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MARCH 28TH - 29TH, 2020


The Medicine Innovation & Entrepreneurship Conference (MIE) was designed for physicians by established physician entrepreneurs.


It is an educational and networking summit, focused on innovation, technology and entrepreneurship in medicine. MIE is supporting doctors to be innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders in the health care revolution.


Develop your idea, network with established physician entrepreneurs, meet angel investors and venture capitalists, and get the resources to further your initiative.

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Physician telemedicine and non clinical opportunities


How ideas started

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real healthcare



Get to know the experts in entrepreneurship and innovation and hear how they found success first hand



Learn about opportunities at existing innovative companies, meet a co-founder and chat with entrepreneurs who need your expertise for their idea.



Leave the conference with an actionable plan and a right network to begin building a framework 

Katie Deming, MD

Dr. Katie Deming is a Radiation Oncologist, physician leader, inventor, and entrepreneur. She is the CEO/Founder of MAKEMERRY, a line of intimates for women with sensitive skin from radiation therapy. She holds a utility patent and has several inventions in development. As a physician leader, Dr. Deming designed and launched Kaiser Permanente's first end to end Cancer Service Line. She served as the Medical Director for the Cancer Service Line and on Kaiser Permanente's National Cancer Leaders Council. Dr. Deming's most recent accomplishment is sweeping the University of Oregon's Duck Tank Pitch Competition, where she took home both the 'Judges' Choice' and 'Audience's Favorite' awards.

Rikin Patel, DO

Dr. Rikin Patel spent 11 years as a partner in a private orthopedic practice specializing interventional Orthopedics and Spine Care. In2012, he expanded his practice and created a regenerative musculoskeletal service line focusing on platelet rich plasma and bonemarrow concentrate injections. In 2013, he founded RideKleen, a mobile detail shop on wheels to service the growing car share industry. From 2013 to 2018, RideKleen grew to 7 major US cities before being acquired by COX Automotive in 2018. With the acquisition he left his medical practice to become the CSO and COO of RideKleen. In 2019, the company grew400% expanding to 13 US markets.Dr. Patel is also pursuing endeavors in the health and wellness space, recently opening the first OsteoStrong center in NJ. He consults and advises for multiple start ups with a continued special interest in physician entrepreneurs.

Sylvia Romm, MD

Dr. Sylvia Romm is Chief Innovation Officer for Atlantic Health System, which includes over 7 hospitals and outpatient care centers that services over half of New Jersey. She is also the Founder and Chairperson of SonderHealth, a telehealth company focused on the nutrition needs of infants through adults. Her company was acquired by American Well where was VP of Clinical Transformation for several years. Dr. Romm works with health systems, health plans, pharma companies, and innovators to design and implement their digital health strategies. She has authored numerous articles in New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst, Forbes, KevinMD, Huffington Post and also was named as FierceHealthCare's 8 Influential Women Reshaping Health IT.

MIE 2020 Speakers

Stephanie Persondek, DO

Dr. Stephanie Persondek is a practicing OB/GYN and is the co-founder and owner of Outpost Innovations, a product development company. Currently she holds a provisional patent on the GentleSee, a camera and monitor system used on the Labor and Delivery unit of the hospital. She and her husband co-founder are also passionate about bridging the gap in rural health care, and they are developing a telehealth device that will hopefully succeed in doing this. The company has also recently expanded from healthcare into the consumer industry. She is also the Director of the Women’s Health Clinical Clerkship at Rocky Vista University Utah and is on faculty at America’s OB/GYN Board Review. She spends her free time writing her women’s health blog A Taste of Her Own Medicine.

Nate Lacktman, Esq.

Nathaniel (Nate) Lacktman is a partner at Foley & Lardner LLP and Chair of the law firm’s national Telemedicine & Digital Health Industry Team. He advises entrepreneurial health care providers and technology companies on business arrangements, compliance, and corporate matters, with particular attention to telehealth, digital health, and health innovation. He works with health systems, doctors, and start-ups to build telemedicine arrangements across the United States. Nate was awarded the American Telemedicine Association’s 2019 Champion Award and his skills are recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers (2013 – 2019), which states he “is described by sources as ‘the foremost expert in the telehealth space’ and is said to be ‘a tireless champion for the advancement of the field.’” (2019).

Saya Nagori, MD

Dr. Saya Nagori is the Founding Physician for SimpleHealth.com, a telemedicine platform that provides asynchronous telemedicine exams for both vision and birth control across the United States. In 2018, Dr. Nagori created the Medicine Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference for Physicians looking to get involved in the start up world, and use their skills beyond traditional clinical medicine. The inaugural conference took place in April 2019 and sold out months before the event. She is also an advisor and consultant to several companies in the digital health and health technology space including ConnectOnCall.com, a physician founded company revolutionizing after hours patient care. She has also created a telemedicine course for physicians who are interested in expanding their scope of practice to offer digital health services and has started FemHealth®, a female health and wellness initiative with participation from hundreds of female health experts.  

