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Our 40 Under 40 Healthcare Innovators of 2015

29. Usha Periyanayagam

ushaUsha Periyanayagam, MD, MPH, MS, a physician entrepreneur and instructor at Harvard Medical School, credits her success to her insatiable curiosity. In her well-rounded career, Periyanayagam has gained global health experiences in Honduras, Uganda, Pakistan and South Sudan. “I believe that exposing creative minds to a plethora of experiences is key in coming up with truly innovative solutions. It also has allowed me to build upon a diverse network of professionals who trust my judgment due to shared experiences,” she says.

Part of Periyanayagam’s strength is in her malleability. She believes that technological advancements have made healthcare sexy again. Now, it’s all about moving from acquiring more data from these sexy advancements to actually streamlining that information, making it useful for patient care.

Having just completed all her formal training, Periyanayagam’s next challenge is to expand technological development in global health by mentoring local entrepreneurs and start-ups. “My experience on the front lines of healthcare has exposed me to talented professionals with tangible innovations that are looking for guidance and support from more experienced professionals,” she says. “I’d like to invest in their vision of the future.”

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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