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AAIF Global - Keynote Address: Navigating the challenges of infectious disease management and social isolation for elders, USA

A talk by Dr Mehrdad Ayati and Dr Michelle Zhang
Stanford Healthcare and SoftBank Robotics Asia Pacific

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Dr Mehrdad Ayati

Dr. Ayati, well-known nationally and internationally in the field of geriatric medicine. Dr. Ayati completed his residency at UC Davis and his fellowship at Stanford University. During his residency at UC Davis, Dr. Ayati received the Award of Excellence in Clinical Teaching. Dr. Ayati worked at hospitals such as Lodi Memorial Hospital in Lodi, California, and as an Emergency Medicine Attending at Veteran Affairs in Palo Alto, California. Dr. Ayati worked as a Stanford Medical Director at Los Altos and Palo Alto Subacute and Rehabilitation centers and he is currently serving as a medical advisor for many Skilled Nursing facilities and also memory care units and assisted living facilities in Northen California. Dr. Ayati has a broad spectrum of practice and knowledge of general medicine and primary care in various settings, from office to Emergency room and acute and Sub-acute care. Dr. Ayati’s main areas of research and clinical focus are in the physiology of aging and on finding practical and yet innovative ways of addressing the wellbeing and needs of the population in any age category. Dr. Ayati is an advocate of his patient’s physical and mental health at any age in addition to disease management and prevention. Dr. Ayati is currently a member of the Ethnogeriatric and Quality and Policy Performance Committees of the Americal Geraitric Society. He also serves as a Community Health Advisor for Alzheimer Association, Northen California and Nevada Chapter. Dr. Ayati is the author of “Paths to Healthy Aging”. Dr. Ayati is also a guest educational speaker on several radio stations such as National Public Radio (NPR) and San Francisco’s KQED and international and national conferences. He also testified in the Senate of the US, Special Committee of Aging in 2018 to address the challenges of aging populations in the US. Dr. Ayati strives to provide reliable information, effective strategies, and simple guidelines for patients of all ages to avoid or manage chronic diseases and to have a significantly better quality of life. Dr. Ayati’s main focus and passion are in: Raising awareness about Over Medication and Drug Cascade issues in the elderly population as well as highlighting prevention strategies Helping patients better understand and voice their end of life care choices and medical intervention wishes Bringing into focus the numerous social, economical, political and health challenges and hardship the elderly face in our society as well as finding solutions to address their needs Being the voice of the elderly in finding innovative and yet practical solutions to promote their physical and mental health and well being

Dr Michelle Zhang

Dr. Michelle Zhang is SoftBank Robotics Asia 's Healthcare Scientific Expert and Visiting Professor at Nankai University. She is a former Director for Strategic Portfolio Management & Growth for GlaxoSmithKline with Over 12 years leadership in the Pharmaceutical industries & advisory role in Biotech start-ups. She has successfully maximized the value of GSK portfolio for Respiratory, Urology, Anti-infection and Dermatology. Directed strategies for prototyping, research and development of new products for OTC and consumer healthcare products, including one product line under analgesic brand for transdermal absorption

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