A conversation with Christian Assad, MD, sounds more like a plot from a science-fiction movie than an interview, featuring artificial intelligence, augmented reality and exponential thinking. As an interventional cardiologist at El Camino Hospital (located in the heartland of Silicon Valley), he seeks to not only impact his patients, but to care for people around the world. He encourages big thinking and advises that entrepreneurs embrace being called crazy.
In addition to his cardiology practice, Assad is the co-founder and CMO of Curely, the first telehealth marketplace that aims to democratize medicine. Curely is about opening marketplace access so any patient can access any resource from anywhere at any time. As one of the pioneers of Google Glass for medicine, Assad’s work also received validation when someone received proper CPR through his CPRGLASS application; it helped open doors for many traditional organizations to jump into the use of Glass as well.
“Assembling your dream team is challenging but also the most important,” Assad says of successful innovation. His time at Singularity University propelled his network and helped him attract like-minded thinkers. He believes that the future of preventative healthcare will be formed by a marriage between companies like Apple, IBM and Epic, bringing together data reservoirs, genetic analyses, point of care testing, and of course, robots.
Assad’s biggest long-term goal is to change the world: “You will get there, it’s only a matter of time,” he says, urging young professionals to set aside linear thinking and surround themselves with the right people who share their exponential views.
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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