Since 2007, HITLAB’s Seminar Series has brought together leading experts—scientists, physicians, IT architects, public health practitioners, investors, attorneys, and more—who share a single vision: to design and scale healthcare technologies that will improve health outcomes around the world. 

Past presentations have included:

  • Candid Conversations about Digital Health with a former CEO of Pfizer by Jeff Kindler, CEO of Centrexion
  • Diabetes Disease Management: Educating and Engaging Patients through a Digital Health Model by Patricia Bradley, VP, Education Program of Novo Nordisk
  • Behavioral and Cognitive Phenotypes: How instrumented people will change every part of healthcare and epidemiology by Glen de Vries, President of Medidata 
  • Healthcare Technology and Human Rights: Opportunities and Challenges, from Vaccines to Health eVillages by Kerry Kennedy, President of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights
  • The 9 Habits of Highly Effective Innovators by James Lebret, MD Assistant Professor at NYU School of Medicine, Bellevue Hospital

Through the Seminar Series, HITLAB aims to bridge gaps between academic and professional healthcare arenas, facilitate connections within metropolitan healthcare networks, and provide an inspiring and educating opportunity for growing professionals.


Seminars are held at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health campus. The events are free, but RSVPs are required. Invitations are sent out to the HITLAB community, students, scientists, physicians, information architects, allied healthcare and public health professionals across the NYC area.

Refreshments are served, and speakers and audience members have an opportunity to meet one another, share ideas, discuss trends, and imagine solutions following each presentation.




Columbia University Mailman School of Public HealTH

722 W 168th St.

New York, NY 10032

Current Seminar Schedule



Title, Company

Event Title

Jan. 26 Maria Gotsch President & CEO, Partnership Fund for NYC Smart Venture: How Venture Capital gives a boost to NYC’s digital health innovation economy
Feb. 2 David Tsay Associate Chief Innovation Officer, New York- Presbyterian Conversations with a Cardiologist – What’s Next in Healthcare Innovation
Feb. 16 Dr. Robert Reiner Executive Director & Founder, Behavioral Associates Increasing Behavioral Health Outcomes with Mental Health Technology: Virtual Reality
Feb. 23 Tom Feitel Fellow, HITLAB Imagineering: Achieving Velocity in Digital Healthcare Innovation
Mar. 2 David Gruber, MD, MBA (CBS, '86) Managing Director, Alvarez and Marsal Healthcare Industry Group (HIG) Repeal and Repair: Separating Fact from Fiction
Mar. 9 Adrian Gropper, MD CTO, Patient Privacy Rights Patient-owned Medical Records: Can Blockchain Change the way we manage our Medical Data?
Mar. 23 Mark Rothe Senior Statstical Programmer - Project Lead, Roche Visual Analytics: Helping to Obtain the Energy Required by Brandolini’s Law
Mar. 30 Dominic Haazen Lead Health Policy Specialist, World Bank A Vision for Digital Health to Improve Primary Care in Developing Countries
Apr. 6 Tina Brown-Stevenson SVP, Health Systems Analytics and Decision Support, UnitedHealth Group TBA
Apr. 13 David Putrino Assistant Professor, Weill Cornell Medical College Using Technology for Healthcare and Social Good: Lessons Learned in the Trenches
Apr. 20 Jeremy Sohn VP, Head of Digital Business Development & Licensing, Novartis TBA
Apr. 27 Haipeng Zhang, MD Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School TBA


To RSVP, select the number of attendees for each event, then click “Register” below.


Application to present & Process

Your Presentation should:   

  • Provide a compelling argument supported by evidence or a depth of expertise,
  • Emphasize digital health innovation, 
  • Identify a method or technology that leads to greater health outcomes, &
  • Not be a pitch, but convey deep learning in your field.

Please review the FAQ’s page before submitting an application. Thank you!