On November 29th, experts from local and national levels will gather for a panel discussion on the future of healthcare at UB. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 3-5 p.m. in the M&T Auditorium in the Jacobs School, with a networking reception following from 5-6:30 p.m.
The panel discussion will focus on topics addressed in the recent “Future of Health” report, a joint release by the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UB and the Jacobs Institute. Moderating the panel will be Allison Brashear, vice president for health sciences and dean of the Jacobs School, and Adnan Siddiqui, CEO and CMO of the Jacobs Institute and vice chair and professor of neurosurgery in the Jacobs School.
The panelists include Ethan Watters and David E. Duncan, senior and executive editors of the Future of Health Report respectively, Diana Aga, director of UB’s RENEW Institute, Nancy Nielsen, senior associate dean for health policy in the Jacobs School, Rev. George Nicholas, pastor of Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church and CEO of Buffalo Center for Health Equity, Kelly Wofford, director of health equity at Erie County Department of Health.
The “Future of Health” report highlights both systemic challenges in healthcare as well as significant advancements that have potential to revolutionize healthcare. It serves as a follow-up to “The Future of Medicine” report from 2017 that predicted disruptive changes due to emerging technologies and social movements including a global flu-like pandemic leading to political upheaval and rapid development of vaccines.