Mom’s Meals is a leading provider of fully-prepared, refrigerated meals
delivered direct to homes nationwide. With programs for long-term
service and support, chronic care, post-discharge care and self-pay
individuals, clients have access to menus to support major health
conditions and get to choose every meal, every order, to address their
The Food as Medicine Summit brings together multiple stakeholders from healthcare and the food industry for a networking and learning opportunity truly grounded in evidence. Learn the latest of the whole field, and address the key obstacles standing in the way of widespread adoption and success for evidence-backed food for health.
Learn from the leading companies and most respected organizations in the space. Join academic researchers, policymakers, Not-For-Profits, physicians, health plans, consumer goods companies, grocery stores, healthtech companies, retailers, investors, and more in our senior level audience and leading speaker faculty.
Accelerate your knowledge of Food as Medicine with an end-to-end learning experience, covering everything from food for prevention & treatment of chronic conditions, reimbursement, research, clinical trials and evidence, consumer perception and behaviour, business models, multistakeholder partnerships, and more.
Expert Speaker Faculty
Dariush Mozaffarian is a cardiologist, Dean, and Jean Mayer Professor at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and Professor of Medicine at Tufts Medical School. Dr. Mozaffarian has authored more than 400 scientific publications on dietary priorities for obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases, and on evidence-based policy approaches and innovations to reduce these burdens in the US and globally. He has served in numerous advisory roles including for the US and Canadian governments, American Heart Association, World Health Organization, and United Nations. His work has been featured in a wide array of media outlets; and Thomson Reuters has named him as one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds.
Dr. Mozaffarian received a BS in biological sciences at Stanford (Phi Beta Kappa), MD at Columbia (Alpha Omega Alpha), residency training in internal medicine at Stanford, fellowship training in cardiovascular medicine at the University of Washington; an MPH from the University of Washington; and a Doctorate in Public Health from Harvard. Before being appointed as Dean at Tufts in 2014, Dr. Mozaffarian was at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health for a decade and clinically active in cardiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is married, has three children, and actively trains as a Third Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo.
As one of the top nutrition institutions in the world, the Friedman School’s mission is to produce trusted science, future leaders, and real-world impact. The Friedman School pursues research, education, and public impact across five Divisions, the Feinstein International Center, the Food & Nutrition Innovation Institute, and multiple academic programs. Areas of focus range from cell to society, including: molecular nutrition, human metabolism and clinical trials, nutrition data science, behavior change,business innovation and entrepreneurship, community and organizational interventions, communication and media, agriculture, food systems, and sustainability, hunger and food security, humanitarian crisis, and food policy and economics. Friedman School graduates are leaders in academia, US and international government, policy, advocacy, industry, public health, community service, and entrepreneurship. The School’s unique breadth, engagement with the world, and entrepreneurial spirit make it a leading institution for nutrition education, research, and public impact.
Eileen Howard Boone is senior vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility & Philanthropy and Chief Sustainability Officer for CVS Health. She also serves as the president of the CVS Health and Aetna Foundations as well as being an officer of the CVS Health Employee Relief Fund and CVS Health Charity Classic.
Howard Boone is responsible for formulating the strategic positioning of the company’s corporate social responsibility platform, Transform Health 2030, across four key focus areas: Healthy Business, Healthy People, Healthy Community and Healthy Planet. The CSR roadmap charts the company’s course over the next decade to transform the health care experience, support economic and professional development, build healthier communities and mitigate our impact on the environment.
As the head of corporate philanthropy, she leads a team that directs more than $100 million in charitable funding for philanthropic programs that support the company’s purpose of helping people on their path to better health by increasing access to health care for underserved populations, improving the quality of care and ultimately reducing costs on the health care system. This includes charitable donations through the company and the CVS Health and Aetna Foundations, cause marketing, gifts in kind, customer and colleague fundraising and volunteerism.
Howard Boone was instrumental in leading stakeholder engagement around the company’s decision to stop the sale of tobacco in 2014 and garnering support from key anti-tobacco NGOs and health care organizations surrounding the announcement and tobacco exit. Howard Boone and her team also continue to advance the company’s commitment to help people lead tobacco-free lives and make the next generation tobacco-free by investing millions of dollars to support smoking cessation and tobacco awareness programs and organizations helping those with tobacco-related illnesses.
