Convention Thought Leaders

Steffie Woolhandler, MD, MPH

Steffie Woolhandler

Steffie Woolhandler, MD, MPH is a primary care doctor, a Professor at The City University of New York School of Public Health at Hunter College and Visiting Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. A native of Louisiana, she graduated from LSU Medical School in New Orleans, and completed an internal medicine residency at Cambridge Hospital. She completed a research fellowship in General Internal Medicine at Harvard, and a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship at the Institute of Medicine in Washington, DC. She has published more than 150 journal articles, reviews, chapters and books on health policy and is a leading advocate of non-profit national health insurance for the United States She co-founded Physicians for a National Health Program.

Jay Phelan, PhD

Jay Phelan

Jay Phelan has been on the faculty of the UCLA Life Sciences Core Program since 1997, specializing in evolutionary biology, human behavior, and genetics. He received a PhD in Biology from Harvard in 1995, and master's and bachelor's degrees from Yale and UCLA.

He is co-author of the international bestseller, Mean Genes: From Sex to Money to Food - Taming Our Primal Instincts (Penguin, 2001; translated into nine languages). Written for the general reader, Mean Genes explains in simple terms how knowledge of the genetic basis of human nature can empower individuals to lead more satisfying lives.

Jay has also authored the textbooks for non-science students What is Life? A Guide to Biology and What is Life? A Guide to Biology, with Physiology (W. H. Freeman and Co.) and more than twenty technical publications.

Jay serves as an instructor at the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Program, his research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, and he has appeared on ABC's Nightline, CNN with Paula Zahn, the BBC, and National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation. His work has been featured in USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, MSNBC, and Elle magazine, as well as in more than a hundred newspapers. He is the recipient of more than a dozen teaching awards, including UCLA's Distinguished Teaching Award in 2011.

Saurabh Jha, MBBS

Saurabh Jha

Assistant Professor of Radiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Active Staff , Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Department of Medical Imaging, Philadelphia, PA
Active Staff , Pennsylvania Hospital, Department of Radiology, Philadelphia, PA
Attending, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Radiology, Philadelphia, PA