior at Boston College. He has spent the last 10 years working and volunteering as a counselor, mentor, and advocate for Families of Autistic Children in Tidewater (FACT), a local Virginia Beach non-profit that assists children with autism in their families through community outreach and fundraising. In his spare time, Zak plays for the club baseball team at Boston College and volunteers as an assistant coach with his youngest brother Jonny’s AAU baseball team.
Jenn, aka the Nutrition Nerd, graduated with her Master of Public Health degree in Preventive Nutrition from USC in 2008 and will be a Registered Dietitian candidate in 2012. She currently works full-time in increasing access to health care and preventive services for children with special health care needs. Jenn’s true passion lies in spreading nutrition knowledge while learning on a personal level through self-improvement and learning directly from her Nutrition Nerds! Her goals include working hand-in-hand with individuals to increase their quality of life through a unique combination of outdoor recreation and nutrition lessons as a “Certified Personal Dietitian.” For more information, go to: http://nutritionnerdalerts.blogspot.com
Follow on Twitter: http://twitter.com/NutriNerd
Dr. Perry Karfunkel is a physician in the Department of General Internal Medicine at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts, and the vast majority of his patients are men. He is a general Internist and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He is a past President of the Massachusetts Society of Internal Medicine. He is a member of the Men’s Health Committee of the Massachusetts Medical Society and was Vice-Chair of that committee in recent years. He holds an MD from Harvard and a Ph.D. from Yale. He is also particularly interested in the issue of barriers to men taking care of themselves in ways they themselves know they should.
California Vasectomy and Reversal Center Mountain View, CA
Medical director of the Men’s Health Program at El Camino Hospital, Los Gatos, CA.
Julie Katz is the content marketing manager for AgeFocus
, a Long Island Medical Spa that offers “Age Management” solutions such as low testosterone treatment, hair loss treatment, bone density and neurocognitive exams. She loves to write blogs about how people can live a longer and happier life.
Dr. Richard Levin is a Urologist with training in: Oncology (NIH/NCI Fellowship trained), Robotic Surgery, Laparoscopic & Endourology, Microsurgery & Infertility, Female Urology, Incontinence, Trauma, Perineal Surgery, Impotence, Urologic Stone Disease (Treatment and prevention) , Infertility, and the use of new technologies (Robotics, Laparoscopy, Cryosurgery, TUMT, Green Light PVP, Contingen, Brachytherapy and ESWL).
He grew up on Long Island, New York, where his family still live. He attended college at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts where he obtained a BA and studied Biology and Computer Science. He attended medical school at the George Washington University, in Washington, D.C. After completing his second year of surgery, at the Washington Hospital Center, he was an NIH/NCI Fellow in Immunotherapy/Surgical Oncology, with Dr. Steven Rosenberg, at the National Cancer Institute. He then returned to complete his residency in Urology at the Washington Hospital Center, including special training with a Female Urology Externship at the Columbia Hospital for Women.
Since then he has had a private practice
in South Florida, and is very busy both surgically and in consultation.
Dr Levin has been a frequent contributor to many cancer conferences and has even been recently published as developing a novel laparoscopic bladder stone procedure.
Men's Health has been a passion of Dr. Levin's, and he has been an advocate of early diagnosis and treatment of cancer and of quality of life concerns, such as impotence and low testosterone and male fertility.
He believe patients deserve the best, most modern, technologically advanced and compassionate care, with the least risks.
Dr. Bryan R. Luce is Chief Science Officer at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). He is responsible for leading the development and implementation of PCORI’s patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) agenda.
Luce previously founded the outcomes research firm MEDTAP® International, serving as its chairman, president, and chief executive officer, and was the senior vice president for science policy at the United BioSource Corporation. Earlier, Luce was director of Battelle’s Centers for Public Health Research and Evaluation; director of the Office of Research and Demonstrations, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; and a senior analyst at Office of Technology Assessment of the United States Congress. Luce’s research has focused on improving methods and related policies for more efficient healthcare decision making. He has authored more than 100 scientific publications, including three textbooks on health technology assessment, health policy, and health economics.
In 2008, Luce founded the Pragmatic Approaches to Comparative Effectiveness (PACE) Initiative, which studies novel methods to conduct analytical efficiency comparative effectiveness trials. Previously, he founded the Bayesian Initiative in Health Economics and Outcomes Research. He has been an advisor to numerous government and nonprofit agencies, as well as pharmaceutical and device firms worldwide; a member or chair of socioeconomic and public health policy advisory boards for leading biopharmaceutical companies; and a member of the Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee (MedCAC). Luce is also a past president of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) and in 2008 received the Society’s Avedis Donabedian Outcomes Research Lifetime Achievement Award. He has held adjunct faculty positions in the Department of Health Policy at Jefferson Medical College, the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at the University of Southern California, and the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Washington.