Previously, she served as senior vice president of Corporate Communications and Community Relations for CVS Health, leading an enterprise team responsible for media relations, internal communications, corporate events and community engagement.
Active in the community, Howard Boone serves on several nonprofit boards of directors, including the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Crossroads and the NACDS Foundation. Through her work and expertise, she has earned many professional service accolades, including the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics Safety Net Health Care Champion Award, CECP’s Charles H. Moore Award, which recognizes perseverance in pursuing societal advancement, and the National Child Labor Committee’s Lewis Hine Award for service to children and youth. The company’s social responsibility efforts have also contributed to CVS Health’s place on major public rankings, including Diversity Inc’s Top 25 Noteworthy Companies, Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), S&P 500 Climate Performance Leadership Index (CPLI) and Fortune’s annual list of the World’s Most Admired Companies, a leading report card on corporate reputation.
Howard Boone is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts, and earned her MBA from Fordham University in New York City.
Cathryn Couch is an entrepreneur, chef and activist committed to creating healthy, just and sustainable communities. She has worked in the corporate and non-profit worlds, including four years as Director of Communications for The Hunger Project’s US operations from 1987 to 1991. From 1993 to 2003 she founded and ran one of the first gourmet organic and vegetarian home delivered meal services.
She launched Ceres Community Project in 2007 as a one day a week volunteer project. Awards for her work include: CNN Hero (2016); California Northwest Red Cross Real Hero Award (2015); finalist for the James Irvine Leadership Award (2015); Leader in Sustainability Award from the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy (2013); Silver Jefferson Award for Public Service (2012); national finalist for The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Community Health Leaders Award, and the Nonprofit Leadership Award (2012).
Cathryn is a founding member of the Sonoma County Food System Alliance, a founding member and Vice Chair for the California Food is Medicine Coalition, and sits on the leadership team for Hearts of Sonoma County, a clinical-community collaborative working to prevent heart attacks and stroke. Ceres also participates on the Marin Food Now collaborative, the national Food is Medicine Coalition and The Root Cause Coalition. Cathryn received her M.B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1980.
John Bulger is the Chief Medical Officer for Geisinger Health Plan. He is responsible for working with Geisinger and community providers to improve the quality of medical care for the patients and members we serve.
Before joining Geisinger Health Plan in 2015, Bulger held several positions at Geisinger, most recently serving as Chief Quality Officer, a position he held since 2011.
Bulger earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa., and his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from The Pennsylvania State University in State College.
Dr. Tataranni is the global Chief Medical Officer of PepsiCo. PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world, and generated more than $67 billion in net revenue in 2019, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes 23 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.
As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Tataranni oversees all aspects of the company’s efforts to protect its global workforce, products and communities in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. He also leads PepsiCo’s Life Sciences strategy and the R&D Fellows Program as its Executive Sponsor. Dr. Tataranni joined PepsiCo in September 2018 as the Senior Vice President of R&D Life Sciences, responsible for leading the development and execution of a nutrition and bio-sciences strategy in support of the company’s portfolio transformation and Winning with Purpose agenda.
Prior to joining PepsiCo, Dr. Tataranni was Senior Vice President, Head of Global Medical Affairs, Diabetes & Cardiovascular Business Unit, in charge of medical strategy worldwide and operations for mature markets at Sanofi. Previous responsibilities within the group included the roles of Vice President Global Medical Affairs, Medical Director Europe, Vice President for the Metabolism Medical Unit in the US affiliate (2006-2008) and Medical Director for the Metabolism Franchise (2005-2006). Between 1999 and 2004 he was Head of the Obesity, Diabetes and Energy Metabolism Unit at the Phoenix Epidemiology and Clinical Research Branch of the National Institutes of Health in the U.S. and Director of the Clinical Research Center at the same institution from 2000 through 2004.
Dr. Tataranni is an avid researcher who has published and lectured extensively at national and international meetings on obesity, diabetes and their cardio metabolic complications. Professional awards presented to Dr. Tataranni include the NIH Fellowship Award for Research Excellence (FARE) in 1998 and the North American Association for the Study of Obesity (NAASO)-Lilly Scientific Achievement Award in 2004.
