Invited Speakers

Adam Foss, Esq Michael C. Muelly, MD Marc Raibert, PhD Joseph Sakran Jo Shapiro, MD
Adam Foss, Esq.
Founder and Executive Director
Prosecutor Impact
Boston, MA
Michael Muelly, MD
Product Manager, Google Cloud Healthcare & Lifesciences
Stanford University
Stanford, CA


Marc Raibert, PhD
Chief Executive Officer
Boston Dynamics
Waltham, MA
Joseph Sakran, MD
Associate Chief, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Division of Acute Care Surgery and Director, EGS
Baltimore, MD
Jo Shapiro, MD
Associate Professor, Otolaryngology
Department of Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Mr. Foss is speaking at the Jay & Margie Grosfeld Presidential Symposium and at the Social Determinants of Health Workshop.

Adam J. Foss is a former Assistant District Attorney in the Juvenile Division of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office (SCDAO) in Boston, MA, and a fierce advocate for criminal justice reform and the importance of the role of the prosecutor in ending mass incarceration. Mr. Foss believes that the profession of prosecution is ripe for reinvention requiring better incentives and more measurable metrics for success beyond simply “cases won”, leading him to found Prosecutor Impact - a non-profit developing training and curriculum for prosecutors to reframe their role in the criminal justice system.

During his nine years as a prosecutor, Mr. Foss collaborated with the courts and the community to develop programming that continues to have a positive impact on the neighborhoods he prosecuted in. One example is the Roxbury CHOICE program, an initiative Mr Foss co-founded, to turn probation from a punitive sentence into a beneficial relationship with the court, the probation department and the District Attorney’s Office. He is also the founder of the SCDAO Reading Program, which he started in order to bridge the achievement gap of area elementary school students. Before leaving the District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Foss was a critical piece of the foundation of the first juvenile diversion program in Suffolk County, keeping young people out of the cradle to prison pipeline.

He has received numerous awards and distinctions. Most recently, Mr. Foss appeared in the critically-acclaimed CNN feature-length documentary “American Jail.” In 2017 he was the 2017 Nelson Mandela Changemaker of the Year (Mandela Foundation); was named as one of the Most Creative People in Business (Fast Company) and received the NAACP 2017 Roy Wilkins Next Generation Leader Award. The Root named Mr. Foss one of the 100 most influential black Americans of 2016. He was named Graduate of the Last Decade by his alma mater, Suffolk University Law School and is a visiting senior fellow at Harvard Law School. He sits on the boards of Restore Justice California and of the Pretrial Justice Institute. He also is a fellow at the Open Society Foundation Leadership in Government initiative as well as a Director’s Fellow in the world renown MIT Media Lab. In February of 2016, Mr. Foss delivered a TED talk that has already eclipsed 2 million views. In 2015, he was voted one of the country’s 40 most up-and-coming lawyers by National Law Journal and in 2013, the Massachusetts Bar Association voted him Prosecutor of the Year. In both his professional and personal capacities, Mr. Foss volunteers much of his time to the community he works in.

Follow him: Twitter/IG: @adamjohnfoss and @prosecutorimpct or
View his TED Talk.

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Dr. Muelly is presenting PED Talk – Pediatric surgery, Education, Disruption #1: Artificial Intelligence. 

Michael C. Muelly, MD, leads provider productivity/telehealth on Google Cloud’s Healthcare & Lifesciences team with the goal of enabling providers to deliver outstanding patient care efficiently. He works on real-world deployment strategies for AI tools in healthcare and solving challenges to unlock the power of data for patients. Prior to his current role at Google, he worked as a machine learning researcher in the Google AI (Healthcare) group. Prior to Google, Dr. Muelly was a full-time radiologist and researcher at Stanford University. He continues on the radiology faculty at Stanford University and practices diagnostic radiology specializing in Body MRI. He co-founded companies to enable radiology in the cloud and a network security solutions provider in the past. Dr. Muelly completed a residency in diagnostic radiology and his subspecialty fellowship in body MRI at Stanford University. Prior to that he completed an internship in General Surgery at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, obtained his MD and attended graduate school in engineering physics at the Pennsylvania State University, and completed his BS in mathematics and computer science at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Dr. Raibert is presenting PED Talk - Pediatric surgery, Education, Disruption #2: Robotics

Marc Raibert, PhD, is founder and CEO of Boston Dynamics, a company that creates some of the world’s most advanced dynamic robots, such as BigDog, Atlas, Spot and Handle. These robots are inspired by the remarkable ability of animals to move with agility, dexterity, perception and intelligence. A key ingredient of these robots is their dynamic behavior, which contributes to their life-like qualities and their effectiveness in the real-world. Before starting Boston Dynamics, Raibert was Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT from 1986 to 1995. Prior to that he was Associate Professor of Computer Science and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon from 1980-1986. ​While at CMU and MIT Raibert founded the Leg Laboratory, a lab that helped establish the scientific basis for highly dynamic robots and that set the stage for the work done at Boston Dynamics. ​Raibert is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

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Dr. Sakran is presenting PED Talk - Pediatric surgery, Education, Disruption: #3 Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue.

Dr. Sakran is an assistant professor of surgery, director of emergency general surgery and associate Chief of the Division of Acute Care Surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. As a former victim of gun violence, Joe spends a significant portion of his time as a clinician, researcher and advocate with a primary goal of reducing firearm death and disability in America.  To this end, he recently founded the organization @ThisIsOurLane, a platform to help unite healthcare providers and deliver one strong voice in ending gun violence. Dr. Sakran completed a one-year educational sabbatical at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where he developed a unique skill set within public policy, economics and leadership development. In 2017, Joe was selected by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of Healthcare’s Leaders under 40. He is a sought after national and international speaker and holds numerous national roles in surgical organizations. Beyond medicine, Joe serves as a Board Director for the Brady Campaign and recently was selected to join the Presidential Leadership Scholars program.

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Dr. Shapiro is presenting the Future of APSA - Peer Support: Mitigating the Emotional Stresses of Adverse Events.

Dr. Jo Shapiro is a surgeon in the Department of Surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston and an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School. She launched the BWH Center for Professionalism and Peer Support in 2008 and served as its director through 2018. During that time the Center supported and collaborated with multiple institutions, nationally and internationally, to enhance clinician wellness by supporting teamwork and respect and mitigating clinician burnout. She currently serves on the Ethics and Professionalism Committee of the American Board of Medical Specialties and recently completed her terms as that Committee’s chairperson.As a clinician leader Dr. Shapiro served as Chief of the Division of Otolaryngology at BWH from 1999 through March of 2016; she continues to maintain a surgical practice in the Division, specializing in oropharyngeal swallowing disorders. She was chosen as a Schwartz Center Compassionate Caregiver of the Year Award finalist.

Dr. Shapiro is committed to global health medical education and training. She was appointed Honorary Professor of Professional Behavior and Peer Support in Medicine through the academic track at Groningen University Medical Center in The Netherlands. She serves as Visiting Professor and Otolaryngology Residency Program Advisor for Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda. She was also a member of the Israeli Commission for Higher Education International Committee for the Evaluation of Medical Schools in Israel.

Dr. Shapiro received her BA from Cornell University and her MD from George Washington University Medical School. Her general surgery training was at University of California, San Diego and then UCLA. She did her otolaryngology training at Harvard followed by a year of a National Institute of Health Training Grant Fellowship in swallowing physiology. She has been a faculty member in the Department of Surgery at BWH since 1987.