A Panel Conversation:
Lessons from the Pandemic for a Brighter Future

About the Event

The First Wave will challenge what you think you know about the early days of the pandemic.

Follow the expert panel discussion as they tackled vital issues at the April event and learn how faculty, students and libraries can cultivate a hopeful future through all we’ve learned during these difficult times.


About the Speakers

Matthew Heineman

Dr. Nathalie Dougé

J. Corey Feist, JD, MBA

Director, producer, director of photography, and editor of The First Wave. Heineman is one of the most talented and exciting documentary filmmakers working today. A 2005 graduate of Dartmouth College, he is based in New York City, and is a respected and gifted filmmaker who combines gonzo fearlessness with empathetic sensitivity. Heineman previously co-directed and produced the feature-length, Emmy-nominated documentary Escape Fire.

Dr. Nathalie Dougé, MD is a New York-based, board-certified physician, specializing in hospital and internal medicine. She graduated from Penn State College of Medicine in 2014 and has 8 years of experience. A first-generation Haitian American, she is the first in her family to become a physician, receiving her medical degree from the Penn State College of Medicine. Dr. Dougé is affiliated with Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

A healthcare executive with over 20 years of experience. Corey is the Co-Founder of the Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation and currently serves as the CEO of the University of Virginia Physicians Group, the medical group practice of UVA Health, comprising 1200+ physicians and advanced practice providers. He also holds an adjunct faculty appointment at the UVA Darden School of Business, where he recently taught a course entitled “Managing in a Pandemic: The Challenge of COVID-19″. Corey is also the Chair of the Board of the Charlottesville Free Clinic.

About the Film

Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning director Matthew Heineman’s The First Wave provides exclusive access inside the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York. During the terrifying first four months of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was one of the city’s hardest-hit hospital systems.

Following everyday heroes as they come together to battle one of the most alarming threats the world has ever faced, we witness the once-in-a-century pandemic that changed our daily lives. As doctors, nurses, and patients try to navigate the crisis, Heineman employs his signature approach of character-driven cinema vérité, giving a testament of the strength of the human spirit, while exposing long-standing social inequities.

For more information about The First Wave, please visit the film page.



An intimate look at the bottomless, unimaginable depths of loss as well as the indefatigable reservoir of hope that sustains humanity during its darkest moments.

Breathless, soul-piercing… A courageous and astonishing cinematic time capsule.

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Watch the Full Panel Discussion

Click on Play ▶ below to watch the 1-hour recording from April 28th, 2022: