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St. David’s HealthCare and St. David’s Foundation have numerous panels nominated for SXSW 2018. To have a panel selected, the community is invited to vote for the panels they think are the best fit. We’re asking you to visit the SXSW PanelPicker to cast your vote for the St. David’s panels.

PanelPicker voting is open now through August 25. Below are instructions for how to vote, as well as a listing of the St. David’s panels.

We hope you will vote for all 11 St. David’s panels. Your support is appreciated, and we look forward to showcasing at SXSW 2018 some of the great work happening across St. David’s HealthCare and St. David’s Foundation.


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St. David’s HealthCare Panels

Mobile Monitoring of AFib Burden and Weight-loss

Obesity is a national epidemic and associated elevated risk for cardiovascular diseases, including 60% increase in atrial fibrillation (AF). Reversal of obesity with controlled diets and regular exercise is attainable, but it’s difficult to maintain long-term patient compliance. This session will discuss how mobile apps may help drive behavior change and improve compliance in obese AF patients, and may reduce AF-related hospitalizations and enhance the success rate of rhythm-control measures.


  • Sanghamitra Mohanty, MD, Director Translational Research, Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute, St. David’s Medical Center

A Revolution in At-Home Stroke TeleRehabilitation

Strokes are the leading cause of long-term disability in the United States, and stroke survivors often receive physical rehabilitation in the hospital and outpatient settings. There are several limitations to this model: chiefly, payers limited physical therapy session and there are few options for rehab at home. In this panel, we discuss how new mobile and wireless technologies will disrupt stroke rehabilitation by ushering in lower cost and more accessible therapy for patients.


  • Robert Lee, MD, Medical Director Stroke and Neurological Recovery, St. David’s Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Matthew Cowperthwaite, PhD, Division Director of Clinical Research, Office of Research, St. David’s HealthCare
  • Steven Cramer, MD, Professor Neurology, University of California, Irvine Medical Center

Making Waves: Novel Neuro-Diagnostic Biomarkers

Over the past 20 years, there have been many new drugs and devices to treat diseases and conditions of the brain such as epilepsy. However, diagnostics and real-time monitoring technologies for neurological conditions has lagged and brain diseases may be poorly controlled in patients. This panel will discuss novel digital health technologies, such as surface electromyogram (sEMG), and how they are being used as biomarkers to diagnose, treat and monitor epilepsy in real time.


  • Sami Aboumatar, MD, Medical Director, Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, St. David’s North Austin Medical Center
  • Zoltan Nadasdy, PhD, Sr. Research Scientist, St. David’s HealthCare
  • Luke Whitmire, PhD, Chief Science Officer, Brain Sentinel
  • Tracy Biltz, BSN, VP, Brain Sentinel

Mobility beyond Wheelchairs: Robotic Exoskeletons

The future of mobility and ambulation for individuals in wheelchairs will be optimized through advanced robotics and related assistive technologies. Robotic exoskeletons can facilitate standing and walking in individuals with neurological conditions, thereby maximizing quality of life and minimizing risks associated with prolonged wheelchair use. This panel will present an overview of the engineering of robotics for healthcare and how these technologies will shape the future of medicine.


  • Juan Latorre, MD, Medical Director of Spinal Cord Injury & Amputee Programs, St. David’s Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Yoon Jeong, PhD, Co-Founder and VP Medical Devices, suitX
  • Anna Sternin, DPT, Physical Therapist, suitX

Reprogramming the Brain with Upper Body Robotics

Robotics are the future of physical rehabilitation. Harmony is the world’s first two-armed, upper-body, robotic-assisted exoskeleton suitable for rehabilitation and neuro-reprogramming for individuals with many types of brain injuries. The UT Austin ReNeu Laboratory, St. David’s HealthCare, and Harmonic Bionics will discuss the challenges and opportunities for robotics in the clinical and home rehabilitation setting, as well as the promise of robotic exoskeletons to improve patient outcomes.


