Finding Unmet Needs in Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine

Finding Unmet Needs in Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine

This is the first in a series of events in which we bring clinicians and medical device engineers to discover unmet needs in a specialized area of medicine. In this event physicians will describe how they treat conditions, some of the challenges they face in delivering quality medical care, and possible solutions; engineers will discuss what is feasible and suggest alternative approaches. Join us for an intensely interactive session focused on pulmonary and critical care medicine.

Where & When

Room 212, Byers Hall, UCSF Mission Bay (1700 4th St., San Francisco)
5:00 to 6:00 PM, Thursday, May 9

About the Speakers

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Ajay Dharia, MD, Principal, Medtech Venture Partners

Ajay received his medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA after obtaining his engineering degree from UC Berkeley. He completed his residency and fellowship in internal medicine and pulmonary/critical care at UCSF Medical Center. After completing his fellowship, Ajay transitioned into a medical device lab working on the development of artificial organ technology. He continues to practice clinically during extended hours in two ICUs in the San Francisco Bay Area.


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Nicholas Kwaan, MD, Pulmonary Medicine, Kaiser Vacaville Medical Center

Nicolas received his medical education from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. From there, he went on to internal medicine training at UCLA and later to a pulmonary and critical care fellowship at UCSF. His goal is to ensure all of his patients receive quality care and to help them achieve their medical goals.


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Aartik Sarma, MD

Aartik is currently a fellow in pulmonology and critical care medicine at UCSF. He studied biomedical engineering and public policy at Brown before completing his medical degree at Harvard and internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. While at MGH, Aartik worked with MIT's Hacking Medicine to develop a framework for design thinking in healthcare, and helped organize a series of workshops and hackathons that have led to the creation of multiple venture-backed companies.


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Sujith Shetty, MBBS, Executive VP at Maxis Medical, and Acting VP, Clinical and Regulatory, BioCardia

Suji is current EVP at Maxis Medical, and Acting VP Clinical and Regulatory at BioCardia after more than 15 years working in clinical research and regulatory at a number of small companies. He holds and MBBS from KempeGowda Institute of Medical Science and worked as a research fellow for 4 years at USC Keck school of medicine in Cardiology and Pulmonary and Critical Care. After moving to Industry, he has participated in development of novel technology in Cardiology (Vascular Dynamics, Inc.), Pulmonary (Asthmatx and Pulmonx), and Neuro (Micrus Endovascular and Codman Neurovascular) and has provided significant strategic, scientific, and clinical leadership in all these fields. While working with the FDA on many projects, he has extensive experience in the breakthrough programs the FDA has offered over the past 10 years and has worked on projects through the EFS program, EAP process, Payor Communication Task Force, and multiple IDE projects.