Dr. Mackay received his PhD in molecular genetics from Carnegie-Mellon University. He completed three postdoctoral appointments from Harvard University School of Public Health (National Research Service Award No. CA 09078), Boston University, and North Carolina State University (National Research Service Award No. AG 05380), and served as Director of Quality at Xenometrix, Inc. Dr. Mackay is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology & Health Services at Edinboro University teaching genetics, cell & molecular biology, and microbiology. He is a full member of the Society of Toxicology since 1995, and is the Treasuerer of the Allegheny-Erie Society of Toxicology since 2003. He has published more than 20 papers in reputed journals in the areas of cancer biology, genetics, and aging.
Megan Hitchins is an Associate Professor of Medicine (Division of Oncology) and the Laboratory Head for the Hitchins' Translational Epigenetics Lab at Stanford University. Her research focus is the genetic and epigenetic mechanisms (and their interactions) underlying human disease, mainly as applied to cancer predisposition and outcomes. Her PhD training at University College London, UK was in Clinical Genetics. She undertook post-doctoral training at Imperial College London and University College London, before taking up a Faculty position at The University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. She has published ~60 peer-reviewed papers, reviews and book chapters. Her seminal work on the role of epimutations in human cancer predisposition and their variable patterns of inheritance in cancer-affected families have been published in first-author papers in leading journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Nature Genetics, Cancer Cell, and Gastroenterology, with Opinion Perspectives published in Nature Reviews Cancer. She received widespread media coverage for the discovery of non-Mendelian and Mendelian transmission patterns of constitutional MLH1 epimutations. From 2008 until her departure in 2013, 100% of her salary was covered through prestigious nationally competitive fellowships acquired from government organizations. Dr Hitchins' research in the genetic and epigenetic causes of cancer risk and outcomes continues, with clinical observational studies as well as molecular pathological epidemiology studies in cancer patients.
Dr. Aboul-Enein, author and presenter for many professional articles, studies, and projects is currently working on several extensive writing projects related to healthcare reform and innovation. Dr. Aboul-Enein has been involved in research dealing in health access with feasibility analysis and healthcare economic issues related to the need to provide prevention as a cost saving mechanism. He served as a reservist officer in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps with the rank of lieutenant commander involved as a nurse practitioner in correctional care and as a strategic health care advisor to the Office of the Surgeon General. Dr. Aboul-Enein has been an avid writer and faculty member about issues related to Population Health, Vulnerable Populations and need to empower Nurse Practitioners within large and small healthcare systems within urban and rural communities. Dr. Aboul-Enein’s passion towards healthcare reform is a result of the key issue that without Innovation, Risk taking and Empowerment- Healthcare Reform will be extremely difficult to implement.The Empowering Clinician through Population Health Model provides a means to developing Community Health Collaborative among local stakeholders, as all healthcare is local. As a healthcare speaker, writer, and consultant, Dr. Faisal Aboul-Enein has explored the future of healthcare with clients ranging from Universities, Community Health Centers, Physician Group Practices and Networks, Hospital System Networks, Clinician Groups, Healthcare Innovators and Entrepreneurs, and Investors of Critical Healthcare Ventures. At these universities, previously mentioned, his educational focuses include but are not limited to: the Graduate Programs in Nursing Management and Leaders, Healthcare Innovation, and Healthcare Administration, Masters in Health Administration
Dr. Aboul-Enein has a BSN (Magna Cum Laude) from University of Central Arkansas. He hold a Master in Public Health and a Master’s of Science in Nursing, specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He holds Doctor of Public Health with a specialization in Community Health, Healthcare Administration from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He also is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is fluent in Arabic, English and Spanish.