2022 Keynote Speaker


Dr. Shirag Shemmassian

Dr. Shemmassian is the Founder of Shemmassian Academic Consulting and one of the world's foremost experts on medical school admissions, college admissions, and graduate school admissions. Throughout his education and beyond, Dr. Shemmassian successfully guided students into top colleges, medical schools, and graduate programs, and has found his professional calling in helping others achieve their educational and career goals.

Here are some of our previous Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Ryan Gray

Best known for his podcasts, Dr. Ryan Gray is a former United States Air Force Flight Surgeon who found a passion for helping pre-med students on their journey to medical school. Through The Premed Years podcast and the Medical School Headquarters sites, Dr. Gray has helped thousands of students gain the confidence they require to successfully navigate the pre-med path.


Dr. Gideon Lewis

Dr. Gideon J. Lewis is a renowned sports medicine foot and ankle surgeon who is well known for working with Olympic and professional athletes from a wide array of sports. He currently serves as the Chief Sports Medicine Faculty Advisor for the UCF College of Medicine Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Interest Group.


Dr. David Bailey

Dr. Bailey was CEO of the Nemours foundation and Modern Healthcare Magazine recognized him as one of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives. Before working at Nemours, Dr. Bailey established the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.


Dr. Sam Attalah

Dr. Sam Atallah, one of the most recognized colorectal surgeons in the world, is a leader in the development of advanced technology for rectal cancer surgery and has pioneered the technique of stereotactic navigation for transanal total mesorectal excision. He also works to design and assess smaller and sleeker next-generation robotic systems.

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Dr. Farzanna Haffizulla

Dr. Haffizulla was the 2014-2015 President of the American Medical Women's Association and she is currently the Assistant Dean for Community and Global Health at Nova Southeastern University. She also gives lifestyle advice to help young professionals balance their career, family and community life.


Dr. Mark Chaet

Dr. Mark S. Chaet, MD, is a pediatric surgeon affiliated with Orlando Health and Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. Dr. Chaet has served his community in various ways, from his service in the US Army to his dedication to UCF’s Surgical Internship. He has been granted numerous awards for his impact on the community, including UCF’s Black & Gold Scalpel Award.