Jay Bhatt, DO

Dr. Jay Bhatt is the Senior VP and Chief Medical Officer of the American Hospital Association (AHA), president of HRET and serves on the executive team for the AHA Center for Health Innovation. Most recently, he was the first chief health officer at the Illinois Health & Hospital Association. In this role, he led large improvement projects including the Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) and has launched several improvement collaboratives, managed the Medical Executive Forum, led the Midwest Alliance for Patient Safety, launched a physician leadership academy, and designed and advanced a statewide high-reliability initiative.

Rania Nasis, MD, MBA

Dr. Rania Nasis is a seasoned executive who helps build early stage healthcare startups. She is Founder and CEO of Starlings, an advisory firm that works with early stage healthcare startups on strategy, operations and finding product-market fit. She is also a Director of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs (SoPE), a non-profit global biomedical and healthcare innovation network, and a Founding Partner of Pow!Labs, an early-stage technology venture studio. She was formerly Chief Operating Officer of Element3 Health, and prior to that, she was Managing Director at Poliwogg Holdings, a healthcare focused investment firm. Dr. Nasis was also the General Manager at California Stem Cell, Inc., a cellular therapeutics company (acquired by NeoStem, Inc. for $124M), where she guided daily operations and oversaw development of novel cell therapy products and research tools. 

Joel Wishkovsky

Joel is the co-founder and CEO of Simple Health, a telemedicine platform simplifying access to birth control and contact lenses via online prescriptions and home delivery. Previously he founded Sols Systems, a pioneer in 3D printing of medical devices and was instrumental in launching Smart Vision Labs, a smartphone based medical device. Joel is also an active investor and mentor in like-minded companies such as Parsley Health, Clora and EverlyWell. He is an innovative entrepreneur, investor, and startup advisor.. Joel aims democratizes patient access to healthcare, by making it more convenient as well as accessible through digital health solutions.He is a leading voice in digital health and telemedicine.

John Dayton, MD

Dr. John R. Dayton is an Emergency Physician, author, angel investor, and entrepreneur.  He has served in national and state leadership positions with his specialty society, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).  He writes about healthcare innovation for Emergency Physicians Monthly and contributes to ACEPNow and MDCalc.  Dr. Dayton co-founded Utah's Chapter of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs, and does consulting work with AngelMD and NODE.Health.  In addition to investing with the SLC Angels, he advises several health tech startups focused on medical devices, wearables, and digital health.  He also founded MedForums.com, a 'yelp' for medical education, to help Physicians find the best formal CME, board review courses, and #FOAMed. 

Shetal "Nicky" Shah, MD

Dr. Shetal "Nicky" Shah is a practicing Ophthalmologist and Founder and CEO of Eyemetics, a beauty brand that offers clean and functional beauty products. Through her clinical practice and conversations with her patients, she realized that there was a need in eye area beauty products for make up and cleansers that were gentle yet functional. She set out to solve this problem by using her expertise as an Ophthalmologist and also working with beauty industry experts to develop a unique complex of bioactive ingredients, which she then patented. She then incorporated her technology into her line of products. Dr. Shah is passionate about
bringing women beauty products that will both make women feel beautiful and keep them healthy.

Rafid Fadul, MD

Dr. Rafid Fadul is a board-certified pulmonologist, critical care, and internal medicine physician. He completed his medical residency at Georgetown University while obtaining an MBA in Medical Services Management at Johns Hopkins University. After working in private practice, he went on to pursue a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. Fadul served as a founding partner and Chief Medical Officer of Community Intensivists, and now serves in the same role with Enzyme Health. Outside of his medical practice, Dr. Fadul serves on the board of directors of MedWish International (www.medwish.org) and invests time in community development locally. He has been working in the telehealth space abroad and domestically since 2009. 

Sylvan Waller, MD

Dr. Waller is a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician and also the former Chief Medical Officer of MDLIVE, one of the largest telemedicine companies in the United States. He is a seasoned healthcare executive with a passion for innovation and leveraging technology to improve healthcare. His past executive leadership roles included founder and CEO of a consumer focused telemedicine company, Chief Medical Officer and Vice President for several national physician practice management companies, where he provided executive oversight and direction for their medical and clinical operations. In addition, he worked for Kaiser Permanente and Accenture as a Management Consultant. Dr. Waller currently works with healthcare companies and individuals focusing on technology innovation, telemedicine, and entrepreneurship. 

Sunit Jariwala, MD

Dr. Sunit Jariwala is the Director of Clinical and Research Innovation for the Department of Medicine at Einstein/Montefiore. He is also Director of Allergy/Immunology Research and created ASTHMAXcel, an app that delivers personalized asthma education to both children and adults. He has been the Principal Investigator for 12 grants, and his app has been awarded over $2 million in grant funding. He is currently extending the tool to other conditions such as type 2 diabetes, COPD, and congestive heart failure. To train the next generation of physician innovators, he is creating an Innovation Biodesign Training Program, which will launch in July 2020. Dr. Jariwala also completed the Entrepreneurship Lab Bio and Healthtech NYC (ELabNYC) accelerator program. He is the Vice Chair and Chair-Elect of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology's Health Informatics, Technology & Education Committee.



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