Dr. Tataranni is a native of Italy. He graduated from Catholic University School of Medicine in Rome in 1990 and went on to receive a specialty diploma in Endocrinology, Metabolic Diseases and Diabetes at this University. He has authored more than 100 original manuscripts, in addition to contributing to numerous review articles and book chapters.
Sue joined MANNA in December 1999 as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). Sue was instrumental in MANNA’s shift from providing comfort and care to those dying from AIDS to an organization helping people with over 85 different illnesses through nutrition counseling and home-delivered medically appropriate meals.
At MANNA, Sue held several positions prior to being appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2012. Sue garnered national recognition in June 2013 when she co-authored a key study, “Examining Health Care Costs Among MANNA Clients and a Comparison Group,” published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Primary Care & Community Health. This research study examined the health care cost savings associated with MANNA’s model, and continues to have ongoing impact on nutrition policy nationwide.
Sue presents MANNA’s work at conferences and meetings across the United States including the annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo, Harvard University’s Food as Medicine Symposium, Tulane University’s Culinary Medicine Conference, and the Root Cause Coalition’s National Summit on Social Determinants of Health. She proudly testified in front of the United States Congress.
Sue currently serves as co-Vice Chair of the national Food Is Medicine Coalition. In 2019, Sue was invited to join the Food Lab Accelerator at Google as a product owner for Food Is Medicine. Other accolades include the 2015 Jefferson College of Population Health Education Hero Award, Comcast’s Newsmakers selection, the Cancer Treatment Center’s America Caregiver Women of the Week Award, and Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builders Award.
With more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Dubost is a health and wellness expert and food industry leader with both domestic and global corporate and trade association experience. She has an extensive background in identifying consumer trends coupled with supporting science to enable business opportunities while maintaining regulatory compliance. She is currently employed at Unilever as the North America Head of Nutrition and Health. She previously served as the Senior Director of Science and External Affairs at the Beer Institute where she managed scientific affairs. She has also served as the Senior Director of Nutrition at the National Restaurant Association where she provided leadership and expertise on a wide spectrum of food science and nutrition issues related to the restaurant and foodservice industry. In this role, she was responsible for the development and implementation of the award winning, nationally recognized children’s dining program called Kids LiveWell.
Dr. Dubost is a frequent speaker to health professionals and the public. She has received numerous prestigious honors, including being inducted into the national honor society, Phi Kappa Phi. Dr. Dubost served as a national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for five years. She is frequently quoted in local and national publications, including USA Today, WSJ, Discovery, LA Times, and NY Times and has made several radio and television appearances, including NBC Washington, NPR, CBS News, and FOX News.
Dr. Dubost earned an undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Chemistry from Hood College, a master’s degree in Food Science from the University of Georgia and a doctorate in Food Science from Pennsylvania State University. She completed her dietetic internship at the University of Michigan Hospitals. She is also a home brewer, completed Intensive Brewing Science for Practical Brewing at UC Davis Extension and is a Beer Steward with the Master Brewers Association of the Americas.
Shamera is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) dedicated to empowering individuals to prioritize wellness. As an outpatient dietitian, Shamera uses a patient-centered approach to counsel, educate, and deliver medical nutrition therapy needed for clients to reach their personal health goals. The only thing she enjoys more than nutrition education/counseling is translating complicated science into easily digestible (post-worthy) tips. Don’t forget to interact with Shamera on social media!
Naveen Jain is an entrepreneur and philanthropist driven to solve the world’s biggest challenges through innovation. He is the founder of several successful companies including Moon Express, BlueDot, Viome, Intelius, Talent Wise and InfoSpace.
Moon Express is the only company to have permission from the US government to leave earth orbit and land on the moon. It’s developing technologies to harvest planetary resources on the moon for the benefit of humanity.
BlueDot is focused on bringing most promising technological innovations from the national labs, NASA and elite universities and supercharging them with great entrepreneurs to create successful enterprises that tackle humanity’s grand challenges.
Naveen Jain a trustee of the board and vision circle member at the X PRIZE Foundation where he is focused on finding entrepreneurial solutions to address the global challenges in health, education, women empowerment, agriculture, and energy.
Naveen Jain is on the board of Singularity University, an interdisciplinary university with the mission to educate and inspire leaders to address humanity’s grand challenges through innovative technologies.
