Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH, FACP, Host
Director, Center for Bioethics and Humanities
Matt Wynia is a physician specializing in internal medicine and infectious diseases. When he’s not caring for patients, his career has focused on exploring challenges in health care ethics, pandemic response and health policy. He grew up in Oregon, and lived in Boston and Chicago before moving to Denver to lead the Center for Bioethics and Humanities in 2015. In Chicago, Dr. Wynia directed the Institute for Ethics at the American Medical Association for more than 15 years. Prior to attending med school, Dr. Wynia was a professional actor, with many Shakespeare credits under his belt. Secretly, Dr. Wynia always wanted to host a show.
Elisabeth Armstrong, BA, MSc, Co-host, WriterElisabeth Armstrong is affiliate faculty in Colorado Christian University's School of Science and Engineering. Armstrong graduated with a B.A. in political science and philosophy from Colorado Christian University, and a later, an M.Sc. in bioethics from Columbia University. Armstrong also works as an associate at Proactive MD and Proactive Impact Fund — an impact investing firm based in Denver, driving innovation and solutions in healthcare. She formerly worked as an EMMY-nominated news anchor and broadcast journalist at stations across the country, in addition to filing reports for FOX News Channel, and i24 in Tel Aviv.
Elaine Appleton Grant, Producer Emeritus
Elaine Appleton Grant is a lifelong journalist — a magazine writer and editor who made the leap to public radio in 2003. She’s produced public affairs interview programs for WBUR in Boston and Colorado Public Radio in Denver. In between, she served as New Hampshire Public Radio’s health reporter and worked for Harvard School of Public Health. Her work has appeared on NPR, Marketplace, and in many national magazines, including US News & World Report, Inc., Fast Company, and AARP The Magazine. Elaine has been with Hard Call since it's inception in 2017.
Meleah Himber, M.Ed., Production Manager
Community Outreach Coordinator, Center for Bioethics and Humanities
Meleah has extensive experience in higher education, including medical school curriculum implementation, curriculum development and public health outreach and education. She is also a former public school language arts teacher. She enjoys applying her interest in storytelling, health ethics and community engagement into creating Hard Call episodes. At the CU Center for Bioethics and Humanities, her role centers around creating an awareness of CBH and its programming across all four CU campuses as well as facilitating productive relationships between the Center and a variety of external organizations within the local community and state of Colorado.
Jeremy Long, MD, MPH, Story Consultant
Associate Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Dr. Long is a general internist and has devoted his career to the amelioration of health disparities – from the education of pre-clinical medical students to the delivery of care at Denver Health’s Intensive Outpatient Clinic. Dr. Long also is Director of the LEADS (Leadership Education Advocacy Development Scholarship) track at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where 60+ medical students receive in-depth experiential and service-based learning to become immersed in the community, policy, media, legislative, and academic tools needed to understand and address health determinants.