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Anthony Chang
Anthony Chang

Dr. Chang is currently the Chief Intelligence and Innovation Officer (CIIO) and Medical Director of the Heart Failure Program at Children’s Hospital of Orange County. He has also been named a Physician of Excellence by the Orange County Medical Association and Top Cardiologist, Top Doctor for many years as well as one of the nation’s Top Innovators in Healthcare. 

 He is the founder and medical director of the Medical Intelligence and Innovation Institute (MI3) that is supported by the Sharon Disney Lund Foundation. The institute is dedicated to implement data science and artificial intelligence in medicine and is the first institute of its kind in a hospital. The new institute is concomitantly dedicated to facilitate innovation in children and health care all over the world. He is the organizing chair for the biennial Pediatrics2040: Emerging

Trends and Future Innovations meeting as well as the founder and director of the Medical Intelligence and Innovation Summer Internship Program, which mentors close to 100 young physicians-to-be every summer. He has organized a pediatric innovation leadership group called the international Society for Pediatric Innovation (iSPI). 

He intends to build a clinician-computer scientist interface to enhance all aspects of data science and artificial intelligence in health and medicine. He currently lectures widely on big data and artificial intelligence in medicine (he has been called “Dr. A.I.” by the Chicago Tribune and has given a TEDx talk as well as on the Singularity University faculty) ([1]). He has published review papers on big data and predictive analytics as well as machine learning and artificial intelligence in medicine ([2])([3]). He has completed a book project with a book series with Elsevier: Intelligence-Based Medicine: Principles and Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Clinical Medicine and Health Care and is the editor-in-chief of the journal of the same title. He is the founder and organizing chair of many Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AI Med) meetings in the U.S. and abroad (Europe and Asia) that will focus on artificial intelligence in healthcare and medicine (www.ai-med.io). He recently started a new group for clinicians with a special focus on data science and artificial intelligence as Medical Intelligence Society, or MIS. Finally, he is the dean of the nascent American Board of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (ABAIM) that will have education and certification of artificial intelligence in clinical medicine and health care as its mission.

 He is the founder of three startup companies in artificial intelligence in medicine:

  1. CardioGenomic Intelligence (CGI), LLC is a multifaceted company that focuses on artificial intelligence applications such as deep learning in clinical cardiology (cardiomyopathy and heart failure as well as other cardiovascular disease) and genomic medicine. 
  2. Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AIMed), LLC is an events company that organizes meetings and educational programs in artificial intelligence in medicine in local as well as global venues. 
  3. Medical Intelligence 10 (MI10), LLC is an education and consulting/advising conglomerate for executives and physician leaders as well as investors for the evaluation and implementation of AI strategies in healthcare organizations, for evaluation and recommendation of AI in healthcare vendors, and assessment and implementation of cybersecurity in healthcare organizations.
 

                                                                                                                                                                      
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James Makokis & Anthony Johnson
James Makokis & Anthony Johnson

Dr. James Makokis is well grounded in all matters relating to Indigenous cultures, traditions, values, and customs. He is one of Canada’s leading experts for Canadians and First Nation communities. Dr. Makokis currently heads one of Canada’s leading LGBTQ2 and Transgender focused medical practices and commits himself to saving lives through his progressive empathetic approach to medicine. He also incorporates First Nation healing practices to connect the mind, body and spirit for his patients. Dr. Makokis is a leading role model within the medical and Indigenous community and regularly consults numerous organizations on mental health, health access, health and wellness, diversity, inclusion, housing, cultural sensitive medicine, patient focused medical practices, health, social programming, social services and social policies for any institute or organization that is working to create a better experience and equal treatment for all. Dr. Makokis provides information on his struggling years as a youth, and his resiliency to become who he is today. Dr. James Makokis and his partner Anthony Johnson also recently became the first Two Spirit team to compete on the Amazing Race Canada and are both getting national attention for their participation on the show, while bringing new awareness to gender, sexuality and First Nation issues.

Dr. Makokis will provide inspirational stories and practical insights on how his own experience in being excluded and segregated as a First Nation and Two Spirit person. He offers practical insights for teaching others about the importance of culture, spirituality, health, self-confidence, community access, support, and policies to help improve the quality of life for Indigenous and LGBTQ2 peoples. Dr. Makokis has faced off with many Government leaders and is at the forefront of shifting Government and individuals perspectives on Indigenous and Non Indigenous best practices. Dr. Makokis is a leader among Canadian First Nation community and is a primary resource for the Provincial and National Governments and many Alberta Health Service Agencies. Dr. Makokis is always the highlight of every event and often leaves audiences wanting to hear more. Most organizations book him for a keynote and breakout session on the same day.

