An in-person event, celebrating extraordinary minds & ideas intersecting health & medicine.

  • CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta and the Co-Creator of TEDMED, Marc Hodosh, invite you to be a part of LIFE ITSELF.
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  • CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta and the Co-Creator of TEDMED, Marc Hodosh, invite you to be a part of LIFE ITSELF.
  • CNN logo
  • Microsoft logo
  • CVS Health logo
  • Medtronic logo
  • United Therapeutics logo
  • Walmart Wellness logo
  • McKinsey & Company logo
  • Illumina logo
  • Anthem logo
  • Real Chemistry logo
  • Klick Health logo
  • Whole Health Institute logo
  • AWS logo
  • Cue Health logo
  • Rightpoint logo
  • Arthur M Blank Foundation logo
  • Wondros logo
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LIFE ITSELF features extraordinary thinkers intersecting health & medicine from research, technology, government, entertainment & business.

New Ideas Unveiled Challenging Topics Debated Trailblazers Celebrated

  • James Allison Headshot
    James Allison
    • Nobel Prize Laureate
  • Martine Rothblatt Headshot
    Martine Rothblatt
    • United TherapeuticsChairman & CEO
    • Sirius Satellite RadioFounder
  • Kizzmekia Corbett Headshot
    Kizzmekia Corbett
    • NIH / NIAIDScientific Lead, Coronavirus Vaccines
  • Scott Kelly Headshot
    Scott Kelly
    • Astronaut
    • Commander of International Space Station
  • Dean Kamen Headshot
    Dean Kamen
    • DEKAPresident
  • Norman Lear Headshot
    Norman Lear
    • Legendary Producer
    • Philanthropist & Activist
  • Sumbul Desai Headshot
    Sumbul Desai
    • AppleVP of Health
  • Mark Cuban Headshot
    Mark Cuban
    • Co-Founder, Cost Plus Drugs
  • Laurene Powell Jobs Headshot
    Laurene Powell Jobs
    • Emerson CollectiveFounder & President
  • Reed Jobs Headshot
    Reed Jobs
    • Emerson CollectiveManaging Director, Health
  • Charlie Baker Headshot
    Charlie Baker
    • Governor of Massachusetts
  • Chelsea Clinton Headshot
    Chelsea Clinton
    • Clinton FoundationVice Chair
  • Kimbal Musk Headshot
    Kimbal Musk
    • The Kitchen Restaurant Group, Big Green, Square RootsCo-Founder & Executive Chairman
  • Christiana Musk Headshot
    Christiana Musk
    • Flourish*inkFounder
  • Anthony Fauci Headshot
    Anthony Fauci
    • NIAIDDirector
  • Rick Klausner Headshot
    Rick Klausner
    • Altos LabsChief Scientist & Founder
  • Rochelle Walensky Headshot
    Rochelle Walensky
    • CDCDirector
  • Alice Walton Headshot
    Alice Walton
    • Whole Health InstituteFounder
    • Alice L. Walton FoundationFounder
  • Sekou Andrews Headshot
    Sekou Andrews
    • Creator of poetic voice
  • Goldie Hawn Headshot
    Goldie Hawn
    • Goldie Hawn FoundationActress & Founder
  • Arianna Huffington Headshot
    Arianna Huffington
    • ThriveFounder & CEO
  • Patrice Harris Headshot
    Patrice Harris
    • AMA (American Medical Association)President
  • Alan Lotvin Headshot
    Alan Lotvin
    • CVS CaremarkPresident
  • Padmanee Sharma Headshot
    Padmanee Sharma
    • MD Anderson Cancer CenterScientific Director, Immunotherapy Platform
  • Michael Polansky Headshot
    Michael Polansky
    • Parker Institute for Cancer ImmunotherapyCo-Founder
  • Iya Khalil Headshot
    Iya Khalil
    • NovartisGlobal Head of Artificial Intelligence Innovation Center
  • Paul Stamets Headshot
    Paul Stamets