A former Special Forces Officer, Luce is a Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), US Army Reserves. He holds MS (public health) and MBA degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a PhD in health services research from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Dr. Luks is the Chief of Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy at New York Medical College and University Orthopedics, PC
He maintains a strong presence in social media via his blog
account, with the ultimate goal of being able to educate a global audience in pursuit of education about their Orthopedic Conditions.
He maintains an office in both Hawthorne, NY and Fishkill, NY and specializes in the management of injuries of the knee and shoulder in weekend warriors, organized athletes and Ironmen alike.
Luke grew up in and around Boston, Massachusetts before moving north to attend the University of Maine at Orono for his undergraduate degree. After living briefly in Portland, Oregon he is now working as a Research Phlebotomist and Grants Manager for the Psychiatry Department at the University of Southern California. His passion lies in travel and working internationally, especially in the Middle-East. He has spent time in Turkey, researching the Turkish Healthcare system and recently returned from Syria, Palestine, and Tunisia, assisting with the MedCHAMPS project, which is studying cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. In the Fall he will be moving to Washington, D.C. to pursue a PhD and begin his career in International Relations.
Pamela Miller works as a content manager for Saint John's Health Center. She contributes health and wellness articles and participates in Cancer Awareness Campaigns in California.
Dr. Misialek currently serves as associate chair of pathology at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Newton, MA. Holding an academic appointment at Tufts University School of Medicine as a clinical assistant professor of pathology, Dr. Misialek regularly instructs medical students and pathology residents. He is a strong advocate for pathology and is an active member of the College of American Pathologists.
Dr. Ronald A. Primas is a board-certified and a doubly re-certified internist, a preventive medicine specialist, and is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians and the American College of Preventive Medicine. He is also board certified by The American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. Blending the best of Western & Eastern medical concepts, Dr. Primas utilizes both modalities in preventing and treating illness. He emphasizes promoting health, preventing illness and raises awareness of dis-ease rather than merely managing symptoms. Dr. Primas is the recipient of the prestigious American Academy of Home Care Physicians House Call Doctor of the Year Award, a recipient of the AMA Physician Recognition Award, a Castle Connolly and US News and World Report Regional Top Doctor in Internal Medicine annually. He is also listed in the Guide to America’s Top Physicians and is a New York Super Doctor in internal medicine and has been chosen annually as one of the Top Docs in Concierge Medicine.
Sophia is a rising senior at Ursinus College outside of Philadelphia. She is pursuing a B.A. in Peace and Social Justice with a focus in public policy, a combination of politics, sociology, and environmental studies courses. She will also graduate with minors in Spanish and Politics. As a participant in the Bonner Leader Program, a national leadership and social justice organization, she has directed an after-school tutoring program for at-risk youth. Through her studies and professional life, Sophia has experience in a variety of policy research, such as the Affordable Care Act, the Common Core State Standards, and the science and politics of GMO’s. She deeply values interdisciplinary approaches to addressing any type of social issue, as each issue effects and is effected by the larger community.
Michael J. Rovito, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Public Health at Temple University. His work specializes in health behavior change, men's health, and audience segmentation. His most recent research developed the "Control Identity" Personality Typology that aims to assist health education and intervention efforts for tailoring messaging strategies. Dr. Rovito is a Fellow of the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making, the Albert Schweitzer Foundation, and the Information Technology in Society Research Group. He is also a co-faculty advisor for the Public Health Graduate Student Council and Director of the Temple University Men's Health Information and Research Collaborative.
Steve has been a fitness coach and business owner for 17 years and runs SingleDadFitDad.com
, which is a site dedicated to helping dad’s get and stay fit. You can download his free book, The Fat Dad Solution
, and start getting into the best shape of your life beginning today
Naveed Saleh, MD, MS, is a full-time medical writer and editor who has written for a variety of national publications and content-marketing teams. He’s also an expert blogger with Psychology Today and the “Medical Treatments” expert at About.com. Naveed is also the author of The Complete Guide to Article Writing: How to Write Successful Articles for Online and Print Markets
(F+W Media/Writer’s Digest Books).
Naveed attained a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, a medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine, and a master’s degree in science and technology journalism (STJR) from Texas A&M University in College Station. In his spare time, Naveed likes to collect animation art, collect pens, play golf, garden, walk along the beach, watch movies, listen to music, and love his beautiful wife and 4 little boys.
Visit him at http://www.naveedsaleh.com
Department of Urology
USC School of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA
Dr. Ron Scheib MD, FACC, is the Medical Director at Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa
, and has had a vast and varied career in cardiology that spans four decades. While in private practice in Florida from 1968 to 2006, he held multiple hospital positions at the Miami Heart Institute. They included Chief of the Section of Cardiovascular Medicine, President of the Medical Staff, chairman and member of multiple committees involved in creating protocols and standards of care, and ultimately, chairman of the hospital’s Board of Trust.
