CASPAF : The Chinese American Scholars & Professionals Association of Florida

August 31 - September 2

CASPAF 2011 :
September 2~3


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CASPAF : The Chinese American Scholars & Professionals Association of Florida
David D. Ho, MD, PhD
Founding Scientific Director, CEO of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center
Irene Diamond Professor at The Rockefeller University

David D. Ho (何大一), M.D., born in Taiwan on November 3rd, 1952, is currently the founding Scientific Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center. He is also the Irene Diamond Professor at The Rockefeller University. He received his degrees from the California Institute of Technology and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ho has been at the forefront of AIDS research for 28 years, publishing over 350 papers. His elegant studies unveiled the dynamic nature of HIV replication in vivo and revolutionized our basic understanding of AIDS pathogenesis. This knowledge led Dr. Ho to champion combination antiretroviral therapy that has resulted in unprecedented decline in AIDS mortality in developed countries. He now devotes his time and energy to developing an HIV vaccine and to fighting the AIDS epidemic in China. For his contributions to science and humanity, Dr. Ho has received ten honorary doctorates (including ones from Tsinghua and Columbia) and has been elected a member of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences in the United States as well as a member of Academia Sinica and the Chinese Academy of Engineering. He was also named Time Magazine’s Man of the Year in 1996, and was awarded a Presidential Medal in 2001 by Bill Clinton.  more
Alfred A. Bove, MD, PhD, MACC
President of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) for the 2009-2010 term
An emeritus professor of medicine at Temple University School of Medicine.

Dr. Bove served previously with the ACC as vice president, and is a fellow of the College as well. His research includes coronary endothelial function, myocardial function in valvular heart disease and heart failure, exercise physiology, diving and hyperbaric medicine, and medical informatics. Dr. Bove has published over 200 original research papers, and is the author of texts on coronary disease, exercise medicine and diving medicine. He has received numerous awards for his work in cardiovascular medicine and environmental medicine. His military training was devoted to diving and submarine medicine. He retired from the United States Naval Reserve in1998, after 33 years of service, including active duty at the Naval Medical Research Institute in 1971, and as a member of a mobile hospital staff in Operation Desert Storm in 1991. He also served as editor-in-chief of CardioSource, the ACC's education Web site. Dr. Bove practices clinical cardiology with particular expertise in heart failure and heart transplantation, undersea medicine and sports medicine. He is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases and undersea and hyperbaric medicine. His current research involves Internet-based medical information systems for management of chronic heart disease.  more

SPEAKERS (confirmed as of 2011.06.27)
Vincent Hsu, MD
Medical Director of Continuing Medical Education at FH

Dr. Vincent Hsu is the Director for Continuing Medical Education and Assistant Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Florida Hospital. A graduate from the Loma Linda University School of Medicine, he completed fellowship in Infectious Disease at USC and Public Health at UCLA. He was an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigating the 2001 anthrax attacks and SARS epidemic, in addition to other public health research. His areas of interests include preventing hospital infections and educating physicians to promote patient safety.  

Daniel Layish, MD
Pulmonary and Critical Care Specialist, Associate Professor of UCF College of Medicine
Central Florida Pulmonary Group

Dr.Daniel Layish graduated magna cum laude from Boston University Medical School in 1990. He then completed an Internal Medicine Residency at Barnes Hospital (Washington University) in St.Louis, Missouri followed by a Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellowship at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Since 1997, he has been a member of the Central Florida Pulmonary Group in Orlando. He currently serves as Medical Director of the Intensive Care Unit, Respiratory Therapy and Pulmonary Rehab at Winter Park Memorial Hospital.   more

Jeffrey Elston, MD
Rheumatologist, Florida Hospital

Dr. Jeffrey J. Elston is a board certified Rheumatologist and board certified Internist who is practicing 100% Rheumatology. He is a third generation medical doctor, and a Fellow in the American College of Rheumatology. He is the Director of Rheumatology, Assistant Professor and founding faculty for University of Central Florida’s College of Medicine. He is also the Elective Director of Rheumatology, Assistant Clinical Professor and founding faculty for Florida State University’s College of Medicine. He is a Clinical Instructor for the Internal Medicine Program at Florida Hospital. Dr. Elston is a former Chairman for the Central Florida Arthritis Foundation’s Board of Directors.    more

Samuel Giday, MD
Gastroenterologist, Center of Digestive Health

Dr. Giday is an internationally recognized expert in emerging endoscopic techniques as well as technologies. He is published in the fields of gastrointestinal bleeding, pancreatic cysts, pancreatic and other GI cancers. Giday earned his medical degree from Addis Ababa University Medical School with top honor. He then joined Howard University Hospital where he completed his internal medicine residency as well as his clinical gastroenterology fellowship. During his years at Howard University he was elected to the national medical Honor Society: Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Giday then completed a two year fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in advanced therapeutic endoscopy — including Endoscopic Ultrasound as well as ERCP — a technique that enables stones, tumors, and other conditions of the bile ducts and pancreas to be treated in a minimally invasive manner without the need for surgery.   more

