Innovations to Impact
The DIH Pitch Day and Incubator are key programming through which we invest in early-stage entrepreneurs who are on a mission to address SDoH.
Pitch Day Winners
Vactraca – The Innovation Award is presented to the participant with the most creative approach of addressing a SDoH, which in Victoria’s case was creating a lightweight pendant that doubles as a vaccination tracker for infants. We look forward to seeing Victoria’s participation in Diversity Innovation Hub’s upcoming Incubator as she works alongside Mount Sinai mentors to move forward with Vactraca. Winner of the 2022 Pitch Day Innovation Award.
Calista Dominy and Niko Vlastos
3iUD – Calista Dominy and Joseph Vlastos were presented with this award for their creation of 3iUD, a 3D printed device that provides people with uteruses access to personalized contraception. Diversity Innovation Hub looks forward to seeing 3iUD’s vision come to life in our upcoming Incubator. Winners of the 2022 Women’s Impact Award.
Lisberma Peralta, Kazi Nur, Jocelynn Labossiere, and Maria C. Lopez
Opiod Free – The concept behind Opioid Free is an app aiming to provide social support and combat opioid related morbidity and mortality amongst recently released prisoners but increasing accessibility to resources and social programs. Winners of the 2022 Pitch Day Community Impact Award.
Candice Blacknall, MD, MBA
Founder – GABA Inc., a career development platform and online community providing personalized content and mentorship for STEM students and early professionals. Winner of DIH 2020 Pitch Day.
Hannibal Person, MD
Pitch – Breaking Through, a digital anti-racism platform for teams. Second Place, DIH 2020 Pitch Day.
Founders: Lisberma Peralta, Kazi Nur, Jocelynn Labossiere, and Maria C. Lopez
The concept behind Opioid Free is an app aiming to provide social support and combat opioid related morbidity and mortality amongst recently released prisoners but increasing accessibility to resources and social programs
Founder: Kaushik Viswanathan
The RiskAverse platform is meant to create personalized outreach strategies for patients through any marketing channel. This platform segments outreach to any datapoint (i.e. demographic, risk level, diagnosis, etc.), allowing unique engagements to reach specific target populations.
Founder: Victoria Ndoh
Vactraca is a necklace with a lightweight pendant which doubles as a vaccination tracker. It highlights infants’ routine immunization information from birth to completion. It complements hospital records and can be used when vaccination cards are not available, defaced or destroyed. It can also be used as the primary immunization recording tool in refugee and displaced persons communities.
Founders: Benjamin Rodriguez, Frederika Rentzeperis
The lasso cauterizer is a loop cauterizer for use during neurosurgery for treatment of glioblastoma, the idea being that a minimally invasive approach in neurosurgery can limit costs and hospital stay times to provide equitable access to treatment.
Drawing Your Way Through Medicine
Founder: Rebecca Kellner
Addressing the health literacy gap through art. The program works with healthcare professionals to translate important medical instructions and information to user friendly illustrations.
Founder: Christina M. Blackburn
An online platform to help educate providers and frontline staff on issues of gender-based, intimate partner, and family violence.
Founder: Kimberly Wilson
A platform to connect diverse patients to culturally competent healthcare providers to increase quality of care.
Creating the Future
The DIH Fellows program provides future clinicians with the opportunity to innovate, learn, and create across the tech and VC industries.
DIH Summer Fellows
Daniel Kwon: Illuminant
At Illuminant, I work on projects that span formulating the company’s regulatory and reimbursement strategies to searching for strategic partnerships with other companies. I also work closely with the Chief Clinical Officer to help assemble scientific manuscripts, conduct clinical research, and run clinical trials.
Anagha Kumar: RubiconMD
I am supporting the Clinical Operations team at RubiconMD.
Andrew (Soonmyung) Hwang: RubiconMD
I currently work on the Clinical Operations team at RubiconMD where I have been working to analyze and characterize the educational benefits of RubiconMD’s electronic consultation platform for primary care providers. Additionally, I have been working with past datasets to assess the impact of electronic consultations on patient outcomes in a refugee clinic in Matamoros, Mexico where RubiconMD has a pro bono presence.
