Our Thesis

Digital health technologies have the power to transform healthcare. Yet many new technologies are hitting ‘last mile" issues and failing to deliver on their promise. We believe that access to the creative minds and patients at our world class medical center can drive insights into the successful development, implementation, and adoption of new digital health technologies.

Our Team

We pair some of the brightest minds at UCSF with other healthcare and technology leaders to advance digital health innovations at any stage in the process.

 Michael Blum, MD Michael Blum, MD Director, CDHI
Michael Blum, MD

Michael is the Associate Vice Chancellor of Informatics at UCSF. As CDHI's director, Michael is responsible for building partnerships and overseeing CDHI’s strategic direction. He leads informatics across UCSF and as the CMIO. He is also responsible for the strategic design, implementation, and optimization of enterprise clinical applications at UCSF, including the deployment of Epic’s electronic health record. Michael is an active clinician, specializing in general and preventative cardiology as well as the care of patients with congestive heart failure and valvular heart disease. Prior to earning his MD at NYU, Michael was trained as an engineer. He has been involved with numerous start-up and early stage companies.

 Rhona Snyman Rhona Snyman Chief Strategy Officer
Rhona Snyman

Rhona is the Chief Strategy Officer for UCSF’s Center for Digital Health Innovation, responsible for developing, communicating, executing, and sustaining CDHI’s strategic initiatives. Prior to joining CDHI, Rhona was responsible for overseeing product development and business strategy for UCSF School of Medicine IT, which included planning the early-stage adoption of innovation programs such as Telemedicine and SalesForce. Rhona earned an honors B.S. in Computer Science at UCC, Ireland.

 Andrew Auerbach, MD Andrew Auerbach, MD Director, Innovation Research
Andrew Auerbach, MD

Andrew focuses on validation efforts at CDHI. He is also a Professor in Residence in the the Division of Hospital Medicine at UCSF and the principal investigator of a multi-center study of hospitalist. Andrew completed a medical residency at Yale New Haven Hospital and a fellowship in general internal medicine at Harvard University School of Medicine

 Priyanka Agarwal, MD, MBA Priyanka Agarwal, MD, MBA Lead, Startup and Early-stage Partnerships
Priyanka Agarwal, MD, MBA

Priyanka focuses on working with start-ups and early-stage companies at CDHI. She practices in the Division of Hospital Medicine at UCSF as an Assistant Clinical Professor, and also works with Rock Health. Priyanka earned an MD from Harvard Medical School and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

 Desiree Matloob Desiree Matloob Manager, Healthcare Strategy & Business Development
Desiree Matloob

Desiree Matloob is Manager of Healthcare Strategy & Business Development at CDHI. Prior to joining CDHI, Desiree led the health technology & investment sectors at the Israeli Economic Mission to the West Coast, where she worked with VC & corporate strategy teams to source and evaluate Israeli technologies. Desiree earned her BA in Political Economy from UC Berkeley and her MA from Tel Aviv University.

 Raman Khanna, MD, MAS Raman Khanna, MD, MAS Implementation Scientist
Raman Khanna, MD, MAS

Raman focuses on the building and deployment of Health IT in clinical settings. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Division of Hospital Medicine at UCSF. He trained (undergraduate, medical school, residency) at Northwestern before coming west for fellowship and staying on as junior faculty.

 Mary Beth Chalk Mary Beth Chalk Business Development Manager
Mary Beth Chalk

Mary Beth is responsible for business development, including the recent transaction with GE. She has 25 years of broad healthcare expertise in conceiving and completing deals in digital health, biopharma, behavioral health, disease management, wellness, health systems, pharmacy benefit management, and health plans. Prior to UCSF, she was a co-founder of a venture capital backed digital health coaching solution built from IP validated at Partners Healthcare. Mary Beth holds a BBA in marketing and a BFA in commercial design.

 Aaron Neinstein Aaron Neinstein Director of Clinical Informatics
Aaron Neinstein, MD

Board-certified in endocrinology, clinical informatics, and internal medicine, Aaron maintains an active clinical practice in endocrinology and leads the design, development, and implementation of innovative digital health solutions. Aaron has years of experience in optimizing the electronic health record to support high quality and high efficiency care as well as creating a more user-friendly experience for physicians and patients. Aaron believes strongly that we need to make health information easier for patients and doctors to access, share, understand, and use in day to day care. His first effort toward this vision was on the founding team of Tidepool, a non-profit, open-source cloud platform and modern apps for managing type 1 diabetes. The team is now driving toward an interoperable digital health ecosystem by developing the Cisco-UCSF Connected Health Interoperability Platform.

 Urmimala Sarkar, MD Urmimala Sarkar, MD Associate Professor
Urmimala Sarkar, MD

Urmimala focuses on how diverse patients can use technology to better manage their health. She is a primary care physician at San Francisco General Hospital and Associate Professor at UCSF, in the Division of General Internal Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital. She has extensive experience with evaluating the effectiveness of technology interventions in real-world settings, and is passionate about making technology usable for all. She trained in internal medicine and health services research at UCSF and joined the faculty in 2008.

 Chandler Mayfield Chandler Mayfield Education Lead
Chandler Mayfield

Chandler focuses on education digital health initiatives, supporting student and trainee engagement in digital health and serves as the education liaison at CDHI. He brings 15 years of experience in technology and health professions education with extensive expertise in mobile and online learning. He is currently Director for Technology Enhanced Learning in the UCSF School of Medicine.

