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Speaker Bios (Houston)

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Richard Urso, MD

Richard Urso is a medical doctor and scientist who graduated AOA with highest Honors from the University of Texas, School of Medicine. He continued with 5 years of postgraduate training and research and is the sole inventor of an FDA approved wound healing drug. He’s gone on to repurpose many other medications for usage in scarring, wound healing, inflammation, and viral infection. He’s the former Chief of Orbital Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He’s been involved in Covid-19 since March 2020 discussing pandemic response and he has treated over 1100 COVID patients. He’s been in the White House, in Congress and the Senate and worked with members of the FDA, the CDC and the NIH. He’s been actively involved in his state, with both the Governor’s office and the Texas Senate.

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Kat Lindley, DO, FACOFP

Dr. Kat Lindley is a board-certified family physician and owns a direct primary care practice in Texas. Her passion has always been helping people. As a young adult, who fled a war-torn country (former Yugoslavia) she lived in many different countries before her travels led her to the United States and medical school in Florida. She became a family physician because she loved the idea of taking care of the whole family and seeing the family grow. Later in her career, she became interested in helping find solutions in improving the overall healthcare system as she has seen with her own eyes that some things were broken, and many patients were left wondering how to navigate the murky waters of the system.

Doctor Lindley is involved with many medical organizations, including American Academy of Physicians and Surgeons, is on the Steering Committee of World Council for Health, and is a passionate advocate for her profession, her patients and veteran healthcare.

As a mom of 5, she understands the importance of being involved in her children's lives, and that prompted her run for the local School Board where she has served for the past 4 years. "Our future is our children, and making sure they succeed is one of the most important things we as parents can do."

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Robert Malone, MD

Dr Malone is an internationally recognized scientist/physician and the original inventor of mRNA vaccination as a technology, DNA vaccination, and multiple non-viral DNA and RNA/mRNA platform delivery technologies. He holds numerous fundamental domestic and foreign patents in the fields of gene delivery, delivery formulations, and vaccines: including for fundamental DNA and RNA/mRNA vaccine technologies.

He has approximately 100 scientific publications with over 12,000 citations of his work (per Google Scholar with an “outstanding” impact factor rating). He has been an invited speaker at over 50 conferences, chaired numerous conferences and has sat on or served as chairperson on HHS and DoD committees. He currently sits as a non-voting member on the NIH ACTIV committee, which is tasked with managing clinical research for a variety of drug and antibody treatments for COVID-19.

Dr Malone received his medical degree from the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. He completed the Harvard Medical School fellowship as a global clinical research scholar in 2016 and was scientifically trained at the University of California at Davis, the University of California at San Diego, and at the Salk Institute Molecular Biology and Virology laboratories. He has served as an assistant and associate professor of pathology and surgery at the University of California at Davis, the University of Maryland, and the Armed Forces University of the Health Sciences.

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Heather Gessling, MD

Dr. Gessling graduated from Oklahoma Christian University with a B.S. in Biochemistry and went on to medical school and residency at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. She lives in Columbia, Missouri with her family. Dr. Gessling was Chief of Staff at her hospital in Missouri through the COVID pandemic with thousands of patients under her care. By implementing preventative measures and early outpatient treatment she was able to keep her patients healthy throughout the year. When her hospital required that she take the COVID-19 vaccine, in spite of having had COVID and recovered, she resigned from her position and started her own clinic where she could treat patients as she sees fit.

Dr. Gessling worked with Dr. Robert Malone, Dr. Peter McCullough, Dr. Ryan Cole, Dr. Richard Urso, Dr. Pierre Kory, and Dr. John Littell to author the Physician’s Declaration, an International Alliance of Physicians and Medical Scientists. She continues to be a voice of truth and an advocate of early, effective treatments for COVID-19. Keeping families healthy, happy, and productive is her main goal. Her new clinic utilizes the Direct Primary Care model in order to care for her patients without the constraints of insurance companies, enabling her to provide accessible care that is comprehensive and excellent. Her website is gesslingfamilywellness.com.

