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Our 40 Under 40 Healthcare Innovators of 2015

24. Geeta Nayyar

Geeta NayyarGeeta Nayyar, MD, a practicing physician and assistant clinical professor of medicine at Florida International University, has worked hard to build an expansive network – and it shows in her nearly 10,500 Twitter followers. “I think one of the keys to professional success (not just mine) is having good mentors and a solid network,” she says.

Nayyar’s networking has taken her far. She recently served on the HIMSS Board of Directors and helped pen a chapter on mobile health for the upcoming HIMSS textbook on medical informatics. “It’s a true honor; the growing emphasis around mobile, wearables and telehealth is where the puck has to go and I’m interested in continuing to make an impact here,” she says. And, Nayyar certainly understands mobile, having served as the Chief Medical Information Officer for AT&T. Healthcare can learn a lot from other industries, particularly as it aligns to consumerism movement, and that’s arguably Nayyar’s most marketable asset.

Nayyar also believes in molding her students as good clinicians and scientists first, using technology tools to harness and empower the doctor – patient relationship second. “The clinical skills we learn in school are the foundation for everything we do as physicians and this training should not come at the sacrifice of technology training but instead focus on the complimentary value technology can bring to those skills,” she says.

Shreya Iyer

Shreya Iyer

    Shreya specializes in health communications and is a copywriter for an advertising agency. She was previously at Bayer Healthcare, Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide

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