The Conference

Igniting Innovation

This year, MedStart will be a healthcare innovation conference fused with components of a startup competition. The event will be held on December 4th and 5th, 2015 at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA. We are doing something that has never been done before by weaving together elements of a startup competition and a more traditional healthcare conference. In addition to the speakers and panelists featured at the event, we will give attendees the resources and guidance they need to build a long lasting company, if they wish. We want to help foster ideas in entrepreneurship through the following themes: technology (biotechnology, devices, wearables, medicine), healthcare policy, design and analytics, global health, and patient engagement.

Our finalized panel topics are listed below, our full listing of panelists can be found here.
- The ABC's of Pitching/Perfecting Your Pitch
- Bench to Bedside
- Emerging Leaders
- Engineering in Healthcare
- How to Find Success in a Startup?
- Innovations in Healthcare Policy and Management
- Patient Engagement
- What to do With Your Data?

Now Announcing a Partnership with the Tufts 100K Competition and the Boston Scientific Connected Patient Challenge

Teams that are formed at MedStart will receive special consideration when they apply to the Tufts $100k New Ventures Competition or the Boston Scientific Connected Patient Challenge (or both!). More details will be announced at the event, so come prepared to start something new and to win big.

About Us

The History of MedStart
Cultivating innovation to advance healthcare.

MedStart is a Tufts University School of Medicine and PHPD student-run organization dedicated to the cultivation and advancement of global entrepreneurship in healthcare. We support the research, development, and business implementation of disruptive innovations and technologies that improve the quality and productivity of healthcare delivery. MedStart strives to encourage future physicians and all other health care personnel to keep an open mind and facilitate exposure to a wide array of innovations in the field as they progress through medical school, residency, and beyond.

The first event was occurred in 2013 in a partnership between a Brandeis University graduate student (Yuval Barak-Corren), a Tufts University School of Medicine student (Eric Schwaber), and organization called 3DS with the help of two other medical students (Brian Like and Mayur Patel). MedStart was officially founded in 2014 by Brian, Mayur, and Eric. The event would not have been possible if it were not for the guidance and enthusiasm of the former director of the Tufts MD/MBA program, Prof. Joe Jabre, MD, MBA. In the first year, the organization partnered with Hacking Medicine at MIT and the Presidential Innovation Fellows program to create a “Blue Button Challenge.” The goal was simple: bring together bright and diverse minds from fields of study such as medicine, business, technology, and engineering to collaborate for one weekend to produce an innovative product and to run with that product by creating a startup company. This was a traditional three day startup competition with the theme of increasing health data access for patients. In the second year, the organization was led by Shernaz Dossabhoy, Rohan Jotwani, Damien Lazar, Mahima Vijay, Paran Yap, Courtney Scanlon, and Monica Stadecker. The theme was “Reinventing MedEd” which focused on innovation in medical education.


The MedStart Team

Our team of current Tufts medical and graduate students:
Damien Lazar
Damien received a B.A. in Classics and History from Cornell University in 2010 and is a second year student in the joint M.D. / M.B.A. program at Tufts University School of Medicine and The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Prior to attending medical and business school, Damien ran his own company and worked as a legal analyst at The Brattle Group, Inc.
Brian Like
Director, Founder
Brian is currently a 4th year MD/MBA student at Tufts who will be pursuing residency training in anesthesiology next year.
Mayur Patel
Director, Founder
Mayur graduated from the University of Michigan in 2012 with a degree in neuroscience and a minor in medical anthropology. He enrolled into the Tufts University School of Medicine MD/MBA program with the class of 2016. Currently he is taking a year off and is working with multiple private practices to make business improvements.
Monica Stadecker
Monica is a second year MD/MBA candidate with experience in clinical research in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Brigham and Womens Hospital. She graduated from Tufts University in 2013 with a double major in Biology and Community Health. Monica will serve as Finance Director for MedStart this year.
Kate Burns
Kate is a first year in the MD/MBA program in the class of 2019. She worked at the Institute of Medicine for two years before coming to medical school, which helped her realize her passion for systems engineering in health care and innovative care delivery models. She was born and raised in Natick, MA and am thrilled to be back in Boston at Tufts!
Theja Channapragada
Theja is currently pursuing the MBS/MBA dual degree program through Tufts University School of Medicine PHPD and the Heller School at Brandeis University. Prior to this, he graduated from Boston University where he majored in Human Physiology and minored in Public Health. Theja has extensive experience in clinical research and worked as an Emergency Medicine & Critical Care Research Assistant at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Ally Costello
Public Relations
Ally is an MD/MBA candidate in the class of 2019 at Tufts University School of Medicine. She previously worked as an implementation consultant for the EMR company, Epic, with a focus on inpatient services and physician hospital workflows.
Kayva Crawford
Kayva is a second year MD candidate at Tufts University School of Medicine with clinical research experience in the Division of Plastic Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Prior to medical school, she received her B.A. in Spanish from the University of Washington and worked as an Electronic Medical Record Specialist at a family practice clinic outside of Seattle, WA.
David Deckey
David is a member of TUSM Class of 2019. He graduated from Brown University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a focus on Physiology and Biotechnology. He is very interested in the intersection of medicine and technology, and one day hopes to be involved with a startup!
Jason DeGiovanni
Jason is a member of Tufts University School of Medicine Class of 2019. He graduated from Amherst College in 2011 and completed his Masters in Biomedical Sciences at Tufts in 2015. He is interested medical start ups that are aimed at utilizing innovative technologies to improve both patient care and education.
Alexa Golden
Alexa currently is an M.D. Candidate Class of 2019 at Tufts University School of Medicine and has previous hospital revenue cycle and payer contract experience working as an Associate Consultant for Triage Consulting Group, a health care consulting firm in San Francisco, CA. Alexa graduated from UCLA in 2013 with a B.S. in Human Biology and Society and a concentration of Medicine and Public Health.
Andrew Hresko
Andrew is a member of the Tufts University School of Medicine class of 2019. He graduated from Duke University with a BA in public policy studies in 2012 and worked for three years in health care consulting in Washington, DC, where he specialized in cardiovascular service line operations and strategy.
Bina Julian
Bina is a PhD candidate at the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences in the Program in Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. She received her BS and MEng in Biomedical Engineering from Cornell University. Her research at the Broad Institute focused on preclinical technology for precision medicine in oncology. She is deeply interested in connecting technology, data and social enterprise to create healthcare products.
Pavan Kottamasu
Pavan is an MBS/MBA student in the class of 2013 at Tufts University School of Medicine PHPD. He has interests in health care policy and administration.
Laura Naccarato
Laura is an M19 MD/MBA candidate. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri she graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Economics. Laura is deeply passionate about healthcare strategy, particularly in the areas of delivery innovation, data and analytics, and cost optimization.
Priya Ramaswamy
Priya graduated with her bachelors and masters degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT prior to entering medical school. She is currently in her final year at Tufts, and she is passionate about healthcare innovation and health advocacy.
Raj Reddy
Public Relations
Raj is a current MD/MPH candidate (2019) at Tufts University School of Medicine and has previously worked in clinical research at the Massachusetts General Hospital and international development with Results for Development in Washington, D.C.
Eric Schwaber
Eric Schwaber graduated from Brandeis University class of 2012 with a degree in Biochemistry and Economics. He organized Tufts University School of Medicine\’s first startup event in 2013 with Yuval Barak-Cohen. He went on to found Tufts MedStart with Brian Like and Mayur Patel. He is now taking a gap year to conduct research on under-served populations in Bronx, NY while working with a startup.

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