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Cutting Edge Developments in Medicine - Fundamentals to Future Therapies
21st August, 2015

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Agreement Signing Ceremony
10:00 - 10:30 AM

Fundamentals of Endoscopy
Speaker: Ellen Stein, M.D., The Johns Hopkins University

10:30 - 11:00AM

Innovations in GI Endoscopy – Evolution to Minimally Invasive Surgery
Speaker: Mouen Khashab, M.D., The Johns Hopkins University

11:00 - 11:30 AM

Cutting Edge Developments in Laparoscopic Surgery Interventions
Speaker: Martin Makary, M.D., The Johns Hopkins University

11:30 - 12:00 PM

Curing Hepatitis but Facing the New Challenge of Fatty Liver Disease & Liver Cancer
Speaker: Zhiping Li, M.D., The Johns Hopkins University

12:00 – 12:30 PM

Fecal Transplants: The New Frontier to Cure Disease
Speaker: Linda Lee, M.D., The Johns Hopkins University

12:30 – 1:00 PM

Avoiding Litigation in your Medical Practice
Speaker: Carol Bhagan-Khan, CEO, North West Regional Health Authority, Trinidad and Tobago

1:00 – 2:00 PM LUNCH

2:00 -2:30 PM

Preventing Medical Errors – Ensuring a Safe Environment for Our Patients
Speaker: Martin Makary, M.D., The Johns Hopkins University

2:30 – 3:00 PM

Management of Neonatal Hearing Loss: Basics & What’s New
Speaker: Heather Weinreich, M.D., The Johns Hopkins University

3:00 - 3:30 PM

Innovations in Immediate Neonatal Care
Speaker: Roberto Sosa, M.D., All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine

3:30 - 4:00 PM

Role of Nursing in the Neonatal Intensive Care
Speaker: Karen Hersman, R.N. All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine

4:00 – 4:30 PM

New Developments in Endovascular Interventions
Speaker: Ying Lum, M.D., The Johns Hopkins University



Anthony Kalloo, M.D.

Dr. Anthony Kalloo is a Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. He is the Director of The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Johns Hopkins Hospital with special interests in Natural Orifice Surgery, therapeutic endoscopy, biliary and pancreatic diseases and sphincter of Oddi dysfunction.  After receiving his medical degree from the University of West Indies Medical School, Dr. Kalloo interned and completed his residency in Internal medicine at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C. He completed his fellowship training program at the combined Georgetown University, VA Medical Center and NIH programs. Prior to joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins in 1988, he was an Instructor in Medicine at Georgetown University.  Other noteworthy roles have included Associate Editor of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and founder and immediate past medical director of The Hopkins Gastroenterology and Hepatology Resource Center (, a 3,000 page multilingual web resource for patients and physicians. In addition to authoring over 190 scientific papers, article reviews and book chapters, he also pioneered and has multiple patents including the use of Botulinum Toxin in the gastrointestinal tract, endoscopic cryotherapy and the winged biliary/pancreatic stent. He is the pioneer of Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES), a technique that will enable abdominal surgery without the use of incisions. NOTES was cited this year as one of CNN’s top ten medical innovations Dr. Kalloo is a past Panel Chair for Gastroenterology and Urology Devices with the United States Food and Drug Administration. In 2009 he was recognized as the Distinguished Educator of the Year of the Award by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. 

Mouen Khashab, M.D.

Dr. Mouen Khashab is an associate professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  Dr. Khashab attended the American University of Beirut School of Medicine and completed postdoctoral internships at the American University of Beirut and the Indiana University School of Medicine, as well as residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship at the Indiana University School of Medicine and an advanced fellowship in Interventional Endoscopy at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  Currently Dr. Khashab is the director of Therapeutic Endoscopy and Endoscopy Training at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  Dr. Khashab’s areas of expertise include pancreatic biliary diseases and endoscopy, therapeutic endoscopy, endoscopic resection and endoscopic innovation.  His work includes more than 70 peer reviewed original research publications and 25 invited reviews, as well as numerous case reports and book chapters.  In 2011 and 2012 Dr. Khashab was awarded the Top Reviewer for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He currently serves on the Reviewer editorial board of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and is an associate editor for Endoscopy. 

Linda Lee, M.D.

Dr. Linda Lee is Board-Certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.  She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Chicago, graduating with honors. Dr. Lee attended the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago.  After finishing her internal medicine residency at the University of Pennsylvania, she completed a gastroenterology fellowship at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Lee has been involved in gastrointestinal and cancer research, teaching, and clinical care.  She lectures frequently in the community and to medical students and practitioners. In addition, she is a Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association and is the Administrative Editor for Practical Reviews in Gastroenterology.

