MLA '09: Featured Speakers & Plenary Sessions
John P. McGovern Lecturership
Established with a donation from the John P. McGovern Foundation
Sunday, May 17, 9:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
"Practicing Medicine in the 21st Century"
Adam Bosworth is a technology leader and innovator who
was instrumental in building numerous technology products,
including Google Health, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Internet
Explorer, and BEA WebLogic Integration and Workshop.
After facing serious family challenges with the health care
system, Bosworth decided to transition from twenty-five years
of building databases and software to applying his knowledge
and pursuing his passion for helping people become healthy
and well. He founded Keas in 2008 to bring together the latest
technology, medical information, and wellness programs to
reward consumers for better management of their own health
care and inspire and motivate them to live healthier lives.
Prior to starting Keas, Bosworth was vice president of engineering
at Google and was instrumental in the development of
Google Calendar and Spreadsheets. He then headed Google
Health, a personal health information centralization service.
Previously, he was senior vice president of engineering and
chief software architect at BEA Systems. Prior to joining BEA,
Bosworth cofounded Crossgain, a software development firm
acquired by BEA in 2001. Known as one of the pioneers of
extensible markup language (XML) technology, Bosworth also
held various senior management positions at Microsoft, where
he was responsible for creating the Microsoft Access PC database
and led the team that developed Internet Explorer 4.0’s
hypertext markup language (HTML) engine. Prior to Microsoft,
Bosworth worked for Borland, where he developed the Quattro
spreadsheet application following Borland’s acquisition of
Analytica, Bosworth’s first company, which had built a product
Bosworth’s long, successful career in technology began during
college at Harvard University, where he received a bachelor’s
degree in history. His strong math skills and great interest
in architecture led him to summer jobs at various computer
companies in New York. He attributes his unique ability to find
simple solutions to complex problems to being dyslexic and
having to learn, at a very early age, to read in patterns and create
cognitive pictures to understand and process information.
He believes this type of visualization allows him solve challenging
problems others do not think can be solved.
Janet Doe Lectureship
J. Michael Homan, AHIP, FMLA
Monday, May 18, 9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
"Eyes on the Prize: Reflections on the Impact of the Evolving Digital Ecology on the Librarian as Expert Intermediary and Knowledge Coach, 1969–2009"
The Janet Doe lecturer is chosen for his or her unique perspective on the history or philosophy of medical librarianship. J. Michael Homan, AHIP, FMLA, director of libraries and assistant professor, Medical Informatics, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN, is known as a teacher, an outstanding leader, and a spokesperson for health sciences librarianship.
Homan has served as president of both MLA
(2000/01) and the Association of Academic Health
Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) (2004/05). His other
leadership positions in MLA have included managing
editor of books (1990–1996), editor of the Bulletin of
the Medical Library Association (1996–2000), chair of
a number of MLA committees and task forces, and a
term on the Board of Directors (1986–1989). He was
named an MLA Fellow in 2003.
As MLA president, he led MLA to make the Bulletin
fully open access online via PubMed Central. He helped
design and teach the fi rst MEDLINE training class offered
outside the National Library of Medicine and was
one of the first medical librarians to use the network on
which the current Internet was based (the ARPANET at
a MEDLINE training class at Hawaii Medical Library in
the early 1970s). He has also helped design and construct
two new science libraries: the Corporate Technical
Library at the Upjohn Company, a multinational pharmaceutical
company in Kalamazoo, Michigan (acquired
by Pfizer), and the consolidated Science Library at the
University of California–Irvine.
Joseph Leiter Lecturer
Wednesday, May 20, 8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
"The Impact of Diseases on Hawai'i's Medical History"
Ben Young was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, and graduated
from Roosevelt High School. He received his undergraduate
degree in English literature from Milligan College, Tennessee,
and completed studies in church history at Pepperdine
University. He graduated from Howard University, Washington,
DC, with his medical degree and trained in psychiatry at the
University of Hawaii Integrated Residency Program.
He was former dean of students at the John A. Burns School
of Medicine; former vice president of student affairs, University
of Hawaii–Manoa; and chief of staff at Castle Medical Center, Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii. He served as chairman of the Department
of Psychiatry at Castle Medical Center for many years.
His last position was executive director of the Native Hawaiian
Center of Excellence, John A. Burns School of Medicine, from
which he retired in 2007. While at the medical school, he was
responsible for bringing in over $10 million in funding for several
programs in research and training.
He was appointed to former US Surgeon General David
Satcher’s Advisory Committee on the Prevention of Violence
and was national chairman for deans of student affairs for all
medical schools in the United States. For several years, he was
president of the National Council for Diversity in the Health Professions.
In 1972, he was one of only 10 licensed Hawaiian physicians
in Hawaii. He began efforts to increase the numbers of native
Hawaiians in medicine and today, because of programs that he
started, there are now over 300 Hawaiian physicians.
He received many awards including the title of Distinguished
Historian by the Hawaiian Historical Society, was named a Living
Treasure of Hawaii by the Honpa Hongwanji, and was presented
with the Distinguished Hawaiian Award by the Queen
Emma Hawaiian Civic Club. His contributions to improving the
health of Hawaiians resulted in the Kaonohi Award being given
to him by the community organization Papa Ola Lokahi.
In the early 1970s, he helped build the voyaging canoe
Hokule`a and was president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society.
He was the physician on Hokule`a’s maiden voyage in 1976
from Tahiti to Hawaii and is currently immersed in trying to produce
a book on Hawaii’s medical history.
Plenary Session 5
Wednesday, May 20, 9:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
"Reverse Disease with Less Medication"
Terry Shintani received his master’s degree in nutrition
at Harvard University and both his medical degree and
law degree at the University of Hawaii. He is board certified in preventive medicine. He currently serves as
the president of the Hawaii Health Foundation and as
the associate chair of the Department of Complementary
and Alternative Medicine at the University of Hawaii
School of Medicine. He is on the National Advisory
Board of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.
In 1989, he started the Waianae Diet Program to help
improve the health of the Hawaiian people. In 1993,
his program won the highest national award from the
US secretary of health and human services. He is the
author of eight books including Eat More, Weigh Less
Diet; The HawaiiDiet; and The Good Carbohydrate Revolution.
He has been featured in Newsweek and on
CBS This Morning, CNN News, ABC national radio, and
Dateline NBC, and as of 1995, he appears in the Encyclopaedia
Britannica. For his many accomplishments,
he has been honored by being formally designated a
Living Treasure of Hawaii.
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