    • Mycologist
  • David Liu Headshot
    David Liu
    • Harvard & MITProfessor & Scientist
  • Christopher Mason Headshot
    Christopher Mason
    • Weill Cornell MedicineProfessor
  • D.A. Wallach Headshot
    D.A. Wallach
    • BioVenturesMusician & Investor
  • Geoff Martha Headshot
    Geoff Martha
    • MedtronicChairman & CEO
  • Mary Lou Jepsen Headshot
    Mary Lou Jepsen
    • OpenwaterCEO & Founder
  • Tom Frieden Headshot
    Tom Frieden
    • CDCFormer Director
  • Doris Taylor Headshot
    Doris Taylor
    • Regenerative Med Scientist
  • Riccardo Sabatini Headshot
    Riccardo Sabatini
    • Orionis BiosciencesChief Data Scientist
  • Steffanie Strathdee Headshot
    Steffanie Strathdee
    • Global Health SciencesAssociate Dean
    • UCSD Department of MedicineHarold Simon Professor
  • John Sculley Headshot
    John Sculley
    • Pepsi-Cola & AppleFormer CEO
  • Larry Brilliant Headshot
    Larry Brilliant
    • Pandefense AdvisoryFounder & CEO
    • Epidemiologist & Philanthropist
  • Cheryl Pegus Headshot
    Cheryl Pegus
    • WalmartEVP, Health & Wellness
  • Rudy Tanzi Headshot
    Rudy Tanzi
    • Mass General HospitalVice Chair, Neurology
    • Harvard Medical SchoolProfessor of Neurology
  • Ayub Khattak Headshot
    Ayub Khattak
    • CUE HEALTHCo-Founder, President & CEO
  • Arthur Blank Headshot
    Arthur Blank
    • Home DepotCo-Founder
    • AMB FoundationFounder
  • Eric Mead Headshot
    Eric Mead
    • Magician
  • David Sinclair Headshot
    David Sinclair
    • Harvard Medical SchoolProfessor of Genetics
  • Alexandra Drane Headshot
    Alexandra Drane
    • ArchAngelsCo-Founder & CEO
    • WalmartCashier-on-leave
  • Peter Lee Headshot
    Peter Lee
    • MicrosoftCorporate VP, Research & Incubations
  • Susan Schneider Williams Headshot
    Susan Schneider Williams
    • Artist & Advocate
    • Lewy Body Disease Research
  • Francis deSouza Headshot
    Francis deSouza
    • IlluminaCEO
  • Daniel Kraft Headshot
    Daniel Kraft
    • Founder & Chair, Exponential Medicine
    • Chair, XPRIZE Pandemic Alliance Task Force
  • Jill Sobule Headshot
    Jill Sobule
    • Singer / Songwriter
  • Michelle Williams Headshot
    Michelle Williams
    • Harvard School of Public HealthDean of Faculty
  • David Edwards Headshot
    David Edwards
    • Inventor
  • Jennifer Garrison Headshot
    Jennifer Garrison
    • Buck Institute for Research on AgingAssistant Professor
  • Louie Schwartzberg Headshot
    Louie Schwartzberg
    • Filmmaker
  • Dean Ornish Headshot
    Dean Ornish
    • Preventive Medicine Research InstituteFounder & President
    • UCSFClinical Professor of Medicine
  • Deepak Chopra Headshot
    Deepak Chopra
    • Chopra FoundationFounder
  • Steve Connell Headshot
    Steve Connell
    • Chief CreativeCEO
  • Lance Armstrong Headshot
    Lance Armstrong
    • Founding Partner, NEXT Ventures
  • Rich Roll Headshot
    Rich Roll
    • Ultra endurance athlete & Podcaster
  • More Speakers to Come!


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Hotel Del Coronado
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About Us

LIFE ITSELF is a three night retreat, converging about 50 speakers and a limited number of guests — leaders from multiple disciplines who intersect the fields of health & medicine. Nearly all presenters at LIFE ITSELF attend the entire event. The conference begins at 5pm Tuesday May 31st and concludes by 12pm Friday June 3rd, 2022.

