Aspen Ideas: Health Announces 2022 Speakers

May 2, 2022

Leaders and innovators across healthcare, medicine, policymaking, science, art, and more to participate in the renowned health & wellness event in Aspen, CO

Contact: Jon Purves
Associate Director, Media Relations
The Aspen Institute 

Washington, DC and Aspen, CO, May 2, 2022 — Today, Aspen Ideas: Health announced a selection of speakers who will engage with urgent health challenges, cutting-edge innovations in medicine and science, and the pathways towards better health for all. The opening segment of the Aspen Ideas Festival returns this summer as a full scale, in-person event in Aspen, CO, for the first time since 2019, organized by the Aspen Institute with media partner NBCUniversal News Group.

Aspen Ideas: Health will run from June 22-25, 2022, followed by the Aspen Ideas Festival from June 25- July 1, 2022.

Aspen Ideas: Health 2022 is built around six substantive core themes: Hope, Disruption, Get Smart, Influence, Pleasure, and Security. A full list with descriptions is available here:

Speakers will continue to be announced in the coming weeks, with more than 150 set to attend. A complete list of confirmed speakers is available here. Among the speakers presently confirmed:

  • Amy Abernethy, President, Clinical Research Platforms, Verily
  • Alex Azar, Adjunct Professor of Business and Senior Executive-in-Residence, University of Miami Herbert Business School; Former Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Adrian Billings, Chief Medical Officer, Preventative Care Health Services and Associate Professor, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center-Permian Basin
  • Maria Elena Bottazzi, Associate Dean and Professor, National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Otis Brawley, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Oncology and Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University
  • Rosalind Brewer, Chief Executive Officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance
  • Dave Chokshi, ​Clinical Professor of Population Health, NYU Grossman School of Medicine; Former Commissioner, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Francis Collins, Acting Science Advisor to the President; Acting Co-Chair, President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology
  • Sheila Davis, Chief Executive Officer, Partners in Health
  • Victor Dzau, President, National Academy of Medicine
  • Delia Ephron, Screenwriter; Author, Left on Tenth: A Second Chance at Life
  • Renée Fleming, Soprano; Co-Director, Aspen Opera Theater; Artistic Advisor, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Susan Golden, Adjunct Professor and Director, dciX, Stanford University
  • Cristina Gonzalez, Professor of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Academic Hospitalist, Montefiore Medical Center-Weiler Division
  • Peter Hotez, Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Jonathan Jackson, Executive Director of the Community Access, Recruitment, and Engagement (CARE) Research Center, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
  • Sheila Johnson, CEO, Salamander Hotels & Resorts; Co-Founder, Black Entertainment Television
  • Rob Knight, Founding Director, Center for Microbiome Innovation, University of California, San Diego; Co-Founder, American Gut Project
  • Sandra Lindsay, Director, Patient Care Services – Critical Care, Northwell Health Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Samuel Ramsey, Founder and Director, Ramsey Research Foundation
  • Gitanjali Rao, Inventor; Youth Scientist; Author, A Young Innovator’s Guide to STEM
  • Joseph Ravenell, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, NYU Grossman School of Medicine
  • Carolyn Reyes, Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor, Maternal Fetal Medicine, University of California Davis Health
  • Avi Schiffmann, Creator,
  • Kathleen Sebelius, CEO, Sebelius Resources LLC; 21st Secretary, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Maria Shriver, Founder, The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement at Cleveland Clinic; Founder and CEO, Shriver Media
  • Dana Suskind, Co-Director, TMW Center for Early Learning and Public Health, University of Chicago; Author, Parent Nation: Unlocking Every Child’s Potential, Fulfilling Society’s Promise
  • Dasia Taylor, Inventor and Scientist
  • Phalana Tiller, Director of Learning, Drucker Institute, Claremont Graduate University
  • Rochelle Walensky, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Administrator, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
  • Amy Webb, Founder and CEO, Future Today Institute; Professor, NYU Stern School of Business; Author, The Genesis Machine
  • Leana Wen, Emergency Physician; Public Health Professor, George Washington University; Nonresident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
  • Siobhan Wescott, Endowed Professor and Director of American Indian Health, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Joining headline speakers and participating in Aspen Ideas: Health will be fellows from all over the United States and around the world, selected for their work, accomplishments, and ability to transform ideas into action.

In addition to some 60+ sessions, which will take place in open-air tents and venues that bring in the Rocky Mountain scenery, Aspen Ideas: Health will offer hikes, yoga, and other cultural offerings that celebrate the unique setting. 

Editor’s Note: A limited number of press passes are available for media interested in attending as covering reporters. To apply, please fill out the form here: Aspen Ideas: Health can accommodate both print and broadcast media; and staff can assist in facilitating interviews on-site.

Presenting underwriters for Aspen Ideas: Health 2022 are BlueCross BlueShield Association, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Johnson & Johnson, Mount Sinai Health System, Novavax, and Pfizer. Supporting underwriters are Abbott, American Hospital Association, CDC Foundation, The Commonwealth Fund, Envision Healthcare, Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, and Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges facing the United States and the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners. For more information, visit


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