Speakers And Sessions Announced

A healthy society is everyone’s business. That’s why TEDMED Speakers are thought leaders and accomplished individuals from every sector of society, both inside and outside of medicine. Whether they come from science, business, academia, government, law, media, or the arts – whether they are doctors, patients, or Muppets – the extraordinary voices of the TEDMED stage unlock our imaginations. They inspire new thinking that can lead to a healthier world.  ​

A single session of TEDMED might include a Nobel Prize-winning researcher, a dance troupe, a health activist, a venture capitalist, and a brilliant young medical student. Each is selected because they have an amazing story to share…and a different way of looking at the world. 




Today, we live in a world of sudden and surprising accomplishments, an era of astonishing possibilities, and an age of ongoing achievements happening in every single field. Let’s embrace the wonder in each step that humanity takes forward. 

Now is the time for us to make way for wonder. It’s time we intentionally cultivate our sense of awe and our desire for new knowledge. It’s time to celebrate all we’re discovering and all that is yet to be discovered. It’s time to revel in our innocence, our capacity for delight, joy, and amazement. 

When we allow ourselves time to muse and to marvel, to be energized with wonder, great advancements will follow. When we emerge from our silos, we have the opportunity to broaden our laser-like focus. When we step back and take time to look deeper, we can see with a wider perspective. 
The results can be transformative. New doors are opened. New horizons reveal themselves. New possibilities suddenly leap from wild speculation to well-grounded theory to working reality.
At TEDMED 2020, we will connect with an invisible force that has been propelling humanity forward for millennia. Join us as we experience the power and possibilities that come to us when we make way for wonder.



What makes TEDMED special?



A Passionate Community
“The attendees are absolutely the best. Inspirational, deep, thoughtful, engaged, authentic, and outgoing and friendly. This was absolutely the easiest conference to meet people. Everywhere I went people reached out and introduced themselves. Warmest most welcome group of super stars anywhere.”
- Ben S.
Inspiring Speakers
"When you come out of a session of Talks, and you've changed as a person—in outlook, in perspective, in opinion—that's the mark of a conference worth attending. And that happened several times at TEDMED."
- Giles N.
Interactive Experiences
"I love the Talks, but I think my favorite part of TEDMED each year is the unique and creative opportunities to collaborate with the other attendees - they're a great way to meet people while challenging how I think about my work and health in general. Many of these experiences have stayed with me for years."
- Felicia B.  
Meals and Parties
"A community full of brilliant innovators and experts, but who are, at the end of the day, regular people who enjoy the simplicity of life (like eating a great meal!).”
-Mino M.

“Discussions at breakfast and lunch and dinner and on walks were as valuable as the stage program. Remarkable people and interests."
- Ben S.

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The TEDMED Experience

Attending TEDMED 2020 not only means experiencing inspiring TEDMED Talks live and in-person, but also becoming part of our unique and engaging community of public health leaders, clinicians, researchers, scientists, creators, innovators, and influencers. 

Whether it’s joining a curated conversation on an unexpected theme, a lively workshopping session over breakfast, or an immersive community experience, there are plenty of ways to connect with other leading thinkers and doers at TEDMED.

Additionally, TEDMED 2020 offers you the chance to fully immerse yourself in various health experiences. Choose to start your day with a mindfulness class or a heart-pumping workout. And from morning until night, we’ll provide you with nutritious meals and snacks to fuel your body and mind. At TEDMED, you are given the time and space to unplug from your day-to-day routine, inspiring new ways to approach the challenges we face in health and medicine today.  

We hope you’ll join us in Boston for TEDMED 2020. The full event schedule is available below. For travel purposes, the TEDMED stage program starts at 5:00pm on Monday, March 2nd and our closing session will conclude on Wednesday, March 4th at 11:30am. Register Today.

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Here's what our Delegates say

  • "I loved how non hierarchical the experience was, particularly around meeting other delegates. I found myself in wonderful conversation with pretty much anyone I sat next to, which created a nice element of chance and the opportunity to meet all kinds of folks from all kinds of places."
    -Jennifer S.
  • "The most impactful and energizing event I have attended. The people involved, from the TEDMED team to the Hosts, Speakers and Delegates, are not just thinking but doing; and I left feeling hopeful, personally and for the future of medicine."
    -Daniel F.
  • "As a clinician at TEDMED, I am in the minority, and it's a gift. Meeting economists, researchers, artists, and activists all striving to improve our lives and wellbeing is a welcome reminder of the village required to keep our world healthy."
    -Annie W.
  • "It is difficult trying to encapsulate the feeling of being in a room with so many driven, inspiring, and thoughtful individuals. But I am reminded that there are so many great people doing great things in the world."
    -Rafael C.
  • "I think of TEDMED as a reset button. I am lifted out of my disciplinary silo and my ability to see the health landscape grows accordingly. I find myself inspired."
    -Heidi A.
  • "It was life-changing. As someone working in a creative field, I found more inspiration in these 2.5 days than I gathered in the previous year."
    -Mike M.
  • "The Attendees are absolutely the best. Inspirational, deep, thoughtful, engaged, authentic, and outgoing and friendly. This was absolutely the easiest conference to meet people. Everywhere I went people reached out and introduced themselves. Warmest most welcome group of super stars anywhere."
    -Ben S.
  • "I came to be transformed, to find inspiration in unlikely places, to see what new creativity can emerge from the collision of disparate and challenging ideas and experiences. Exceeded my expectations. I'm in an environment where constant innovation is necessary and this helped."
    - Omar M.
  • "It was such a humbling experience to be able to connect with such inspiring and passionate people who I would never have had the opportunity to meet otherwise."
    -Kittaya T.
  • "This has been on my bucket list for a few years. It exceeded in every aspect. By not only meeting my expectations, but also surprising me and expanding my world."
    -Chet R.

Boston's Seaport District

Westin Waterfront Hotel

We're thrilled to hold this year's event at our new home in Boston’s up and coming Seaport District, March 2-4, 2020 at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel. 

Boston is a city and a community with deep roots in pioneering new ideas and pushing innovation forward—much like TEDMED. Boston boasts renowned industry-leading companies, world-class academic institutions and scientific R&D, some of the nation’s top-ranked hospitals, the country’s highest number of arts and cultural organizations per capita, and an impressive entrepreneurial ecosystem that supports a cutting-edge health tech start-up culture. 

As a city with innovation at its core, we were interested to learn that Boston also lays claim to many technological and social “firsts,” including the world’s first telephone, and the United States’ first public park, first public library, and first public secondary school. Also, America’s very first inoculations happened in Boston, way back in 1721. To this day, the city remains a hotbed for health and medical innovation, making it the perfect location for TEDMED 2020.  

TEDMED and Boston: We’d say it’s a perfect match. 



TEDMED 2020 Schedule

Preliminary schedule for TEDMED 2020, times subject to change.
All times are in the Eastern Time Zone

March 2-4 at The Westin Boston Waterfront, Boston, MA

Monday MARCH 2

  • 1:00 pm
    Check-in Opens
  • 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Opening Session:
    Anne Basting, Louise Aronson, Sandro Galea, Thomas Abt, Francis X. Shen, Anupam Jena, Lisa Sanders, Riitta and Karoline, Jay Walker
    Theatre (Grand Ballroom) with Intermission
    in Foyer
  • 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Opening Reception and Dinner
    Social Hub (Harbor Ballroom)
  • 10:00 pm - Midnight
    After-hours Drinks and Conversation
    Hotel Lobby / City Bar

Tuesday MARCH 3

  • 6:30 am - 7:30 am
    TEDMED Health
    Lobby / Hancock
  • 7:00 am - 9:00 am
    Social Hub (Harbor Ballroom)
  • 9:00 am - 11:00 am
    Session 2:
    Yasmine Hurd, Cheryl King, Anne Marie Albano, Frederick Streeter Barrett, Laurie Hallmark, Beatie Wolfe
    Theatre (Grand Ballroom)
  • 11:15 am - Noon
    Community Engagement / Meetups
    Social Hub (Harbor Ballroom)
    Carlton, Lewis, Griffin, Burroughs
  • Noon - 1:00 pm
    Community Lunch
    Marina Ballroom
  • 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
    Community Engagement / Meetups
    Social Hub (Harbor Ballroom)
    ​Carlton, Lewis, Griffin, Burroughs
  • 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Session 3:
    Ralph Nader, Cheryl Holder, Jyoti Sharma, Matt Hepburn, Heidi Larson, Thijs Biersteker
    Theatre (Grand Ballroom)
  • 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm
    Community Engagement / Meetups
    Social Hub (Harbor Ballroom)
    ​Carlton, Lewis, Griffin, Burroughs
  • 5:15 pm - 7:15 pm
    Session 4:
    Michel Maharbiz, Amit Choudhary, Jay Walker, Zuberoa Marcos + Fred Moll, Gokul Upahdyayula, Leor Weinberger
    Theatre (Grand Ballroom)
  • 7:15 pm - 8:00 pm
    Evening Celebration / Reception
  • 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Evening Celebration / Dinner
    Theatre (Grand Ballroom)
  • 11:00 pm
    After-hours Drinks and Conversation
    Hotel Lobby / City Bar

Wednesday MARCH 4

  • 6:30 am - 7:30 am
    TEDMED Health
    Lobby / Hancock
  • 7:00 am - 9:00 am
    Social Hub (Harbor Ballroom)
  • 8:00 am - 8:45 am
    Community Engagement / Meetups
    Social Hub (Harbor Ballroom)
    ​Carlton, Lewis, Griffin, Burroughs
  • 9:00 am - 11:30 am
    Closing Session:
    Wanda Irving, Joseph Shin, Homer Venters, Suchi Saria, Katherine Eban, Jon Gruber, Shekinah Elmore, Kevin Toolis
    Theatre (Grand Ballroom)