Tony Owusu: HT4M
During my fellowship I had the opportunity to work to better understand the Medicaid population and how to create change in the ecosystem. I had t opportunity to meet and network with leaders and innovators in health and understand how I can eventually help contribute to helping vulnerable populations.
Barbara Perieira: RockHealth.org
I contributed to various projects, all with the central aim of exploring strategies to center health equity within digital health innovation.
Ikaasa Suri: RockHealth.org
As a Research Fellow at Rock Health, I led several projects related to innovation in digital health. I had the opportunity to research and present my work to clients on topics including digital twins and the state of digital health in oncology. I authored a piece on the impacts of the reversal of Roe v. Wade on digital menstrual tracking.
I advised Rock Health’s largest clients on investment opportunities, market trends, and emerging spaces within digital health. I also interfaced with Rock Health’s Venture Team and had the opportunity to write original thought pieces that were published on their blog.
Nikita Israni: RubiconMD
During my summer at RubiconMD, I worked with the clinical operations team to develop a quality framework for e-consults on the platform. We reviewed over 100 e-consult transcripts for content and clarity, and ultimately created a labeling tool to streamline the internal process of rating e-consults. During the process of reviewing transcripts, I also created one-pagers for the RubiconMD website that demonstrate how virtual specialists can be used in various clinical scenarios pertaining to cardiology and women’s health.
Edward Sarfo: HT4Medicaid
I performed an extensive literature review and analysis of research and surveys from private, public, and government entities about limited funding among underrepresented founders. Additionally, managed databases and held topic-focused meetings with health equity leaders and investment stakeholders and to develop platforms to bridge this gap.
Nasseef Quasim: RockHealth.org
I provided RockHealth.org with recommendations for a strategic approach to Equity Design by completing a literature review, landscape review, and expert interviews. Results were presented to the RockHealth.org team to help guide their future work. Also, I assisted with information gathering on a report about Underfunded Digital Health Innovators.
Jen Ren: RockHealth.org
Supported the Rock Health research arm to analyze emerging trends in digital health, the broader healthcare industry, and investment digital health innovation. For example, I co-published two public-facing blog pieces and contributed to research around consumer adoption trends in digital health.
Anish Kumar: RubiconMD
I worked between the clinical insights and the data science teams to explore how to leverage the mass amounts of data that had been generated from clinical e-consults. The idea was to extract relevant clinical data from unstructured, free form text in order to draw conclusions about use and improvement of the clinical aspects of the RubiconMD e-consult platform.
Katie Hanss: RockHealth.org
Published an investing thesis for the market of companies accommodating seniors who choose to age in their homes. Presented monthly digital health market trends to Rock Health’s partner organizations. Interviewed and evaluated over 50 companies seeking investment from Rock Health.
Nikita Roy: Radical Health
As an intern and DIH fellow sponsored by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, I coordinated event programming, including Restorative Healing Circles, and created engaging health promotional material for social media and news mediums. I continue to stay involved with the Radical Health mission through engagement in Radical Health programming via numerous platforms (Instagram Live).
Gary X. Gravesandy: RubinconMD
At RubiconMD my work relied on my clinical experience and access to quality field experts to improve the ease of use, quality, and marketing of their e-consulting service. Operating during the height of the pandemic, I conducted research and interviews with field experts to provide and implement recommendations on site navigation and recruitment targets. Additionally, for marketing purposes, I performed qualitative research on their consult transcripts to empirically demonstrate their positive impact on the care of their user’s patients.
Omar Njie: RockHealth.org
As the inaugural DIH Summer Fellow, I spent my summer interning with Rock Health, a leading venture capital firm, investing in the next generation of healthcare entrepreneurs. During my fellowship, I participated in dozens of pitches and researched emerging trends in gastroenterology and musculoskeletal innovation.
