Successful Aging Event Speaker Biographies
Vice President, Chief Innovation and Technology Officer, PAMF Innovation Center
Dr. Tang has directed innovative health information technology programs in healthcare organizations, industry, and national policy-making committees for over 30 years. He directed a research group at Hewlett Packard Laboratories in the 1980s that used knowledge-based technology to create intelligent electronic health record (EHR) systems for physicians. In 1994, he led the implementation of the EHR at Northwestern, which was awarded the Nicholas E. Davies Award for Excellence in Computer-based Patient Records Implementation. Joining PAMF in 1998, he directed the implementation of the EHR at PAMF, the first large medical group practice in California to use an EHR. And in 2001, PAMF collaborated with Epic to create the MyChart patient portal and was the first in the country to implement it.
Over the past 15 years, Dr. Tang has been working to accelerate the nation’s adoption and effective use of health information technology. Paul is vice chair of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Information Technology Policy Committee, and chair of its Meaningful Use workgroup. He is a member of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) and co-chairs its Quality subcommittee. He chairs the National Quality Forum’s (NQF) Health Information Technology Advisory Committee, and chairs the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s National Advisory Council for ProjectHealth Design.
Paul is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine, and has served on numerous boards related to healthcare and health informatics. He is a recipient of the AMIA Don E. Detmer Award for Health Policy Contributions in Informatics; was named an Innovator and Influencer by Information Week, a Healthcare Innovator by Healthcare Informatics, a Health Care Heroes Awardee by San Francisco Business Times, and a HIT Men and Women of the Year by Healthcare IT News. Modern Healthcare named him one of the 100 Most Powerful People in 2009 and 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in 2011.
Paul received his B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering at Stanford University, and his M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco. He is a board-certified practicing internist, and consulting associate professor of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine.
Karl Knopf, Ed.D.
Author, Lecturer, Adaptive Fitness, Foothill College
Dr. Karl, as his students like to call him, has been involved in the health and fitness of older and disabled adults for more than 35 years. During this time he has worked in almost every aspect of the industry from personal trainer and therapist to consultant to major Universities such as Stanford, Univ. of North Carolina, and the Univ. of California well as the State of California and numerous professional organizations.
Currently, Dr. Knopf is coordinator of the Adaptive Fitness Technician Program and Life Long Learning Institute at Foothill College, where he has taught Adaptive P.E. for almost 30 years. Karl developed an organization for trainers of older adults 15 years ago named Fitness Educators of Older Adults (now named Keep Fit Over 50) designed for older adults.
He has authored many articles, written over 14 books on topics from water workouts to fitness therapy. He is a frequent guest on public television's "Sit and Be Fit" show as well as a regular guest on radio and is often interviewed for print media on issues pertaining to senior fitness and exercise and the disabled.
Science and Medicine Reporter, San Jose Mercury News
Lisa Krieger covers news from Stanford University, the University of California and other Bay Area research facilities. Her article "The Cost of Dying," a chronicle of her father's final days, brought an outpouring of response from readers around the nation. Subsequent pieces included "Lessons Learned," and "Planning For A Good Death."
A Palo Alto resident, Krieger is the former Higher Education Reporter for the newspaper chain, publishing the investigative pieces "Broken Promise, California's Universities in Crisis" and "Universities or Visa Mills?" about businesses that recruit student-visa holders. She also covered public health problems in Biloxi-Gulfport, Miss. after Hurricane Katrina and rebel-held Sri Lanka after the 2004 East Asian tsunami.
Prior to joining The San Jose Mercury News in 1998, she was the medical writer for The San Francisco Examiner, where for 12 years she wrote about the AIDS epidemic and other public health issues.
An award-winning journalist and former National Association of Science Writers fellow at Duke University School of Medicine, Lisa co-authored the book Incredible Voyage: Exploring the Human Body, published by National Geographic Press, in addition to numerous magazine articles for general readers. She edited the University of California Press Book AIDS: A Community Response. She also authors the monthly column "Wanderlust" for The Mercury News, describing outdoor explorations in the Bay Area.
Community Relations, Facebook
Krista Kobeski is a member of the Policy Communications Team, based in Facebook's corporate headquarters in Menlo Park, California. She is responsible for strategic communications and public affairs with policymakers, the media and NGO's – to develop and enhance Facebook's policies and practices around content strategy and management. Kobeski has been actively involved in serving the Menlo Park Community. Previously, Kobeski served as Facebook's European Content Policy Associate based in Dublin, Ireland.
She was responsible for handling relationships with members of the European online safety, hotline and data protection communities, promoting positive working relationships with European suicide prevention agencies, and supporting a variety of other government organizations with content based issues, education and outreach. Kobeski joined Facebook in early 2007 where she worked as a member of Facebook's User Operations Team.