The Medicine X Academy

The Stanford Medicine X Academy aims to change the culture of health care by creating a community dedicated to addressing gaps in medical education that are most important to stakeholders. We aim to make health care education easily accessible, empower all stakeholders to learn together and from each other, and to begin these interactions earlier in the educational process.

The central gap we aim to focus on with The Academy, is the role patients, technologists and researchers can play in changing the culture of health care to be more participatory, patient-centered, and responsive to the problems that matter most to all stakeholders in health care.



  • Online Courses

    A collection of online courses that address important gaps in healthcare education. We've designed them for all stakeholders.

  • Certificates

    Acknowledgement of learning and scholarship through Stanford Medicine X certificate program.

  • Medicine X | ED 2015

    A meeting on global innovation in medical education at Stanford University Sept 23-24, 2015.

Our Advisors

Stanford Medicine X Advisors are appointed directly by the Executive Director, Larry Chu, MD. These advisors to the program provide valuable and diverse expertise to help shape our educational content and offerings.

  • Anne Marie Cunningham
    Anne Marie Cunningham Physician Educator Advisor

    Anne Marie Cunningham is a GP and Clinical Lecturer in Cardiff University, Wales, UK. She is interested in the use of new technologies to further medical education, but not just for the sake of it.

  • Bertalan Meskó
    Bertalan Meskó Physician Educator Advisor

    Dr. Bertalan Meskó, PhD, is a medical futurist who is founder of Webicina and a published author. His most recent book is The Guide to the Future of Medicine.

  • Kirsten Ostherr
    Kirsten Ostherr Educator Advisor

    Kirsten Ostherr is a media scholar & design thinker who specializes in health and medical visualizations: historical, present and future. She is a Professor of English at Rice University.

  • Bryan Vartabedian
    Bryan Vartabedian Physician Advisor

    Bryan Vartabedian teaches at Baylor College of Medicine where he is preparing students for health care in the 21st century.  He is co-founder of the Medical Futures Lab.  His thinking can be found at 33 Charts.

  • Nicholas Vu
    Nicholas Vu PharmD Candidate, University of California San Diego
  • Roheet Kakaday, BS
    Roheet Kakaday, BS Medical Student, Oregon Health Sciences University
  • Larry Chu, MD, MS
    Larry Chu, MD, MS Executive Director + Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Stanford University

    Larry Chu is a practicing physician who runs the Anesthesia Informatics and Media (AIM) lab at Stanford University. He is a professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine on the faculty of the Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Chu teaches a course on data science for precision medicine and digital health. He runs the Medicine X Digital Health Lab, focused on patient-centered digital health research. Dr. Chu also has led a RO1-funded NIH clinical research laboratory where he studied opioid analgesic tolerance and physical dependence.

  • Hugo Campos White House Presidential Champion of Change in Precision Medicine, Alumnus (Non-voting)

    Hugo is a patient living with an implanted cardiac defibrillator. He advocates for the rights of other patients like him to gain electronic access to the data collected by their implants. He is passionate about participatory medicine, connected health and patient empowerment.

  • Nick Dawson CHAIR, COUNCIL OF ADVISORS | Corporate Executive Director of Innovation, Kaiser Healthcare

    Nick cares about patient experience, employee and how empathic design can create financially sustainable, future-ready health systems. He is the Corporate Executive Director for Kaiser Permanente. Previously, Nick ran hospital operations, finance teams and strategy efforts.

  • Britt Johnson Executive Board Member

    Britt Johnson, also known as the @hurtblogger, is a spondyloarthropathy and rheumatoid arthritis who also suffers from chronic complex migraines. She is a 2012 ePatient Scholar and has served as an ePatient advisor since 2013.

  • Christopher Snider
    Christopher Snider Executive Board Member

    Christopher Snider is a gaming addict, type I diabetic and all-around geek who authors the blog A Consequence of Hypoglycemia and the podcast series Just Talking. He is a 2012 and 2013 ePatient Scholar and member of the 2014 ePatient advisory panel.

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