Elena Rios, MD, MSPH
President and CEO of the National Hispanic Medical Association
Dr. Rios serves as President & CEO of the National Hispanic Medical Association, (NHMA), representing Hispanic physicians in the United States. The mission of the organization is to improve the health of Hispanics. Dr. Rios also serves as President of NHMA's National Hispanic Health Foundation affiliated with the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University, to direct educational and research activities.
Dr. Rios also serves on the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, Campaign Against Obesity, and Care First Blue Cross Blue Shield Boards of Directors, the Commission to End Health Disparities, and the GE Healthcare Access Advisory Board. Dr. Rios previously served on the California PacifiCare-UnitedHealthcare California Investment Committee and the Partnerships for Prevention Board of Directors. Dr. Rios has lectured and published articles and has received several leadership awards, including the 2009 Top 100 Influential and Innovative Hispanics from Hispanic Business Magazine. Dr. Rios has been honored by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Congressional Black, Hispanic, Asian and Native American Caucuses, American Public Health Association Latino Caucus, Association of Hispanic Health Executives, Minority Health Month, Inc., Hispanic Magazine, Verizon's First Pollin Community Service Award, and Amerimed. In 2006, Dr. Rios was appointed to the Minority Alumni Hall of Fame of Stanford University and in 2008, was appointed as a Fellow to the New York Academy of Medicine.
Jennifer Shine Dyer, M.D., M.P.H.
Chief Medical Advisor at Duet Health by Eproximiti
"Using Social Media for Patient Advocacy"
Jennifer Shine Dyer MD, MPH is a pediatric endocrinologist, social media enthusiast (@EndoGoddess), researcher, and mobile technology entrepreneur at Ohio startup Duet Health. She is focused on implementing engagement platforms with compensated feedback loops for chronic diseases such as diabetes. In 2011, she joined partnership with Ohio mobile software startup, Duet Health, and created the EndoGoddess App which gamifies glucose checks by providing rewards that a user can spend on iTunes downloads. In 2012, she was selected to participate in the 10X Accelerator Program , a program in partnership with Ohio State, Ohio's New Entrepreneur's (ONE) Fund and private investment dollars to create the Endo Kids App which rewards both young children with insulin-dependent diabetes and their parents. Dr. Dyer is also an experienced nutrition researcher focused on diabetes development and behavior change. Following fellowship training, from 2006-2011, she practiced pediatric endocrinology and was a principle investigator at Nationwide Children's Hospital affiliated with The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio where she also earned her MPH degree in health behavior studies in 2008. She received her medical degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 2000 which was then followed by pediatric internship, residency, and then pediatric endocrinology specialty training in 2000-2006 at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Dallas.
Ben Raimer, MD
Senior Vice President for Health Policy & Legislative Affairs "Health Advocacy"
Dr. Ben Raimer is a tenured professor in the departments of Pediatrics, Family Medicine, and Preventive Medicine and Community Health at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). He also serves as senior vice president of UTMB's Office of Health Policy & Legislative Affairs. He previously served as vice president for the Office of Community Health Services, vice president for the Office of Community Outreach, chief physician executive for UTMB Correctional Managed Care, and chief physician executive for the Group Practice of Medicine at UTMB.
He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He holds an undergraduate degree in biology from East Texas Baptist University, a master's degree in human genetics from the UTMB Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and a doctorate from the UTMB School of Medicine. A nationally recognized expert on prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect, he has been honored by several children's advocacy organizations for his contributions.
Dr. Raimer serves on a number of advisory panels and committees for various government agencies and professional organizations, including the Texas Health Institute, the Texas Pediatric Society, and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Center for the Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities. He also serves as chair of the Texas Institute of Health Care Quality and Efficiency Board of Directors.
Gulshan Sharma, MD
Sealy and Smith Distinguished Chair in Internal Medicine
Director of Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
"A Career in Academic Medicine"
Gulshan Sharma, MD is Sealy and Smith Distinguished Chair in Internal Medicine and Director Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX. Dr. Sharma earned his MBBS in 1995 from Dayanand Medical College, Ludhiana, India. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, where he also served as Chief Resident. Dr. Sharma completed his fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care at Yale University School of Medicine and earned a Master of Public Health degree during his fellowship training at Yale. He joined UTMB as an Assistant Professor in 2004. His research interest includes health services, quality and outcomes. He received a K-08 Mentored Career Development award for the NIA/NIH on examining the role of provider continuity on end of life care. Recently, he was awarded UT system Health IT and Systems Engineering grant to provide integrated care to patients with COPD and to reduce readmission rates. He has numerous publications including journals such as NEJM, JAMA and Archives of Internal Medicine. He is an Editor-in-Chief of journal "Core Evidence". Dr Sharma is the Director of Medical Intensive Care Unit, John Sealy Hospital and his clinical interest includes sepsis, ARDS and COPD. He also serves as a training program director for Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine fellowship.
