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Rutgers Biomedical Entrepreneurship Network to host inaugural healthcare innovation summit at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Featured speakers include prominent healthcare disruptors Dr. Vinod Mitta, VP of Clinical Operations at Oscar Health, and Ben Williams, CEO & Founder of Firecracker.

New Brunswick, NJ On April 1, 2017, the Biomedical Entrepreneurship Network at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (BEN) will host its first healthcare innovation summit to engage all stakeholders in care delivery and discuss the paradigm shifts in medicine and health care. The Summit, themed “Care Redesigned: Catalysts in Healthcare Innovation,” will feature exciting talks by prominent healthcare disruptors on key healthcare topics, including digital health, medical education technology, payer-provider paradigms, and novel tools in biotechnology. The event will be held at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, one of the nation’s leading academic health centers located in New Brunswick, nicknamed New Jersey’s “Healthcare City.” Summit speakers include: Vinod Mitta, MD, MPH, VP of Clinical Operations at Oscar Health, Ben Williams, CEO & Founder of Firecracker, Shabbar F. Danish, MD, Chief of Neurosurgery, Rutgers Cancer Institute, Auren Wienberg, MD FAAP, VP of Clinical Strategy & Network Development, R-Health, Jill Chisholm, APN, WHNP, CEO & Founder, GeneScreen Counseling & more. 

The primary goal of the Summit, which is being organized by a team of first year medical students at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, is to educate medical students on how to become healthcare disruptors. 

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"Medical students today recognize that times are changing and that lean innovation is the key to making a difference on a grand scale in healthcare. At the same time, we noticed that the industry is increasingly seeking out healthcare professionals that can bring out-of-the-box thinking and an understanding of business into their roles as clinicians. This summit is a way for us to finally have a conversation about the business of medicine," says BEN Co-President and Summit Chair, Gregg Khodorov, who received his MBA at Rutgers and interned at Pfizer before beginning medical school at RWJMS.

The Summit also serves as a seminal networking event for all healthcare stakeholders in the greater New Jersey area. The one-day event will bring together students from across Rutgers’ five schools and neighboring universities as well as professionals from across different industries. 

“As medical students—and more so as medical professionals—we have little contact with engineers, programmers, and industry professionals who we could work with to innovate within healthcare. We hope that the BEN Summit will not only inspire the next generation of physician entrepreneurs, but also break down industry silos by facilitating interactions between physicians, technologists, engineers, and businesspeople,” says Julia Tartaglia, BEN Co-President, and medical student at RWJMS. Julia founded the Scientista Foundation out of Harvard College before starting medical school, and will be hosting an interactive workshop on healthcare innovation ideation during the BEN Summit. On her workshop, Julia remarks, “It’s amazing how many good ideas can form by bringing the right people together in the same room. I’m excited to see what innovative healthcare solutions our audience members come up with!” 

For more information and event registration please visit: www.BENsummit2017.splashthat.com

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For media inquiries and press passes, please contact Evan Gui at benrwj@gmail.com.

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