Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.
Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine


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Wednesday April 11, 2012 through Friday April 13, 2012

This innovative conference gathered 1500 adventurous thinkers and doers from a wide array of medical and non-medical disciplines, including Houston Methodist's own Barbara Bass of MITIE, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.. For three and a half exciting days, this uniquely diverse community explored the ideas, innovations and challenges that will help shape the future of health and medicine for 300 million Americans...and the world. It was available live from the Research Institute building and is now available online.

More information is available from TEDMED2013.com.

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Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Collins talks about two new ways of getting disease treatments to market faster: Repurposing existing drugs, and testing on fabricated human tissue.

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TEDMED 2012 at Houston Methodist Research Institute

Wednesday April 11, 2012 through Friday April 13, 2012 

Thursday April 12, 2012
Barbara Lee Bass, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Senior and Founding Member
Cancer Research Program
Research Institute
John F. & Carolyn Bookout Distinguished Chair
Department of Surgery
Houston Methodist Hospital
Executive Director
Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation and Education
Professor of Surgery
Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University


Barbara Lee Bass, M.D. is the chair of the department of surgery at Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas and Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College, and Senior Member of the Research Institute. A general surgeon with a practice in surgical oncology, Dr. Bass has enjoyed a 30-year career in academic surgery: treating patients, training young and mature surgeons; leading research programs in basic, translational and clinical research; and serving the profession of surgery with leadership roles. She served as Chair of the American Board of Surgery, the organization that certifies surgeons for practice; Chair of the Board of Governors and member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons; and President of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, among others. Dr. Bass has led initiatives to develop innovative pathways in surgical training and in the development of the first national system to measure the quality of surgery – the NSQIP. A member of many editorial boards, Dr. Bass has published widely in surgical quality and education, oncology, and physiology. Honors include the Nina Starr Brunwald and Olga Jonasson awards from the Association of Women Surgeons for her work in promoting and improving surgery as a career for women. Her most recent project is MITIE – the Methodist Institute for Technology Innovation and Education, an education and research institute focused on retraining surgeons in practice in new technologies, coupled to research on the development of technologies to improve that vital process. A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Dr. Bass previously held positions in the VA health care system and served in active duty as a Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps.

These sessions were shown in the RI Auditorium, R2-306:
Session 2: 7:45 a.m.- 9:30 a.m.
Session 4: 1:15- 3 p.m.
Session 5: 4- 5:45 p.m.
Thurs Session 7: 10:15 a.m.- 11:45 p.m. (Barbara Bass)
Fri Session 10: 7:45- 9:30 a.m.

Research Institute
6670 Bertner Ave.
Houston, TX 77030

Free and open to the public