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  • Karen M. Wyatt

CAKE App: Making Advance Care Planning a Piece of Cake with Suelin Chen

Thursday April 14, 2016

10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern

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Join Dr. Karen Wyatt her guest Suelin Chen as they discuss one of the latest digital technologies available for advance care planning: the CAKE App. Suelin is the founder and CEO of CAKE and she will share with us a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of this innovative App that is inspiring millenials to start their advance care planning now, hopefully long before they will have a need.

In this interview you will learn:

Suelin's inspiration for creating CAKE (and why she named it that)

How CAKE works for documenting end-of-life wishes digitally

Future goals and plans for CAKE

Feedback from the target audience for CAKE

How and when to recommend CAKE for your patients and clients

Suelin Chen


For several years Suelin advised life science companies on their M&A, partnering, and general commercial strategy at IMS Health. Her knowledge of healthcare systems in different global markets fueled her interest in helping people think about the tradeoffs for different medical treatments, particularly near the end of life.


As Director of The Laboratory at Harvard from 2010-2012, Suelin mentored hundreds of Harvard students with ideas for startup companies, social impact organizations, and art projects. She was also a technology transfer postdoctoral fellow at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, appointed through the Harvard Graduate School of Design.


After studying biology as an undergraduate at MIT and then engineering at Ecole Polytechnique in France, her Ph.D. research in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital combined her research interests and focused on developing medical imaging technologies that could gather prognostic information for cancer. As she developed ways to use imaging to make therapeutic decisions, Suelin was first exposed to the concept that more medical treatment is not necessarily always better for the patient.

In her free time, Suelin enjoys dancing, eating, composing music with her husband Dave, and contributing to the arts community: she has been an associate member of the MIT Council for the Arts since 2012 and a member of the MIT List Visual Arts Center Advisory Committee since 2008.

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