Brad is a freelance health writer who loves learning more about fitness and putting his theories to the test. When not exercising he can be found drumming, reading or perusing the local farmers market.
David Stanley, B.S., M.A., is a writer and voice-over actor. His book, Melanoma; It Started with a Freckle is due out in spring 2016 via McGann Publishing. Follow @MelanomaBook for updates. Stanley writes regularly for Dads Roundtable. His freelance work has appeared in Velo, Peloton, ROAD, and Bridge.com magazines. His VO work can be heard at Myvoiceovermasters.com. Follow him on Twitter @dstan58. He tweets early and often.
Kai Stinchcombe is co-founder and CEO of True Link Financial (https://www.truelinkcard.com/
), which offers a financial protection service to help seniors live happily and independently longer. With fraud, financial entrapment, and predatory marketing to seniors on the rise, True Link enables older adults to spend their money safely, using a caregiver-managed debit card with on and off switches to block unwanted charges. Before True Link, Kai was the co-founder and CTO of Aktana, a sales management software company, and then the head of analytics at LendUp, a socially responsible small-dollar lender.
Jerome Tokars MD, MPH, is currently the Associate Director for Science in the Influenza Division, CDC. Dr. Tokars has worked at CDC for over 20 years in the areas of healthcare-associated infections, informatics, immunization safety, and influenza. He trained in Internal Medicine and was in private practice for 9 years. Dr. Tokars has degrees from the University of Michigan Medical School and Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.
Dr. James Underberg, M.D., is a clinical assistant professor of medicine and clinical lipidologist at New York University Medical School and the NYU Center for Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease. He is also a member of the board of directors of the National Lipid Association.
Melanie Valenzuela has been writing about business topics for several years and currently writes on behalf of EHR software specialists
at Omni MD. When not writing, she can be found working on her world perspective through travel; or challenging her heart rate through tennis, running or attending a Kansas City Royals baseball game. You can find her at www.linkedin.com/in/melanieval.
For more than two decades, Carlos has been working to improve public health, by designing and implementing successful national and local prevention programs in the United States and abroad. He managed the nation’s largest capacity-building program on HIV prevention for Latinos. He developed a national HIV social marketing campaign in Australia and produced a documentary that chronicled the impact of HIV/AIDS in the Latino community in the United States. Through a recent partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Walgreens, he implemented a $10 million vaccine voucher initiative, which also involved several Latin American consulates in the United States. Carlos was instrumental in helping to develop the first Cultural Risk Communications Model for the CDC. He is the President of HMA Associates
, a marketing and communications firm in Washington DC that specializes in multicultural communication interventions aimed at reducing health disparities and achieving health equity. He serves on the Arlington County Human Rights Commission, the Arlington County Commission for the Arts and is an active member of Toastmasters International. You can also follow Carlos on twitter @jclatino.
James is an avid designer and coder since he was 12, James has normally written on web development and advanced languages with a particular focus on mobile. However after enough years stuck behind a screen and keyboard James became trapped behind self-esteem issues, weight issues, and some medical addition. It took over a year with help from friends and family for James to finally accept help and receive treatment. Since James became enthralled in fitness and exercise to improve his health. He has become a half marathon runner and crossfit member, 2 things that seriously changed his health for the long term.
Kara Odom Walker, MD, MPH, MSHS, is the Deputy Chief Science Officer in the Office of the Chief Science Officer at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).
Before PCORI, Walker was assistant clinical professor in Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where she saw patients in a primary care setting, taught medical students and residents, and pursued health services research. Her research centered on improving healthcare delivery through integrated care, with a special interest in vulnerable populations. In particular, she developed new survey measures to assess the patient experience of integrated care while on faculty at UCSF. During her fellowship with the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at University of California, Los Angeles, she designed and conducted a survey of South Los Angeles older residents to understand the effect of closure of a large safety net hospital, and worked with community partners to provide policy recommendations to reopen the hospital. During that time, she was trained in community-based participatory research methods and obtained a MS in health services.
Dr. Chaing is the Associate Program Director of the Clinical Effectiveness Research Program at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). His primary responsibilities are to assist the program director in the implementation of strategic objectives and direction, contribute to the program’s portfolio development, and identify and build new partnerships in facilitating the execution of all scientific program activities.
Before joining PCORI, Chiang was acting director of Center for Outcomes and Evidence at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). In that capacity, he assumed the center’s strategy planning, scientific development, budgeting, and staff mentoring responsibilities, and oversaw the Center’s daily research program operations and management. Prior to joining AHRQ, Chiang held a number of positions at the Institute of Medicine (IOM), Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), and the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA). Among his primary responsibilities and research projects were Medicare risk adjustment studies, Medicare HMO evaluations, Medicare Choices demonstration, and two Congressional studies assessing the effects of health care reform.