And the winner is… Joy of Medicine Challenge

Medstro Founder & CEO Jennifer Joe, MD Opens the Joy of Medicine Challenge Final Event at MATTER

Medstro Founder & CEO Jennifer Joe, MD Opens the Joy of Medicine Challenge Final Event at MATTER

It was a full house with standing room only last night at MATTER, Chicago’s newest high-tech incubator, for the final pitch-off competition in the Geneia Joy of Medicine Challenge. After three months of online competition and nearly forty submissions received, there were three finalists left standing—but only one would take home the grand prize.



Before the finalists took the stage, the crowd was treated to fascinating and engaging keynotes. Lyle Berkowitz, MD, FACP, FHIMSS, Director of the Szollosi Healthcare Innovation Program and Associate Chief Medical Officer of Innovation at Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, spoke about simple innovations that can integrate into current EHRs and vastly improve efficiency and reduce physician workload. Then Christine Sinsky, MD, FACP, Vice President, Professional Satisfaction, at the American Medical Association and Physician at Medical Associates Clinic, spoke about the AMA’s newly-launched “STEPS Forward” program for practice transformation to help practices achieve the Quadruple Aim: better patient experience, better population health and lower overall costs with improved professional satisfaction. After the pitches, as the judges deliberated, a third keynote was delivered by Neelum Aggarwal, MD, Chief Diversity Officer at American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) and Member at MATTER, who talked about AMWA’s “REAP” program that mentors women to be successful as women physicians and be effective as family members, teachers, innovators, leaders, physicians, researchers, and advocates for women, by caring for themselves and each other.

And the winner is…

Hashim Zaidi, MD won the Joy of Medicine Challenge Final Pitch-Off on June 8 at MATTER in Chicago

Hashim Zaidi, MD won the Joy of Medicine Challenge Final Pitch-Off on June 8 at MATTER in Chicago

The three finalists from the Joy of Medicine Challenge, which was conducted on Medstro from March 5 until May 18, each had five minutes to convince the panel of seven judges that they deserved the grand prize. The presentations were so good that the judges took nearly 30 minutes to deliberate, in the end choosing Hashim Zaidi, MD who just completed medical school at Baylor and, by coincidence, starts his Emergency Medicine residency at Northwestern in Chicago. Not bad for his first day in his new hometown and his first week as an MD!

Dr. Zaidi has decided to donate his prize money to Oligodendriglioma research in the TMC ( as well as Direct Relief for medical supplies to Nepal (

James Ryan

    Jim Ryan has spent the past 20 years building global markets for US-based telecommunications and enterprise technology companies. Mr. Ryan exited five startups (2 IPOs, 2 acquisitions, 1 Chapter 11) and now uses his expertise as one of the three founding partners of Farpoint Ventures helping startups from the US quickly build global sales channels and bring in revenues from overseas markets. Mr. Ryan has closed over $1B in export business for startups.Mr. Ryan holds a Bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a Master's degree from Osaka University. He is a native speaker of Japanese, and is conversational in Mandarin Chinese and French.In between meetings, he has climbed Mt. Rainier three times, finished the Boston Marathon and Cape Cod Marathon, climbed Mt. Washington in all four seasons and hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon 10 times. He holds a Private Pilot license and enjoys flying his Cessna 172 around New England and beyond.

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