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Ellen Roche, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering + Institute for Medical Engineering and Science Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Ellen Roche is an assistant professor at MIT, sharing her time between the mechanical engineering program and the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science. She completed her postdoctoral research fellowship at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and went on to earn her Ph.D. at Harvard University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Her research focuses on applying innovative technologies to the development of cardiac devices, including the development of novel devices to repair or augment cardiac function using disruptive approaches such as soft robotics, combination of mechanical actuation with delivery of cell therapy, and use of light activated biodegradable adhesives. Professor Roche was employed in the medical device industry for over five years as a research and development engineer, and understands the regulatory pathways to medical device commercialization. She has 10 patent applications and over 40 conference/journal papers. She is the recipient of multiple awards including the Fulbright International Science and Technology Award, the Wellcome Trust Seed Award in Science and an American Heart Association Pre-Doctoral Award.

Ronald M. Epstein, M.D. Professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry + Oncology University of Rochester Medical Center

Dr. Ronald Epstein is professor of family medicine, psychiatry + oncology at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and is board-certified in family medicine and hospice and palliative medicine. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Epstein is active in research and medical education. He is director of the Center for Communication and Disparities Research, which focuses on how to improve communication between clinicians, patients and their loved ones. He also directs the Dean’s Teaching Fellowship program to promote excellence in medical education. Dr. Epstein holds degrees from Wesleyan University and Harvard Medical School. He was named the first George Engel and John Romano Dean's Teaching Scholar at the University of Rochester, and was honored with the Lynn Payer Award from the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare for lifetime achievement in research on communication and health. Dr. Epstein holds the Humanism in Medicine Award from the New York Academy of Medicine, and has been a Fulbright scholar at the Institute for Health Studies in Barcelona, Spain. He is a frequent keynote speaker at major national and international conferences on medical education, communication, and mindfulness in health care. He has over 200 publications.

Alexandra Jane Lansky, M.D., FESC, FACC, FSCAI, FAHA Professor of Medicine (Cardiology), Yale School of Medicine

Alexandra J. Lansky, M.D., is Professor of Medicine in the section of Cardiology at the Yale School of Medicine and a practicing cardiologist at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Lansky joined Yale in 2010 as Director of the Yale Heart and Vascular Clinical Research Program and the Cardiovascular Research Center (YCRC), which specializes in the conduct of national and international cardiovascular clinical trials with specific expertise in the evaluation of interventional devices. She most recently received a dual appointment as Chair of Cardiovascular Research at Queen Mary University in London as part of the Yale and London-based Barts Heart Center transatlantic research collaboration. She has dedicated her career to leading clinical and angiographic evaluations of more than 500 clinical trials in a broad range of ischemic cardiovascular therapeutic areas, including pharmacologic and interventional device trials, many of which are landmark trials in the field and/or leading to FDA approval in the United States.

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