First International Conference in Systems and Network Medicine: Applications of Systems Science and Thinking to Biomedicine

Georgetown University Medical Center


September 11-13, 2019

September 11: Pre-Conference Workshop

Conference Chair: Sona Vasudevan, Ph.D

Conference Files

Workshop Sessions


Speaker Abstracts


Poster Presentations


Plenary Speakers

Douglas B. Fridsma, MD, PhD, FACP, FACMI

Dr. Fridsma,, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of AMIA. He is an expert in informatics, interoperability, standards, and health IT. Dr. Fridsma is an expert in informatics, interoperability, standards, and health IT (including meaningful use).

Joseph Loscalzo, MD, PhD, MA

Dr. Loscalzo, is Hersey Professor of the Theory and Practice of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chairman of the Department of Medicine, and Physician-in-Chief at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Loscalzo is recognized as an outstanding cardiovascular scientist, clinician, and teacher.

William B. Rouse, PhD

Dr. Rouse is a researcher, educator, author and entrepreneur. His current positions include Research Professor at McCourt School of Public Policy Georgetown University, Principal at Curis Meditor and Professor Emeritus in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Bruce J. West, PhD

Dr. West is a senior scientist in mathematics and an ARL Fellow at the Army Research Office in Research Triangle Park North Carolina,. He was one of seven Department of the Army employees who received the Distinguished Presidential Rank Award in 2017.

Keynote Speakers

Atul Butte, MD, PhD

Atul Butte, MD, PhD, is the Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg Distinguished Professor and inaugural Director of the Bakar Computational Health Sciences Institute ( at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

Jan Baumbach, PhD

Dr. Jan Baumbach is the Chair of Experimental Bioinformatics at the Technical University of Munich. Jan develops computational methods for Systems Medicine and novel federated AI approaches ensuring privacy by design.

Tim Radstake MD, PhD

Timothy Radstake MD, PhD has joined the UMC Utrecht in 2012 as professor of Translational Immunology within the departments of Rheumatology & Clinical Immunology and on the Laboratory of Translational Immunology.

Harald Schmidt, MD, PhD, PharmD

Dr. Harald H.H.W. Schmidt is the Chair of COST action CA 15120 OpenMultiMedon Systems Medicine, Coordinator of H2020 Programme REPO-TRIAL, Co-Editor-in-Chief of Systems Medicine, Work Package Leader of the H2020 Programme FeatureCloud, and Professor of Pharmacology ad Personalised Medicine at Maastricht University.

Nikolaus Schultz, PhD

Nikolaus Schultz is an Associate Attending in the Computational Oncology Service in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC).

Igor Švab, MD

Dr. Igor Švab is professor, founding member and head of the department of Family Medicine. He is current dean of Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana.

James E. Valentine, JD, MHS

James Valentine assists medical product industry and patient advocacy organization clients in a wide range of regulatory matters, including new drug and biologic development and approval issues.

About the conference

"Systems Medicine is a new and emerging field that leverages complex computational tools to develop personalized assessments of disease risk and potential management options. Systems Medicine seeks to enhance individualized diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment options. The introduction of Big Data has begun to require new types of physicians and biomedical scientists, which exploit modern computational sciences to process and analyze enormous quantities of information.

The conference will offer workshops, plenary sessions, panel discussions, oral, and poster presentations, as well as several interactive sessions – highlighting science, academia, business, and public policy. Presentations will showcase the science of systems medicine and how this exciting new field is beginning to change healthcare.

The conference aims to create an active engagement between participants, encourage future interdisciplinary research opportunities, create collaboration amongst the international systems thinking stakeholders, and foster networking.

Conference proceedings will be published in the Journal Systems Medicine, thereby expanding further the reach of the meeting’s shared insights to the broader practice, research, education, and policy communities."