Raising Awareness About the Side Effects of Medicines

On Thursday, November 1, in NYC, MedShadow Foundation united medical experts, political leaders, and patient advocates to celebrate efforts being made towards educating people about the risks & benefits of medicines.

The objective: to bring together like-minded individuals and help to increase efforts to make the public better informed about medicines as part of their overall health care.

#SideEffects affect us all!

Speakers Included:

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney
New York’s 12th District
Twitter: @RepMaloney

First elected to Congress in 1992, Carolyn B. Maloney is a recognized national leader with extensive accomplishments on financial services, national security, the economy, and women’s issues. Representing New York’s 12th Congressional District, she has authored landmark legislation including the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act and its reauthorization to make sure all those suffering health ailments associated with 9/11 get the medical care and compensation they need and deserve. Congresswoman Maloney was a strong opponent of the Right to Try Act, legislation that undermined patient protections for experimental drugs. She has also introduced a bill, the Robin Danielson Feminine Hygiene Product Safety Act, which would have the National Institutes of Health research feminine hygiene products to determine if chemicals in them pose health risks.

Lillie Rosenthal, DO
Board Certified, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
An expert in lifestyle management with a focus on injury prevention, pain management and integrative health, Lillie Rosenthal, DO, is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician in New York City. Dr. Rosenthal’s philosophy of patient care offers a personalized treatment program which supports optimal health and well being. Dr. Rosenthal’s media experience includes national television appearances on “The Dr. Oz Show” and she has been featured as an expert source in a number of publications, including U.S. News & World Report, the New York Times, Consumer Reports and The Huffington Post. Dr. Rosenthal is an author, educator and a media spokesperson for the American Osteopathic Association. She is a member of Medshadow’s medical advisory board as well as a Council of Directors member at True Health Initiative.


Joseph Ross, MD, MHS
Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Health, Yale School of Medicine
Twitter: @JRoss119

Joseph S. Ross, MD, MHS, is an associate professor of medicine and public health at Yale School of Medicine as well as a member of the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation at the Yale-New Haven Hospital. After completing his post-graduate training in primary care internal medicine at Montefiore Medical Center, Dr. Ross was a fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program at Yale, earning a Master’s degree in health sciences research. He is also an associate editor at JAMA Internal Medicine. Dr. Ross was an author on a May 2017 JAMA study that found that safety issues are common for many new drugs after they are approved.

Noah Rubinstein
Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, Co-Director of The YinOva Center
Twitter: @NoahRubinstein
Noah Rubinstein has a doctorate in acupuncture and Chinese medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, and is a licensed and board certified acupuncturist and clinical herbalist. He has also trained in China at the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Nan Cheng University Hospital. Mr. Rubinstein is the clinic director of The Yinova Center, an acupuncture clinic and complementary medical center. In practice since 1997, he draws on a wealth of experience to treat everything from male and female reproductive health to respiratory conditions such as asthma and allergies. Mr. Rubinstein also addresses emotional problems such as anxiety and depression With a Western medical background, as well extensive training in Eastern medicine, he recognizes and uses the benefits of each to effectively treat his patients.


Patient Story:
Lisa Saenz
Development Coordinator, ASHES
Twitter: @madimel

Lisa Saenz, LMSW, is development coordinator for ASHES (Advocating Safety in Healthcare E-Sisters), a non-profit fighting for improve medical device safety and regulations. She became an advocate for women’s reproductive safety when she suffered and became a victim of a failed medical device. Recognizing the need for activism and advocacy, she joined a team of women to work on medical device safety. Her desire is to ensure her daughters and all women for generations to come, do not have to experience what she and many other women have. Her goal is to provide women the tools needed to advocate and remain empowered. Ms. Saenz also works in an opioid addictions program, empowering and helping those addicted to opioids through their recovery.

Varun Verma, MD
Board-certified internal medicine physician, healthcare expert, entrepreneur and author.
Twitter: @VarunVermaMD

Varun Verma, MD, is a board-certified internal medicine physician, healthcare expert, entrepreneur and author. Dr. Verma graduated from New York University, attended Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and returned to NYU for his internal medicine residency. He trained at Bellevue, the oldest public hospital in the United States. He is a hospitalist and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the New York City area, including Mount Sinai. Dr. Verma firmly believes that healthcare is a human right – and this conviction led him to a global health-hospital medicine fellowship at UCSF and subsequent work with Partners in Health and Possible Health in Haiti and Nepal.


Last updated: November 7, 2018