Imelda Reyes is an expert in health care. She is a Clinical Professor at Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Her research focuses on obesity in children and the parental role in children’s health. She works in Atlanta, Georgia.
Henri R. Ford, M.D. is a Haitian-born pediatric surgeon. He is vice president and chief of surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), vice dean of Medical Education, Professor and vice chair for clinical affairs at University of Southern California’s Department of Surgery and Keck School of Medicine. He has researched the pathogenesis of necrotizing enterocolitis, the most common and lethal disease affecting the gastrointestinal tract of newborn infants, leading to insights into the diagnosis, treatment, and pre-natal prevention. Under his leadership, CHLA has developed a robust, state of the art minimally invasive surgery program.
Dr. Ford maintains close ties with his native country, returning in 2010 to provide medical assistance after the earthquake. In May 2015, he performed the first successful separation of conjoined twins in Haiti.
Vice President and Chief of Surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Vice-Dean of Medical Education and Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, Department of Surgery, Keck School of Medicine of USC
Areas of Expertise: Neonatal Surgery; Global Surgery; Medical Education; Intestinal Barrier Failure, Leadership in American Surgery
Wendy Chung, M.D., Ph.D. teaches and directs the clinical genetics program at Columbia University. She is a clinical and molecular geneticist who performs human genetic research. Her current research focuses on the genetics of many types of diseases including breast cancer, birth defects, heart disease, autism, rare and undiagnosed disorders.
Dr. Chung is a member of the Glenda Garvey Teaching Academy and has won many awards for teaching including the Charles W. Bohmfalk Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching, American Medical Women’s Association Mentor Award, and Columbia University Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching. She was also the recipient of the American Academy of Pediatrics Young Investigator Award, the Medical Achievement Award from Bonei Olam, and a career development award from Doris Duke.
She was the original plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that overturned the ability to patent genes and is a member of the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research and the Genomics & Society Working Group.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, Director of Clinical Genetics Program at Columbia University
Areas of Expertise: Human Genetics, Medical Genetics
Pearl Chiu teaches at the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech and in the Virginia Tech Carilion Institute in Roanoke, VA. Dr. Chiu’s research team studies the neuroscience of how, when, and why humans make and change their decisions. Using functional neuroimaging, behavioral tasks, and quantitative analytic methods, Dr. Chiu’s group aims both to understand the brain mechanisms involved in healthy decision-making and to specify how these pathways may be disrupted and repaired in disorders such as depression and addiction that affect decision-making.
Dr. Chiu was a recipient of a Biobehavioral Research Award for Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS) from the National Institute of Mental Health, and her work has been published in outlets including American Journal of Psychiatry, Neuron, Biological Psychiatry, and Nature Neuroscience.
Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech and the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
Areas of Expertise: Decision-Making, Decision Neuroscience, Computational Psychiatry, Depression, Substance Dependence, Social Influences on Decision-Making, Motivation and Incentives