What's The Fix Conference - May 17, 2018

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What's the Fix?

What’s the Fix? (#WTFix) is a movement and an event that started in 2017 to help the industry learn from people. Most health care conferences focus on industry insiders talking to each other. What’s the Fix? highlights real people with real stories of overcoming health care challenges and driving change to the system as a result. The conference is about being human, being empathetic, and using story telling as a way to drive change in an industry that really needs help. For the 2018 event, we're excited to welcome new partners the Design Institute for Health at Dell Medical School.

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2018 Speakers

Jeffrey Rediger, MD

Jeff has focused on the mind-body connection for years, researching remarkable individuals who have recovered from illnesses considered incurable. He’s fascinated by how people get better in ways that we don’t understand. A theologian and Harvard physician, Jeff believes spiritual wellness and fulfillment are an integral part of being human and contribute to one’s ability to flourish. He’s given a TEDx talk and has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Oz Shows, among others.

“After years of studying mechanisms of the body and what medications do, I felt and needed something more. I needed answers to my questions. I needed to understand what heals,” explains Jeff.

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Doug Lindsay

Doug got sick at age 21 and spent the next 11 years bed bound until he developed the surgery that fixed him. During those years, he could walk only 50 feet and stand for about the length of a commercial break. Doug adapted a long-forgotten animal model of adrenal gland surgery from the 1920s into a modern human surgery so surgeons could treat his rare autonomic-adrenal condition. He bet his life on the operating table, and it paid off!

Today Doug is a sought-after keynote speaker and he also designs workshops that train business, science, academic and medical leaders in the skills it takes to make unlikely things happen. He’s been a Stanford Medicine X ePatient Scholar and part of Stanford Medicine X’s inaugural Emerging Leaders Program. Doug is a photographer and writer. Oh, and he wrote, produced, directed and starred in a full-length feature comedy, a movie called RUFF CASES – about a lawyer who becomes internationally famous for representing eccentric millionaires and billionaires with pet-related legal issues! He says one of the highlights of film was working with Thumbelina – the world’s smallest horse.

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Toyin Ajayi

Toyin is a primary care physician dedicated to improving health care for people with complex needs. She’s currently the Chief Health Officer at Cityblock Health, an organization in New York City that aims to build a scalable solution to address the root causes of health for underserved urban populations. Prior to Cityblock, Toyin served as Chief Medical Officer of Commonwealth Care Alliance. In this role, she led all clinical operations; spearheaded care delivery innovations; and oversaw multi-disciplinary teams of more than 500 clinicians, community health workers, and administrators, serving more than 20,000 beneficiaries across the state of Massachusetts.

Toyin received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University, an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, and her medical degree from King’s College London School of Medicine. Having completed her residency training at Boston Medical Center, Toyin is a board-certified family physician and continues to practice primary care and hospital medicine focused on patients with chronic, complex, and end-of-life needs. Internationally recognized as a leader in care for populations with complex needs, Toyin advises organizations such as the Center for Health Care Strategies, the Commonwealth Fund, and Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Bodo and Lorelei Bodo and Lorelei

Bodo & Lorelei Hoenen

When Bodo’s daughter Lorelei became paralyzed, the two worked together to build her a robotic exoskeleton arm – without any prior experience. Then they shared the design so others could build one, too.

Bodo is an innovator who started the organization Dev4X that works on audacious, social-good projects. He is all about solving grand challenges using Open Social Innovation and sharing his work with others. Bodo skipped most of high school and did not go to college, ironically, because he wanted to learn. Instead of schooling, he left home and traveled. He has not been back home since.

Lorelei, after regaining the use of her paralyzed arm, now believes she can do anything and is building a drone backpack that will allow her to fly. It’s 2018, after all.

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Bryce Olson

Often sporting his ‘sequence me’ t-shirt, Bryce is focused on bringing technology and science together in the exciting area of genomics and precision medicine with a powerful message on how this saves lives. Genomic sequencing and precision medicine gave him a life he didn’t think he’d get to live.

Bryce is the Global Marketing Director for Intel’s Health and Life Sciences group and is inspired by connecting the advances in life sciences into clinical settings and helping patients understand these new opportunities. He started FACTS (Fighting Advanced Cancer Through Songs), a movement that uses the power of music to build awareness for a new way to fight cancer and bring molecular testing and precision medicine to other advanced cancer patients. In 2017, he wrote and co-produced a rock-n-roll album in support of the FACTS movement that brought together a variety of musicians and singers who are also cancer survivors.

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May 17, 2018


Design Institute for Health at Dell Medical School
1501 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78701

Design Institute for Health at Dell Medical School
1501 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78701