David Agus

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CEO, Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine

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    David Agus: Biography at a Glance

    • Dr. David Agus is one of the world's leading doctors & pioneering biomedical researchers and a regular contributor for CBS News and other national media. 
    • He can be seen as the host of The Checkup with Dr. David Agus, a docuseries in which he is in conversation with celebrities about some of their personal health struggles.
    • Dr. Agus is a professor of medicine and engineering at the University of Southern California and Founding Director and CEO of USC’s Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine.
    • He is a leader in new technologies in medicine, including the use of artificial intelligence to improve health and healthcare.
    • Dr. Agus is the International and New York Times # 1 bestselling author of The End of Illness, The Lucky Years: How to Thrive in the Brave New World of Health, and A Short Guide to a Long Life.
    • In his latest book, The Book of Animal Secrets, Dr. Agus explores what our fellow animals can teach us about living longer, healthier, happier lives.



    Dr. David B. Agus is one of the world's leading doctors and pioneering biomedical researchers. He is the founding director and CEO of the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine and a professor of medicine and engineering at the University of Southern California.

    A medical oncologist, Dr. Agus leads a multidisciplinary team of researchers dedicated to the development and use of technologies to guide doctors in making decisions tailored to individual needs, such as the use of artificial intelligence to improve health and healthcare. An international leader in global health and approaches for personalized healthcare, Dr. Agus serves in leadership roles at the World Economic Forum and is co-chair of the Global Health Security Consortium. He is also a CBS News contributor.

    Dr. Agus’ three books The End of Illness, A Short Guide to a Long Life, and The Lucky Years: How to Thrive in the Brave New World of Health are all New York Times and international bestsellers, with a new book, The Book of Animal Secrets: Nature’s Lessons for a Long and Happy Life, set for release in December 2023. He is a 2017 recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.


    The End of Illnessarrow-down

    Dr. Agus offers insights and access to breathtaking and powerful new technologies that promise to transform medicine in our generation. In the course of offering recommendations, he emphasizes his belief that there is no “right” answer, no master guide that’s “one size fits all.” Each one of us must get to know our bodies in uniquely personal ways, and he shows us exactly how to do that so that we can individually create a plan to live longer. This groundbreaking approach will change not only how we care for ourselves but also how we develop the next generation of treatments and cures.

    Future Health - A Vision for Personal and Corporate Health in the Next Decade arrow-down

    Healthcare is at a remarkable inflection point and advances are happening at a rapid pace, like never before. Dr. Agus will explain the landscape and the advances and discuss a program for the individual and corporation to benefit from these advances.

    Worldwide Status of Health Care and Technologyarrow-down

    This talk is geared to a more global view than just US. Dr. Agus will discuss some of the major obstacles facing health on both a local and international level.

    Health as a Complex Systemarrow-down

    Dr. Agus will give a framework for understanding the body as a complex emergent system and how that fits into the big picture of health.

    The Lucky Years arrow-down

    Bestselling author and friend David Agus unveils the brave new world of medicine, one in which we can take control of our health like never before and doctors can fine-tune strategies and weapons to prevent illness. In his first bestseller, The End of Illness, David Agus revealed how to add vibrant years to your life by knowing the real facts of health. In this book, he builds on that theme by showing why this is the luckiest time yet to be alive, giving you the keys to the new kingdom of wellness. Medicine is undergoing rapid change. In the old world, you followed general principles and doctors treated you based on broad, one-size-fits all solutions. In this new golden age, you’ll be able to take full advantage of the latest scientific findings and leverage the power of technology to customize your care. Only those who know how to access and adapt to these breakthroughs—without being distracted by hyped ideas and bad medicine—will benefit. Imagine being able to get fit and lose weight without dieting, train your immune system to fight cancer, edit your DNA to avoid a certain fate, erase the risk of a heart attack, reverse aging, and know exactly which drugs to take to optimize health with zero side effects. That’s the picture of the future that you can enter starting today. Welcome to The Lucky Years.


    David was fantastic. The group thoroughly enjoyed his keynote. I heard people talking about it throughout the day! Thank you so much for all of your help in confirming him for our event. I look forward to working with you in the future!


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