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Meet The Top 10 Experts At Google Health

Google Health, a division of tech giant Google, has been making waves in the healthcare industry with its innovative approaches and solutions. From using artificial intelligence (AI) for medical diagnostics to improving patient care management, Google Health is shaping the future of healthcare.

Google Health stands at the forefront of healthcare innovation, harnessing the power of technology to revolutionize patient care, diagnostics, and research. Behind these transformative initiatives are a group of distinguished experts, each contributing their expertise to shape the future of healthcare. Let’s delve into the profiles of these visionary individuals who are driving Google Health’s groundbreaking advancements:

1. Dr. Karen DeSalvo – Chief Health Officer

Dr. Karen DeSalvo, a physician executive with extensive experience in medicine, public health, and information technology, leads Google Health’s team of health professionals. Her career is dedicated to improving health outcomes and reducing disparities. She played a crucial role in Google’s COVID response and has held prominent positions, including National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and Assistant Secretary for Health in the Obama Administration.

2. Dr. Michael Howell – Chief Clinical Officer and Deputy Chief Health Officer

Dr. Michael Howell’s expertise lies in enhancing the quality, safety, and experience of healthcare through technology. A nationally recognized healthcare delivery science expert, he’s contributed significantly to advisory panels for the CDC, Medicare, and the National Academy of Medicine.

3. Bakul Patel – Senior Director, Global Digital Health Strategy & Regulatory

Bakul Patel is driving Google Health’s unified digital health strategy in alignment with global regulatory needs. His visionary outlook aims to democratize access to quality healthcare through technology. Before Google, he played a pivotal role at the US FDA, coining the term “Software as a Medical Device” and architecting the framework for AI/ML-based software.

4. Dr. Ivor Braden Horn – Director of Health Equity and Product Inclusion

Dr. Ivor Horn is a renowned leader in health equity and healthcare innovation. Her career spans roles such as Chief Medical Officer at Accolade and Medical Director of the Center for Diversity and Health Equity at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Her research in technology for under-represented populations has been impactful.

5. Lara Garcia – Health Compliance Strategy & Business Solutions Lead Lara Garcia brings over 15 years of health compliance experience to Google Health. Her role focuses on advancing trust and integrity through innovative compliance program design. She holds a Master’s in Public Health and is a seasoned leader in ensuring regulatory compliance.

6. Dr. Maria Nattestad – Software Engineer

Dr. Maria Nattestad is a software engineer dedicated to making high-quality genetic information accessible. She focuses on building tools for genetic data analysis, contributing to better health decisions. She has a strong background in medical image processing and bioinformatics.

7. Dr. Yuan Liu – Software Engineer

Dr. Yuan Liu’s work on building AI assistant tools for dermatology is crucial for improving access to accurate information and care. Her experience in medical image processing has been pivotal in advancing image-guided neurosurgical procedures.

8. Dr. Eric Teasley – Technical Program Manager

 Dr. Eric Teasley’s role involves developing technologies with diversity and equity in mind. He has been instrumental in developing technologies for measuring vital signs via smartphones and ensuring equity in research across Google Health.

9. Dr. Sunny Jansen – Technical Program Manager

Dr. Sunny Jansen’s focus on oncology, medical imaging, and machine learning translates Google’s research into patient impact. With experience in regulatory strategy and clinical development, she bridges research and real-world applications.

10. Dr. Chris Kelly – Clinician Scientist

Dr. Chris Kelly, a clinician scientist, drives the translation of AI research into clinical impact. His role bridges medical expertise with technology, and he continues to practice as a pediatrician, bringing a holistic perspective to Google Health’s initiatives.

These experts collectively drive Google Health’s vision of pushing the boundaries of healthcare through innovative research, technology integration, and a deep commitment to patient care and equity. As Google Health continues to pioneer advancements, its contributions remain at the heart of its transformative journey.


Dr. Oche Otorkpa PG Cert, MPH, PhD

Dr. Oche is a seasoned Public Health specialist who holds a post graduate certificate in Pharmacology and Therapeutics, an MPH, and a PhD both from Texila American University. He is a member of the International Society of Substance Use Professionals and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health in the UK. He authored two books: "The Unseen Terrorist," published by AuthorHouse UK, and "The Night Before I Killed Addiction."
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