upcoming speakers.


Dr. Jessica Madden - 05/18 6pm EST

Dr. Jessica Madden MD is a pediatrician and neonatologist. She specializes in the care of all babies, including NICU graduates, and has guided hundreds of parents in the care of their infants after being discharged home. She uses the lessons she has learned from both her personal experiences as a new mother and professional experiences as a NICU physician in the care of her newborn patients. In addition, she is a certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) who supports all methods of infant feeding.


Dr. Rashida A. Jordan - 06/9 6:30 pm EST

Dr. Rashadah A. Jordan PA-C, PSY-CAQ, is a psychiatrist who currently works at Fusion Family Consulting Outpatient Psychiatry, practicing psychiatry and addiction medicine. She is very passionate about her profession and having a positive impact on her patients. Originally planning to go into pediatric cardiology and family medicine, she was ultimately interested in psychiatry and being able to make a community impact, through education and awareness of mental health conditions.

our past speakers.

Dr. Saquiba Syed.

Saquiba Syed is a dedicated and diligent internist serving the community of Jersey City, NJ. Dr. Syed earned her medical degree from the King Edward Medical University in Pakistan. She then moved to the United States, where she completed her residency in internal medicine at Seton Hall University. Dr. Syed practices as a part of Alpine Medical Group. She is a member of the American College of Physicians, medical director of Ambulatory Medicine RWJBH-JCMC, Hudson County Medical-Legal Review Board in the state of NJ, and Hudson County Mental Health Board. She received an honor legion from the J.C.Police Department. She is president elect of APPNA of Northern N.J.


Dr. Andrew Chung.

Dr. Andrew Chung is a dual-fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon. He earned his D.O. Degree at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He then completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. This was followed by a combined neurosurgical and orthopedic spine fellowship at the University of Southern California. He then went on to pursue an advanced fellowship in outpatient and minimally invasive spine surgical techniques with a focus on minimally invasive spinal deformity correction at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and DOCs Hospital in Beverly Hills. Dr. Chung has co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed articles in major spine and orthopedic journals and has written several book chapters on spine surgical care. His research has been presented both nationally and internationally. He additionally serves as a reviewer for several major spine journals.

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Dr. Punam Rana.

Dr. Punam Rana trained in medical oncology at the University of Toronto followed by a research fellowship at the Juravinski Cancer Centre. She has completed a Masters of Science in Health Research Methodology at McMaster University. Her research interests include improving the patient experience, with a focus on the adolescents and young adults population. She worked to create informational resources for young adults diagnosed with cancer and is a Medical Advisor for the Pink Pearl, a non-profit charity for young women diagnosed with cancer. Dr Rana has been the co-principal investigator on studies looking at the supportive care needs of young women diagnosed with breast cancer at the Juravinski Cancer Centre in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

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Dr. Nicole Plenty.

Dr. Nicole Lee Plenty is a double board-certified OB/GYN and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist, blogger, public speaker, and patient advocate. Nicole attended Xavier University of Louisiana where she held the title of Miss Xavier University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with honors. She then obtained a dual Medical Doctorate (MD) degree and Master of Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in Health Systems Management from Tulane University. Dr. Plenty completed her OB/GYN residency training as well as Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center where she also earned a Master of Science degree concomitantly.
After experiencing a difficult pregnancy herself, to increase her advocacy efforts, she launched Pregnancy Pearls with Dr. Plenty, a vlog and podcast she created to help patients advocate for themselves by providing pre-/post-conception advice and education regarding complications of pregnancy. She has received local, state, and national honors for her involvement in health policy, mentorship, and her work in health advocacy. Among those, she has received Top 40 under 40 recognitions from the National Minority Quality Forum, the National Medical Association, the Indianapolis Business Journal, as well as her alma mater, Xavier University of LA. Dr. Plenty is the proud wife of Rev. Dr. James Anthony Plenty. Together, they have a son named Harrison, and their fur baby, Sophie.

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Dr. Mani A. Daneshmand.

Mani A. Daneshmand is Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery of the Department of Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Daneshmand serves as director of the Emory Heart & Lung Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support Program and as director of the Emory ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) Program. A board certified cardiothoracic surgeon, his clinical interests include minimally invasive cardiac surgery, cardiac and pulmonary transplantation, mechanical circulatory support, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).


Dr. Jacqueline Watchmaker

Dr. Jacqueline Watchmaker is a dermatologist who grew up in Milwaukee, WI with her four siblings. She completed her dermatology residency at Boston Medical Center where she served as chief resident during her final year. Dr. Watchmaker helps patients with all aspects of their skin including rashes, skin cancers, acne, skin aging, cosmetic procedures, and more. Currently, she focuses on cosmetic dermatology and laser medicine.


Dr. Jennifer Tang

Dr. Jennifer Tang is Board Certified in Internal Medicine with 16+ years of experience as an attending physician in various outpatient settings. She understands the challenges of both running private practice and working as a hospital employee. In 2016, she shifted her medical practice to focus on the underserved community. She currently works part time at a Federally Qualified Health Center in the Los Angeles area.


Dr. Ann Chuang

Ann Chuang, MD, FACS is a fellowship-trained breast surgeon, Certified by The American Board of Surgery, with a special interest in breast health, benign breast disease and breast cancer. Dr. Chuang completed a Society of Surgical Oncology accredited Breast Surgery Fellowship at Mount Sinai West, St Luke’s and Beth Israel. She prides herself on being able to connect with her patients on a personal level while providing an evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach to patient care.


Dr. Carmen Fong - 03/23 6pm EST

Dr. Carmen Fong earned a Doctor of Medicine in 2013 from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, where she was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. She completed a general surgery residency at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in 2018, after which she completed a fellowship in Colon and Rectal surgery at Stony Brook University Hospital/NYU Winthrop. During her training, Dr. Fong won multiple awards including the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Scholarly Achievement Award and the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Chief Resident Award. She is a member of the Society of Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, where she sits on the Ethics and Health Advocacy Committees, and a member of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, where she is on the Young Surgeons Committee. She has been published as the lead or co-author and has presented her work at multiple national and international conferences. Dr. Fong is also actively engaged in education, leadership, and volunteer roles in the medical field and beyond. Her clinical work focuses on surgical management of colon cancer and diverticulitis as well as benign anorectal diseases including hemorrhoids, fissures, and fistulas. Her research interests include colorectal cancer in young people, surgical site infections, and new technological advances in colorectal surgery.