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The American Medical Student Association (AMSA), founded in 1950 and based in Washington, D.C., is the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the United States. AMSA is a student-governed, national organization.
The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice.
The STEM Education Coalition’s mission is to raise awareness amongst policymakers at every level about the critical role that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education plays in enabling the U.S. to remain the economic and technological leader of the global marketplace of the 21st century. The Coalition believes that our nation must improve the way our students learn STEM and that the business, education, and STEM communities must work together to achieve this goal.
The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of and voice for principals and other school leaders across the United States. NASSP seeks to transform education through school leadership, recognizing that the fulfillment of each student’s potential relies on great leaders in every school committed to the success of each student. Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Student Council.
CONGRESS OF FUTURE MEDICAL LEADERS
VIRTUAL | JUNE 23-25, 2022
List of Confirmed Speakers
(NOTE: Subject to last-minute changes due to speaker conflicts)
Deborah Bedor, Ph.D.
CEO, College Admission Central
As one of the nation’s top admissions experts, Dr. Bedor has advised Top Tier, Ivy League, and celebrity pre-college students for 27 years. Each one of her students becomes a stand-out candidate for admissions.
Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Ph.D.
TIME Magazine’s 100 Most influential People, 2007
L’Oréal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science, 2008
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 2009
Elizabeth Blackburn, Ph.D., won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2009 for discovering the molecular nature of telomeres, the ends of chromosomes that serve as protective caps essential for preserving genetic information, and for co-discovering telomerase, an enzyme that maintains telomere ends.
Mario Capecchi, Ph.D.
Science Director, National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists
Winner, 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Mario Capecchi, Ph.D., a biophysicist, is the Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He is best known for his groundbreaking work in gene targeting in mouse embryo-derived stem cells.
Executive Director at Black Girls Smile Inc.
2017, 30 under 30 Nonprofit Leaders, Young Nonprofit Professional Network
Lauren Carson is the Founder of Black Girls Smile, Inc., an organization dedicated to encouraging positive mental health education, support, and resources geared toward young African American women.
Multi-Organ Transplant Patient
In 2006, Jean Crawford underwent a multi-organ transplantation surgery and has since been living with six transplanted organs. Since this life-changing surgery, she has become an Ambassador for the United Network for Organ Sharing, as well as for her own state’s procurement agency Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates.
Panagis Galiatsatos, M.D., M.H.S.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Galiatsatos is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of critically ill patients suffering from lung disease. He is a strong advocate for health equity, publishing more than 30 research papers on the subject.
Justin Griffin, M.D.
Shoulder Surgeon, Cartilage Restoration, Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Surgeon
Offering both surgical and nonsurgical treatments for the shoulder, elbow and knee, Dr. Griffin’s practice utilizes a combination of approaches designed for each patient with an emphasis on restorative procedures such as transplants and joint preserving techniques that are alternatives to conventional shoulder, knee and elbow replacements for active patients.
Final Year Medical School Student and Congress Alumnus
Lewis is a Final Year medical student in the UK, with aspirations of becoming a hepatopancreaticobiliary (HPB) and transplant surgeon. Alongside his medical degree Lewis has research interests in pancreatic cancer and other pancreatic diseases, presenting work nationally and internationally, and publishing in surgical journals.
Nicole Hall, R.N.
Maternal Mortality Survivor
Nicole is a registered nurse, experienced working in pediatric ICU. Following her experience during the birth of her second son, she has been fervently committed to educating women on their pregnancy and delivery.
Jaime Hope, M.D.
Emergency Medicine Physician, Beaumont Hospital
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
In the Emergency Department of one of the nation’s busiest Level 1 trauma tertiary care centers, Dr. Hope., often sees patients on the worst days of their lives. Always passionate about preventive medicine, she inspires others to improve their habits and avoid needing to come to the emergency department.
Gary Kaplan, D.O.
Founder, Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine
Chronic Pain and Illness Specialist
A pioneer and leader in integrative medicine, Dr. Kaplan is often regarded as the “physician of last resort.” He successfully treats patients from around the world who have run out of options and second opinions.
Virginia Man-Yee Lee, Ph.D.
Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, 2020
The Times ‘Science Power List’, 2020
Virginia Man-Yee Lee, Ph.D. was awarded the 2020 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for her research on Alzheimer’s disease.Dr. Lee’s research focuses on disease proteins that form pathological inclusions in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, and related neurodegenerative disorders of aging.
Founder, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars
Steven Loflin is the founder and CEO of NSCS. He is accredited for recognition and elevation of high achieving students by providing career connections, leadership, and service opportunities.
Stephen Ray Mitchell, M.D., M.B.A.
Dean Emeritus for Medical Education at Georgetown University
Dr. Mitchell served, for 20-years, as the dean of one of America’s most prestigious medical schools: Georgetown University. Dr. Mitchell is certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and is a specialist in Rheumatology.
FORTUNE’s Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Business
Black Health Magazine’s 25 Most Influential African Americans in Healthcare
Glamour Magazine’s Everyday Icon
Wall Street Journal’s 50 Women to Watch
2020 TIME Top Young Innovator
2019 Forbes 30 Under 30
2018 EPA Presidential Award
2017 Discovery 3M Young Scientist Challenge Winner
Gitanjali was named the first-ever TIME Kid of the Year in 2020. She invented a mobile device to test for lead levels in drinking water. She has a great ability to apply scientific ideas to resolve real-world problems.
Gary Richter, D.V.M.
Owner and Medical Director, Holistic Veterinary Care
Voted America’s Favorite Veterinarian
Dr. Richter’s focus has been to provide holistic therapies to pets and counseling the pet owner. He was voted American’s favorite veterinarian and one of PetPlan’s top ten veterinarians.
Anthony Romeo, M.D.
Chicago Orthopaedic Specialist
A national and international leader in shoulder, elbow, and sports medicine conditions, Dr. Romeo gets patients back to sport, work, and play quickly. As a surgeon and researcher, he works at the intersection of science and sports to restore function using minimally invasive, cutting-edge techniques.
2020 Graduate, Bucknell University
In 2019, Rebecca founded ReBokeh, a medical technology startup working to develop assistive technologies for people with low vision. Rebecca earned her Master’s degree and is now an Abell Fellow at the Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design.
Michael Sasevich, M.D.
Chairman Cardiothoracic Surgery at Doctors Medical Center, Modesto, CA
Dr. Sasevich is a board-certified heart surgeon who specializes in heart surgery, heart transplants, and artificial hearts.
Noah St. John
Noah St. John is known worldwide as “The Father of AFFORMATIONS®” and “The Mental Health Coach to The Stars.” Working with Hollywood celebrities, 8-figure company CEOs, professional athletes, top executives and elite entrepreneurs, Noah’s clients are the 0.1% rockstars who love to take action and get amazing results.