Centerstage with Healthcare Heroes

Centerstage with Healthcare Heroes

In this new live interview series Centerstage with Healthcare Heroes will pair Broadway favorites with physicians in order to explore the intersection of health, wellness, and theatre.

This month Playbill is highlighting Weill Cornell Medicine. Weill Cornell Medicine is an academic medical community that is passionate about improving the health of communities both globally and locally through our innovative, collaborative approach to care. For over a hundred years, Weill Cornell Medicine has been providing care to New York families. With patient care at the forefront of their mission, Weill Cornell Medicine has over 40 locations around the city including Primary Care services and over 1,600 specialists caring for families in Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan. Recent expansions into Brooklyn have increased access to world-class care for the entire family: Brooklyn Heights practices offer everything from IVF, to pediatrics to ObGyn and much more. In light of recent events, Weill Cornell Medicine has also increased their use of Video Visits and continue to be at the forefront of modernizing remote access to care through their digital health services to ensure that all patients remain connected with their healthcare providers. For more about their services, visit WeillCornell.org

Jessica Vosk Hosts Centerstage With Healthcare Heroes Panel on Integrative Health August 25

Caring for Your Voice: July 31 from 5:30–6:30 PM ET

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Telly Leung
Telly Leung (Host)
Telly Leung is a New York City native. His Broadway & national touring credits include Aladdin in Disney's Aladdin on Broadway, In Transit, Allegiance (with George Takei & Lea Salonga), Godspell, Rent (final Broadway company), Wicked (Boq, original Chicago company), Pacific Overtures, Flower Drum Song. In 2010, he starred as Angel in RENT at the Hollywood Bowl opposite Wayne Brady, directed by Neil Patrick Harris. Regionally, he's performed at Philadelphia Theater Company, Pittsburgh CLO, The St. Louis MUNY, Dallas Theater Center, The Shakespeare Theater Company in D.C., North Carolina Theater, and North Shore Musical Theater. Television audiences will remember him as Wes the Warbler on Glee, as well as his guest star appearances on Instinct, Odd Mom Out, Deadbeat and Law and Order: Criminal Intent. Telly is featured as a coach for the Jimmy Awards in the PBS documentary, Broadway or Bust. He can be heard on many original Broadway cast recordings and has released two solo albums - I’ll Cover You (2012) and Songs for You (2016) - on The Yellow Sound Label. He holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama. He has taught master classes and courses at American universities like NYU, Nazareth College, The University of Michigan, Carnegie Mellon and Point Park and has been a guest teacher at drama programs all over the world, from Edinburgh to Tokyo. Twitter / Instagram: @tellyleung. Website: www.tellyleung.com
Dr. Lucian Sulica
Dr. Lucian Sulica
Dr. Lucian Sulica is the Director of the Sean Parker Institute for the Voice at Weill Cornell Medicine. His clinical expertise lies in the treatment of voice disorders, including care of the performing voice. He has a special interest in both medical and surgical treatment of vocal cord problems like polyps, cysts, nodules and scar, and in neurologic voice disorders, including vocal cord (or fold) paresis and paralysis and spasmodic dysphonia. Click here to see his full profile.
Dr. Anais Rameau
Dr. Anais Rameau
Dr. Anais Rameau is a laryngologist at the Sean Parker Institute at Weill Cornell Medicine. She has advanced expertise in the evaluation and treatment of swallowing disorders, encompassing esophageal stenosis, gastro-esophageal reflux, dysmotility, sequelae of head and neck and thoracic radiation, Zenker’s diverticulum and age-related dysphagia. She also has specialized training in the management of chronic cough, treatment of benign diseases and malignant tumors of the larynx, voice restoration, and airway rehabilitation surgery.

Primary Care: August 13 from 5:30–6:30 PM ET

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Nikki M. James
Nikki M. James (Host)
Nikki is perhaps best known for originating the role of Nabalungi in The Book of Mormon, for which she won a Tony Award. She recently starred in Tony Kushner’s A Bright Room Called Day at the Public Theater. Nikki was born and raised in New Jersey, where she fell in love with the theater at a young age. With the encouragement of her parents, she began her professional career at age 13, appearing in commercials and voice-overs. She attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, earning a BFA in drama. She made her Broadway debut in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, followed by a leading role in House of Flowers for City Center’s Encores! Series, all while pursuing her degree. After graduating, Nikki became a fixture in New York theater: she originated the role of Lorraine in the Broadway production of All Shook Up, performed alongside Phylicia Rashad in Michael John La Chiusa’s Bernarda Alba at Lincoln Center Theater, and starred as Dorothy in The Wiz at the La Jolla Playhouse (2006 Craig Noel Award). In 2008, Nikki took on classical theater at the world-renowned Stratford Shakespeare Festival, where she played Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and starred opposite Christopher Plummer in Shaw’s Caesar and Cleopatra. Her other theater credits include the 2014 Broadway revival of Les Misérables (Eponine), Shakespeare in the Park productions of Julius Caesar (Portia) and Twelfth Night (Viola), Dave Malloy's Preludes, and The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin.

When not on stage, Nikki works heavily in television. She was a series regular on Braindead (CBS) and Proven Innocent (FOX) in addition to recurring and guest-starring roles on The Good Wife, The Good Fight, Bull, Blacklist, Instinct, and NCIS New Orleans, and more. Her film projects include the musical comedy Lucky Stiff and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.

Nikki has performed at Carnegie Hall, NJPAC, and The Center for the Performing Arts, among others, and has performed her solo cabaret show on land and sea.

She resides in New York City with her husband and her ancient cat. She's the proud aunt to Ozzie and Moses and a sustaining member of her local public radio station.
Moitri Savard, MD
Moitri Savard, MD
Dr. Savard is the medical director for Weill Cornell Medicine Primary Care in Long Island City, New York. Her practice includes adult medicine, women's health and pediatric care. Dr. Savard appeared on Weill Cornell Medicine's Back to Health Podcast answering the most common questions about COVID-19 and what people can do at home in terms of self care. Click here to see her full profile.
Paul Fenves, MD
Paul Fenyves, MD
Dr. Fenyves is an internist and provides comprehensive primary care to his patients. As Associate Director of Digital Care and Innovation for Primary Care at Weill Cornell Medicine, he played a major role in managing outpatients digitally during the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to see his full profile.

Integrative Health: August 25 from 5:30–6:30 PM ET

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Jessica Vosk
Jessica Vosk (Host)
Jessica Vosk most recently seen as the Narrator in the 50th anniversary of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, at Lincoln Center. She created the role of Aunt Val in the world premiere of Becoming Nancy, directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell. Before that, she finished an acclaimed run as Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway, having played the role for 2 years. Vosk also starred in the NYC Ballet Jerome Robbins tribute Something to Dance About, directed by Warren Carlyle and re-created the role of Fruma Sarah in the most recent revival of Broadway’s Fiddler on the Roof. Other Broadway: Finding Neverland, The Bridges of Madison County. She starred as Anita in the Grammy-nominated San Francisco Symphony’s West Side Story. Debut Solo Album “Wild and Free” available for purchase at www.jessicavosk.com. Follow along @jessicavosk
Jackie Herbach, LMSW, LMT
Jackie Herbach, LMSW, LMT
Jackie Herbach, LMSW, LMT, has been at Weill Cornell Medicine since The Integrative Health and Wellbeing Center opened in January of 2017. She has been a licensed massage therapist since 1986. In 2005 she received her Master’s in Social Work from NYU and began using traditional social work interventions with more integrative approaches. In 1997 she studied at NYC’s Integral Yoga Institute and earned her 500-hour yoga and meditation teacher training. She also went on to earn her certification with the Pilates Method Alliance and instructs in both mat and apparatus classes. She is a member of the International Reiki Association and is a Master Reiki teacher.

As a native New Yorker, she grew up greatly influenced by the arts and culture that NYC offered. She attended Marymount Manhattan College and received her BFA in theatre. She has performed in NYC theatre, films, and TV. Jackie loves to write comedy and uses her own material for stand up. She believes humor is one of the best medicines we can take. “Combining the arts with healing, can give you the opportunity to heal new and old wounds and find some closure.”
Dr. Alka Gupta
Dr. Alka Gupta
Dr. Alka Gupta is Co-founder and Medical Director of the Integrative Health and Wellbeing Program at NewYork-Presbyterian and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine. She has spent the last several years examining national and global advances in integrative health care, and successfully developing and launching this new program. Her interest in integrative and internal medicine began at a young age, and is rooted in the concept of food as medicine. She believes that prevention and a healthy lifestyle should be at the forefront of health care, and she works to bring these principles into practice.