Naveen Jain has been awarded many honors for his entrepreneurial successes and leadership skills including “Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year”, “Albert Einstein Technology Medal” for pioneers in technology, “Humanitarian Innovation Award” at the United Nations, “Distinguished Global Thinker Award” by IILM, “Most inspiring Entrepreneur” by Andaaz TV, “Most admired Serial Entrepreneur” by Silicon India, “Top 20 Entrepreneurs” and “Lifetime Achievement Award” for the leadership in the technology industry and support of other entrepreneurs by Red Herring.
Lindsay Hanson is the Head of Partnerships and Innovation for John Hancock Insurance. Lindsay is responsible for building strategic partnerships for the business to continue to expand on its new approach to life insurance that helps protect your financial future while rewarding you for taking steps to live a longer, healthier life. She leads a team that executes partnerships, collaborations, development of new initiatives to achieve growth targets and to continue to build out a world class customer experience for John Hancock Insurance customers. Lindsay is a member of the leadership team and has a strong and active working relationship with teams across Manulife/ John Hancock as well as the industry to bring this vision to life. Her passion is wellness and she is always exploring how this passion can fit into the everyday lives of our customers. Lindsay lives with her son Jack in Lakeville, MA. Her interests include spending time with her family, running and skiing in the White Mountains. Lindsay is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, MA with a BA in Business Finance and Entrepreneurship.
Sarah Downer is a Clinical Instructor at the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School and directs the Center’s Whole Person Care Initiative, which seeks to improve care for underserved individuals at every point of interaction with the healthcare system. She works with clients and partners to nurture innovations in healthcare delivery and financing, scale successful interventions, convene powerful coalitions, translate emerging research into comprehensive and compelling resources for policy-makers, and to explore the short and long-term implications of healthcare trends. Ms. Downer also leads the Center’s Social Determinants of Health Law Lab, a special project dedicated to analyzing novel legal issues that arise when the healthcare system interacts with patients in new ways. Ms. Downer has a BA from Harvard College and JD from Harvard Law School.
David has been involved with Community Servings since its inception in 1989, moving from volunteer to board member, Board Chair, Director of Development, and eventually CEO, in 1999.
Under David’s leadership, Community Servings has evolved from a small neighborhood meals program delivering dinner to 30 people, to a critical regional program providing 15 medically-tailored meals plans to 2,300 people with acute life-threatening illnesses, their dependents, and caregivers, across Massachusetts.
An advocate for integrating accessible, medically tailored meals into the healthcare system, David has formed partnerships with leading healthcare payers and providers to better link clinical care and social services, designing some of the country’s first health insurance contracts for prescription meals.
With 35+ years experience in food service management, David also created the highly cost-effective fundraising events, LifeSavor and Pie in the Sky, a Thanksgiving pie sale duplicated in cities around the country.
He is the former Board Chair of the Association of Nutrition Service Agencies, and is a founding member of the national Food Is Medicine Coalition. In recognition of his leadership and impact at Community Servings and within the Greater Boston community, David was named a Barr Foundation Fellow in 2017. A resident of Cambridge, he holds graduate degrees from Middlebury College and Boston University.
Linda Shiue is a physician, chef and founder of a teaching kitchen for patients at Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco, where she is the first Director of Culinary Medicine. She believes that the best medicine is prevention. Her cooking classes showcase seasonal produce, lavishly flavored with spices and fresh herbs. Her food writing has been published widely and she has been interviewed frequently on television and in print. Her debut cookbook, Spicebox Kitchen: Eat Well and Be Healthy with Globally Inspired, Vegetable-Forward Recipes, will be published on 3/16/21. Dr. Shiue has served as faculty at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Stanford University and serves on the board of the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank. She is a graduate of Brown University, San Francisco Cooking School, UCSF and the kitchen of Michelin-starred restaurant, Mourad, in San Francisco. She also has a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University. Connect with Dr. Shiue on Twitter and Instagram at @spiceboxtravels, on Facebook at https://www.Facebook.com/TheDoctorsSpicebox and follow her culinary adventures at http://SpiceboxTravels.com.
Jacob Mirsky MD MA is a primary care physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital Revere HealthCare Center and a consultation physician at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine. Dr. Mirsky attended medical school at the University of California San Francisco and completed residency in internal medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston as part of the Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates primary care track.