 Ed Martin Ed Martin Technical Architect
Ed Martin

Ed is a technologist with 20+ years of experience in software engineering with the last 5 years at UCSF focused on cloud-computing application solutions.  He has a B.S. in Computer Science from UC Davis and a M.Sc. in Healthcare Information Technology from Boston University.

 Timothy Hoffman Timothy Hoffman Security Lead
Timothy Hoffman

Timothy Hoffman, MS, CISSP, is our information security solution architect and the Information Security Engineer Lead for UCSF Medical Center supporting architecture, assessment and information security projects. Tim has a lengthy 40+ year history in IT and security, is a former Navy Cryptologic Officer, is the co-author of four technical books on TCP/IP and Networking, and he teaches and writes about security, vulnerability studies, and ethical hacking / penetration testing.

 Karen Shuster Karen Shuster Web Designer
Karen Shuster

Karen develops and maintains the CDHI and associated digital health conference websites. Karen also designs and develops websites and other marketing materials for Institute for Computational Health Sciences, Institute for Human Genetics, Center for Next-Gen Precision Diagnostics, Genomic Medicine Initiative, and Wynton, all UCSF entities. She earned her BA in Art at the College of Wooster, MA in Counseling Psychology at JFK University, and Certificate in Web Design at City College of San Francisco.

UCSF Partners

 Center for Vulnerable Populations at SFGH (CVP)
Center for Vulnerable Populations at SFGH

The CVP at San Francisco General Hospital carries out innovative research to prevent and treat chronic disease in populations for whom social conditions often conspire to both promote various chronic diseases and make their management more challenging.

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 UCSF Clinical & Translational Science Institute
UCSF Clinical & Translational Science Institute

The Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) facilitates the rapid translation of research to improvements in patient and community health. It is a cross-school, campus-wide institute with scientist leaders at its helm.

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 Critical Care Innovations Group (CCIG)
Critical Care Innovations Group

The CCIG group at UCSF is a team of clinicians, engineers, and administrators who seek to eliminate preventable harms in the ICU through a combination of technology and behavioral change initiatives.

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 UCSF Medical Center IT
UCSF Medical Center IT

The Medical Center IT supports UCSF’s complex business and mission needs through broad set of skills and services.

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 UCSF Innovation, Technology & Alliances (ITA)
UCSF Innovation, Technology & Alliances

The ITA collaborates with all members of the UCSF community and with industry, catalyzing connections, relationships and the transfer of technology to advance health science through innovation and entrepreneurship for social benefit.

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Corporate Partners

 General Electric (GE)
General Electric

GE is a diversified industrial corporation engaged in developing, manufacturing, and marketing a wide variety of products for the generation, transmission, distribution, control, and utilization of electricity.

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 Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Gordon and Betty Moore believe in bold ideas that create enduring impact in the areas of environmental conservation, patient care and science. The foundation was established to create this change around the world and at home in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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 Rock Health
Rock Health

Rock Health is a seed and early-stage venture fund that supports startups building the next generation of technologies transforming healthcare.

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Salesforce is the world’s leading enterprise cloud ecosystem, best known as a global leader in customer relations management (CRM).

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 Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center (SSIC)
Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center

SSIC is a global organization within Samsung’s Device Solutions division focused on identifying and nurturing entrepreneurs and innovators in an array of disciplines and gives them the resources they need to bring brilliant visions to life.

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 Vital Connect
Vital Connect

Vital Connect is a Silicon Valley company developing a biosensor technology to help address the global healthcare crisis. Its HealthPatch® family of biosensors is empowering improved healthcare solutions with clinical-grade patient monitoring, at home or in the hospital.

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Voalte provides mobile health communication solutions for hospitals. They develop smartphone solutions that simplify caregiver communication and enable care teams inside and outside the hospital to access and exchange information securely.

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  • What is CDHI?

    CDHI at UCSF is a powerhouse of passion and intellect pioneering a new era of precision medicine. To improve health worldwide, CDHI collaborates with innovators from UCSF and beyond to envision, realize and evaluate game-changing digital health technologies. Guided by science, CDHI is boldly innovating the future of healthcare.

  • What does CDHI do?

    CDHI works with innovators at UCSF, supporting them with resources and funding to help take ideas to product and impact. CDHI also works with startups and companies at UCSF and beyond looking for consultation or looking to evaluate their product in a clinical environment. Lastly, CDHI brings together innovators, thought leaders, and other partners from the digital health community to foster new connections and ideas.

  • What is Precision Medicine?

    Precision Medicine is the official name for the future of medicine. It is the practice of harnessing technology, science and medical records to better understand the roots of disease, develop targeted therapies and ultimately save lives.

  • How can UCSF innovators receive support on campus?

    See our website here to understand various opportunities available to members of the UCSF community.

  • How can I partner with CDHI to evaluate an externally developed product or technology?

    Fill out our evaluation form here. We’ll help you navigate IP issues and help find the right clinician or researcher to help co-organize the research aspects of a trial or pilot.

  • What sort of ideas are you interested in?

    Precision Medicine requires both disruptive and incremental improvements in health and healthcare. We are interested in both.

  • What resources do you provide?

    CDHI provides access to a wide-variety of resources at UCSF. See here to learn more.

  • Where are you located?

    Our technical team is based at the offices of 654 Minnesota St., at UCSF’s Mission Bay campus. Our clinical team is based at UCSF’s Parnassus campus.

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