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Geoffrey Ling: “Say Yes to a Different Attitude to Help Advance Patient Care”

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Join the Department of Biomedical Engineering on Tuesday, June 21, at 4 p.m. for the Ford Distinguished Lecture featuring Geoffrey Ling’s “Say Yes to a Different Attitude to Help Advance Patient Care.”

Ling is the CEO and co-founder of On Demand Pharmaceuticals, a professor of neurology and attending neuro-critical care physician at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and professor emeritus at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). Ling served 21 years of active duty in the U.S. Army Medical Corps and deployed many times as a critical care physician before retiring as a colonel. Ling was the founding director of the Biological Technologies Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and an assistant director of science in President Barack Obama’s White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.  

On Tuesday, Ling will discuss how saying “yes” is a statement and an attitude that obligates people to do something. When solving problems, people must begin by saying “yes.” This attitude can help advance medical diagnosis, prevention and treatment, particularly in military far forward and austere environments. Ling will discuss the many medical advancements that have developed out of battlefield needs and will point out that the motivation to improve patient care reflects the honor and bravery of our service members. Through this talk, Ling will touch on the ways “saying yes” can improve outcomes for all patients.

Ling earned his Bachelor of Art from Washington University in St. Louis, PhD in pharmacology at Cornell University Graduate School of Medical Science- and his MD at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is board certified in both neurology and neurocritical care. He has published more than 200 peer reviewed papers, book chapters and review articles.  

Ling’s talk will be held in Tinkham Veale University Center, Ballroom A and livesteamed at RSVP to attend in-person by today (June 17) at noon by emailing