Dr. Lee spent 13 years in basic science research, studying the function of a cancer protein called Myc in liver cancer.  She has published several articles and reviews on her findings.  During this time, Dr. Lee also led a clinical practice that included the care of cancer patients who had liver or gastrointestinal issues.   She worked closely with oncologists at the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center to develop expertise in the diagnosis and management of gastrointestinal complications of stem cell transplantation.

Dr. Lee is the founder and director of the Johns Hopkins Integrative Medicine & Digestive Center, located at Green Spring Station. She is also the Clinical Director for the Johns Hopkins Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology and the Director of Endoscopy for Johns Hopkins Hospital.  She is a co-investigator on a NIH national research consortium on the study of gastroparesis, a motility disorder predominantly affecting women. 

The Johns Hopkins Integrative Medicine & Digestive Center provides a broad spectrum of services to enhance conventional care, including acupuncture, massage therapy, nutrition consultation, and integrative psychotherapy.  Specific programs have been developed targeting cancer patients and survivors, as well as women with digestive health issues. 

Zhiping Li, M.D.

Dr. Li had his initial medical education at Shanghai Jiaotong University (formally Shanghai Second Medical University) in China.  After finishing his internal medicine residency training in Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Li joined Johns Hopkins Gastroenterology and Hepatology in 2000 as a clinic fellow.  After his GI fellowship, Dr. Li had advance training in hepatology and therapeutic endoscopy and became a faculty at Johns Hopkins in 2004.  He is the Director of Hepatology and is actively engaging in both clinical and basic research, teaching medical students, residents and fellow, and maintaining a busy clinic practice.  He is also the Assistant Director of International Medical Education and responsible for all international medical education activities associated with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. Li is specialized in all aspects of liver and biliary diseases, as well as liver transplant.  He is board-certified in Gastroenterology.  He was among the first group of physicians in the US to be board certified in Transplant Hepatology.  He is also a very experienced therapeutic endoscopist.

Dr. Li does both clinical and basic research.  He has a NIH funded laboratory focusing on the pathogenesis of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and immune mediated liver injury.  There are several areas of active investigation including dietary modulation of gut bacteria, liver innate immune system and their regulation on tissue injury and repair.  Dr. Li also does clinical research on cirrhotic ascites, liver transplant, hepatocellular carcinoma and immune mediated liver diseases as well as endoscopic techniques and interventions.

Dr. Li is a vivid teacher.  He teaches part of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine curriculum “Gene to Society”.  He also established the Transplant Hepatology Fellowship program accredited by ACGME at Johns Hopkins University.  He is a visiting professor for several universities abroad and teaches there annually.  He has mentored more than 20 fellows who currently hold faculty positions at various academic institutions. 

Ying Wei Lum, M.D.

Dr Ying Wei Lum is originally from Malaysia, but graduated from Jefferson Medical College, PA. He did his General Surgery residency followed by Vascular Surgery Fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins and currently practices as a Vascular Surgeon.

He has a strong interest in international collaboration and for 3 years, was the Director for Anatomy at Perdana University Graduate School of Medicine, a medical school founded in collaboration with Johns Hopkins in his home country of Malaysia. Currently, Dr Lum is a full time vascular surgeon back in Baltimore.

As a vascular surgeon, he is trained in both open surgical procedures and endovascular therapy.  His practice includes a wide breath of all vascular conditions including carotid disease, aneurysms, peripheral arterial disease, venous disease, dialysis access and a strong clinical interest in thoracic outlet syndrome. He is currently the principal investigator at Hopkins for an NIH trial comparing best endovascular vs best surgical therapies for limb salvage.

Marty Makary M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Makary is professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and creator of the Operating Room Checklist popularized in the book The Checklist Manifesto.  He served on the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) Surgery Checklist workgroup and chaired the W.H.O. technical workgroup on measuring surgical quality worldwide. 

He is the author of the New York Times Bestselling book Unaccountable about doctor-led efforts that are revolutionizing health care, and the book Mama Maggie about an Egyptian Nobel Prize nominee.  Dr. Makary writes for The Wall Street Journal, The International New York Times, and TIME Magazine and is a medical commentator for FOX News and NBC’s TODAY show.

At Johns Hopkins, Dr. Makary is chief of Islet Transplantation Surgery and serves jointly as a professor of Health Policy & Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  In 2006, Dr. Makary was named the Mark Ravitch endowed Chair of Gastrointestinal Surgery at Johns Hopkins, and in 2010 was named Director of Surgical Quality & Safety at Johns Hopkins.  Dr. Makary speaks internationally on the surgery checklist, innovations in quality and patient safety, the digital future of health care, and has been a visiting professor at over 20 medical schools around the world. Last year, Dr. Makary was named to America’s 20 Most Influential People in Health Care by Health Leaders Magazine.

