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International keynote speaker and Kurt Aaron Orator

James Withers PAHHS19Dr James (Jim) Withers

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
Department of Internal Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Mercy Hospital.

James Withers, MD FACP, is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and member of the teaching faculty in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Mercy Hospital.

In 1992, Dr Withers began to dress as a homeless person and make “house calls” under the bridges and along the river banks of Pittsburgh in the company of a formerly homeless man. This led to the founding of Operation Safety Net (OSN), one of the first full time, comprehensive medical services of its’ kind for the unsheltered homeless. Medical care is delivered directly on the streets, along the river banks and in the abandoned buildings of Pittsburgh, with full social service and housing follow-up. Through extensive national and global travel, his “street medicine” model spread as both a delivery model and unique educational resource.

In 2005, Dr Withers established the annual International Street Medicine Symposium (with current partners on six continents) to foster collaboration in the care of those sleeping on the streets.  In 2009, Dr Withers created the Street Medicine Institute to focus on helping communities establish Street Medicine programs, improve existing practice and promote the “classroom of the streets” model in medical education. There are now over 30 medical schools with associated street medicine programs. In July 2019, Dr Withers will launch the first Street Medicine Fellowship at UPMC Mercy Hospital. Dr Withers enjoys numerous volunteer activities, Board memberships, and medical teaching appointments. He is most proud of the many students who have gone on to careers in service-oriented medicine.

Opening keynote speaker

Anjali Jaiprakash PAHHS19Dr Anjali Jaiprakash

Advance QLD Research Fellow at the Medical and Healthcare Robotics Group at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision and Queensland University of Technology.

Anjali Jaiprakash is a robobiologist working at the intersection of medicine, engineering and design, with a transdisciplinary approach to develop medical devices that translate robotic vision into affordable systems that can be used to improve healthcare outcomes. Anjali has experience in the fields of medical robotics, medical device, orthopaedics, trauma, bone and cartilage biology. She has extensive research experience in the hospital and clinical setting and the ethical conduct of research in compliance with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (the Code).

Currently, she is working as the Advance QLD Research Fellow at the Medical and Healthcare Robotics Group at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision and Queensland University of Technology under the supervision of a Robotics Engineer, Professor Jonathan Roberts and an Orthopaedic Surgeon, Professor Ross Crawford.

With a proven ability to work in a multi-disciplinary role and to understand complexities across differing scientific fields, Anjali is working towards her vision  to create a world in which robotics technology enables affordable medicine for all.

Last updated 25 March 2019
Last reviewed 25 March 2019