Street Cred

Keynote Speaker, Patient & Physician Evangelist, Medical Ruckusmaker

  • 2019: SNMMI, “Asclepius or Caduceus – Happiness or Healthcare” (a keynote on physician burnout)
  • 2019: Leadership Summit on Artificial Intelligence – Moderator
  • Developed Growth Engines for a Top 10 ranked Fortune 500 Healthcare Company
  • 19 years of experience in medicine, healthcare, oncology, radiology, pathology, startups, and strategic marketing/branding
  • Worked with one of the original 16 pilot sites for the National Community Cancer Care Programs (NCCCP) funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  • Oversight of 2 ARRA Grants: Multidisciplinary Care & Patient Navigation
  • Program Development: Screening to Diagnosis in 24 hours
  • Program Development: Diagnosis to Treatment plan in 3 days or less
  • 2018: ASNR – American Society of Nuclear Radiology Keynote Speaker
  • 2018: GE Healthcare – Keynote Speaker “Placing The Me In Medicine” http://bit.ly/2PnHgrU
  • 2018: Pensylvania Society of Radiology – “Practice Wisely: Medicine or Healthcare” http://bit.ly/2SyXCjv
  • 2018: Avant Diagnostics – Elected to the Board of Directors
  • 2018: Future of Work in Medicine – Workshop
  • 2017: Bringing Zen to Healthcare: Transformation Through the N of 1 – https://bit.ly/2S12U9k
  • 2017: Thomas Jefferson Grand Rounds – Step Out of the Dark and Into the Light
  • 2017: Vanderbilt University Grand Rounds – Value in Radiology: Stepping Into the Light
  • 2017: HIMSS Ambassador
  • 2017: Society of Nuclear Medicine – Patient Experience
  • 2017: Journal for American College of Radiology Associate Editor and Contributor
  • 2017: PCORI Grant Associate PI
  • 2017: Dell-EMC Healthcare Think Tank
  • 2017: Advanced Radiology Grand Rounds
  • 2017: Journal of Clinical Nuclear Medicine Editorial Board
  • 2017: ACR – Member of the Patient and Family Centered Care for American College of Radiology
  • 2017: Healthcare At The N of 1 – http://bit.ly/2wMKcZD (Kevin MD)
  • 2017: Let’s Change The Mediocre Status Quo Of Healthcare – http://bit.ly/2wMyuxX (Kevin MD)
  • 2017: JACR Publication: Healthcare Will Be Delivered At The N of 1 – http://bit.ly/2ATo1j9
  • 2016: Contributing author for Healthcare Blog
  • 2016: Contributing author for Mayo Center of Innovation
  • 2016: Patient Scene Podcast
  • 2016: ACR Moreton Lecture: Step Out Of The Dark and Into The Light (link: https://youtu.be/PfM3hLyfHf8 )
  • 2016: HIMSS Social Medial Ambassador
  • 2016: SROA Lecture: Cancer in the Connection Economy
  • 2016: Health:Further Patient Experience – Fireside Chat
  • 2016 JACR Publication: Social Media and the Patient Experience (link: https://www.jacr.org/article/S1546-1440(16)30892-4/pdf )
  • 2016: Ranked #13 on list of Top 100 HIT
  • 2015 Lecture: All Provider Meeting for Community Health Network-Indianapolis on Patient Experience
  • 2015: Social Media Leader for Transform Conference-Mayo Clinic Innovation
  • 2015: Author for Mayo Center for Innovation Blog
  • 2015: Contributing author for The Healthcare Blog
  • 2015: Therapy Insider podcast
  • 2015: GEHC Social Media Ambassador Award -RSNA
  • 2015: My Ideal Patient Experience Project
  • Patient advocate; grant support for ACRIN-ECOG, PCORI, JACR, ACR
  • Top 15 patient advocates to follow 2014, 2015, 2016
  • 2014 Global Services Award-GEHC

I receive multiple comments a week from people about the page on my site called “street cred.” 

I am usually asked why I call it that and not a CV, Resume, or About page. 

My answer is simple. 

A majority of the time people want to know if they can trust you.

If you have done anything like this before. If other organizations, companies, professional societies have worked with you, and if so, can they get a recommendation that they were satisfied. 

No one wants to be the first. No one wants to look like a fool. No one wants to be called out in front of their peers and be questioned on why did you make a foolish choice. 

Yet, that is everything my entire career has been about…being the first. 

The first program at my University with a degree in oncology. The first to create a student council. The first to design a logo, promote it, and provide swag for our professional society. The first to do an upgrade, a renovation, a redesign, to build hospitals and cancer centers in the U.S. and then elsewhere around the world. The list of firsts continues. 

My “street cred” comes from my comfort in swimming in a sea of ambiguity.

To me, it is less about the accomplishments and bullets on the page.

To me, the “street cred” resides in being bold and daring enough to be the first. To take the risk. To do something that hasn’t been done before. To do something that makes others uncomfortable, pushed others to the edges, and makes a change in myself and the people I connect with in those moments.

If you want to see the accomplishments, here they are on the updated page: Cancergeek Street Cred

If you want street cred, start caring less about what everyone else thinks, and start being the first. 

Taking a risk, like medicine, happens at the N of 1. 

As always feel free to email me at cancergeek@gmail.com or follow me on Twitter and Instagram as CancerGeek

~Cancergeek