The 2021 event will bring together the world’s leading physicians, scientists, leaders of faith, ethicists, patient advocates, policymakers, philanthropists, and influencers to engage in powerful conversations on the latest breakthroughs in medicine, health care delivery, and prevention as well as the anthropological outcomes and the cultural impact of technological advances. Together, within the halls of Vatican City, they will focus on advances in medical innovation and seek to catalyze the creation of new, interdisciplinary approaches and partnerships for curing disease and improving health, wellbeing and understanding human uniqueness. Participants will explore the role of religion, faith and spirituality, and the interplay of mind, body and soul and look for areas of convergence between the humanities and the natural sciences.


H.Em. Cardinal Gianfranco  Ravasi

President, Pontifical Council for Culture

Robin L. Smith, MD

President, Cura Foundation and Stem for Life,
and Vice President and Director,
Science and Faith Foundation (STOQ)

Rev. Msgr. Tomasz Trafny

Head of Science and Faith Department,
Pontifical Council for Culture and
General Secretary, Science and Faith Foundation (STOQ)


Principal Deputy Commissioner,
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Program Director, Type 1 Diabetes Program,
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust

Professor of Biology and of Theology, Providence College

Chief Executive Officer,

The Rennert Chair of Aging Research, Professor of Medicine and Genetics and Director, Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Biology of Aging, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Blue Zones

Executive Chairman,
Firefly Health

Founder, The Chopra Foundation and
Founder, Chopra Global

U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Chairman of the Board and CEO,
Amicus Therapeutics, Inc.

Founder, Co-Chairman and Co-CIO, Bridgewater Associates
Author, New York Times Best-Selling book, “Principles: Life & Work”

Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Founder and Director of the Center for Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Bailiff Grand Cross of Honour and Devotion in Obedience

The Sovereign Order of Malta

Distinguished University Professor and Past President,
MD Anderson Cancer Center 

Chief Rabbi of Rome

Kolokotrones University Professor and Chair, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Co-Founder and Chief Strategist, Partners In Health

Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), U.S. National Institutes of Health

Founder and CEO,

Vice President, Head of Google Health,

John A. Creighton University Professor and
Chair, Department of Medical Humanities
Creighton University

Soprano, Arts and Health Advocate and
Artistic Advisor to John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Chair in Epistemology, Modern and Contemporary Philosophy and Director of International Center for Philosophy and Center for Science and Thought, University of Bonn, Germany

Chief Executive Officer, Hackensack Meridian Health

Former Secretary,
Louisiana Department of Health

U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See 

Physician in Chief of Oncology Services, Hackensack Meridian Health; Chairman of John Theurer Cancer Center and Founding Chair of Oncology, Hackensack University Medical Center

Todd and Linda Broin Chair for Diabetes Research; Director of Clinical Trials, The Sanford Project, Sanford Research and Associate Professor, Pediatric Endocrinology, Sanford School of Medicine, University of South Dakota

Founder, Chairman, and CEO
Celularity, Inc. 

Professor Emerita, Perelman School of Medicine,
University of Pennsylvania

Suicide Prevention Activist and Filmmaker;
The Kevin & Margaret Hines Foundation

Co-Host and Founder,

Professor Emeritus of Cognitive Sciences, University of California, Irvine

Director, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control,
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Head of Strategy and Innovation, Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine

The Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation

General Authority Seventy,
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Chief Executive Officer,

Chairman, President and CEO,
Sorrento Therapeutics

Compassion Institute

The  Richard W. Vague Professor in Immunotherapy and Director of The Center for Cellular Immunotherapies, The Perelman School of Medicine and The Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, The University of Pennsylvania

President, DEKA R&D;
Chairman, ARMI and
Founder, FIRST

Executive Vice President,  Healthcare Management and Transformation, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield NJ

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights

Thomas Jefferson University and Chief Executive Officer, Jefferson Health

President and CEO,
JDRF International

West Health Policy Center

President, Medical Director and CEO, The Angiogenesis Foundation

Cardiovascular Specialist, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Mallinckrodt, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Award-winning Actress, Director and Artist;
UNICEF Ambassador 

President and CEO, Gary and Mary West Foundation

Director, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

NFL Athlete, Co-Founder, Project 375 and Founder, House of Athlete

Director, Duke-Robert J. Margolis, MD, Center for Health Policy and Robert J. Margolis, MD, Professor of Business, Medicine, and Policy, Duke University

Founder and CEO,

Professor and Director, Hugh Kaul Precision Medicine Institute, University of Alabama at Birmingham

President, Union for International for Cancer Control (UICC)

Associate Dean for Neurosciences Initiatives and Interim Director of the Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion, Department of Neurosciences, University of California San Diego

Dean, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
Tufts University

Founding Dean Emeritus and The Raymond C. and Doris N. Grandon Professor of Health Policy, Jefferson College of Population Health (JCPH)

Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology and Center of Mental Health, University of Würzburg, Germany

President of Innovation and Research, Sanford Health

Chief Executive Officer,
Outcomes Matter Innovations

Professor, MIT Media Lab, Chief Scientist and Chairman, Empatica

Chief Medical Officer and VP of Healthcare, Worldwide Commercial Business, Microsoft

Full Professor in Hygiene, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome; President, Mission Board for Cancer of the European Commission; and President Elect, World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) 

Professor of Medicine and Cardiology, The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 

Chief Executive Officer,
United Therapeutics Corporation

Julius B. Richmond Professor of Health Policy and Aging,
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Director, Emory-Georgia Tech Healthcare Innovation Program and Medical Director, The Marcus Foundation 

Director, Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C.

Managing Partner,
Sculley Advisors

Managing Director of Akkad Holdings and
Executive Servant Leader at J&B Medical

Chairman, President and CEO,
Cryoport, Inc.

Professor, Department of Genetics and Co-Director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biology of Aging Research, Harvard Medical School

Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology,
Harvard Medical School

Managing Director, Senior Biotechnology Research Analyst, Piper Sandler and Companies

Associate Professor of Oncology and Biostatistics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health

Founder and Chairman, Health eVillages; Founder and Chairman, Tramuto Foundation; Author and Health Care Activist

Professor, Chair and Chief of Medicine, Cooper University Health Care, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University 

Executive Vice President,
Global Good & Research,
Intellectual Ventures

President, Samaritan Health Initiatives

Associate Vice President and Assistant Provost; Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Philosophy and Department of Information Technology, Analytics & Operations, University of Notre Dame

Senior Director of Therapeutic Development, Sanford Research

Professor and Chief of Molecular Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine Director, Institute for Infection & Immunity, Lundquist Institute at Harbor-UCLA and Chair, Medical Sciences, Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation