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Darria Long Gillespie, MD, MBA, FACEP

Practicing Emergency Physician; Senior Vice President of Clinical Strategy, Sharecare; TV & Media Medical Expert

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Widely renowned as an expert in making life and health better for women, Dr. Darria Long Gillespie, MD MBA is a national on-air TV health expert, author of the upcoming book Mom Hacks, board certified Emergency Department physician and a digital health executive. Given her experience, she holds a unique, multifaceted perspective of the healthcare system.

Dr. Long Gillespie trained at Yale and Harvard Business School, before becoming an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She leads clinical strategy at Sharecare, is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee School of Medicine, and mom of two. Dr. Darria frequently appears on CNN, Fox News, Dr. Oz Show, and The Doctors, and is a blogger for The Huffington Post and MindBodyGreen.

As an Emergency physician, Dr. Darria understands having too much to do in the most stressful of situations – and too little time to do it. She quickly learned techniques to save time – and lives. Becoming a patient herself was a wakeup call to do the same for herself, to find solutions to her own health challenges. She now brings these same high-yield strategies for wellness to her audiences, saving them time, struggles, [and their sanity].

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Dr. Darria Long Gillespie ranks as one of America’s experts on maximizing ROI in healthcare. After joining the faculty of Harvard Medical School immediately after residency, she was appointed to Senior Vice President of Clinical Strategy by digital health engagement company Sharecare. She frequently speaks as a medical expert on national TV including CNN and FoxNews, and serves as national spokesperson for the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Widely regarded as an authority on creating/executing/implementing digital strategies for health, Dr. Gillespie continues to practice medicine as an ER physician. Her unique position at the intersection of medicine, media, and business enables Dr. Gillespie’s deep understanding of the stakeholders necessary for transforming the way we think about health.

Even though we have more health information and tools and spend more than ever on healthcare, we suffer from greater weight gain, stress, and chronic health problems. Why? Our bodies are locked in a vicious health cycle – at which point – admonitions to “use your willpower” or “eat better, move more” are ineffective. Instead, we need the equivalent of a quantum reaction: where a tiny particle triggers major gains. Quantum Hacks are small steps that leverage our body’s innate physiology and ignite a positive chain reaction. By acting at these most pivotal points, seemingly narrow efforts will lead to powerful downstream effects.


Sitting isn’t the new smoking; motherhood is. Even though we have more health information and tools and spend more than ever on healthcare, becoming a mother automatically puts a woman at risk of weight gain, exhaustion, and chronic health problems. Why? Our bodies are locked in a vicious health cycle – at which point – admonitions to “use your willpower” or “eat better, move more” are ineffective. Instead, we need the equivalent of a quantum reaction: where a tiny particle triggers major gains. Quantum Hacks are small steps that leverage our body’s innate physiology and ignite a positive chain reaction. By acting at these most pivotal points, seemingly narrow efforts will lead to powerful downstream effects.


 “The Amazon-ization of Healthcare”. Telemedicine. Growing healthcare expenditures that parallel our growing chronic disease burden. Is “Digital Health” the solution? How can we overcome security and privacy concerns, and enlist providers and hospitals, which are historically slow to adopt this new technology? We face a critical juncture in the ability to leverage technology in healthcare in a way that can connect the entire system.


As SVP of Clinical Strategy at leading digital and population health company Sharecare, Dr. Darria Long Gillespie will discuss future digital health trends – and roadblocks. Moving forward will require a new hybrid healthcare model that if done well, can save healthcare expenses, reinvigorate the patient/physician relationship, and most importantly, improve patient outcomes and quality of life.


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