Whether it's dinner on the beach, deep conversation during a break in the hotel's historic Crown Room, or magical moments late night at the bar, we can ensure from past experience that you'll create unexpected connections and new long lasting, productive business relationships and friendships. All of this takes place in between mind-blowing talks and entertainment on stage, where new products and ideas will be unveiled and much news will be made. And of course, through our partnership with CNN, that news will be carried worldwide, through CNN's on-site presence and vast global reach.

Every attendee shares the same experience; it's a single track with no breakouts — so you won't miss a thing! We promise you'll never attend a gathering quite like this. We aim to inspire and foster changes in healthcare, while celebrating leaders whose work helps us all to be healthier and happier humans.

We are grateful to host you through this adventure and hope you'll be a part of LIFE ITSELF.

- Sanjay Gupta & Marc Hodosh

Sanjay and Marc

Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Founder & Co-Host,Life Itself Logo

Dr Sanjay Gupta is Founder and Co-Host of LIFE ITSELF.

Best known as the Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN, Sanjay is also an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and practices at Emory University Hospital.

Sanjay has won multiple national Emmy, Peabody and DuPont Awards, some of the highest honors in broadcast television. For the last twenty years, he has covered the biggest medical and health stories in the world, and has hosted dozens of groundbreaking documentaries on topics such as concussions, medical marijuana, opioids and brain science. Gupta has also distinguished himself as a war zone and natural disaster reporter, having traveled to 153 countries, covering world events, such as the earthquake in Haiti, the tsunami in South Asia and Japan, the hurricanes in Puerto Rico, as well as the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Middle East. On several occasions, Dr Gupta has performed surgical procedures in the field, including five emergent brain operations in the middle of a desert tent during the war in Iraq.

Since early 2020, he has led CNN's worldwide coverage on the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Sanjay is the host of the CNN Original Series, Chasing Life, which follows his world travels in search of living longer, healthier and happier. He is also the host, executive producer and writer of the HBO Original Documentary "One Nation Under Stress", which offered a revealing look at the declining life expectancy in the United States.

Gupta has been named one of People Magazine's "Sexiest Men Alive", a pop culture icon by USA Today and one of the "Ten Most Influential Celebrities" by Forbes Magazine. He has been awarded several awards for his humanitarian work.

As a practicing neurosurgeon, Gupta is a member of the American Board of Neurosurgery, the American Association of Neurosurgeons, and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. In 2020, he was inducted into the National Academy of Medicine, considered one of the highest honors in the field.

He is the author of three New York Times best-selling books, Chasing Life, Cheating Death and Monday Mornings. His fourth book, Keep Sharp: Building a Better Brain will be published in 2021.

Marc Hodosh

Founder & Co-Host,Life Itself Logo

Marc Hodosh is Founder and Co-Host of LIFE ITSELF.

Previously, Marc co-created and hosted TEDMED, the health and medical version of the TED Conference. After selling TEDMED he continued to focus on the intersection of health innovations and media, with a particular focus on human aging and longevity.

Prior, Marc led the X PRIZE for Genomics, a $10 million competition to inspire rapid and cost effective genome sequencing technology, which followed the successful $10 million Ansari Space X PRIZE.

He has been a consultant to inventor Dean Kamen at DEKA Research & Development and also chaired Dean's FIRST Robotics competition within the Boston region — a non-profit foundation which inspires high school students to pursue careers in science and technology.

Additionally, Marc founded and sold ID One, specializing in facial recognition technology for the U.S. military and intelligence communities. Earlier he led business development at Viisage Technology, a biometric and secure ID company.

Marc became interested in health and medicine during high school and college, while volunteering as an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) with the local ambulance services, as well as through his experiences working in a hospital emergency room. After a year at Boston University Medical School, he decided to pursue business and entrepreneurial endeavors by inventing and patenting consumer products, which were distributed through Bed Bath & Beyond, QVC television, Toys-R-Us, and others.