The Atlantic Health Forum: March 18 in Washington, D.C.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Anthony Fauci, Ezekiel Emanuel, and ZocDoc president and founder Oliver Kharraz among speakers

Washington, D.C. (February 27, 2015)—In the past year, health issues have dominated headlines: Ebola spread abroad and measles spread at home, wearables became as familiar as wristwatches, and the mental-health trauma of soldiers became a familiar story. On Wednesday, March 18 in Washington, D.C., The Atlantic will take these issues live, convening thought leaders in health policy, doctors, technologists, and researchers for The Atlantic Health Forum.

The 7th annual program—which begins at 9 a.m. at the Reagan Building—will dive into the stories and trends shaping how we experience health today, and closely examine how changes in practices, technologies, and policies are affecting healthcare at the individual patient and physician level.

The Atlantic Health Forum will feature Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, author of the much-debated essay in The Atlantic, “Why I Hope To Die at 75”; Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has worked on the forefront of public health crises for three decades, most recently tackling Ebola and measles outbreaks; and writer Gabrielle Glaser, whose upcoming feature in The Atlantic questions the effectiveness of Alcoholics Anonymous and explores whether understanding the biology of addiction can lead to better approaches.

More confirmed speakers to date include:

  • Dr. Oliver Kharraz, President and Founder of ZocDoc
  • David Yakimischak, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Surescripts
  • Shannon Brownlee, Senior Vice President of the Lown Institute
  • Dr. Brian D’Cruz, Physician for Doctors Without Borders
  • Amanda Parkes, Founder of Skinteractive Studios
  • Robert Goldberg, Co-Founder of Neumitra
  • Dr. Georges Benjamin, Executive Director of the American Public Health Association
  • Dr. Paula Johnson, Executive Director of Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Nancy Sherman, Author of Afterwar
  • Sally Spencer-Thomas, CEO and Co-Founder of Carson J. Spencer Foundation

Interviews will be moderated by Steve Clemons, Washington editor at large of The Atlantic, Atlantic senior editor Corby Kummer and Atlantic magazine editor Scott Stossel.

Press interested in attending the Forum should contact The Atlantic’s Samantha Zeldin ( or 202-266-7196). For those unable to attend in person, the event will also be webcast live online. You can also follow the conversation on Twitter via @Atlantic_LIVE, and by using the hashtag #AtlanticHealth.

Surescripts and AbilTo are the presenting underwriters of the Forum, and the National Council for Behavior Health and Evolvent Health are the supporting underwriters.