Dr. Marty Makary holds degrees from Bucknell University, Thomas Jefferson University, and Harvard University and completed his surgery residency at Georgetown University.  

Ellen Stein, M.D.

Dr. Ellen Stein is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.  She is the current Division Director for Informatics and Lead Epic Physician Champion. Her clinical and research interests include clinical applications of informatics, dysphagia (swallowing disorders), gastroesophageal reflux disease, esophageal motility, eosinophilic esophagitis, gastroparesis, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), constipation and other gastrointestinal motility disorders. 

She completed undergraduate training at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and received her medical degree (M.D.) from the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. She completed internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. She then completed Gastroenterology Fellowship at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In addition, Dr. Stein worked in the motility laboratory at Albert Einstein with the esteemed Dr. Philip Katz, pursuing advanced training in esophageal motility. Dr. Stein is currently a member of the Center for Neurogastroenterology on the Bayview Campus of Johns Hopkins. She has a specific research focus in post-operative recovery of motility function, and she works intensively with the TPIAT (total pancreatectomy and autoislet cell transplant) program to provide motility support to the patients after their surgery.

Karen Hersman, R.N.

Karen Hersman has been a registered nurse for 32 years, spending 15 of those years in a NICU setting. Previously she worked ten years on a neonatal pediatric transport team. She has been employed by John's Hopkins for 25 years. She obtained her RNC certification in 2013 and is actively involved in her units high-risk delivery team and total body cooling team.

Roberto Sosa, M.D.

Dr. Roberto Sosa’s achievements have developed over a 30-year span of time.

In 1976, after working for 4 years in research projects at the Institute of Nutrition for Central America and Panama in Guatemala (INCAP), he started working in the Tampa Bay area at All Children’s Hospital and the University of South Florida, School of Medicine.

His work in developing countries was in the area of neonatal nutrition, specifically breastfeeding and infant mother attachment. 

Together with investigators at INCAP and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, they produced several landmark papers in the area of breastfeeding and maternal mother attachment. These articles were published in prestigious medical journals:  New England Journal of Medicine, the British Medical Journal, and the Journal of Pediatrics.

Upon his arrival to All Children’s Hospital, he started the first Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The original unit had 10 beds and by 1980, successfully had grown to a 40 bed neonatal unit. 

The All Children’s Hospital Neonatal Unit is considered one of the premier neonatal referral centers for the State of Florida and is a member of the State of Florida Designated Neonatal Referral Center.  In the year 2010, a brand new, state of the art Neonatal Unit was opened with a 96-bed capacity. It is a major teaching center for pediatric residents from the University of South Florida and together share a neonatal fellowship program.

Today, the Neonatal Department has 25 neonatal physicians that cover a large geographical area in West Central Florida with approximately 19,000 deliveries. All Children’s Hospital provides neonatology services for Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Bayfront Medical Center, Peace River Hospital, Spring Hill Regional Medical Center, St. Petersburg General Florida  Hospital Tampa and Brandon Regional Hospital. 

During Dr. Sosa’s tenure as Division Chairman of the Neonatology Department at All Children’s Hospital, more than 15,000 infants have been treated in the Neonatal Unit. Some of the nursery graduates are now 30 year-old professionals in the Tampa Bay area.

In 2010 All Children’s Hospital became part of Johns Hopkins Medicine. Today Dr. Sosa serves as the medical director for the international medicine program at All Children’s Hospital. 

During this lifetime achievement, Dr. Sosa has become a nationally and internationally known physician in the area of neonatology and frequently participates in conferences and workshops inside and outside of the United States.

Heather Weinreich, M.D.

Dr. Heather Weinreich is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Otology, Neurotology, and Skull Base Surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins.  In her past, she worked as a report analyst for a division of UnitedHealth Group (UHG).  Through her work at UHG, Dr. Weinreich became interested in population medicine and epidemiology.  In 2004, she obtained a Masters in Public Health at the University of Minnesota where her thesis focused on prenatal vitamin C and the risk of otitis media in newborns.  

Combining her interest in patient care and epidemiology, she attended medical school at the University of Minnesota, graduating with honors.   In 2013, Dr. Weinreich completed her residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery from the University of Minnesota.  While in residency, she received the Paparella Clinical Otological Award for her work in examining the association of otitis media, obesity, and vitamin D.  

She completed her fellowship in Neurotology at Johns Hopkins University. Her practice area includes chronic ear disease, hearing loss, vestibular disorders, surgical hearing rehabilitation and skullbase surgery.  Dr. Weinreich’s academic interests include otitis media risk factors, comparative and cost effectiveness research, outcomes research, and medical decision making models.. Most recently, she was privileged to be involved with the International Society of Otitis Media 2015 post congress research group.  

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