Director & Co-founder, Medical Futures Lab
Rice University – Gladys Louise Fox Professor of English
I am a media scholar, health researcher, and technology analyst in the School of Humanities at Rice University. My recent research on trust and privacy in digital health ecosystems has been featured in Slate, The Washington Post (about Facebook & Humanistic AI), Big Data & Society, and Catalyst.
I'm the author of two books about technology, public health, medicine, and media: Medical Visions: Producing the Patient Through Film, Television and Imaging Technologies (Oxford University Press, 2013) and Cinematic Prophylaxis: Globalization and Contagion in the Discourse of World Health (Duke University Press, 2005). I recently edited Applied Media Studies (Routledge, 2018), and co-edited "Science/Animation," a special issue of the journal Discourse (2016). I'm currently writing a book called Quantified Health: Learning from Patient Stories in the Age of Big Data.
You can also find me at http://kirstenostherr.org/
Associate Director & Co-founder, Medical Futures Lab
Baylor College of Medicine – Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
I am a pediatrician at Baylor College of Medicine / Texas Children’s Hospital. I write about the intersection of medicine, technology and culture on my blog, 33 charts.
I have served as a consultant to a number of health care start ups and have independently advised health care organizations and national physician groups in the area of social policy and strategy. As an active speaker in the area of social media, technology and the future of medicine, I have addressed numerous organizations including the American College of Physicians, AGA, American Association of Medical Colleges, Stanford Summit/Medicine 2.0 Congress, and the Mayo Clinic Transform Conference, on issue of MDs in the social space.
Professor of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and Cardiology, Baylor College of Medicine and Medical Director, Pediatric Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, Texas Children’s Hospital
Paul Checchia, M.D., serves as Medical Director of the Pediatric Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit and Associate Chief of the Section of Critical Care Medicine at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. Additionally, he is Professor of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and Pediatric Cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine. He specializes in critical care of children with heart disease.
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston – Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology & Assistant Professor, School of Biomedical Informatics
I’m an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Biomedical Informatics at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. I am also an attending Anesthesiologist at Memorial Hermann Hospital and Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital. As such, I enjoy the luxury of being able to divide my time between patient care, teaching, and research.
I followed a “non-traditional” path to my career in medicine. Before starting medical school I had a decade of experience working in outdoor education, earned a master’s degree in geography, and spent 5 years developing software. Currently, my interests focus on the impact of Health Information Technology on the safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of healthcare delivery.
The University of Texas Health Science Center of Houston – Director of the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics
I am a medical humanist and cultural historian and Director of the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. My scholarly work (e.g The Journey of Life: A Cultural History of Aging, 1992; A Guide to Humanistic Studies in Aging, 2010) has centered around the moral, spiritual and historical dimensions of the question, “what does it mean to grow old?” I am particularly interested in the production and use of film and of online resources to enhance critical understanding and compassion in health care. I’ve created, produced or been involved in making four documentaries, two of which have aired on PBS: The Strange Demise of Jim Crow: How Houston Desegregated its Public Accommodations, (1960-1963) is based on my book No Color is My Kind: The Life of Eldrewey Stearns and the Desegregation of Houston, 1997). The other two films, Still Life: the Humanity of Anatomy, and Stroke: Conversations with Couples, are used widely in medical and health care education. In 2011, my colleagues and I at the McGovern Center produced The Brewsters: An Interactive Adventure in Ethics for the Health Professions. This fictional story follows three generations of the Brewster family encountering the health care system. Using a “choose-your-own adventure” format, students and readers become characters and make decisions, as a way of learning about ethics and professionalism in health care. The Brewsters is available on Amazon and online at the iTunes book store; a full-fledged textbook is in production.
Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist, Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center