Mary Sun: Department of Dermatology, The Mount Sinai Hospital
DIH Scholarly Year Fellows
Samuel Eitenbichler: Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Neurológicas in Lima, Peru
I will be spending the 2023-2024 academic year in Lima, Peru studying the etiologies and risk factors that contribute to the development of uncontrolled epilepsy. I will be conducting the majority of my research at the Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Neurológicas, a large referral neurological institute that treats patients with epilepsy from Lima and the surrounding region. The goal of my research is to better understand epilepsy in low-middle income countries and how we can best target interventions to improve outcomes in the future.
Krishna Patel: Health-System Community School
During my year with the DIH, I worked to scale-up implementation of my “health-system community school” model where hospitals and school districts partner to create one-stop-shops for all students healthcare and education needs. Through collaborative partnerships based off ongoing success in one Pittsburgh school used in Pittsburgh, we aim to expand this model to additional schools in Pittsburgh as well as New York.
Chelsia Melendez: Kyabirwa Surgical Center, Uganda
I am currently on my DIH x global surgery scholarly year in rural Uganda. I am continuing my research in global cancer care and ENT/otolaryngology from my work last year as a global summer scholar. I am working on global surgery research, volunteering with Sudanese refugees, and finding innovative ways to make surgical care accessible to all people.
Krsna Kothari: Department of Surgery, Kyabirwa Surgical Center
I spent one year traveling to Jinja, Uganda as a researcher at Kyabirwa Surgical Center (KSC). KSC is the first standalone ambulatory surgery center in the country. I facilitated past, current, and future research projects at the center by both Mount Sinai and Kyabirwa Surgical Center staff. I helped create the workflow model for foreign staff to submit, approve, and execute research projects that uphold ethical standards. I revised and implemented a mobile app for post-operative home visits that evaluates and records patients’ recovery. I connected the local home-based palliative care program with Kyabirwa’s social work department to ensure longitudinal care for patients diagnosed with cancer at the center.
Gary Gravesandy: Consumer Digital
I was with Consumer Digital for a two year fellowship and was able to serve as both a Product and Engineering Operations Manager. The product work included the coordination, implementation, and maintenance of remote patient monitoring, voice over IP, SDoH chat bot, and video visit technologies across Mount Sinai Health Partners patient populations. The engineering work focused on agile workflows, software development life cycles, and business success tracking for the entire Consumer Digital Engineering team.
Patrick Lasowski: Fogary Fellowship NPGH
I spent the 2022-2023 academic year as an DIH Fellow based in Lima, Peru, investigating the burden of mental health disorders, chronic pain, and the effects of resiliency among people living with HIV (PLWH). My fellowship year was centered around creating a study quantifying the burden of mental health disorders, pain, and the mitigating effects of resiliency at the largest public HIV clinic in Lima. In order to create this project, I built connections to multiple public HIV clinics and private NGOs that serve the population of PLWH in Peru.
Unwana Abasi: Department of Surgery, Kyabirwa Surgical Center
I spent this year working with the Kyabirwa Surgical Center in Jinja, Uganda. I worked with surgeons in the US and Uganda as well as an East African IT company to design a mobile application for patients to be able to recover from their ambulatory surgeries entirely from their homes.
Omar Njie: AlleyCorp
Through work with the leading digital healthcare venture capital firm, AlleyCorp, the thesis of my project is to explore what skills from physician training are transferrable to a career in venture capital and healthcare entrepreneurship. The findings from this project can serve as a roadmap for future “doctor-preneurs”, enabling a world in which physicians are at the helm of healthcare’s transformational change.
Gary Gravesandy: Consumer Digital
At Consumer Digital I was able to serve as both a Product and Engineering Operations Manager. The product work included the coordination, implementation, and maintenance of remote patient monitoring, voice over IP, SDoH chat bot, and video visit technologies across Mount Sinai Health Partners patient populations. The engineering work focused on agile workflows, software development life cycles, and business success tracking for the entire Consumer Digital Engineering team.
Mary Sun: Department of Dermatology, The Mount Sinai Hospital