  • Robert Lee, MD, Medical Director Stroke and Neurological Recovery, St. David’s Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Youngmok Yun, PhD, CEO, Harmonic Bionics
  • Ashish Deshpande, PhD, Associate Professor, UT Austin

How Digital Technology Will Advance Brain Surgery

Nearly 2 million brain surgeries are performed annually in the US. Digital technologies such as tractography, a novel method for building computer models of the nerve paths through the brain, and data analytics are revolutionizing the operating room for both surgeons and patients. This panel will discuss significant software and hardware advances in tractography for building surgical planning and intra-operative guidance systems that can produce better outcomes for patients.


  • Anant Patel, MD, Central Texas Brain & Spine practices at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center
  • Jordan Amadio, MD, MBA, Co-Founder NeuroLaunch
  • Rachel Beecham, Bioinformatics, Synaptive Medical
  • Wes Hodges, Co-Founder, Synaptive Medical

Fixing the Mental & Physical Well-Being Problem

Moderated by CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, this panel health care leaders including former Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, and leaders from a large health plan and provider organization will discuss the national epidemic of mental health diagnosis’ and how addressing core components of mental well-being may be the answer to positively impacting health care costs.


  • Sanjay Gupta, MD, Chief Medical Correspondent, CNN
  • Stanley Wang, MD, Cardiologist, St. David’s HealthCare
  • Mike Gold, Chief Executive Officer, HMSA
  • Vivek Murthy, MD, Former Surgeon General of United States, United States Federal Government

Giving Back Rocks: How Top Brands Do It

What do a bandleader, jewelry designer, hair care billionaire, and hospital have in common? Successful businesses that give back to the community, and it’s all on brand. This session highlights how an unconventional collection of panelists: Ray Benson, frontman for Asleep at the Wheel, Kendra Scott, John Paul DeJoria, Austin’s St. David’s HealthCare – leverage their individual talents and brands for serious philanthropy. How they do it that is as different as all of them.


  • Ray Benson, Asleep at the Wheel (and St. David’s Foundation Board Member)
  • Kendra Scott, Kendra Scott Jewelry
  • John Paul DeJoria, Paul Mitchell / Patron Spirits
  • Denise Bradley, St. David’s HealthCare


St. David’s Foundation Panels

Childhood Trauma’s Footprint on Health

Can a traumatic event that happened in your childhood affect your health as an adult? Research is showing us that early childhood experiences can lead to negative health outcomes, like addiction and heart disease, later in life. James Redford, director of the groundbreaking documentary Resilience, will lead a panel of experts who will dive into childhood adversity’s impact on adult health outcomes, and the efforts to bring this research into public consciousness and medical practice.


  • James Redford, Director of the documentary Resilience
  • Pritesh Gandhi, People’s Community Clinic
  • Kim McPherson, St. David’s Foundation

99 Problems and Your Zip Code is One

What do your pearly whites say about you?  Why does your zip code matter more than your genetic code? There’s a health equity crisis in America and to find its roots, one must look at where health begins – where we live, work, learn and play. Mary Otto, author and former Washington Post reporter, alongside a panel of experts, will discuss how teeth can reveal the unsettling truths about our “have” and “have not” society.


  • Mary Otto, Former Washington Post reporter and author of the book, Teeth
  • Rishi Manchanda, Physician, Author and Healthcare Leader
  • William Buster, St. David’s Foundation

All the Feels: The Rewards of Online Giving

Online giving movements inspire communities, giving nonprofits the ability to amplify their donations. With strategic campaign marketing and data mapping, giving days connect donors to nonprofits, bringing a channel of new gifts, talent and matching funds other strategies fail to duplicate. Community members get “the feels,” plus a tangible way to make our communities better places. Let’s build a culture of emerging donors and educate nonprofits on advancing their mission with online giving.


  • Lisa Trahan, St. David’s Foundation
  • Celeste Flores, I Live Here I Give Here
  • Dana Rinderknecht, Community First Foundation
  • Kelly Brooks, Share Charlotte

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