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One Day Dedicated to Your Health

Oct. 29 event artwork
Oct 29 event artwork

Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022

In person at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront hotel or via Zoom

Register today

Registration is now closed. Onsite registration is available. Please plan on arriving at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel no later than 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. Registration is $45.

9:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Seated Brunch and Speakers



Kelly Geer Ripken

Kelly Geer Ripken
National Chair, A Woman's Journey

Theodore DeWeese, M.D.

Theodore DeWeese, M.D.
Interim Dean of the Medical Faculty and CEO
Johns Hopkins Medicine

One Woman’s Journey

Maria Young

Maria Young, founder of Maria’s Miracle, shares a harrowing yet uplifting story about survival. Isolated from her loved ones, she became the longest surviving patient on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her journey now includes coping with long COVID and the opportunity to improve life for others.

Are Vitamins and Supplements Safe?

Bimal Ashar

Internist Bimal Ashar, M.D., M.B.A., conveys the latest information about unregulated vitamins and supplements including vitamins D and E, beta carotene, calcium, Co (coenzyme) Q-10, magnesium, zinc, glucosamine, and supplements to improve your memory.

Finding Harmony

Alexander Pantelyat

Scientists are beginning to identify a profound relationship between music and enhanced memory. Hear neurologist Alexander Pantelyat, M.D., describe music as medicine for the brain.

Increasing Your Odds of Survival: Symptoms We Shouldn’t Ignore

Alison Klein, Ph.D., M.H.S.

Let clinical epidemiologist Alison Klein, Ph.D., M.H.S., enlighten you about symptoms you should not ignore, and a new test that can detect a variety of cancers in the earliest stages and enhance the likelihood of a good prognosis.

11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Morning Rounds

Customize your morning by speaking with physicians of your choice. Johns Hopkins experts will be available on-site to answer your questions on the breadth of health topics below.

Breast Cancer

Saraswati Sukumar, Ph.D.

Oncologist Saraswati Sukumar, Ph.D., shares new advances in breast cancer diagnostics and technologies to improve treatment.


COVID Vaccines

Anna Durbin, M.D.

Infectious disease specialist Anna Durbin, M.D. will discuss the effectiveness of COVID vaccines and the new COVID booster: which variant(s) it offers protection from, who should get it, when and how long it will last.

Dry Eye

Lauren Gormley, O.D.

Lauren Gormley, O.D., shares new research and strategies to manage dry eye in perimenopausal women.


Eat to Beat the Odds

Jaclyn Rose, R.D.N., L.D.N., and Emma Slattery, R.D.N, L.D.N.

Learn about quality plant based foods, why they are important and how to incorporate them in your diet from clinical dieticians Jaclyn Rose, R.D.N., L.D.N., and Emma Slattery, R.D.N, L.D.N.

Inflammation and its Devastating Role

Julie Paik, M.D., M.H.S.

Rheumatologist Julie Paik, M.D., M.H.S., explains the potential consequences of chronic inflammation in our bodies and offers tips to reduce its effects on heart disease, cancer, arthritis and other diseases.

The Surprising Role of Estrogen in Peri-Menopausal Women

Wen Shen, M.D., M.P.H.

Every organ in our bodies has estrogen receptors, helping researchers better understand how the loss estrogen can impact our bodies — from bone mineral loss to heart diseases and leaky bladders. Talk with gynecologist Wen Shen, M.D., M.P.H., about the current use of estrogen to improve well-being.

Leaky Bladders and Falling Vaginas

Chi Chiung Grace Chen, M.D., M.H.S.

Uro-gynecologist Chi Chiung Grace Chen, M.D., M.H.S. answers your questions about stress and urinary incontinence, which affect more that 13 million people — mostly women — in the U.S.

The Impact of Obstetrical Hypertension for Women of Color

Erin Michos, M.D., M.H.S.

Better understand the cardiovascular effects of peri-natal hypertension in women of color from cardiologist Erin Michos, M.D., M.H.S., and steps to improve your health.

Stress, Anxiety and Potential Strategies to Better Cope

Karen Swartz, M.D., and Neda Gould, Ph.D.,

Speak with psychiatrist Karen Swartz, M.D., and psychologist Neda Gould, Ph.D., as they respond to questions about the symptoms of and treatments for anxiety and depression and the potential benefits of mindfulness in reducing these symptoms.

The Beat: Surprising Tips to Reduce Heart Disease

Sabra Lewsey, M.D., M.P.H.

Most cardiovascular disease— 80% — is preventable! Cardiologist Sabra Lewsey, M.D., M.P.H., shares risk factors and new findings regarding the likelihood of cardiovascular disease, the greatest cause of death among Americans.

The Gut

Hazel Galon Veloso, M.D.

Gastroenterologist Hazel Galon Veloso, M.D., talks about small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), which plagues many with gas, bloating, and other gastrointestinal symptoms and the use of probiotics and diet to reduce discomfort and symptoms.

Wake Up to the Science of Sleep

Tracey Stierer, M.D.

Anesthesiologist and board certified sleep medicine specialist, Tracey Stierer, M.D., shares the latest research findings about sleep, including that apnea is a surprising cause of insomnia among women, and next steps for women struggling to get a good night’s rest.


Our Sponsors

A Woman's Journey is grateful for the generous support of our corporate and media sponsors.

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*Rates are subject to change at the discretion of the parking management.


Continuing Education Credit

A Woman’s Journey has been approved to be able to offer registrants CE credits from:

National Strength Professionals Association (NSPA): approved for four (4) credits

National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC): approved for two (2) Category 1 CHES credits

National Association of Social Workers – MD Chapter (NASW): approved for two (2) credits

If you are registered for October 29 and plan on seeking CE credits from one of the above professional organizations, please email to send an email with your name, professional organization you will be seeking CE credits from and the email you would like instructions sent to.


COVID-19 Safety

Vaccination, boosters and indoor masking (when not eating or drinking) are required. Our venue at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront is spacious with limited seating at each table


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