Aspen Ideas: Health Announces 2023 Speakers

May 2, 2023

The 10th Aspen Ideas: Health will bring together leaders and experts in medicine, science, policymaking, the arts, and more in Aspen, CO

Speaker lineup includes Anthony Fauci, Vivek Murthy, Chelsea Clinton, Meena Seshamani, Seth Berkley, and more

Contact: Ben Berliner
The Aspen Institute

Washington, DC and Aspen, CO, May 2, 2023 — Aspen Ideas: Health returns this summer for its 10th year to explore the big ideas shaping the future of health, medicine, and science, with the visionary leaders and innovators who are paving the way. Hosted by the Aspen Institute with media partner NBCUniversal News Group, the gathering will take place in Aspen, CO and feature over 60 mainstage interviews, panel discussions, and deep dives on health’s biggest topics. Aspen Ideas: Health opens the Aspen Ideas Festival and will run from June 21-24. Passes to attend are available now, while members of the media are invited to request credentials here.

This year’s Aspen Ideas: Health event will center around seven timely, thought-provoking themes: Power of Design, Science of Tomorrow, The Healing Economy, Planet Health, How to Thrive, Spotlight on Women’s Health, and The Senses. Sessions will feature more than 150 speakers across a range of perspectives and disciplines, such as healthcare, public health, research, business, policy, the arts, and tech, to highlight intersectional approaches to creating healthier communities and healthier lives. The full list of Aspen Ideas: Health speakers is available to view here, which includes the speakers below. Additional names to be added on a rolling basis leading up to the event.

  • Iman Abuzeid, CEO and Co-Founder, Incredible Health
  • Kathryn Ackerman, Medical Director, Wu Tsai Female Athlete Program, Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School
  • Alua Arthur, Death Doula and Founder, Going with Grace
  • Seth Berkley, CEO, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance
  • Didi Bertrand-Farmer, Advisor on Adolescent Youth Health, Gender, and Development and Partners In Health Ambassador, Partners In Health
  • Peggy Clark, President and CEO, International Center for Research on Women
  • Sandra Clark, CEO, StoryCorps
  • Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation
  • Bertha Coombs, Health Care and General Business News Reporter, CNBC
  • Essam Daod, Co-founder, Child Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist, Humanity Crew
  • Sandeep Robert Datta, Professor of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School
  • Sheila Davis, CEO, Partners in Health
  • Dorit Donoviel, Director, Translational Research Institute for Space Health, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Kimberly Dowdell, Principal, HOK
  • Katie Drasser, CEO,
  • Victor Dzau, President, National Academy of Medicine
  • Arthur Evans, CEO, American Psychological Association
  • Anthony Fauci, Former Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health
  • Julie Flygare, President and CEO, Project Sleep
  • Garth Graham, Managing Director and Global Head of Healthcare and Public Health, Google/YouTube
  • Jen Gunter, OB/GYN and Pain Medicine Physician; Author, The Menopause Manifesto and The Vagina Bible
  • Paula Johnson, President, Wellesley College
  • Bon Ku, Director, Health Design Lab
  • Susan Magsamen, Executive Director, International Arts + Mind Lab, and Co-Director, Neuroarts Blueprint, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Vivek Murthy, US Surgeon General, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Jim O’Connell, President, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program
  • Peter Pisters, President, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Megan Ranney, Incoming Dean, Yale School of Public Health
  • Ivy Ross, Vice President of Hardware Design, Google
  • Marta Segura, Chief Heat Officer and Climate Emergency Mobilization Director, City of Los Angeles
  • Meena Seshamani, Deputy Administrator and Director, CMS Center for Medicare
  • Andy Slavitt, General Partner, Town Hall Ventures
  • Ramita Tandon, Chief Clinical Trials Officer, Walgreens
  • John Torres, Senior Medical Correspondent, NBC News
  • Selwyn Vickers, President and CEO, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Vindell Washington, Chief Clinical Officer for Care and Director of Health Equity Center of Excellence, Verily
  • Renee Wegrzyn, Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H)
  • Kristen Welker, Co-Anchor, “Weekend TODAY,” and NBC News Chief White House Correspondent, NBC News
  • Clara Wu Tsai, Founder, Joe and Clara Tsai Foundation

In addition to the on-stage programming, which will take place in venues that showcase the Rocky Mountain scenery, Aspen Ideas: Health will offer hikes, yoga, and other cultural activities that celebrate the unique setting.

The presenting underwriters for Aspen Ideas: Health 2023 are Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, California Health Care Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, Mount Sinai Health System, and Pfizer. Supporting underwriters are American Hospital Association, Calm, The Commonwealth Fund, Guardant Health, and Takeda. The continuing education partner is Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower.


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This release was updated with the latest speaker information on 5/2/2023

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