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This event occurred on
April 19, 2012
6:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Providence, RI
United States

TEDxCollege Hill is about the future of health throughout the world. We focus on four major themes:
1) alternative medicine
2) health in the developing world
3) social healthcare
4) healthcare for the elderly

Warren Alpert School of Medicine
222 Richmond Street
Room 160
Providence, RI, 02912
United States
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Rodrigo Martinez

Rodrigo Martinez is a member of the Health & Wellness practice at IDEO, a design and innovation consulting firm. As Life Sciences Chief Strategist, he works with his colleagues to understand and design the experience of health both within traditional healthcare industries and the emerging area of wellness/DIY health/QS. He is passionate about finding new design possibilities through design + biology at all scales.

Jeffrey Borkan

Jeffrey M. Borkan, MD, PhD is a family physician educator, researcher, clinician, and advocate whose career has bridged two fields (family medicine and medical anthropology), both in the US and abroad. He joined the Department of Family Medicine at Brown University as Professor and Chair in 2001, after having been the ViceChair of Behavioral Science at Tel Aviv University, and the coordinator of a national Family Medicine Practice Based Research Network. Dr. Borkan received his BA from the University of Michigan and his MD and PhD at Case Western Reserve University. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Washington and was a fellow in Social Medicine at Harvard. At Brown, Dr. Borkan has worked with a broad coalition to spearhead the growth and development of the Department of Family Medicine, the sole family medicine department in the State (and the site of training for two thirds of the family physicians). He has been active in Rhode Island and national healthcare policy, including chairing the Rhode Island Primary Care Physician Advisory Board, serving as a board member of the national Academic Family Medicine Advocacy Association (AFMAA) and the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC), president and chair of the Association of Departments of Family Medicine, and, currently, the chair of the Council of Academic Family Medicine (the national coordinating body for all academic Family Medicine). Dr. Borkan has taken several leadership roles in medical education innovation and currently chairs the Brown MD Curriculum Committee during a period of curriculum redesign. Dr. Borkan's association with the principles of the patient centered medical home (PCMH) is long standing, based in experiences in a variety of urban and rural settings as a family physician, administrator, and researcher. He is the Principle Investigator on a Patient-Centered Medical Home Initiative (AAU Grant, HRSA, 2010 to 2015) and is on the Executive Committee of the CSI Rhode Island multipayer PCMH initiative.

Charles Wescott

Charles Wescott, also known as TaiChi Charlie to his many colleagues and friends, is a social media consultant and wellness expert and enthusiast based in Rhode Island, but with global reach.

Hiba Salih

Dr. Hiba Salih is a Physician from North Sudan who worked for 3 years in post conflict settings in South Sudan to improve on reproductive and child health by translating research into action. She received her MPH from the University of Medical Sciences and Technology and her BSc from Juba University in South Sudan. Dr. Salih also coordinates global health programs for GHETS (Global Health Through Education, Training, and Service) in the Middle East and Saharan Africa. She is experienced in Participatory Ethnographic Evaluation and Research and Community Readiness Assessment.

Catherine Kerr

Director of Translational Neuroscience, Contemplative Studies Initiative Assistant Professor (Research), Department of Family Medicine Why does mindfulness meditation begin by focusing on the breath? Does mindfulness-based somatic awareness (cultivated through attention to breath, body sensations) change the brain? Catherine Kerr received a B.A. from Amherst College, and a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University. Before arriving at Brown, she was at Harvard Medical School where her original focus was on developing innovative approaches for investigating placebo effects. Currently, her work focuses on using Magnetoencephalography (MEG) and other tools to investigate brain mechanisms underlying body-based attention and healing in mindfulness and other mind-body practices such as Tai Chi.

Rajiv Kumar

Dr. Rajiv Kumar is the Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Providence-based wellness company ShapeUp. Through this rapidly growing, venture capital-backed startup, Dr. Kumar has been able to scale and deliver his social networking and gaming-based behavior change model for wellness to workplaces worldwide including Cleveland Clinic, Pfizer, HP, Aetna, National Grid, and United Healthcare. ShapeUp's social wellness platform now covers over two million individuals in ninety countries around the world. In 2008, he was named by the Providence Business News as one of "40 Under Forty" in the next generation of business community leaders. Dr. Kumar is one of ten Americans who received the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Community Health Leader Award in 2009. He is the co-author of numerous health outcome studies that have been published about his program in peer review journals including Obesity, The American Journal of Public Health, and Preventive Medicine. Dr. Kumar earned his medical degree from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and has focused his career on prevention and public health. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics from Brown University.

Organizing team


Providence, RI, United States
  • Bob Cook
    Technology & Speaker Coordinator
  • Angad Kochar
    Tech Guru
  • Ted Apstein
    Marketing Coordinator
  • Sat Reddy
    Logistics Coordinator
  • Linda Chao
    Speaker Coordinator
  • Izzy Marshall
    Speaker Coordinator
  • Claire Williams
    TED Talks Coordinator
  • John Alvarez
    Media Coordinator
  • Giles Holt
    Creative Director
  • Jerome Arul
    Creative Director
  • Carolyn Luppens
    Media Coordinator