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Speaker Lunch: Curing with Sound - Focused Ultrasound by Dr. Neal Kassell

Date : Wednesday 18-Apr-2018
Time : 12:15-2:15pm
Venue : The Hong Kong Club, 1 Jackson Road, Central
Event fee for pay in advance : HK$550.00 (Member)
: HK$650.00 (Associate)
  : HK$650.00 (Guest)
Event fee for pay at door : HK$550.00 (Member)
: HK$650.00 (Associate)
  : HK$650.00 (Guest)
Sign-up Deadline : Wednesday 18-Apr-2018
Contact Person : Carolyn Yeh: carolyn.yeh@aya.yale.edu

Speaker Lunch: Curing with Sound: Focused Ultrasound by Dr. Neal Kassell

Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Time: 12:15 – 2:15pm

Venue: The Hong Kong Club, 1 Jackson Road, Central

Please note dress code

Cost (includes lunch):

Early bird (on or before April 11): HK$450 (members); HK$550 (associates/guests)

Standard (Apr 12 onwards): HK$550 (members); HK$650 (associates/guests)

(*Please send payment confirmation to carolyn.yeh@aya.yale.edu to confirm your seat*)

Speaker: Dr. Kassell, founder and chairman of the Focused Ultrasound Foundation and former Co-Chair of Neurosurgery at the University of Virginia

Contact Person: Carolyn Yeh (carolyn.yeh@aya.yale.edu), Rawen Huang (rawen.huang@aya.yale.edu)

Do you have any loved ones or friends suffering from cancer, tumors, arthritis, depression or other previously untreatable illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s?  What if we can improve the health and happiness to millions around the world using sound?  Dr. Neal Kassell has been invited to Hong Kong to bring awareness to focused ultrasound and the Yale Club and Harvard Club of Hong Kong are honored to host him at this event.  He is the former Chair of neurosurgery at University of Virginia and the neurosurgeon who saved the life of former Vice President of the United States, Joseph Biden.  Dr. Kassell now puts his energy in shaping the future of focused ultrasound.  Focused ultrasound is revolutionary in the medical field; it is an early-stage, non-invasive therapeutic technology with the potential to replace surgeries and drug therapies with outpatient ultrasound treatments for among others, a variety of cancers, neurological diseases and other disorders.  It has already helped and saved a lot of people around the world but is still not so well-known in Hong Kong.

This is a TedX talk by Dr. Kassell, John Grisham and a focused ultrasound patient who lost motor functions due to Parkinson’s disease but is now able to run and bike post outpatient focused ultrasound treatments:


Below is a video of Dr. Kassell’s presentation of focused ultrasound at the Milken Conference with former US Vice President Joe Biden.  The beginning gives a good overview of the advancement of focused ultrasound:


This is a summary chart of the advancement of focused ultrasound treatments (status of FDA approval, international approvals, etc.) for a variety of illnesses (various types of cancers such as prostate, bone, pancreatic, breast, kidney, liver; neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, essential tremor, brain tumors; cardiovascular and other disorders, etc.):


About Dr. Neal Kassell

Dr. Kassell is the founder and chairman of the Focused Ultrasound Foundation and former Co-Chair of Neurosurgery at the University of Virginia. He has published more than 500 scientific papers and book chapters, and his research has been supported by over $30 million in NIH and industry grants and contracts. A member of numerous medical societies in the United States and abroad, he has served on many standing and ad hoc committees of the National Institutes of Health and in an editorial capacity for a variety of academic journals. In April 2016, he was named to the Blue Ribbon Panel of Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative. Dr. Kassell is a founder of numerous private ventures including Interax, Inc.; the Virginia Neurological Institute; Multimedia Medical Systems, Inc.; the Neuroclinical Trials Center; the NeuroVenture Fund; and MedSpecialists.net. He has served on a number of corporate and not-for-profit boards, including Eclypsis Corporation; INC Research; the Prostate Cancer Foundation; InSightec, Ltd.; the Expedition Trust Company; Tuesday Evening Concert Series and Virginia National Bank, and is currently a director of the La Gesse Foundation and the Focused Ultrasound Foundation. He is a shareholder in Insightec, Ltd., where he also served on the board until 2012. Dr. Kassell received his undergraduate and medical education at the University of Pennsylvania.

NOTE: Please send payment confirmation to carolyn.yeh@aya.yale.edu to confirm your seat.  Spaces are limited so sign up early!