Dr. Mirsky views patient education and empowerment as the cornerstone of health. In addition to his primary care practice, he leads group visits (also called shared medical appointments) in primary care focused on healthy lifestyle change for symptom management and disease prevention. He helped open the MGH Revere Food Pantry in 2019, which provides free plant-based foods to patients with food insecurity, and he currently serves as its Medical Director. Dr. Mirsky also founded and is the Director of Clinical Innovation of the Division of General Internal Medicine Healthy Lifestyle Program (HLP). The HLP has a mission to establish healthy lifestyle change as the standard of care for preventing and treating chronic disease.
Beyond clinical practice, Dr. Mirsky has published on topics ranging from neurologic disease to patient communication. He studied physician burnout while in residency and helped found the Resident Wellness Committee in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital internal medicine residency proram, where he was also a member of the Management and Leadership Track. He received multiple awards for his research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, including the Martin P. Solomon Primary Care Scholarship Award and the Department of Medicine Education Innovations Grant. In his free time, Dr. Mirsky enjoys bicycling, cooking, gardening, and farming.
Bridget graduated from the Ohio State University’s Medical Dietetics program, launching her Registered Dietitian career in high acuity long term care and skilled rehabilitation. She provided nutrition care to patients with diagnosis from stroke and cancer, to chronic kidney disease, dementia, and those requiring enteral nutrition. She also served as the contract dietitian for the Epilepsy Alliance. In these roles, she learned the value of building trust and rapport with patients and the significance of preventative care through food and nutrition. Bridget brought these values to her role as an outpatient retail dietitian providing medical nutrition therapy where nutrition destiny in made, inside the grocery store. She then moved on to lead the Retail Clinical Dietitian program at a fortune 20 grocery chain. In her current role as Director of Nutrition for The Kroger Co. she continues to elevate a dedication, educated, and personalized approach to eating and enjoying food to help people live healthier lives.
At Kroger Bridget sets nutrition strategy and serves as the subject matter expert for OptUP, a grocery focused nutrition rating system to simplify healthier shopping. She also leads the company’s corporate nutrition project team as well as the clinical dietitians providing Telenutrition services across the country. She is a writer for The Upside Blog and has been featured across Kroger’s social media channels including Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. In 2018 Bridget received the Supermarket Dietitian of the Year award from the Produce for Better Health Foundation and in 2019 she was honored to receive the Recognized Young Dietitian Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Dr. Satyaraj earned his PhD in Immunology from the National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi, India and completed a Fellowship in Molecular Immunology at the University of Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Satyaraj subsequently accepted an Instructor’s position at the Department of Medicine, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL, where he taught Immunology and conducted research in the area of autoimmunity. In 2001 he joined Molecular Staging Inc. New Haven, Connecticut, a biotech company started with technology from Yale, working in the area of cytokines and disease biomarkers, where he lead research collaborations with universities and industry resulting in two seminal publications: predictive biomarkers for cerebral palsy & biomarkers for inflammatory bowel diseases. Dr. Satyaraj joined Nestle Purina in 2003, as part of the Nestlé Research Center in St Louis, MO, establishing a nutritional immunology research program, helping launch several products globally, including ProPlan Optistart Puppy & Kitten. He implemented models for evaluating nutritional impact on the immune system and pioneered the development of the first multiplex assay panels capable of measuring canine & feline cytokines. He currently serves as Director of Molecular Nutrition at Nestlé Research Center in St Louis, MO. Dr. Satyaraj has authored numerous scientific papers in the areas of cellular / molecular immunology and cytokine biology, including a recent publication in the journal Science that explains size variations in dogs and a book chapter describing the interplay of nutrition & immune system in infectious diseases. Dr. Satyaraj is a member of the American Association of Immunologist and the American Veterinary Immunology Association, is a reviewer for several journals including British Journal of Nutrition, Arthritis & Rheumatism. Dr. Satyaraj is a Fellow of the Academy of Science, St Louis, MO.
