TEDMED is an annual conference focusing on health and medicine, with a year-round web-based community. TEDMED is an independent event operating under license from the nonprofit TED conference.[1]

FounderMarc Hodosh & Richard Saul Wurman


As of 2014, TEDMED staff operates from Stamford, Connecticut.

Talks given at TEDMED combine “the nexus of health, information and technology” with “compelling personal stories” and “a glimpse into the future of healthcare.”[2][3][4]

The intent of the conference has been described as “a gathering of geniuses” that brings together “some of the most innovative, thoughtful pioneers of healthcare technology, media, and entertainment into one big four-day ‘dinner party’ to learn from one another and mix people up from different disciplines and industries to solve big problems in healthcare.”[5][6][7]


TEDMED was founded in 1998 by TED’s founder Richard Wurman.[citation needed] TEDMED was inactive for a number of years, and in 2008 Wurman sold the rights to TEDMED to entrepreneur Marc Hodosh. Hodosh recreated TEDMED and launched its first conference under his guidance in San Diego in October 2009.

In January 2010, TED.com began including videos of TEDMED talks on the TED website.[1] In October 2010, TEDMED was held in San Diego again and sold out for a second year, attracting notable healthcare leaders and Hollywood celebrities.[8]

In 2011, Jay Walker and a group of executives and investors purchased TEDMED from Hodosh for $16 million with future additional payments of as much as $9 million. The conference was then moved to Washington, DC.[9]

In November 2016, TEDMED was held in Palm Springs, California.

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  1. ^ a b Trost, Matthew (January 19, 2010). "TEDMED: A New Partnership". blog.ted.com.
  2. ^ Sarasohn-Kahn, Jane (June 17, 2003). "TEDMED highlights best of health, technology innovation". iHealthBeat. Archived from the original on March 26, 2012.
  3. ^ DiChristina, Mariette (October 31, 2009). "TED MED: The power of the mind over the body". Scientific American.
  4. ^ Lemley, Brad (April 2003). "TEDMED: A gathering of geniuses confront a simple question: Why do we know more about our cars than our own bodies?". DISCOVER Magazine.
  5. ^ Rowe, Aaron (November 4, 2009). "Gadgets and Ideas to Revolutionize Healthcare". Wired.
  6. ^ Dishman, Eric (October 28, 2009). "Musings from TED MED So Far: The Medical Model is Hard to Move Past". Intel Health.
  7. ^ Masson, Maxime (December 2014). "Benefits of TED Talks". Canadian Family Physician. 60 (12): 1080. PMC 4264800. PMID 25500595.
  8. ^ Video on YouTube
  9. ^ Ostrovsky, Gene (April 14, 2011). "TEDMED Sold to Jay Walker, Richard Saul Wurman Says Adios". Medgadget.

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