September 29 | Speakers

Implemented in hospitals and medical schools across the country, the next generation of clinicians is learning how to use Augmented and Virtual reality to complement their skills. As technology advances, diagnostic precision has increased tenfold and many AR/VR setups have shown great success in the at-home therapy space. As costs for technologies drop and at-home solutions see an uptick, clinicians are asking the questions necessary to implement AR/VR regimens for educating, diagnosing, and treating patients.

Moderator: Will Morris, MD, Executive Medical Director, Cleveland Clinic

Dr. William Morris is the Executive Medical Director of Cleveland Clinic Innovations. Dr. Morris has been a staff member of Hospital Medicine at Cleveland Clinic since 2006. In his former role as Associate Chief Information Officer he had oversight of design, development, and deployment of all clinical IT systems and health IT innovations. Dr. Morris also continues to practice medicine, and in 2017 was elected to Board of Governors on which he currently serves.

Dr. Morris earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and completed training in Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School. He also received his MBA in 2017 from Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management.

Jay Alberts, PhD, Vice Chair of Innovation, Neurological Institute, Cleveland Clinic

Jay L. Alberts, Ph.D., is the Vice Chair of Innovations within the Neurological Institute, holder of the “Edward F. and Barbara A. Bell Family Endowed Chair,” and Staff member within the Department of Biomedical Engineering. He holds an appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University.  Prior to joining the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Alberts was a Professor in the Department of Applied Physiology at Georgia Institute of Technology.
Dr. Alberts research is focused on understanding the effects of neurological disease or injury on motor and cognitive function and developing disease-specific interventions to improve motor and cognitive performance.  He has worked extensively with individuals with Parkinson’s disease, patients with stroke along with professional athletes and service members with concussion.  He has worked extensively in the development of exercise programs for individuals with Parkinson’s disease.  He founded Pedaling for Parkinson’s and has worked to establish more the 125 Pedaling for Parkinson’s programs across the North America, primarily in YMCAs and community centers.
Dr. Alberts is currently the PI on two NIH R01 clinical studies and two Department of Defense projects.   He has 100+ peer-reviewed journal articles and has been continuously funded by NIH since 1998.  He was presented with an Alumni Achievement Award from Iowa State University in 2011 for his translational research related to Parkinson’s disease and exercise.  In 2013, he earned the Sones Innovation Award at the Cleveland Clinic.

John Black, Co-Founder and CEO, MediView Surgical Navigation

John Black is Co-founder and CEO of MediView Surgical Navigation. John is a physiologist by trade with degrees from Bowling Green State University and UCLA Harbor Medical. Innovative medical technologies have been the centerpiece of John’s career. John has played pivotal roles in the new product launch of medical devices, biologics and FDA class III technologies including the 2018 Spine Technology of the Year. As a tenured medical device professional, John has earned Sales honors including CEO club with Zimmer-Biomet, Breg, Amniox and Orthofix during his career. John’s core competency lies in building sales, service and training organizations to deliver breakthrough medical technologies to the patient bedside. These previous experiences led to co-founding Mediview and licensing of technology from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. John is now focused on the successful launch and scaled adoption of Augmented Reality based surgical navigation in the interventional radiology, orthopedic and general surgery healthcare sectors. 

Jennifer McBride, PhD,  Director of Virtual Anatomy Education, Cleveland Clinic

Dr. McBride is an associate professor in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. In this setting, she serves as Director of Virtual Anatomy Education, Director of Histology, Course Director for Musculoskeletal Sciences I, and as a member of the admissions committee. At the institutional level she is co-director of the Cleveland Clinic Body Donation Program and is the current Chair of the Faculty Council, the executive body for faculty with appointments in the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Dr. McBride began her career after receiving her PhD from the Purdue University Neuroscience Program at the end of 2005. In 2006, she joined the faculty in the Lerner College of Medicine. She has participated in multiple educational and leadership development opportunities offered by the Harvard Macy Institute as well as the Cleveland Clinic Office of Diversity & Inclusion, and the Global Leadership Learning Institute.  

She has served as an Associate Editor for the journal of Anatomical Sciences Education, and now serves as an Editorial Board Member. Previously she has served as Chair of the Educational Affairs Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, and as a Board Member for the American Association for Anatomy.
Dr. McBride’s research interests include innovations in medical education, evaluation of technology in students’ acquisition and retention of knowledge, and clinically based anatomical studies. 

Matthew Stoudt, CEO & Co-Founder, AppliedVR

Matthew Stoudt is the CEO and Co-Founder of AppliedVR where he is pioneering virtual reality therapeutics (VRx), the next generation of digital therapeutics. Leveraging the unique therapeutic properties of VR, AppliedVR is on a mission to enable patients with chronic pain to improve their lives through safe, effective and self-administered VRx. AppliedVR is backed by leading institutions including the NIH via the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the VA, Cedars-Sinai, Cleveland Clinic, Geisinger and over 150 other institutions. 
Matthew is an accomplished entrepreneur who founded and built Outcast Media, the largest out of home digital media platform in the US, exiting to Verifone in 2014. Prior to Outcast, Matthew was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at McDonald’s where he launched several successful businesses including a digital media platform in multiple countries. Matthew began his professional career in investment banking and private equity, having raised over $1 billion in growth capital for a variety of businesses across multiple sectors. Matthew earned his MBA at Kellogg Graduate School of Business graduating with honors and his BA from Northwestern University.  Matthew is an avid traveler with a mission to visit every country in the world...if COVID will let him.

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