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Kirk Milhoan, MD, PhD, FAAP, FACC

Kirk graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Chemistry from Point Loma Nazarene University. He received his PhD from UCSD in Cardiovascular Physiology and Pharmacology, focusing on cellular mechanisms of cardiac inflammation, specifically the role of platelet activating factor in activating the myocardial inflammation process. He then received his medical degree, Magna Cum Laude, from the Jefferson Medical College of the Thomas Jefferson University. He was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society as a third-year medical student. He completed his pediatric residency at David Grant Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base and pediatric cardiology fellowship at San Diego Children’s Hospital/UCSD. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics in Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology, and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and American Academy of Pediatrics. He served thirteen years in the United States Air Force as a pediatric cardiologist and flight surgeon and served two tours in Iraq. He is the medical director and co-founder, with his wife Kimberly D. Milhoan, MD, FASA of For Hearts and Souls, a non-profit organization specializing in the international care of children with congenital heart disease. As the medical director and diagnostic cardiologist for the organization, he has voluntarily served the needs of tens of thousands of children with heart defects in Bolivia, Honduras, Mongolia, Mexico, Kurdistan, Iraq, Israel, Sudan, Uzbekistan, Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Papua New Guinea, Kosovo, Tibet and Nepal. The organization has performed over 700 invasive pediatric cardiac procedures internationally. Kirk is also the Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel South Maui. He and his wife have treated many patients with COVID-19 through their federally recognized free mobile medical clinic in Maui.

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Ryan Cole, MD

Dr. Ryan Cole, CEO and Medical Director of Cole Diagnostics, serves clinicians throughout Idaho and the nation with expert pathology diagnoses and patient centered care. Dr. Cole completed his residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at the Mayo Clinic, where he was chief fellow during his surgical pathology fellowship, followed by a year as chief fellow at the Ackerman Academy of Dermatopathology in New York City, under the direction of world renowned dermatopathologist, the late A. Bernard Ackerman. Dr. Cole’s philosophy is that the patient comes first in every diagnosis, and that the clinician needs definitive answers in order to best treat their patients.

Having seen over half a million pathology cases in his practice, Dr. Cole is uniquely suited to provide answers quickly and accurately. He is licensed in 12 states and serves patients from Maine to California. Cole Diagnostics, one of the largest independent laboratories in Idaho, was founded in 2004 and has grown from a boutique dermatopathology practice to a full service Anatomic and Clinical pathology laboratory with an extensive menu of testing capabilities, including molecular testing, microbiology, clinical laboratory blood testing, and cytology, in addition to outpatient surgical biopsies. He has helped perform and diagnose over 100,000 COVID tests this past year.

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Richard Amerling, MD

Dr. Amerling is a native New Yorker. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School and received a BS from the City College of New York. He then took leave and earned his medical degree at the Catholic University of Louvain in Brussels, Belgium.

Dr. Amerling completed his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine, and began a Nephrology Fellowship at New York Hospital, Queens in Flushing, N.Y. He completed a Nephrology Fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

From 1990-2016, Dr. Amerling was on staff at the Beth Israel Medical Center (now Mount Sinai Beth Israel). There he developed the peritoneal dialysis program, and a program for continuous renal replacement therapy in the ICU setting. He served as Director of Outpatient Dialysis from 1995-2012.

Dr. Amerling is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine for Internal Medicine and Nephrology. He is Past-President of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. He is on the editorial board of Blood Purification.

Dr. Amerling is an invited presenter at numerous medical conferences, both nationally and internationally. As author or co-author, Dr. Amerling’s work has been published as chapters in textbooks and also in peer-reviewed medical journals, including the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. He has published many op-Eds on health care economics and politics. Dr. Amerling wrote the Physician’s Declaration of Independence.

In October 2016, Dr. Amerling accepted a position as Professor at St. George’s University School of Medicine and taught there until July 2021. He is currently Associate Medical Director of America’s Frontline Doctors.

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Kimberly Milhoan, MD

Kim is a graduate of Stanford University, with a B.A. in Human Biology, with a concentration in Public Health and Health Administration. She worked as a health care management consultant for American Practice Management before obtaining her medical degree from the University of California Davis School of Medicine, where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She completed her anesthesiology residency, as chief resident, at the University of Health Science Center in San Antonio. She was an assistant professor and then assistant clinical professor at UTHSCSA, specializing in pediatric cardiac anesthesia, until her move to Maui, and has since continued regular locums tenems care in pediatric anesthesiology at mainland children’s hospitals. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology in Anesthesiology and Pediatric Anesthesiology, and a Fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiology. She is the president and co-founder, with her husband Kirk Milhoan, MD, PhD, FAAP, FACC, of For Hearts and Souls, a non-profit specializing in the international care of children with congenital heart disease. She is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute. She is a shareholder in Interisland Medical Group on Maui. She and her husband Kirk, who is also the Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel South Maui, have treated many patients with COVID-19 through their federally recognized free mobile medical clinic.

Mary Bowden, MD

Paul Alexander, MD

Stella Immanuel, MD

Jill Malone, PhD

Angelina Farella, MD