Medical technology is certainly enhancing and extending our lives.  Dr. Partha Nandi, MD, and his experts discuss how cutting-edge technologies like 3D printing and 3D bio-ink are shaping the future and bringing hope to patients and their families.  Plus, a guest who watched her father’s health rapidly decline shares how a piece of her liver and a skilled surgeon gave her Dad his life back. Also, the potential for stem cells to fight a wide range of diseases; how artificial intelligence and machine learning saves lives; and a new medical device brings a young woman piece of mind.

Notable Guests

Nadav Noor

Doctoral candidate Nadav Noor is a scientist and part of the Israeli team that created the 3D printed heart. Nadav has a B.Sc in computer science and mathematics from Ben-gurion University. He has a M.Sc in material science and engineering from Tel-Aviv University. He is currently in the direct Ph.D program at Tel-Aviv University.

Tolou Shokuhfar

Dr. Tolou Shokuhfar, Associate Professor and Director of In-Situ Nanomedicine Laboratory at UIC Department of Bioengineering, research focuses on smart and multifunctional nanobiomaterials for enhancing the human health. She has received many awards including the National Science Foundation CAREER AWARD, the International DSL Young Scientist Award for her work on “Multifunctional Nanostructures for Medical Implants”, the “Young Leaders Professional Development” Award from The Materials Society, the Outstanding Orthopaedic biomaterials faculty Abstract award from the Society of Biomaterials, and the INSIGHT Diversity Award for Inspiring Women in STEM . She has organized over 10 national and international conference symposiums, presented over 40 invited talks, and has published over 100 articles. She has a great passion for yoga and believes in the interlock between healthy mind and healthy body.  Learn more at isnl.lab.uic.edu

Eva L. Feldman

Eva L. Feldman MD, PhD is the Russell N. DeJong Professor of Neurology at the University of Michigan Medical School and Director of the ALS Center of Excellence at Michigan Medicine. She also directs her own 30-scientist laboratory as part of the Program for Neurology Research and Discovery and is the principal investigator of two first-ever FDA approved human clinical trials of intraspinal stem cell transplantation for ALS. Dr. Feldman has published more than 400 original peer-reviewed articles, 70 book chapters, 4 books and has had continuous National Institutes of Health funding for 30 years. In her role as President of the American Neurological Association from 2011-2013 and as a member of the National Academy of Medicine, she strongly advocates for stem cell research and stem cell therapy in regulated clinical trials. In recognition of her work, she was named the 2016 National Clinician of the Year by Castle Connolly Top Doctors in America and will receive the 2019 Michigan Medicine Alumni Society Distinguished Alumnus Award in October 2019.  Learn more at pnrdfeldman.org

Christopher Sonnenday

Christopher Sonnenday, M.D., M.H.S., is the Darrell A. Campbell, Jr, M.D., Collegiate Professor of Transplant Surgery at the University of Michigan and the Surgical Director of Liver Transplantation for Michigan Medicine. He serves as Associate Chair for Clinical Affairs for the Department of Surgery. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery, Section of Transplantation, and Associate Professor of Health Management and Policy at the School of Public Health. Dr. Sonnenday’s clinical interests focus on liver transplantation, liver cancer, hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery, and general surgery procedures in patients with advanced liver disease. His primary academic and research interests include the study of frailty and sarcopenia in liver transplant candidates, novel methods of patient selection in liver transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery, and quality collaboratives in transplantation.  Learn more at uofmhealth.org

David Worthy

Dr. David Worthy is a board-certified Family Physician. He completed his residency in the US Army and spent four years as an attending physician training residents in the Army prior to private practice in rural Kentucky. He and his family worked in a small mission hospital in Kenya for a year. Dr. Worthy returned to Kentucky where he spent the next 11 years as an Emergency Medicine physician. He was the the founding CEO of Grace Community Health Center and is currently a Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of a hospital in Kentucky. He is a Certified Physician Executive and is a Certified Professional in Patient Safety. He serves as an advisor to Thynk Health in order to further medicine through the application of AI.  Learn more at thynkhealth.com

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