Since 2007, our 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.

Through the Seminar Series, we aim 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 from 5:30-6:30pm at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health campus. Seminars are followed by a networking reception from 6:30-7:30pm at Coogans. The first 20 attendees to check in at the Seminar will receive a free drink voucher for the reception at Coogans! The events are free to attend, but RSVP is required, see link below.

In February 2017, we launched a live stream feature for individuals who are unable to attend our weekly Seminar Series’ events in person. Please see the link below to the live stream library.



Seminar Address:

Columbia University Mailman School of Public HealTH

722 W 168th St., New York, NY 10032




4015 Broadway, New York, NY 10032

SPRING 2017 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 Statistical 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 Using Big Data to achieve the Triple Aim
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 Partnering with Pharma: Tales of a Digital Health Entrepreneur and Pharma Insider
Apr. 27 Mark Zhang, MD Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School Making Applications – A Physician’s Experience with Digital Innovation



In February 2017, HITLAB launched a live stream feature for individuals who are unable to attend our weekly Seminar Series’ events in person. Please see this page for upcoming live stream sessions and past event recordings.

ApplY to present

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!