Richard Pratley, MD
Endocrinologist, Medical Director of Florida Hospital Diabetes Institute

As a leader in diabetes and obesity research, Dr. Pratley has conducted a large number of studies on obesity, diabetes, metabolism and the effects of exercise and weight loss on energy metabolism and insulin sensitivity. Dr. Pratley has led many large-scale investigations, including NIH and pharmaceutical sponsored studies, and was a recipient of the Henry Christian Award for Excellence in Clinical Research from the American Federation for Clinical Research Foundation. His current research interests include the prevention of diabetes, improving the care for persons with diabetes, developing new drugs to treat and prevent diabetes and its complications and understanding the role of the fat cell in increasing the risk for diabetes and heart disease. Dr. Pratley is a member of the American Diabetes Association, the European Associations for the Study of Diabetes and The Obesity Society.   more

Neal Silverstein, MD
Pediatrician, Florida Hospital

Dr. Silverstein was born and raised in Chicago Illinois. He attended undergrad at University of Illinois in Chicago and attended the Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine in Chicago. He completed a pediatric residency at Cook County Hospital and continued as an Attending physician at Cook County until moving to Orlando in 1984. Dr. Silverstein practiced pediatrics with CIGNA healthcare until 1995 when he joined Florida Physician’s Medical Group. He practices general pediatrics in Altamonte Springs. Dr. Silverstein is also the medical director for the Child Protection Team in Seminole County since 2006. Dr. Silverstein is also a Mohel (performs religious circumcisions). He is married and have 6 children and 4 grandchildren.   more

Wen Y. Chung, PhD
President, Chung Associates, Inc., Sarasota, Florida

Wen Chung (
鍾文義) has engaged in design and land development business for more than 30 years. He successfully designed and built more than 100 projects in central Florida area ranging from small subdivisions to 400 acres community, shopping centers as well as luxurious residential condominiums. His business practice has earned a good reputation in his community for his honesty, integrity and friendship with people.  With love of his homeland in Taiwan, Wen Chung set up a leadership scholarship for undergraduate students and research assistantship for graduate students at his alma mater, Cheng-Kung University, in Tainan, Taiwan. Wen Chung earned a master’s degree from University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida and a doctor’s degree from Columbia University in New York, all in civil engineering. more

William W.G. Yeh, PhD
Richard G. Newman AECOM Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering, UCLA

Dr. Yeh (葉文工) pioneered the development of large-scale optimization models that utilize systems analysis techniques to plan, manage, and operate several of the nation's large-scale water resources systems. The methodology and algorithms he developed for the real-time operation of complex, multiple-purpose, multiple-reservoir systems have been adopted in the U.S. and throughout the world, most notably in Brazil, Korea, Taiwan, and the People's Republic of China. Additionally, Yeh pioneered the development of nonlinear inverse algorithms for parameter identification in groundwater hydrology. The methodologies and algorithms that Yeh developed for parameter estimation likewise have been widely adopted in groundwater modeling.  Dr. Yeh is a member of National Academy of Engineering of the United States of America. more

Shen-Hsien Chen, PhD
Secretary-General of New Taipei City Government in Taiwan

Dr. Hsieh (陳伸賢, 新北市秘書長) received Ph.D. at the Department of Construction Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology 國立台灣科技大學營建工程研究所博士; M.S. at Colorado State University and B.E. at National Taiwan University 國立台灣大學農業工程學系學士(水利組). Distinguished experience includes President for Sinotech Engineering Consultants, Inc. ; Director for Water Resources Agency, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taiwan, ROC 經濟部水利署署長 ; President for Kaohsiung and Pingtung River Management 高屏溪流域管理委員會執行長 ; Deputy Director for Water Conservancy Agency, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taiwan, ROC 經濟部水利處副處長 ; Director, Department of Labor Standards in Council of Labor Affairs, the Executive Yuan Executive Secretary for the Supervisory Committee in the Labor Pension Fund in Council of Labor Affairs, the Executive Yuan, Taiwan, ROC; Director, Department of Labor Relations in Council of Labor Affairs, the Executive Yuan, Taiwan, ROC .

Conference Moderator
Puxiao Cen, MD, FACC

Dr. Puxiao Cen
(岑瀑嘯) is an Invasive Cardiologist and joined Florida Hospital and Florida Heart Group in 2001. She specializes in Cardiovascular Disease prevention and treatment, and has 12 years clinical expertise in Congestive Heart Failure management. Dr. Cen completed her Internal Medicine Residency at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, New York City, and Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. She is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and is Board Certified in Cardiovascular Diseases, Nuclear Cardiology and Adult Echocardiography. more