Michael Evans

Speaker


Dr. Mike Evans

Health Care and Medical Expert

Dr. Michael Evans is the creator of the worldwide YouTube sensation “23½Hours,” which has been viewed by over four million people, drastically outpacing any other health-based messaging in history. Believing that everyone should take a proactive role in their health, “Dr. Mike” shares both his approach to healthcare education and his invaluable knowledge, offering suggestions on how to best take care of ourselves to avoid disease.

Dr. Mike is a staff physician at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto; an associate professor of family and community medicine; and Lead, Digital Preventive Medicine at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, which fuses a diverse range of experts—from filmmakers and marketers to designers and media experts—with clinicians, researchers, and patients to produce effective mass messaging.

The media lab fuses creatives, patients, and experts to pioneer “peer to peer healthcare” where medical evidence is “storyfied” and animated to make it engaging enough that people share in their social networks. Their “YouTube Med School for the Public” has over 13 million views and 60,000 subscribers, and is just launching The Better Life Experiment, Locker Room Doctor, and Pimp My Clinic.

While Dr. Mike’s current focus is on using well-designed media to better inform people about health, he also engages the public through his work with traditional media: he is the syndicated house doctor for CBC’s Fresh Air, and previously had a column in The Globe and Mail. His work has also been profiled on The National and Canada AM, in a wide range of publications, and on the Netflix series Orange is the New Black. He is also the author of a children’s book, The Adventures of Medical Man, as well as a medical textbook.

While Dr. Evans’s current focus is on using well-designed media to better inform people about health, he also engages the public through his work with traditional media: he is the syndicated house doctor for CBC weekend morning radio (including on Fresh Air), and a column in The Globe and Mail. His work has also been profiled on The National and Canada AM, in a wide range of publications, and on the Netflix series Orange is the New Black. 

In 2015, Dr. Mike was bestowed with the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance Award for Distinguished Service to Cancer Research. In 2014, he was given the first worldwide endowed chair in Patient Engagement (and Childhood Nutrition) at the University of Toronto, and also awarded the McNeil Medal from the Royal Society of Canada in recognition of outstanding communication of science and medicine to the public. In 2012, Dr. Mike was awarded the Gold Medal for Social Media at the Web Health Awards; was chosen as a Zoomer magazine “Top 45 Canadians Over 45” citation; and was picked by the CBC as one of the five “Health Heroes” of the year.

He is a founding director of the Centre for Effective Practice; a member of the Canadian Expert Drug Advisory Committee and Vice-Chair of the Canadian Optimal Medication and Utilization Service; and Chair of Patient Education for the College of Family Physicians of Canada. He is also the former Scientific Officer for Knowledge Translation and Exchange at the Canadian Institute for Health Research. In 2014, Dr. Evans acted as the CBC doctor for the Sochi Olympics.


Creating Peer to Peer Healthcare: Lessons in Storifying Evidence, Creativity, Nudge, and Healthy Viruses.

This talk will review the changing landscape in healthcare; how it is changing (email clinics, apps, quantified self), how it is not changing (relationships, self-care, attitudes), and emerging tools that help the public inform their health choices. The talk will be interspersed with media developed in Dr. Mike’s lab. Concepts such as curation, nudge, and evidence-based storytelling will also be covered. Dr. Mike is also interested in interventions that work for many illnesses.

 

 

 

The Better Life Experiment: The Science of Everyday Habits and Things That are Good For A Lot of Things

A run through the art and science of better eating, sleeping, thinking, moving and building social capital. This talk will distill the key messages from Dr. Mike’s work and answer common questions about the best diet, the best way to get a good nights sleep, the importance of activity, and how to reframe relationships and life’s challenges.

 

New pathways for engaging patients; Old pathways for making you healthier

This talk fuses the emerging ways that we can care for patients (email clinics, crowdsourcing, apps) and how we broadcast to the public ((YouTube, Facebook Fan Page, twitter) with the evidence on what is most effective at making us healthier.

Dr. Mike will reflect on his experiences on building a med school for the public on YouTube that has had over 13 million “students”  and over 60,000 subscribers. He will also be reflecting on some of his new projects such as “Pimp My Clinic” and “The Better Life Experiment”.