Named Forbes 30 under 30 and BBC’s 100 Most Inspiring Women, Betsy has over a decade of experience as an inventor, product founder and CEO. Betsy serves on the Tufts School of Nutrition and Policy Innovation Council and her company, Tiny Organics, has been chosen by Michelle Obama’s Partnerships for a Healthier America for their baby food initiative to support veggie-forward early palate development across the nation. Betsy serves on Mrs. Obama’s Shaping Early Palates Board. In addition to her efforts to propel food equity, she was also chosen by the Obama administration to serve as an entrepreneurial ambassador for the US Embassy to other countries. Betsy enjoys building great brands and has invented over 100 products and counting. She is a keynote speaker and has spoken at Google, CES, World Economic Forum, National Retail Federation, the first Pet Tech summit in North America and served as a Judge at the MIT Startup Competition. Having raised millions for her startups, she has brought on over 40 vendor and retail partners for her companies, including telecoms.
Prior to co-founding Tiny Organics, Betsy is the founder of pet wearables brand WonderWoof, which she built into an American household name. WonderWoof made Oprah’s Favorite Things list and launched at Story, Bloomingdales, Harrods, Colette, Best Buy, Urban Outfitters and every Petco in the US on end cap giving it the best retail traction of any pet wearable to date. Her products have been featured in Vogue, Forbes, Wired, Good Housekeeping, INC, Wall Street Journal, Tech Crunch, among others. Prior to founding WonderWoof, Betsy built Mind Candy in London alongside founder Michael Acton Smith (Calm). In her time there, Moshi Monsters reached over 100M registered users online and became the top selling toy brand in the UK. Betsy began her career in Chicago where she invented toys for Mattel, Hasbro and Spinmaster, developing product lines for Polly Pocket, WWE, UNO and Star Wars.
A true builder at heart, Betsy is an Industrial Designer by trade and builds from her own passions, struggles and dreams. Her “Why” for co-founding Tiny was from growing up on a sugar roller coaster in the Midwest and since “re-engineering” her body about 15 years ago to be vegetarian. Through Tiny, Betsy is giving her son a healthier lease on life by preferring vegetables from the earliest days. Tiny’s recipes are over 80% veggies only, so she along with her team are seeking to expand the palates of a generation to prefer whole, real, rich and savory foods to last a lifetime from the very first bites.
Dr. Robert Graham received his Masters of Public Health from Harvard while completing three fellowships at Harvard Medical School in General Internal Medicine, Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies, and Medical Education. As a Natural Gourmet Institute-certified chef, Dr. Robert Graham has taught over 500 health professionals (including doctors) how to cook. FRESH Medicine, an integrative medical practice, is Dr. Robert Graham’s most recent venture. Together with his wife, and co-founder, Julie, the two use an Integrative Medicine approach, combining holistic and conventional medicine practices to form a modern healthcare system called FRESH Medicine. FRESH is an acronym for: Food, Relaxation, Exercise, Sleep and Happiness—the “FRESH Five” ingredients in your recipe for health. Dr. Robert Graham facilitates industry research and evaluates Performance Kitchen’s recipes from both a medical and culinary perspective.
Deepa is a seasoned tech executive in the data and marketing technology space. She’s led teams at startups and Fortune 50s across a variety of functions, including Product Management and Business Development.
She’s currently Founder and CEO of Spoonful, a food discovery app that helps people make smarter food choices through data and AI. Spoonful is grounded in the food as medicine movement and is building the first platform to connect what we eat to how we feel.
A New Jersey native, Deepa graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University. She moved to Southern California and was a recipient of a full merit scholarship to UCLA where she earned her J.D. with a certificate in Corporate Law. After living in LA for several years, she moved to the Bay Area to pursue her passion for tech, where she now resides with her husband and boisterous young boys.
Sherry is a mother, a scientist and an entrepreneur. Her passion and love for life and science has taken her far. From Northern Asia to America, from studying bacteria and plants to populations of humans, and from researching obesity genetics as a medical college professor to founding GenoPalate, a nutrition intelligence company that provides a direct-to-consumer solution for eating uniquely based on key insights of genomics and nutrition for a healthier life.
Paul Hepfer is the Chief Executive Officer of Project Open Hand. Paul has more than 20 years of experience in community health and wellness services. He previously served as senior vice president of programs for The Health Trust in San Jose and Santa Clara County for 13 years. In that role, he provided vision and leadership for The Health Trust’s entire portfolio of services, including HIV/AIDS programming, Meals on Wheels, the Jerry Larson Food Basket, community-based chronic disease prevention and management services, and a wide range of supportive housing programs. Prior to joining The Health Trust, Paul was chief operating officer at Via Services for two years and executive director of Wellness and Education for the Pueblo of Sandia Native American Reservation in New Mexico for eight years. Hepfer holds a B.S. in Physical Education from Indiana State University and an M.S. in Park and Recreation Administration with a specialization in Therapeutic Recreation from Indiana University.
