MD++ is a community of 500+ medical students interested in technology, business, and life sciences. We empower the next generation of physician-innovators who will improve healthcare delivery through the intersection of technology, business, and life sciences.
We aim to (1) to create opportunities for medical students to build skills and connections in technology, business, and life sciences (2) advocate for sustainable pathways to pursue physician-led innovation within medical education and alongside clinical practice (3) and connect current and future communities of physician-innovators.
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VP of Advocacy
Jay Canarick, MS3 @Albert Einstein College of Medicine
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.
VP of Industry Relations
Aakash Saraiya, MS4 @Rowan SOM
Aakash is an MS4 at Rowan SOM, a fund manager with Big Red Ventures and an associate writer for the USMLE First Aid series. 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 National Institutes of Health. 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.
VP of Startup Relations
Daniel Friedman, MS4 @Columbia Medical School
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.
VP of Physician Innovation Network
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.
Founder & Chair
Sherman Leung, MS1 @Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai
Sherman is a medical student and early-stage healthcare investor with AlleyCorp. Before medical school, he worked as an enterprise technology 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 University, where he conducted machine learning research and organized healthcare hackathons.
VP of Community
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.
VP of Industry Relations
Sara Kianian, MS1 @Renaissance SOM 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.
VP of Startup Relations
Omar Njie, MS2 @Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai
Omar is a MS2 at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, who is passionate about healthcare technology and innovation. As a medical student, 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 most recently worked as a Venture Fellow for Rock Health, a seed investment fund. He holds a B.A. in Global Affairs and an M.P.H in Health Policy & Management from Yale University.
Director of West Coast Operations
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 the startup XP Health.
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