The Coronavirus & Its Impact to Medical Tourism

Previously Recorded
February 12, 2020 | 07:30 AM EST

The Medical Tourism Association invites you to tune in to learn about  the Coronavirus and how patients and industry professionals should protect themselves.


About the Webinar

The Coronavirus outbreak in China will impact healthcare systems and governments across the globe. The Medical Tourism Association invites you to tune in to learn about  the Coronavirus and how patients and industry professionals should protect themselves. How are hospitals and industry stakeholders reacting or preparing? What are the short term and long term implications to the medical travel industry? What contingency plans have you developed? What are your company's strategies to deal with different potential outcomes or challenges surrounding the Coronavirus? With China being one of the largest outbound medical tourism markets, how will this effect medical travel from China in the immediate future and long term?

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Webinar Speakers

Cleveland Clinic
Chairman, Global Patient Services

Dr. Nizar Zein

Dr. Zein is the Chief of Hepatology and the inaugural endowed holder of the Mikati Foundation Chair in Liver Diseases. He received several awards, including the American Liver Foundation Scholar Award, the Cleveland Clinic Innovator Award and the Distinguished Faculty Award for Research Mentorship. He has been recognized for academic excellence by the Syrian American Medical Society and honored for his leadership and community service by the Ana G. Mendez University of Puerto Rico as the recipient of Presidential Medal in 2011. He was elected to the Board of Governors of the Cleveland Clinic in 2015.

Dr Zein’s research focuses on improving disease and treatment outcome in patients with the Hepatitis C virus before and after liver transplantation. He has authored over 200 publications, and has been the Principal Investigator of several large clinical trials. He holds several patents and established a research group at Cleveland Clinic focused on 3D printing of solid organs.

Dr. Zein is actively involved in the education of fellows and residents being trained at the Cleveland Clinic. He has been recognized by the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine Teacher of the Year, a distinction that reflects his commitment to the education and mentorship of young physicians.

Dr. Zein has served as the Editor of “The Year in Gastroenterology and Hepatology” associate editor of the American Journal of Gastroenterology, Special Section Editor of “Liver Transplantation” and an editorial board member of Hepatology and Gastroenterology & Hepatology.

Global Healthcare Accreditation
Chief Executive Officer

Karen Timmons

Karen Timmons, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Healthcare Accreditation® (GHA) Program, leads an innovative and inaugural healthcare accreditation program designed specifically for healthcare organizations seeking to elevate the quality, patient experience, and excellence of care provided to medical travel, medical tourism and/or international patients. The program focuses specifically on an organization’s Medical Travel Cycle, encompassing the entire pathway of medical travel, as well as setting high expectations for transparency and cultural sensitivity.


Jonathan Edelheit

Jonathan Edelheit is Chairman & Co-founder of the Medical Tourism Association.  A visionary in the medical travel industry, Mr. Edelheit works with leading governments, hospitals, healthcare providers, insurance companies, and referring organizations across the globe to launch successful and sustainable medical travel programs.

Mr. Edelheit has led initiatives in Abu Dhabi, South Korea, Dubai, Jordan, Costa Rica, Colombia, Florida, Las Vegas, Miami and numerous destinations around the world.  He was a key player in rebuilding South Korea’s medical tourism program, driving it to becoming one of the top destinations in the world, receiving more than 400,000 medical tourists yearly. He is the editor of the Medical Tourism Magazine, and organizes the largest event in the industry, the World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress.

Mr. Edelheit is driven by a passion to make healthcare more transparent, affordable and accessible and to make knowledge and resources about the industry easily accessible.  He is committed to breaking down all the barriers that stand in the way of the industry achieving its true potential. Mr. Edelheit has built the largest network of industry stakeholders from across the globe reaching hundreds of thousands of professionals. He is not only the largest influencer on LinkedIn in Medical Travel, but also one of the largest influencers on LinkedIn in travel, tourism and employer healthcare and insurance.  With more than 500,000 members in his LinkedIn Groups, Mr. Edelheit continues to advocate and grow awareness for medical travel and help support those professionals who have made medical tourism their career. Mr. Edelheit has personally made several strategic investments in the industry and is an adviser to multiple organizations.  


Ran Yang

SeeHealth founder and CEO Ran Yang was born in China and moved to the United States to pursue higher education at the University of Miami, where she was cited for exceptional performance in three academic disciplines: neuroscience, psychology and art. During graduate study at Columbia University in New York, she was awarded a scholarship for scientific research in the field of human brain mapping and subsequently received a master’s degree in clinical psychology. She worked as research scientist at New York Presbyterian-Columbia University Medical Center, published scientific articles in various peer-reviewed journals, and presented her work at both national and international conferences.

Besides exceptional academic and professional performance, she is also a passionate entrepreneur. After years working with patient in clinical field, she believes having great healthcare plan should be necessity instead of luxury.  So SeeHealth LLC was found in New York City, a medical tourism company that helps U.S. and Chinese patients with chronic diseases like cancer, cardiac and neuro related conditions, and rare diseases to have access to better, faster and more affordable healthcare. We find healthcare providers globally and provide A-Z solutions. SeeHealth has official collaboration with internationally accredited and certified hospitals in different countries, including U.S., Singapore, India, Thailand, and Japan. We assist patients receive a remote medical second opinion, and compare different hospitals by their treatment options, location and price so that they can find the best matching healthcare plan based on their financial and cultural background.

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