Brennan Spiegel, MD, MSHS, is director of Health Services Research for Cedars-Sinai and Director of the Cedars-Sinai Master's Degree Program in Health Delivery science. He directs the Cedars-Sinai Center for Outcomes Research and Education (CS-CORE), a multidisciplinary team that investigates how digital health technologies — including wearable biosensors, smartphone applications, virtual reality (VR) and social media — can strengthen the patient-doctor bond, improve outcomes and save money. CS-CORE unites clinicians, computer scientists, engineers, statisticians and health services researchers to invent, test and implement digital innovations, always focusing on the value of technology to patients and their providers. His team developed one of largest and most widely-documented medical VR programs at Cedars-Sinai, and his work has helped to support a new field of medicine called Medical Extended Reality, or “MXR,” in which doctors use immersive technologies like VR to help treat conditions ranging from pain, to anxiety and depression, to irritable bowel syndrome.
Spiegel has published numerous best-selling medical textbooks, editorials and more than 230 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is listed in the Onalytica “Top 100 Influencer” lists for digital health and virtual reality. His digital health research has been featured by major media outlets, including Bloomberg, CBS News, Forbes, Huffington Post, LA Times, NBC News, Reuters, The Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. Dr. Spiegel published the book “VRx: How Immersive Therapeutics Will Revolutionize Medicine” (Basic Books, NY, NY), which was named by Wired Magazine as one of its top 8 science books of 2020.
Beyond his focus on digital health innovations, Spiegel conducts psychometric, health-economic, epidemiologic and qualitative research across a wide range of healthcare topics. His research team has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Hearst Foundation, State of California Precision Medicine Program, PCORI, Veterans Administration and industry sources. Spiegel is editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Gastroenterology, the leading clinical gastroenterology journal in North America. He was among the first group of clinical researchers to examine the gastrointestinal manifestations of COVID-19. He continues to practice clinical medicine and maintains an academic teaching practice at Cedars-Sinai. A prolific speaker, Spiegel is frequently invited to present on his areas of expertise at national and international events.
The Evolving Role of VR in the Wake of COVID-19:
Immersive Therapeutics for Post-Pandemic Mental Health
10.00 pm (CEST)
Thursday, September 23