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Hacking Health and Resiliency with Creative Arts and Technology

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Short 5 min dance at the beginning of the panel to warm-up the room. “Social Distancing” needs “Social Connecting” more than ever. Our global population is stuck at home due to COVID-19, lacks physical activities, and can easily fall into anxiety and depression. As a stage IV cancer survivor, I understand the impact of stress, isolation, and loneliness during a challenging time. It is more crucial than ever to keep ourselves and our loved ones healthy mentally and physically.

Behavior change is difficult, even more so when you are stuck at home. The situation is even more dire for the high-risk population affected by chronic disease or aging. Family members are reducing visits due to the risk of exposing them to COVID-19. They are longing for social connections and community support.

Research shows Creative Arts Therapy improves cancer patients’ Quality of Life by 50% and reduces pain by 59%! Dance reduces the risk of dementia by 76%, and cardiovascular death by 46%. The panel will discuss published medical studies on health benefits of creative arts (music, dance, art), and use empathy and design thinking to bring them to health tech innovation to create effective healthy habit building, and build resiliency during this challenging time.

Confirmed Panelists

Amy Li is Founder of Dance4Healing, an AI-powered telehealth social venture for healthy habit building, winner of Stanford Medicine X Healthcare Design Award, 2nd prize for Partners Connected Health Fit Mind Challenge sponsored by AARP.  Inspired by her Stage IV cancer journey, she also launched, a global network of leaders who champion Healthcare Innovation, Integrative Medicine, and Patient Advocacy. She spoke/demoed at SXSW, Exponential Medicine, Stanford Medicine X, Health 2.0, American Geriatric Society. Amy is a UX and branding expert for global brands such as Yahoo, AT&T, VW, and Sony. Her work was featured at the New York Times, NBC, Yahoo!, Gizmodo. Amy graduated from Singularity University, known for empowering leaders to use technology to positively impact the world. She is a board member of Humanity+, a global non-profit advocating the ethical use of technology to expand human capacities. Her non-profit work was mentioned by TIME magazine and featured in Chinese media.

Unconfirmed Panelists

Dennis Boyle


Dennis Boyle is a Partner and a founding member of IDEO. Dennis helps lead the Design for Health domain for IDEO. Design for Health is the side of IDEO’s business that works with clients in the medical and consumer health-care industries to develop innovative products, services and strategies.

Dennis is a consulting assistant professor at Stanford’s, where he’s taught courses on product design, engineering design, and human factors design, as well as design for sustainability and creativity. He established and co-teaches “Design for Healthy Behavior Change” at the, a course that draws students from each of the university’s graduate schools. In this class students are placed on teams that work directly with individual patient-volunteers to build healthy behaviors in order to avoid or slow the onset of long-term chronic illnesses.

Dennis holds a BS in mechanical engineering, with an emphasis on industrial design, from the University of Notre Dame and an MS in product design from Stanford.

Dr Steven Eisenberg


Dr. Steven Eisenberg completed a medical oncology and hematology fellowship at Georgetown University Medical Center, Vincent T. Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. After training, he co-founded cCARE, California’s largest medical oncology practice. He’s dubbed the ‘CEO’ at cCARE, Chief Empathy Officer. Dr. Eisenberg is the author of the upcoming CPR for the Soul: How to Jumpstart Your Heart And Wake Up to Your Life. His research publications include articles on novel therapies for cancer and his special interests are breast cancer, cancer prevention, patient engagement, and new healthcare technologies. He was one of the first graduates of FutureMed at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. Building upon his expertise in healthcare technology, he joined the faculty of Singularity University’s Exponential Medicine program and joined the ranks of the world’s top medical innovators.

Dr. Eisenberg is triple-board-certified (Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, and Hematology) and sees private patients in San Diego. He’s had numerous hospital best bedside manner wins and he was the first recipient of the Dr. Emanuel Fliegelman Humanitarian Award for the doctor exhibiting highly compassionate care during residency. After graduating from Singularity University, he co-founded Workup, Inc., a startup in the oral cancer treatment adherence space, for which he serves as Chief Medical Officer. Also known as the singing oncologist, Dr. Eisenberg co-writes songs with amazing individuals living with cancer through Lyrical Life, a passion project of his that was featured on NBC’s TODAY show. Steven hosts the internet’s top outlet for health information, innovation, and inspiration — The Dr. Steven Show. His guests include A-list healthcare luminaries, thought leaders on the future of medicine, and celebrity health & wellness trainers.

Adam Gazzaley

Founder of Neuroscape at UCSF; Co-Founder and Chief Science Advisor at Akili, JAZZ VP and Sensync

Dr. Adam Gazzaley obtained an M.D. and Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, completed Neurology residency at the University of Pennsylvania, and postdoctoral training in cognitive neuroscience at University of California, Berkeley. He is currently the David Dolby Distinguished Professor of Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco and the Founder & Executive Director of Neuroscape, a translational neuroscience center at UCSF engaged in technology creation and scientific research.

At Neuroscape, he leads the design and development of novel brain assessment and cognitive optimization technologies to advance education, wellness, and medicine practices. Neuroscape’s novel approach involves the development of custom-designed, closed-loop video games integrated with the latest advancements in software and hardware (virtual/augmented reality, motion capture, mobile physiological recording devices, transcranial electrical brain stimulation). These technologies are then advanced to rigorous, placebo-controlled research studies that evaluate their impact on cognition, as well as the neural mechanisms of these effects using a combination of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

Dr. Gazzaley is co-founder and Chief Science Advisor of Akili Interactive, a company developing therapeutic video games, Sensync, a company creating the first Sensory Immersion Vessel, and JAZZ Venture Partners, a venture capital firm investing in experiential technology to improve human performance. He has been a scientific advisor for over a dozen companies including Apple, GE, Nielsen, Deloitte, Magic Leap, and the VOID. He was a Science Board member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, and is currently a Board of Trustee and Science Council member of the California Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Gazzaley has filed multiple patents for his inventions, authored over 140 scientific articles, and delivered over 675 invited presentations around the world. His research and perspectives have been consistently profiled in high-impact media, such as The New York Times, New York Times Magazine, New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, TIME, Discover, Wired, PBS, NPR, CNN and NBC Nightly News. He wrote and hosted the nationally-televised PBS special “The Distracted Mind with Dr. Adam Gazzaley”, and co-authored the 2016 MIT Press book “The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World”, winner of the 2017 PROSE Award in the category of Biomedicine and Neuroscience. Dr. Gazzaley has received many awards and honors, including the 2015 Society for Neuroscience – Science Educator Award.

Below are other industrial experts who had expressed interest in joining a panel discussion with us as well: 

Charlotte Yeh, Chief Medical Officer, AARP Services;

Jody Holtzman, formal SVP of Market Innovation, AARP;

Suzanne B. Hanser, Ed.D., MT-BC, Professor and founding chair of the Music Therapy Department. Berklee College of Music;

David Ewing Duncan, Book Author at Dutton-Penguin, Curator and CEO at Arc, Contributor at WIRED, Former Columnist at Daily Beast, Former Director, Center for Life Science Policy at UC Berkeley

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