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Welcome to the guest speaker program! This is a wonderful opportunity for students to hear from various healthcare professionals in positions related to the field of medicine! This program has been discontinued, if you would like to view any of these sessions, please go to our Youtube channel, or click the Youtube banner next to the speaker's information.

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Greg Hartman


January 12th, 2021


D. Samba Reddy, PhD, RPh, FAAPS, FAAAS


January 27th, 2021

Dr. Samba Reddy is a highly trained expert board-certified neuro pharmacist-pharmacologist developing new therapeutics for epilepsy and brain disorders. He is also a professor of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics at the Texas A&M College of Medicine, where he directs a research team in central nervous system drug development. Dr. Reddy has made exceptional contributions to the pharmaceutical field through his services during the past 20 years, in addition to serving as an expert member in federal government panels in Washington D.C. Dr. Reddy also directs a Department of Defense project on post-traumatic epilepsy after traumatic brain injury.

David Janiczek, MD


February 9th, 2021

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Christina Wira

February 24th, 2021

Christina Wira received her Bachelors in Neuroscience from Brown University and her masters in Clinical Outcomes Research from Darthmouth College. Having traversed the fields of Healthcare Consulting, Education, and Nonprofit Grantwriting, the whispered interest in a medical career was born after an autoimmunine diagnosis and eventually grew to a roar; she is now pursuing studies to apply and enter PA school. Her medical interests include primary care, medical education, and health policy. In her free time, Christina is an enthusiatic reader, recreational triathelete, and volunteer tutor. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children.

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Laura A. Schmidt, PhD, MSW, MPH


April 14th, 2021

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Elaine J. Schattner, MD, MA

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April 28th, 2021

Dr. Elaine Schattner is a journalist, speaker, and former oncologist who lives in New York City. She is completing a book on attitudes toward cancer to be published by Columbia University Press. Her work examines the intersection of U.S. cancer care and charity, news including social media, and patient advocacy. In 1993, she joined the faculty at Weill Cornell Medical College. She also led an NIH-funded cancer immunology lab, authored scientific papers and lectured on lymphoma, cell signaling and death pathways. A life-long patient with scoliosis, a history of early-stage breast cancer, arthritis and other chronic conditions, Elaine is a super-informed patient advocate who believes that all people deserve modern and compassionate health care. In 2009, she completed a master’s program at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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Kate Roberts

March 17th, 2021

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