Rishi Manchanda, M.D., M.P.H.
Physician; Founder and President, HealthBegins
Author, The Upstream Doctors
Dr. Rishi Manchanda shares breakthrough solutions to reinvigorate primary care in the U.S. and protect the future of our health by addressing the social and environmental conditions at the source of illness.
A leader at the forefront of a new generation of healthcare practitioners, Dr. Manchanda is transforming conventional care with a decidedly holistic approach to diagnosis and treatment. Credited with coining the term "upstreamist," his philosophy focuses on identifying and treating the underlying issues that plague comprehensive patient health.
Brett Giroir, M.D.
Assistant Secretary for Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Brett P. Giroir, M.D., is an American physician and businessman. He was President and CEO of ViraCyte, LLC, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing cellular immunotherapies for severe infections. Dr. Giroir serves as Senior Fellow at the Texas Medical Center Health Policy Institute and Strategic Advisor for the Texas Medical Center Innovation Institute (TXCx).
Dr. Giroir is a member of the Texas Task Force for Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics, Tropical Medicine, and Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Baylor College of Medicine.
Dr. Giroir chaired the independent Blue Ribbon Panel for the Veterans Choice and Accountability Act of 2014. He served as the Deputy Director, then Director, of DARPA's Defense Science Office from 2004 to 2008. He was Vice Chancellor for the Texas A&M University System from 2008 to 2013 and Chief Executive Officer of the Texas A&M Health Science Center from 2013 to 2015.
Dr. Giroir received his bachelor's degree in biology from Harvard University and a medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where he conducted his residency, chief residency, and fellowship in pediatrics.
Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H.
Vice Admiral, U.S. Public Health Service
20th Surgeon General
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH, the 20th Surgeon General of the United States, was sworn into office by Vice President Mike Pence on September 5, 2017. Dr. Adams, a board-certified anesthesiologist, served as Indiana State Health Commissioner from 2014 to 2017. Dr. Adams, a Maryland native, has bachelor’s degrees in both biochemistry and psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, a master of public health degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and a medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine.
Dr. Adams’ motto as Surgeon General is “better health through better partnerships.” As Surgeon General, Dr. Adams is committed to maintaining strong relationships with the public health community and forging new partnerships with non-traditional partners, including business and law enforcement.
He has pledged to lead with science, facilitate locally led solutions to the nation’s most difficult health problems, and deliver higher quality healthcare at lower cost through patient and community engagement and better prevention.
As Surgeon General, Dr. Adams oversees the operations of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, which has approximately 6,500 uniformed health officers who serve in nearly 600 locations around the world to promote, protect and advance the health and safety of our nation and our world.
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Pro Bowl Placekicker, San Diego Chargers
Patient Advocate and Author
Rolf Benirschke is CEO of Legacy Health Strategies, a patient engagement company, and founder of The Grateful Patient Project. As a former NFL placekicker, his ten-year career was nearly derailed during his third season by a life-threatening battle with ulcerative colitis that required two emergency surgeries six days apart. After a miraculous comeback, he returned to play seven more seasons with the San Diego Chargers, and earned numerous honors including Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, NFL Comeback Player of the Year, All-Pro, and became the twentieth player inducted into the Chargers Hall of Fame.
Following his NFL career, Rolf has dedicated his life to supporting patients and is now a respected leader and speaker in the health care industry. He works tirelessly as a patient advocate and is active in supporting legislation that encourages research and innovation and protects patients. He is married and the father of four children, including three with special needs. He is also the author of three books, including his autobiography, Alive & Kicking.
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