Anthony Johnson graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts in 2008. Johnson’s life has been full of dedicating his career and his time to countless numbers of non-profit organizations, social movements, and councils. He also has a very dedicated career as an international businessman. He has recently taken time to slow down and reconnect with his Navajo Heritage. Ideally he would have found work on the reservation, but because the unemployment rate is around 48.5%, it was next to impossible. Thus, he earned money by providing whatever services he could to whoever they would help. Though this initially started as a means to an end, it turned into a meaningful life experience that has taught him the power of connecting with others. Johnson’s story is one of hope, overcoming adversity, dealing with racism, activism, community engagement and success. His customized presentations can be presented alone or with his partner Dr. James Makokis, who has a very similar story to Johnson.

Johnson’s education and work background is truly inspirational. Johnson delivers sessions that are tailored to the event theme, the desired learning outcomes of the presentation and each member of the audience. His story and his presentations always leave the audience with a stronger understanding of the challenges individuals from the LGBTQ2 and First Nation communities face. He also delivers practical solutions for individuals to better understand their role and responsibility to treat others inclusively and with respect with a strong focus on the importance of prioritizing equality at work and in society. Anthony’s presentations focus on LGBTQ2, sexuality, gender, mental health, suicide prevention, addictions, resilience, health and wellness, self-confidence,  teamwork, leadership and overcoming adversity.

Anthony Johnson and Dr. James Makokis also recently became the first Two-Spirit team to compete on the Amazing Race Canada and received national attention for their participation on the show, while bringing new awareness to gender, sexuality and First Nation issues. They fought hard challenge after challenge eventually to become the winners of Season 7! They are both now speaking across Canada sharing their stories of their experience on the Amazing Race Canada while continuing to raise awareness and advocate for First Nation and LGBTQ2 individuals.

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Marlies Van Djik
Marlies Van Djik

Marlies is a registered nurse and worked in critical care early in her career. She has a Masters in Health Sciences from department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary. She has led large scale change initiatives at both a provincial and national level since 2005.  She was a leader in Safer Healthcare Now! and launched the BC Surgical Quality Action Network to reduce surgical site infections across 25 surgical programs. 

She is currently the Innovation Leader for Quality and Healthcare Improvement and leads the Design Lab at Alberta Health Services. The Lab team supports AHS teams to create new business models and services through user centre design methodology. They provide three core things to the organization: 1) consultancy in user centred design; 2) capacity building to scale innovation and user centred design; 3) facilitation for complex strategic challenges. They work in the area of mental health, home care, cancer control, and varied clinical teams. Her team also supports large provincial strategies to address system wide challenges in the health and care environment.  They use virtual design sprints, user research, and co-design workshops on a daily basis.  Marlies is a non-conformist and calls herself a positive rebel.  She is huge proponent of using social movement theory, crowd sourcing and liberating structures to guide her work. 

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Onye Nnorom
Onye Nnorom

Dr. Onye Nnorom is a Family Doctor and a Public Health & Preventive Medicine specialist. She is the Associate Program Director of the Public Health & Preventive Medicine Residency Program at the University of Toronto, and is the Black Health Theme Lead for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. As the Black Health Theme Lead, she is tasked with developing educational content for teaching medical students about Black Canadian health, and inequities due to systemic racism. She is also a clinical consultant for the Nicotine Dependence Clinic at Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

She is the President of the Black Physicians' Association of Ontario. She was also the chronic disease prevention lead at TAIBU Community Health Centre, where she led a number of successful cancer screening initiatives. Most recently she has taken the role as the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Lead, within the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. And she is the host of a podcast called Race, Health and Happiness where she interviews successful Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color, providing wisdom on how to stay well in a “racialized world”.

Dr. Nnorom completed her medical degree at McGill University and then completed a Masters of Public Health (Epidemiology) and residency training at the University of Toronto. Being of Nigerian and Trinidadian heritage, she is particularly interested in Black community health and wellness, and racism as a social determinant of health.

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