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.
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New York’s 12th District
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.
Board Certified, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Health, Yale School of Medicine
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.
Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, Co-Director of The YinOva Center
Development Coordinator, ASHES
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.
Board-certified internal medicine physician, healthcare expert, entrepreneur and author.
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.