Christopher R. Thomas, MD
Robert L. Stubblefield Professor of Child Psychiatry
Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education
Director of Child Psychiatry Residency Training
"The Professionally Useful iPad (UTMB)"
Christopher R. Thomas, MD is the Robert L. Stubblefield Professor of Child Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He currently serves as the Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education and the Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training Program. Previously at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh, he has been a member of UTMB faculty since 1992. His undergraduate training was at Rice University, Houston and he graduated from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. His residency in both General and Child Psychiatry was at McLean Hospital, Harvard University, Boston.
He holds several leadership positions on national committees including Chair, Rights and Legal Matters Committee for the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Chair of the Review Committee for Psychiatry of the American Council for Graduate Medical Education.
He has received numerous honors including the Sandoz Award, the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Rieger Service Program Award for Excellence, and the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Catcher in the Rye Award for child advocacy. He is also a Distinguished Fellow of both the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and a Fellow of American College of Psychiatry.
His research has focused on forensic child psychiatry, gangs and antisocial behavior in youth, psychiatric care for pediatric burn survivors and developing mental health care systems for children, using community based and telemedicine approaches.
Co-Author of "GPS for Success"
"Public Speaking: Engaging an Audience and Speech Apprehension"
The first 50 people to register will receive a paperback copy of "Goals & Proven Strategies (GPS) for Success" from the Industry's Leading Experts!
International Author, Speaker and Executive Coach
Penny is an international motivational speaker on personal and career development and has been the keynote speaker at events ranging from the Texas gulf coast to South Africa. Penny is a Certified Executive Coach with leading executives, and corporate and institutional teams via her firm, Get Up Today.
Prior to forming her private practice, Penny gained over 30 years' executive and managerial experience in large, complex corporate and nonprofit environments, and in guiding a number of rapidly growing startups. Certified as an Executive Coach by the International Coach Federation, she works with individual executives who want to improve and excel in their careers as well as to balance the complex demands of their personal and professional lives. Penny is particularly skilled in coaching professionals with their speaking and presentation skills.
She is a full time instructor of Public Speaking, and Business and Professional Communications at Palo Alto College and is an adjunct instructor at two other colleges. This summer she will co-lead a study abroad in Denmark.
As an author, Penny's most recent book, "GPS for Success", is written in collaboration with Steven Covey (7 Habits of Highly Effective People), Les Brown and Dr. John Gray (Men are from Mars...).
Mary Donna Piazza, B.F.A., C.T.
Academic Technology Center
Ms. Piazza is the Instructional Designer and Multimedia/Web Developer of the Academic Technology Center (ATC) in the Moody Medical Library at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). The ATC is a campus-wide resource created to support the development of multimedia instructional material for a web-based educational environment. Her main duties are to provide professional course development, and technical assistance specific to distance education which supports the university's mission and goal.
Ms. Piazza's responsibilities include working closely with faculty to manage overall project organization and development, the production of online instructional web sites including graphic design, navigation, interactive components, consulting, instructing others in the development of web-based education, and in the use of ATC equipment and software.
Ms. Piazza has over 30 years of experience in communication, graphic arts, media production, and instructional design, including 25 years in large academic health science center settings. She is also highly skilled in project management and group dynamics. Specific health-related project experience includes but not limited to the design and development of:
In addition to the University of Texas Medical Branch, Ms. Piazza has worked in graphics, media, and instructional design capacities for the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and Pennzoil and Exxon Corporations.
Ms. Piazza earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Communications and a certificate in educational technology from the University of Houston.
Dreux Ste. Marie
Apple Software Engineer
Dreux Ste Marie has been a Systems Engineer for Apple since 1988. Apple awarded him "Systems Engineer of the Year" four times during his 25 years with the company. Dreux currently covers the Higher Education market for Apple in Texas and Louisiana. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with an MBA in Investment Banking and Finance from the University of Wisconsin.
Norma A. Perez, MD, DrPH
Director, Hispanic Center of Excellence and Bilingual Health Track
"Clinical Conversational Spanish Course"
Norma Alicia Perez, M.D., DrP.H., is an advocate for higher education for promising Hispanic students and for support and mentoring in the Hispanic communities of Texas. Dr. Perez serves as the director of the Hispanic Center of Excellence Medical Careers Diversity Program housed in the School of Medicine Office of Student Affairs and Admissions at UTMB. She provides training for Hispanic faculty in leadership and professional development. Because of Dr. Perez's passion for improving the quality of the art of medicine, she now directs the Bilingual Health Track and has authored the "Clinical Conversational Spanish" online course where students receive training in the practice of medicine in Spanish. Since her tenure in UTMB she has served on several committees, including UTMB's Diversity Council and the School of Medicine's Admissions Committee. Dr. Perez's goal is to inspire and guide those students with an interest in medicine or other postgraduate education. In July 2010, she was a guest on the popular Fox News program Hola Houston, addressing the need for Hispanic physicians because of the 2% year growth of Hispanics in the State of Texas.