Dr. Rising is a clinician investigator with a primary research interest in improving the quality and capacity of the US acute care delivery system to best serve individual patient needs. She completed medical school at the University of California San Francisco (2008), emergency medicine residency training at Boston Medical Center (2012), and received a Masters of Science in Health Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania (2014). Dr. Rising is currently an Assistant Professor and the Director of Acute Care Transitions in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University. Her work over the past few years has focused on exploring factors associated with Emergency Department revisits in an effort to identify systemic factors contributing to patient struggles in managing their health in the outpatient setting. Her current funding includes the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and the Emergency Medicine Foundation.
William W. Li, MD, is a world-renowned physician, scientist, speaker, and author of EAT TO BEAT DISEASE – The New Science of How Your Body Can Heal Itself. He is best known for leading the Angiogenesis Foundation. His groundbreaking work has impacted more than 70 diseases including cancer, diabetes, blindness, heart disease, and obesity. His TED Talk, “Can We Eat to Starve Cancer?” has garnered more than 11 million views, and he has appeared on: Good Morning America, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, Voice of America; and in The Atlantic, TIME, and The New York Times. An author of over 100 scientific publications in leading journals such as Science, the New England Journal of Medicine, and The Lancet, Dr. Li has served on the faculties of Harvard Medical School, Tufts University, and Dartmouth Medical School.
As a dual-trained pediatrician and internist, Jaclyn treats patients of all ages, practicing primary care in the Combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Clinic at UTSW and working with residents at the Parkland Center for Internal Medicine. Jaclyn serves as the Associate Program Director for the Med/Peds Residency Program and loves teaching health promotion across the lifespan. Jaclyn is passionate about nutrition, lifestyle, and other environmental influences on health. In 2017, Jaclyn launched UTSW’s Culinary Medicine Program with her dietetic and culinary partner. Jaclyn serves as the Executive Director, working to teach nutrition principles through hands-on cooking classes to medical students, residents, healthcare professionals, and the community. Jaclyn loves blending my passion for nutrition and wellness with growing a garden, cooking, practicing yoga, and spending time with her husband and kids (all of whom eat their vegetables)!
Deepa Prasad is a Managing Director at WestRiver Group (WRG), where she co-leads the Healthcare sector with Managing Director George Montgomery, leveraging her expertise to lead investments in biotech/pharma, digital health, and emerging tech-enabled services.
WRG’s breakthrough approach to co-led, gender-balanced, fund management drives Prasad’s passion of empowering future entrepreneurs and financiers. Prasad currently serves on the Committee for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UC Davis awarding grant funding to research and as a Charter Member for TiE, a non-profit global network of entrepreneurs and VCs where she mentors startup companies.
Prasad’s healthcare experience spans investment banking, general management, startups and legislation. Most recently, Prasad was Chief of Staff at Blue Shield of CA with $21B in revenue and responsible for driving strategic initiatives and investments. Previous to her role at Blue Shield, Deepa was General Manager at Optum responsible for investing and operations across Northern CA. Deepa served as VP of Financial Strategy and Business Development at Coherus Biosciences when a startup and raised a $10M convertible note and secured a $250M non-dilutive partnership with Baxter, helping Coherus IPO 9 months later. For the majority of her career, Deepa worked in healthcare investment banking closing 10 deals for over $2B.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley and her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University with an emphasis in Health Industry Management.
Dr. Ernest Baskin is an expert in consumer behavior and marketing research. His research focuses on consumer judgment and decision making with a particular interest in consumption decisions as well as consumer biases and context effects using experimental methodology and survey design. His work has been published in top tier journals such as the Journal of Consumer Research, the Journal of Marketing Research, Appetite, European Journal of Marketing and the Journal of Business Research. He has been extensively covered in the popular press in outlets such as the ranging from print sources such as the Chicago Tribune, CNNMoney, and the Atlantic to blogs such as Lifehacker and Nerdwallet. He is often a featured expert on both television and radio.
