Thinking Big 2012

5 Speakers. 12 Minutes. Big Ideas. That's the premise behind UT Southwestern's inaugural "Thinking Big" event, held on February 18, 2012. Styled after the wildly popular TED Talks, "Thinking Big" featured some of UT Southwestern's many interesting professional and personal thinkers discussing everything from mountaineering to working on Hurricane Katrina relief teams.

Thinking Big
“Thinking Big” is a mini lecture series featuring some of UT Southwestern's many interesting professional and personal thinkers.


Bruce Beutler, M.D.

Director of the Center for the Genetics of Host Defense
Recipient of 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

As an internationally recognized leader in immunology, Dr. Bruce Beutler’s original studies at UT Southwestern led to the identification of tumor necrosis factor (TNF) as a key mediation of inflammation and to the identification of Toll-like receptors as sensors that act like sentinels to alert the host immune system when infection is present. Watch the presentation

Raymond Fowler, M.D.

Professor of Emergency Medicine in Surgery
Associate Professor of Allied Health
Co-Chief in the Section on EMS, Disaster Medicine, and Homeland Security

Raymond Fowler, M.D., is co-founder of the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP). He served as the second President of the NAEMSP, helped oversee the organization's growth, and was instrumental in the creation of its textbook, "Prehospital Systems and Medical Oversight." Watch the presentation

Biff Palmer, M.D.

Professor of Internal Medicine

As the first nephrologist to ascend the Seven Summits, Biff Palmer, M.D., followed a unique training regimen in preparing to climb the tallest mountain on each continent. On weekends, he stuffed his backpack with bags of peritoneal dialysis fluid and climbed the stairwell of UT Southwestern's Nancy B. and Jake L. Hamon Biomedical Research Building. Watch the presentation

John Sadler, M.D.

Professor of Psychiatry
Director of the Program in Ethics in Science and Medicine
Chief of the Division of Ethics in the Department of Psychiatry
Chief of the Division of Ethics & Health Policy in the Department of Clinical Sciences.

John Sadler, M.D., is co-founder and treasurer of the Association for the Advancement of Philosophy & Psychiatry, an organization dedicated to exploring conceptual issues at the interface of psychiatry and philosophy. He also serves on the executive board of the International Network of Philosophy and Psychiatry. Watch the presentation

Sumeet Teotia, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery

As a volunteer with Alliance for Smiles — which sends surgical teams around the world to perform cleft lip and palate surgeries — Sumeet Teotia, M.D., has operated on hundreds of youngsters and taught local surgeons how to correct cleft lip and palate deformities. The nonprofit organization helps establish and maintain permanent centers that offer dental treatment, speech therapy, parental education, and psychological counseling. Watch the presentation