Scientific Advisory Board

A passion for science and solving humanity’s problems is in our DNA.

David J. Bacon, PH.D

David J. Bacon, PH.D

U.S. Navy Captain and Navy liaison officer to Military Infectious Disease Research Program (MIDRP)

Dr. Bacon serves as the U.S. Navy liaison officer to the Military Infectious Disease Research Program (MIDRP). A Navy Captain, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, has more than 20 years of experience conducting, directing and developing evidence-based infectious disease research. At MIDRP, he oversees infectious disease research programs across several continents. Dr. Bacon has published 35 peer-reviewed manuscripts and been invited to give seminars and lead health-related discussions with Ministry of Health/DoD officials worldwide. Dr. Bacon is certified as a level III Science and technology manager and is a member of the global health specialist program.

Bradley A. Connor, M.D.

Bradley A. Connor, M.D.

The Weill Cornell Medical College, New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell Campus, Previous Advisor to White House Medical Unit and CDC

Dr. Connor is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at The Weill Cornell Medical College and an Attending Physician at the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell Campus. A gastrointestinal infectious disease specialist, Dr. Connor has been in private practice for the past 30 years and his research has been widely published. He has also served as an Advisor to the White House Medical Unit, U.S. Olympic Swim Team, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additionally, he was a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Task Force on travel medicine and malaria prevention.

Elliot K. Fishman, M.D.

Elliot K. Fishman, M.D.

World Renowned Radiologist, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Dr. Fishman, one of the world’s most renowned radiologists, serves as director of diagnostic imaging and body CT in the Department of Radiology and Radiological Science and professor of radiology, surgery, urology and oncology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include computer applications in radiology, advanced clinical applications of CT scanning, and medical education. Dr. Fishman was an early pioneer in the development of 3D medical imaging as a clinical tool. He has also been a leader in developing new applications for computed tomography including CT angiography for vascular and oncologic applications.

Lewis Hofmann, M.D.

Lewis Hofmann, M.D.

Former White House Physician for the Vice President, Former Command of the Pentagon Flight Medicine Clinic

A former United States Air Force officer, Dr. Hofmann served as the White House physician for the Vice President and as director of vice presidential medical operations from 2000-2009. Following his White House tenure, Dr. Hofmann was selected to command the Pentagon Flight Medicine Clinic at Andrews Air Force Base where he was the senior flight surgeon for Air Force One. He traveled to over 100 countries, representing more than 85% of the world’s population, where he liaised with international medical executives and evaluated their healthcare systems and challenges. For his military service, Dr. Hofmann was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal.

Smith L. Johnston, III, M.D., M.S

Smith L. Johnston, III, M.D., M.S

Chief Medical Officer at Axiom Space, Former NASA Medical Officer and Flight Surgeon

Dr. Johnston is the Chief Medical Officer at Axiom Space, Inc. the world’s leading commercial space station company, and a member of the associate clinical faculty at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Department of Preventive, Occupational and Environmental Medicine in Galveston, Texas. He has spent most of his career as a NASA Medical Officer and Flight Surgeon at Johnson Space Center (Retired), which included supporting over 25 Shuttle and 2 International Space Station (ISS) Expedition Missions, being the medical director of the Occupational and Aerospace Medical Clinic, and leading the development of the fatigue management and human health, performance, and longevity training programs. Dr. Johnston’s expertise centers on taking the innovations discovered from the US, International, and Commercial Space Programs to benefit the lives of his earth-bound patients. Dr. Johnston’s work has appeared in over 100 scientific publications. He is the recipient of numerous awards from NASA and is a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association.

Steven W. Lockley, Ph.D.

Steven W. Lockley, Ph.D.

Harvard Medical School, Neuroscientist and Circadian Rhythm Researcher

Dr. Lockley is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a neuroscientist in the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He has over 25 years of research experience in circadian rhythms and sleep and is a specialist in the effects of light on the circadian pacemaker and other ‘non-visual’ responses to light. Dr. Lockley has studied the role of light timing, duration, intensity, wavelength and history, including the wavelength sensitivity of the circadian photoreception system, helping to confirm the remarkable earlier discovery of a novel non-rod, non-cone short-wavelength sensitive photoreceptor in the ganglion cell layer of the human eye. He has published more than 150 original reports, reviews, chapters and editorials on sleep and circadian rhythms and his research is funded by the NIH, NASA and others.

