Announcing our Medicine X advisors for 2012-13

I am thrilled to introduce some of the amazing individuals who will be serving as advisors to Stanford Medicine X in 2012-13!

This diverse group of health-care veterans represents a broad spectrum of industry stakeholders from research, technology, allied health professionals, physicians and patients. Their accomplishments and talent are inspiring and will be invaluable in making Medicine X the most innovative and engaging academic-based health-care technology conference.

These extraordinary thought leaders and innovators are appointed for a one-year term.

Dennis Boyle
General Partner, Health and Wellness Practice, IDEO

One of the founding members of the design and innovation firm IDEO, Dennis Boyle has worked as a project leader for many of the firm’s start-ups and established clients including Apple, Palm, Tivo, Handspring, HP, Dell and Proctor and Gamble and others. Mr. Boyle  is also a Consulting Assistant Professor at Stanford and teaches classes in the Design Division of the ME Department.


Kevin Clauson, PharmD
Director, Center for Consumer Health Informatics Research

Kevin Clauson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Nova Southeastern University in Florida. He also directs the Center for Consumer Health Informatics Research, which aims to generate discoveries that leverage the potential of consumer health informatics to improve patient health. His research focuses on digital health literacy, participatory medicine and the impact of technology on the pharmacy workforce.

Nick Dawson
Patient Experience Officer, Frontier Health

Nick Dawson has more than 15 years experience in hospital strategy and operations. Today, he applies his innovation and design methodology to starting and leading service lines for Frontier Health. Mr. Dawson previously worked as the Director Community and Physician Engagement at Bon Secours Virginia Health System. He cares deeply about how we do the work of delivering care and how patients experience health-care services.

Susannah Fox
Associate Director of Digital Strategy, Pew Internet & American Life Project

Susannah Fox studies the social impact of the internet with a special interest in health. Her research has documented the social life of health information, the concept of peer-to-peer healthcare and the role of the internet among people living with chronic disease. Her reports include: The Online Health Care Revolution, Family Caregivers Online and Tracking for Health. She is the former editor of the U.S. News & World Report website.


Chris Furmanski, PhD
Director of Technology and Innovation, Stanford Hospital

Chris Furmanski has diverse experience in human-centered software design, empirical user studies, numerous techniques of brain and behavior measurement, and the development of artificial cognitive agents.



David Goldsmith
Executive Director,

David Goldsmith is a recognized thought-leader on the use of new technology to advance social change initiatives. He leads, a consortium of several large U.S. employers who have united under a common vision to empower employees to make smarter, more informed healthcare decisions.  The Dossia founders group includes AT&T, Applied Materials, Cardinal Health, Intel, Pitney Bowes, Vanguard Health Systems and Walmart.

Louise Schaper, PhD

CEO, Health Informatics Society of Australia

Louise Schaper is a global leader in allied health informatics and is intimately connected to Australia’s substantial health reform efforts, where e-health is a key enabler to achieving high quality, sustainable and patient-centered care. She has served as a member of the National E-Health Transition Authority’s Clinical Leads team and previously chaired the E-Health International Advisory Group of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

Ted Tussing
Director, Stanford Corporate Partners, Stanford Medical Center

Ted Tussing facilitates and enhances strategic relationships with corporations, venture capitalist and entrepreneurs that generate financial resources, opportunities and alliances for Stanford Medical Center. These relationships seek to accelerate the translation of technology solutions to improve patient care, research processes and medical education. He is a Director at BioCardia and a founding member of the Stanford University Entrepreneurial Task Force.

Bryan Vartabedian, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine

Bryan Vartabedian is an attending physician at Texas Children’s Hospital. He has served as a consultant to a number of health care start-ups and independently advised health care organizations and national physician groups on social media policy and strategy. Currently, he is working with faculty at Rice University to develop a curriculum in the area of social media and medicine. A prominent physician-blogger, he blogs at 33Charts.

Sonny Vu
CEO and Co-founder, Misfit Wearables

Sonny Vu is a serial entrepreneur and innovator. He launched natural language software company FireSpout as a student at MIT. In 2001, he co-founded AgaMatrix, which develops and manufactures products designed to improve the quality of diabetes management. At AgaMatrix, Mr. Vu oversaw new products and mobile health initiatives focusing on product design and business models that enhance diabetes care. His current company, Misfit Wearables, develops highly wearable sensor products and services.

Christi Dining Zuber, RN, BSN, MHA
Director of Innovation Consultancy, Kaiser Permanente

Christi Zuber has served in a variety of roles at Kaiser Permanente including finance, strategy and facilities design. As Director of the Innovation Consultancy, she led development of the Nurse Knowledge Exchange, a nurse change shift initiative recognized as a best practice by the Institute of Healthcare Improvement, and KP MedRite, a medication administration solution labeled a best practice by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

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