Neil is a Knight-Hennesy Scholar pursuing an MD/MBA at Stanford Medical School and Stanford Graduate School of Business.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins. There, he focused on patient-facing devices that democratize medicine and was part of a team that was a finalist for the $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE. He also spent time fixing medical equipment in Rwanda and later co-founded a medical hackathon called MedHacks.
During a Fulbright year to the Netherlands, Neil completed a master’s in health economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam and published cost-effectiveness research. Now, he is interested in advancing health equity through policy reforms and delivery system innovation.
At the time (summer 2013), less than 10% of physicians felt comfortable interpreting any genomic data of their patients. Neil worked with two labmates to create a genomics curriculum - one targeted at patients and one at providers. The patient-facing curriculum has been viewed >45,000 times on YouTube. The project is further described in this news article from the San Diego Union Tribune.
Blog from Rwanda: In 2014, Neil spent 9 weeks fixing medical equipment in Rwanda. The experience helped him understand the importance of health policy in improving health, and set him on a path to study health policy and economics. This blog and related article catalog some of his experiences.
Vaccines: In 2018, Neil testified in support of SB-276, a California bill (later signed into law) that ended vaccine personal belief exemptions. He reflected on the experience here.