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Our 40 Under 40 Healthcare Innovators of 2015

38. Arshya Vahabzadeh

Arshya-40under40“Remember how much of a privilege it is to deliver healthcare,” Arshya Vahabzadeh, MD, says. “Your patients are coming to you because they trust you – don’t ever make them regret it.”

We’ll take his advice, because more than anyone we’ve met so far, Vahabzadeh has his hands in nearly every pocket of Boston’s healthcare innovation scene. He’s a child and adolescent psychiatrist at MGH, an ambassador for NeuroLaunch (helping them with their new expansion to Boston) and the VP of Health Strategy & Communications for BrainPower. He has also received over 20 national and international awards from organizations including the American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association (APA), and is also the incoming Chairman of the APA Council on Communications.

Vahabzadeh’s boyhood passion was space travel; then, someone told him that the brain was actually the most complex network – and he was sold. Today, his focus is on autism and he’s especially hopeful about harnessing technology to deliver better care. “Technology has the potential to radically transform how we deliver services for people with autism – whether they are medical, educational, or just as importantly, life skills,” he says. “By collecting data about each child, we can create customized feedback for that individual.”

Vahabzadeh agrees with fellow 40 under 40 member Jordan Amadio when he says that helping people with a brain disorder is one of the greatest challenges in medicine. “Studying neuroscience is a gratifying exercise in exploring the unknown and the unfathomable.”

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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