Why attend? Our Delegates Say it Best: 



"Words simply aren't enough to express the spirituality, caring, and goodness of the delegates, speakers, volunteers, and staff. I was left feeling awe, love, compassion, peace, oneness - that ineffable feeling of community."
–  Delegate, TEDMED 2016


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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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"My mind is still buzzing with all the incredible things I learned through the stage program, the speakers were so wonderful. Being in the audience was an emotional and eye-opening experience. It changed my perspectives, and opened my mind to ideas I didn't even know existed. I can't wait for next year!"
– Delegate, TEDMED 2016 


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"The work this group is doing is mind-blowing."
"These were incredibly inspirational people!"
"Really a great group." 
– Delegates, TEDMED 2016


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"Every single person I spoke with at TEDMED 2016 was incredibly inspiring. Every attendee exuded passion about their field, their research, or their personal interests.  It was an amazing way to hear opinions and share thoughts with people who approach healthcare and medicine from some a wide variety of backgrounds."
– Delegate, TEDMED 2016


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Incredible Experience


"TEDMED is astounding! The Diverse dialogues truly captures the imagination on the many complex challenges that we face in medicine. It is THE perfect ABSTRACT platform with the most simplistic spin..."sharing ideas through a common altruistic thread."
– Delegate, TEDMED 2016


The 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. 

Click here to see the priority topics considered for the TEDMED 2017 program. 
Click here to see the the 2017 Stage Program.

The TEDMED 2017 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 2017 will take 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 2017 Schedule

Preliminary shedule for TEDMED 2017 - times subject to change.
All times are shown in Pacific Time.

Wednesday NOV 1

  • 12:00 - 10:00 pm
    Early Check-in
  • 5:00 - 8:00 pm
    Session 1: 

    Co-Host: Sandeep Sunny Kishore 
    Alta Charo, Frans de Waal, Soka Moses, Steven McCarroll, Zoë Keating, Sophie Andrews, Ximena Lopez
    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 2 

  • 6:30 - 7:30 am
    TEDMED Health
  • 7:00 - 8:00 am
    The Hive
  • 8:00 - 9:30 am
    Session 2:

    Co-Host: Stacey Chang 
    Meet all of this year's Hive Innovators across 4 mini-segments.
  • 9:30 - 10:00 am
    Networking Break
    The Hive
  • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Session 3:

    Co-Host: Lucy Kalanithi 
    Sara Gorman, Jim Johnson, Matt King, Amber Galloway Gallego, Keenan Wyrobek, Linda B. Rosenthal, Guo-li Ming
  • 12:15 - 2:00 pm
    Main Lawn
  • 2:00 - 4:00 pm
    Session 4:

    Co-Host: Rich Besser 
    Jill Goldstein, Dan Knights, Camila Ventura, Chera Kowalski, Sandy Hassink, Heidi Allen, Howard Stevenson
  • 4:00 - 6:00 pm
    Networking & Meetups
    The Hive
  • 6:00 - 8:00 pm
    Session 5:

    Co-Host: Celine Gounder
    Greg Corrado, Peter Bach, Betty Diamond, Lennie Sender, Jay Walker, Bill Frist, Dr. Farida & Leila Fadel
  • 8:00 - 10:00
    Evening Celebration
    Main Lawn
  • 10:00 - Midnight
    After-hours Drinks and Conversation
    The Plaza

Friday NOV 3

  • 6:30 - 7:30 am
    TEDMED Health
  • 7:30 - 9:00 am
    The Hive
  • 9:00 - 11:00 am
    Session 6:

    Co-Host: Kafui Dzirasa 
    John Amory, Meg Gaines, Shai Shen-Orr, Jennifer Chenoweth, Mark Tyndall, Agnes Binagwaho
  • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Lunch & Meetups
    The Hive
  • 1:00 - 3:00 pm
    Session 7:

    Co-Host: Sandeep Sunny Kishore 
    Amitabh Chandra, Michael Hendryx, Sian Leah Beilock, Mary Herbert, Zoë Keating, James Hamblin