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Introducing MD++

A community of aspiring physician-innovators

Sherman Leung
May 11 · 6 min read

MD++ aims to empower the next generation of physician-innovators who will improve healthcare delivery through the intersection of technology, business, and life sciences. Just as many clinicians spend a portion of their time on research, we see an emerging future for practicing physicians to work in interdisciplinary settings to reinvent healthcare and improve patient outcomes on a large scale.

Together, we work to:

Create opportunities for medical students to build skills and connections in technology, business, and life sciences
Advocate for sustainable pathways to pursue physician-led innovation within medical education and alongside clinical practice
Connect communities of aspiring and established physician-innovators

In short, while physician-researchers aim to better understand a patient’s disease process, we as physician-innovators look forward to reinventing how that patient actually interacts with the healthcare system.

Over the past year, MD++ has grown from a few organic meet-ups based in New York City to a national community of 150+ medical students interested in augmenting their traditional clinical training. Together, we believe that there is an outsized impact we can have in healthcare by blending innovative instincts together with clinical acumen.

Some of us come from prior backgrounds working in digital health startups, healthcare consulting, large tech companies, and venture capital before medical school. But our hope is to create lasting infrastructure that inspires and enables any medical student, regardless of prior experiences, to explore opportunities in healthcare innovation. If you’re a medical student that identifies with any of the above, we would love to invite you to join our community! If you’re interested in working with or mentoring a MD++ student, we would love to hear from you!

As part of our continued expansion and growth, we’re proud to be publicly announcing for the first time…our founding MD++ executive team!

Leading the design and creation of summer and part-time opportunities for medical students to get involved with startups and venture capital firms during their summers, clerkship, research/gap, or MS4 years.

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Daniel Friedman, MS4 @Columbia Medical School, MBA @Columbia Business School
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Omar Njie MS2 @Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai

Daniel is a senior MD/MBA student at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons and Columbia Business School. He works with Heartbeat Health as a product designer and clinical strategist, and he led the health systems curriculum at his medical school. He holds a B.A. in Neuroscience & Behavior from Columbia University, where he managed the business arm of his college newspaper as Publisher of the Columbia Daily Spectator.

Omar is a MS2 at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, passionate about healthcare technology and innovation. He co-founded the Diversity Innovation Hub, a nationally recognized venture working to address social determinants of health and improve minority and female representation in health tech. He has consulted for various healthcare startups and worked as a Venture Fellow for Rock Health. He holds a B.A. in Global Affairs and an M.P.H in Health Policy & Management from Yale University.

Establishing connections and amplifying opportunities with industry partners (e.g., tech companies, healthcare consulting firms) that allow students to become familiar with the different roles those with a background in medicine can bring to the table.

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Sara Kianan, MS1 @Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University

Sara is a MS1 at the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University, and a passionate innovator for unmet medical needs. Prior to coming to Stony Brook, Sara explored a variety of ways that innovation in health care is taking place through creating her own startup focused on early detection of COPD exacerbations, her work at Willow pump, and her work at Apple in Health Software for the Apple Watch. She is passionate about exploring and improving the integration of technology in medicine, and hopes to apply her future M.D. degree, B.A. in Molecular and Cellular biology — immunology focus from UC Berkeley, as well as her Master’s in translational medicine from UC Berkeley and UCSF to further explore and create in the medical device/technology space.

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Aakash Saraiya, MS4 @Rowan School of Medicine, MBA @Cornell University

Aakash is an MS4 at Rowan SOM, a fund manager with Big Red Ventures and an associate writer for USMLE First Aid . His experience includes healthcare management consulting with Simon-Kucher & Partners, co-founding InvestMed, an educational non-profit organization, and as a design innovation scholar with the NIH. Aakash holds an M.B.A. from Cornell University where he focused on the intersection between business, healthcare and technology as well as a B.S. in Economics and Biology from Villanova University.

Leading the growth and engagement with our network of physician innovator thought leaders that we engage with through events (i.e. webinars, panels) and the MD++ mentorship program.

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Joy Jin, MS1 @UCSF

Joy Jin is a MS1 at the UCSF School of Medicine and aspiring physician-innovator. She creates content and invests in early-stage healthcare companies at Alix Ventures, and was employee #3 at WntRx Pharmaceuticals, where she led preclinical research and fundraising. She received her A.B. from Harvard as a John Harvard Scholar (top 5% of her class), where she led Harvard Ventures — the largest entrepreneurship club on campus — and captained the figure skating team.

Leading the expansion of our national growth on the west coast and supporting our growing network of relationships with west coast companies and organizations.

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Jon Wang, MS1 @UCSF

Jon is an MS1 at UCSF and incoming research associate for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He graduated with an MS/BS in bioinformatics from Stanford, where he cofounded Stanford Undergraduate Hospice and Palliative Care and Golden Gate Science Olympiad and published research on machine learning for personalized order sets. Prior to medical school, he was a data science intern for Apple and a founding-member of the startup XP Health.

Leading the continued expansion and engagement of our member base through organizing and managing member-only events (in person, locally, and nationally), and interfacing with relevant external organizations.

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Bethany Dubois (Incoming) MS1 @ Icahn SOM

Bethany is an incoming MS1 at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and currently working on methods development for computational drug discovery at D. E. Shaw Research. She holds a B.A. in Applied Mathematics and Computational Biology from Brown University, where she contributed to various research projects, served as an EMT, and played varsity rugby. She is always working to create intentional, inclusive spaces for community, collaboration, and innovation.

Leading MD++ in our conversations with medical education leadership in supporting physician-innovation friendly pathways alongside medical education and clinical practice.

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Jay Canarick, MS3 @Albert Einstein College of Medicine, MBA Candidate @ Kellogg School of Management

Jay is soon to be 4th year MD Student at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, about to embark on a year off to pursue an MBA at Kellogg. At Einstein, Jay is a member of student council and has been involved in Quality Improvement research at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. Prior to med school, Jay worked at Parthenon-EY, a strategy consulting firm, focusing his work on healthcare strategy for providers and pharmaceutical companies, and private equity commercial due diligence. Jay graduated summa cum laude from Duke University, with a B.S. in Neuroscience.

Supporting the mission & vision of MD++ and growth of our team and community

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Sherman Leung, MS1 @Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai

Sherman is an early-stage healthcare investor with AlleyCorp. Before medical school, he worked as an enterprise investor at Underscore VC and a product manager at PatientPing and Mango Health building care coordination and medication adherence products. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science and M.S. in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford, where he conducted machine learning research and organized healthcare hackathons.

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Aspiring physician-innovators interested in entrepreneurship, technology, and healthcare innovation

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MD++ is a community of medical students across the country pursuing interdisciplinary career paths that combine clinical medicine with healthcare innovation.

Sherman Leung

Written by

Investing @AlleyCorp, aspiring physician-investor/innovator

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MD++ is a community of medical students across the country pursuing interdisciplinary career paths that combine clinical medicine with healthcare innovation.

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