At TEDMED 2018, our community embraced the power of Chaos+Clarity to advance science, global public health, and medical innovation across a wide range of topics. An amazing lineup of speakers took the stage this November, and we look forward to sharing these talks with the world throughout 2019!


Why attend TEDMED? Our Delegates Say it Best: 



"They 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. Open, driven, purpose-filled."

–  Delegate, TEDMED 2018


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"Medical students, medical doctors and students from different fields joined us to watch the talks. It was an amazing experience seeing them all interacting and discussing the science behind every break through."
– TEDMED Live 2015 Location


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"I was shocked at the quality of the speakers and the content, simply amazing. I now feel the responsibility to be an ambassador for these important cultural topics. Thank you for the opportunity."
– Delegate, TEDMED 2018


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"The innovators are always one of my favorite parts of TEDMED and this was no exception!"
– Delegate, TEDMED 2018


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"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."

– Delegate, TEDMED 2018


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Incredible Experience


"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."

– Delegate, TEDMED 2018 


 The TEDMED Program


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. 

The TEDMED 2018 Stage Program:

The Hive Program

The Hive explores the technology, creativity and innovation that contribute to a healthier future. Dedicated to embracing transformative startups and inspiring entrepreneurs, TEDMED brings together the leaders of today with the leaders of tomorrow by inviting startups and the creative, multi-disciplinary entrepreneurs powering new approaches to innovation and scalable game-changing ideas.

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The TEDMED Experience

The stage program is only a fraction of TEDMED - the full experience involves many more activities and interactive installations that catalyze discussion and stimulate new relationships.

To kickstart each day, we begin each morning with "TEDMED Health" to get the blood pumping with activities like hiking, running, yoga and meditation to help get you ready for the day ahead. After fueling up with a nutritious breakfast, the day is spent alternating between inspiring and thought-provoking talks from our speakers, and meals and interaction with fellow Delegates, who comprise a truly multi-disciplinary group of change-makers passionate about creating a healthier world.

During breaks between sessions, The Hive offers innovative hands-on activities, beautiful art exhibits, and of course meet-ups with all of our speakers and with The Hive Innovators. On both Wednesday and Thursday evening, take the chance to kick back, relax and share new ideas over food, drinks and performances at our opening reception and evening celebration. 

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The Location

TEDMED takes place in sunny Palm Springs, California at the La Quinta Resort and Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort. The location was selected to help foster and nurture the important connections of the TEDMED community. This unique setting enables Delegates to stay on-site around the clock – enjoying the full program, social engagements, and lodging all in one place, while fully embracing the powerful ideas that will undoubtedly be shared.

Frank Capra was one of a long line of artists who found creative inspiration in this tranquil desert retreat and ultimately made La Quinta his home; he called it “the Shangri-La of screenwriting” and it was at La Quinta that Capra wrote many of his screenplays. He believed there was something magical here, and TEDMED is excited about incorporating this rich history – and maybe even a little magic – into this year’s event as we share important stories in health and medicine.

In this spirit of inspiration, we also invite our delegation to take advantage of the unique natural landscape and attractions found in the Palm Springs area. Be sure to plan your travel accordingly to leave time before or after the event. Learn more about local sites and activities.

The result is an immersive experience that challenges us to reframe our mental models, ignite new thinking, energize our work and enlarge our worldview. We will leave TEDMED imagining fresh possibilities and recommitted to our contribution to a healthier future.

We hope you’ll join us.

TEDMED 2018 Schedule

Ttimes subject to change, and are shown in Pacific Time.

Wednesday NOV 14

  • 12:00 - 10:00 pm
    Early Check-in
  • 5:00 - 8:00 pm
    Opening Session:

    Adam Waytz, Gerardo Reyes Chavez, Jerome M. Adams, Kate Bowler, Kathleen O'Donnell, Pam Belluck, Rabiaa El Garani, Tim Lu
    Theatre, with Intermission in Foyer
  • 8:00 - 10:00 pm
    Opening Reception
    Main Lawn
  • 10:00 - Midnight
    After-hours Drinks and Conversation
    The Plaza

Thursday NOV 15

  • 7:00 - 8:00 am
    TEDMED Health
  • 7:30 - 9:00 am
    The Hive 
  • 9:00 - 10:30 am
    Session 2:

    Chris Mansi, David Hoey, Debbie Lin Teodorescu, Heather Fernandez, John Martin, Jonna Mazet, Melanie Matheu, Michael Martin, Miriam Huntley, Nicole Gaudelli, Padideh Kamali-Zare, Robert Accordino, Ron Alfa, Sean Brady, Toyin Ajayi, Yuri Maricich
  • 10:30 - 11:00 am
    Networking Break
    The Hive
  • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Session 3:

    April Zeoli, Carl June, Daniel Streicker, Jason Shepherd, Marilène Oliver, Sarkis Mazmanian, Yaniv Erlich
  • 1:00 - 2:30 pm
    Main Lawn
  • 2:30 - 5:00 pm
    Networking & Meetups
    See Meetup Schedule
  • 5:00 - 7:00 pm
    Session 4:

    Denisse Rojas, Dikembe Mutombo, Elizabeth Howell, Irene Papanicolas, Isha Sesay, Mitchell H. Katz, Queen Dube
  • 7:00 - 10:00
    Evening Celebration
    Main Lawn
  • 9:15 - 11:00
    Stories Under the Stars w/ RWJF
    The Hive
  • 10:00 - Midnight
    After-hours Drinks and Conversation
    The Plaza

Friday NOV 16

  • 7:00 - 8:00 am
    TEDMED Health
  • 7:30 - 9:00 am
    The Hive
  • 9:00 - 11:00 am
    Session 5:

    Emily F. Rothman, Jay Walker, Niobe Way. Sherry Johnson, sj Miller, Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin, Thomas Curran
  • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Lunch & Meetups
    The Hive / See Meetup Schedule
  • 1:00 - 3:00 pm
    Closing Session:

    Amanda Sturgeon, Christine Nieves, David Asch, Lydia Bourouiba, Mathias Basner, Steve Pantilat, Yoko K. Sen