WCM Insights Webinar Series: Leading the Conversation on Healthcare

As one of the nation’s most prestigious academic medical centers, Weill Cornell Medicine is home to distinguished biomedical researchers, clinicians and other health professionals who are transforming the world of medicine. Their expertise has been showcased in an online informational program. Each hour-long webinar featured a lively discussion among faculty on pressing health issues, ranging from COVID-19 research to racial health disparities and mental health concerns. Viewers were able to submit questions to the panelists, and all webinars are archived for later viewing on the Insights website, located at weill.cornell.edu/insights

The series, held from July through October, looked at current healthcare topics from a variety of perspectives:

Health Equities and Racial Disparities: The Pandemic within a Pandemic examined the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black and Latino people. Panelists included:

  • Dr. Joy Howell, Assistant Dean of Diversity and Student Life
  • Dr. Said Ibrahim, Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, and Chief of the Division of Healthcare Delivery Science and Innovation in the Department of Population Health Sciences
  • Dr. Vanessa Rouzier, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in Medicine and Chief of Pediatrics, GHESKIO Center, Haiti
  • Dr. Monika Safford, Director, Cornell Center for Health Equity, and Chief, General Internal Medicine in the Weill Department of Medicine

Peas in a Pod: Mental Wellness for the Entire Family shared strategies to bolster mind-body health and improve well-being during these challenging times. Panelists included:

  • Dr. Shannon Bennett, Assistant Professor of Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry
  • Dr. Susan Evans, Professor of Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry
  • Dr. Francis Lee, Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, and Professor of Neuroscience, Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute.

COVID Clinical Trials: Antibodies, Immunity and Vaccine Development presented the latest information on COVID-related clinical trials aimed at discovering new treatments and developing successful vaccines. Panelists included:

  • Dr. Marshall Glesby, Associate Chief of Infectious Diseases in the Weill Department of Medicine
  • Dr. Roy Gulick, Chief of Infectious Diseases in the Weill Department of Medicine, and the Rochelle Belfer Professor in Medicine
  • Dr. Kristen Marks, Associate Professor of Medicine
  • Dr. Carl Nathan, Chairman of Microbiology and Immunology, and the Rees Pritchett Professor of Microbiology

Renewal at the Epicenter: COVID and the Road Ahead surveyed the strides that Weill Cornell Medicine is making to combat COVID and to ensuring continued quality care for all patients. Speakers were:

  • Dr. Augustine M.K. Choi, Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean, Weill Cornell Medicine
  • Dr. Joseph Cooke, Vice Chairman, Weill Department of Medicine

The New Frontline: Innovations in Emergency Medicine and Telehealth reviewed the rapidly evolving and expanding world of digital healthcare and new trends in emergency medicine and telemedicine. Panelists included:

  • Dr. Peter Greenwald, Director of Telemedicine, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Dr. Rahul Sharma, Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine, and Executive Director, Center for Virtual Care
  • Dr. Heather Yeo, the Frank Glenn Faculty Scholar in Surgery and the Nanette Laitman Clinical Scholar in Healthcare Policy and Research/Clinical Evaluation

Healthy at Home: Building Strength, Nutrition and Resilience reviewed essential tips to maintaining your health in the comfort of home. Speakers included:

  • Janet Lau, a nutritionist in the Integrative Health and Wellbeing Program
  • Dr. Jaspal “Ricky” Singh, Vice Chairman and Director of Interventional Spine in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and Co-Director, Weill Cornell Center for Comprehensive Spine Care
  • Dr. Joel Stein, Chairman, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

The Perfect Score: COVID Testing and a Flattened Curve highlighted how Weill Cornell Medicine physicians and scientists continue to use cutting-edge techniques to keep New Yorkers safe, even after the city lowered the infection rate using science-based strategies. Panelists included:

  • Dr. Melissa Cushing, Director of Clinical Laboratories and Vice Chair, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • Dr. Nathaniel Hupert, Co-Director, Cornell Institute for Disease and Disaster Preparedness at Weill Cornell Medicine and Associate Professor of Population Health Sciences and of Medicine
  • Dr. Rainu Kaushal, Senior Associate dean for clinical research, chairman, Department of Population Health Sciences and the Nanette Laitman Distinguished Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research
  • Dr. Massimo Loda, Chairman, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and the David T. Thompson Professor of Pathology

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