Harry Oken, M.D.

Harry Oken, M.D.

Adjunct Professor of Medicine at The University of Maryland, Nutrition and Crohn’s disease researcher

Dr. Oken is an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at The University of Maryland and has been listed in Best Doctors of America and has been named a Baltimore’s “Top Doc.” Dr. Oken is board-certified in the specialty of Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. His research focuses on nutrition as well as Crohn’s disease. He has published articles in a variety of professional journals. Dr. Oken’s central theme with his patients is stressing good nutrition, attaining a healthy weight, getting regular exercise, and controlling stress. He continues to spearhead this theme as Medical Director for the Columbia Association (CA), one of the nation’s largest homeowners association. He is also the co-author of the recently published book, BOOM!, Back to Good Health.

Michael Roizen, M.D.

Michael Roizen, M.D.

Chief Wellness Officer Emeritus at Cleveland Clinic, former FDA Advisor, developer of RealAge concept

Dr. Roizen has served as the First Chief Wellness Officer at the Cleveland Clinic. He is also the founding Chair of the Clinic’s Wellness Institute. Dr. Roizen currently serves the Cleveland Clinic as Chief Wellness Officer Emeritus, and is a Professor, Lerner College of Medicine of the Cleveland Clinic at Case Western Reserve University. Certified in Internal Medicine and Anesthesiology, Dr. Roizen is renowned for the initiation and development of the RealAge concept to motivate behavior change. Among Dr. Roizen’s other notable accomplishments include serving 16 years on FDA advisory committees, starting 13 companies and co-inventing the FDA approved methylnaltrexone (Relistor). He is the author of over 190 peer reviewed scientific publications, four New York Times #1 best selling books and co-authors a daily column with Dr. Mehmet Oz that is syndicated in over 100 newspapers. In recognition of his work, Dr. Roizen is a recipient of an Emmy, an Elle, and the Paul Rogers best medical communicator award from the National Library of Medicine, and The United Way of Cleveland Humanitarian of the Year Award.

Terry Tamminen

Terry Tamminen

Former California EPA Secretary; co-founder of R20 Regions of Climate Action

Mr. Tamminen served as the Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. He was later appointed Cabinet Secretary, the Chief Policy Advisor to Governor Schwarzenegger. An expert in business, farming and the environment, he has many notable accomplishments in support of a clean environment, including helping Nigeria create its first solid waste recycling program. In 2010, Mr. Tamminen co-founded the R20 Regions of Climate Action, a public-private partnership to implement economic development projects that can help address the climate crisis and build a sustainable global economy. He is also the author of several books on the environment.

Ashani Weeraratna, Ph.D.

Ashani Weeraratna, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Melanoma Researcher

Dr. Weeraratna is the E.V. McCollum Professor and Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She also holds appointments at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s Department of Oncology and the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. Previously, she spent 8 years at the Wistar Institute, an international leader in biomedical research. A renowned cancer researcher, Dr. Weeraratna’ groundbreaking work focuses on the link between aging and cancer, including how normal age-related changes in the microenvironment can contribute to melanoma formation. A public health advocate, her work has also included helping to raise public awareness about the dangers of melanoma and how to take preventative measures against it.

Jamie Leigh Wells, M.D., FAAP

Jamie Leigh Wells, M.D., FAAP

Adjunct Professor, Drexel University School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, Chair of the Yale Alumni Health Network, Leadership Council Member of The Wistar Institute

Dr. Wells is a renowned pediatrician. She currently serves as an adjunct professor in the Drexel University School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems helping spearhead the nation’s first degree program in pediatric engineering and on the Leadership Council of The Wistar Institute (the nation’s first independent biomedical research facility and certified cancer center). Formerly, she was a Clinical Instructor/Attending at NYU Langone, Mt. Sinai-Beth Israel and St. Vincent’s Medical Centers in Manhattan and the Director of Medicine for an educational advocacy nonprofit doing extensive outreach as a medical expert and publishing over 400 articles informing the public and policymakers on topics widely ranging from drug pricing, bioethics, policy and healthcare trends to disease and medtech innovation. Dr. Wells began her career in neurosurgery before moving to pediatrics. She has been featured as a physician leader, named one of America’s Top Pediatricians by Consumers’ Research Council of America and has been awarded America’s Top Physicians Honors of Distinction and Excellence.