Mark L. Tykocinski, MD Endowed Lecture 2018

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Eakins Lounge, Jefferson Alumni Hall

1020 Locust Street

Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Join us for the 2018 Mark L. Tykocinski, MD Endowed Lecture

Speaker: Basil Harris, MD, PhD, FACEP

Founder, President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Medical Officer

Topic: Inventor MD and The Road to the Tricorder XPRIZE

Basil Harris, MD, PhD, FACEP helped lead a team that created DxtER (pronounced Dexter), a tricorder prototype, for the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE competition. DxtER is a consumer product designed to monitor your health and diagnose illnesses in the comfort of your own home. DxtER functions autonomously, but can also share important information with your healthcare providers at your discretion. At the heart of DxtER is an artificially intelligent engine that learned to diagnose by integrating years of experience in clinical emergency medicine with data analysis from actual patients having a variety of medical conditions and outcomes. Included with DxtER is a collection of non-invasive sensors custom-designed to collect data about your vital signs, body chemistry, and biological functions. The diagnostic engine synthesizes your health data to make a quick and accurate assessment.

DxtER Tricorder

The prototype DxtER kit included an iPad Mini running a sophisticated diagnostic engine and a collection of noninvasive sensors. Photo: XPRIZE

Basil is a physician (SKMC '02) with a PhD in engineering. He has been actively practicing emergency medicine for over fifteen years, spending the last twelve years at Lankenau Medical Center of Main Line Health. Basil was named a Top Doctor by Main Line Today in 2016 for the third time. Despite his daily regimen of chaos in the ER, his engineering training is ever present. Basil's years at Drexel and Cornell Universities hardwired him to think like an engineer and he is a constant tinkerer. He has research experience in medicine and engineering with over a dozen publications. He and his co-founder, George Harris, are brothers who grew up in the Philadelphia region.

Program Schedule

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Introductory Remarks by Mark L. Tykocinski MD

Presentations by the Spivack Scholars, Student Recipients of the Alfred P. Spivack MD Scholarship

Keynote Speaker: Basil Harris, Inventor MD

5:30 PM - 6:00 PM


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About the Lecture

The Mark L. Tykocinski, MD Lecture has been funded through the generosity of Dr. Alfred Spivack SKMC ’54 (1928-2016). In 2015, Dr. Spivack established the Spivack-Jauron Scholarship Fund and Tykocinski Lecture and symposium in creativity at Jefferson.

About Dr. Spivack

Dr. Spivak

Dr. Alfred Spivack (1928-2016) served as cardiologist and Clinical Professor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. He also served as Director of Stanford Hospital. At Stanford, he founded the Hypertension-Anticoagulation Clinic, Stanford’s popular Sports Medicine training course, and the Coronary Care Unit (CCU). While serving as the CCU’s founding director, Dr. Spivack was among the first to encourage nurses to take a more active role in the care of critically ill cardiac patients.

Among his career milestones and achievements, Dr. Spivack developed, with Hewlett Packard, the Arrhythmia Trainer as part of an effort to train coronary care physicians and nurses in the technique of defibrillation. He is a recipient of the American College of Medicine’s Laureate Award for Career Achievement and of the Stanford Medical School Rambar-Mark Award for Clinical Excellence.

Dr. Spivack was also a noted a ceramic artist and has been in several national and international juried art and invitational shows and participated in two invitational exhibitions in Korea. He was a member of the Association of Glass and Clay Artists of California.

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