He has worked extensively with a variety of firms on major marketing and behavioral initiatives, including Google and Pepsico. Prior to joining Saint Joseph’s, Ernest worked as a marketing consultant at ZS Associates in Philadelphia, PA and advised on marketing efforts, market research and mergers for a number of major pharmaceutical companies. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. from the Yale School of Management.
Katie Ward has over 18 years of experience as a clinical nurse and nursing leader; she has served
in various roles within ProMedica focusing on regulatory compliance, patient care quality,
evidence-based practice integration, and as a social determinant of health ambassador. Most
recently as the Associate Vice President of Clinical Integration and Outcomes for the ProMedica
Social Determinants of Health Institute, Katie focuses on process improvement, data
aggregation, program development and impact measurement for the various interventions and
health strategies the Institute endorses both inter-company and with external partners.
Katie is a 2020 graduate of Lourdes University where she received her Doctorate in Nursing and
earned her Master’s Degree in Nursing from The Ohio State University in 2010 and Bachelor’s in Nursing from Bowling Green State University in 2004.
Dr. Tom Adams is CEO of Pairwise, a food tech company that is committed to building a healthier world through better fruits and vegetables. Dr. Adams and his North Carolina-based team believe that genome editing has the power to deliver greater variety, quality, flavor, and convenience to the produce aisle. By harnessing the natural diversity in plants, Pairwise will bring new varieties of fruits and vegetables to grocery store shelves, while partnering to develop traits in row crops that address global challenges to food production.
Dr. Adams became CEO of Pairwise in April of 2018 after a 20-year career at Monsanto, where he most recently served as Vice President of Global Biotechnology leading the development of the company’s next generation of biotechnology traits. Prior to that, Dr. Adams held numerous technology leadership roles including Vice President of Chemistry Technology, Vice President of Genomics Technology, and Director of Yield and Emerging Technologies. Dr. Adams also has served as Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at Texas A&M University. He holds a PhD in Microbiology from Michigan State University and a BS degree in Botany and Plant Pathology from Oregon State University.
Daniel Price has been the Kroger Health Food as Medicine Merchandiser since October 2020. In my current role, I am responsible for blending all of the operational and merchandising skills and knowledge I have accumulated during my career to help Kroger Health drive our Food as Medicine strategy into the core business and in supporting internal Kroger Health projects and products. I am working to create processes to guide The Kroger Co. in ways that highlight and promote Better For You foods and emerging brands with messaging, placement, and support.
Food as Medicine has seen a huge boom in interest, clinical evidence, and commercial potential over recent years. And as Food as Medicine is fast becoming recognized as an effective preventative and genuine treatment option for a huge number of lifestyle choices and health conditions, there is a real need to bring together multiple stakeholders from across the movement to address the key obstacles standing in the way of this field breaking into the mainstream.
The Food as Medicine Summit 2021 provides the platform for these discussions. This meeting will showcase the leading work in the field, whilst catalyzing crucial conversations around evidence, consumer behavior, building partnerships and reimbursement. By bringing together the titans of academia, healthcare and the food industry, the Food as Medicine Summit will accelerate evidence-backed food along its trajectory and into the hands of consumers and patients.
The digital conference platform is purpose-built to enable us to provide you with a more personal experience.
For starters, no more wondering who is in the room! View and message the entire attendee list. If that’s not enough, there are a multitude of structured and unstructured networking opportunities to give you the chance to reconnect with old friends and meet your future collaborators.
Then there’s the learning. Through an engaging and interactive agenda, you will be able to actively or passively participate as much as you’d like. From polls and Q&A through to open discussions and dedicated roundtables, it has never been easier to accelerate your knowledge of this space.
Imagine the possibilities of this digital event! Networking with your peers, learning from the experts, collaborating, and shaping the future of the industry – all on a world-class, purpose-built platform.
The Food as Medicine Summit being online presents an opportunity for us to super-charge our offering. We have selected the best-in-class platform to offer our attendees a wide range of options to learn, network, and collaborate. The result, bringing together more senior R&D and business exec’s from across the industry.
Making your session engaging and knowledgeable will attract the largest audience. We will guide you on how best to maximize the benefits of using our platform.
No need to sit behind a desk! Our networking tools enable attendees to arrange 121 video conversations as well as taking part in curated networking sessions. You could potentially meet many more people than you would in a typical venue setting.
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