Greater Boston Chapter

Massachusetts

The Greater Boston Chapter of SoPE aims to serve as a catalyst for healthcare innovation by providing a platform and network to help physicians transform ideas into solutions for patients.

Dr. Dhrumil Shah, MD

Chapter Leader

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Bing Chen

Executive Committee

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Kalyan Kalwa

Executive Committee

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Xiaobin (Ivan) Zheng, Ph.D

Executive Committee

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Carmen Alcivar

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Ra Mahadev

Executive Committee

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Dr. Dhrumil Shah, MD

Chapter Leader

I'm a family physician and a CMIO chief medical information officer at Compass Medical, an independent provider led organization in Southeast Massachusetts. My primary interests and focus areas are Digital health innovation, Data science and Care analytics, Health innovation and Entrepreneurship and Life science technology commercialization.

I provide advisory & consultation services for and speak to companies and entities around the globe, who are looking to explore disruptive innovation ideas and create a scalable business model in the areas of bio entrepreneurship, bioscience, healthcare, healthcare IT, medical tourism – nationally and internationally, new product development, product design, and financing new ventures.

I did my Family Medicine training at New Jersey Medical School and subsequently graduated from University of Illinois Chicago completing my Post Masters in Health Informatics. I am actively involved in Health IT space via many of national and regional speaking engagements and collaborative fuelling the much needed disruption to redesign Healthcare delivery space. I am honoured to be leading greater Boston SOPE chapter and looking forward to hearing from you.

Bing Chen

Executive Committe

Bing is the Business Technology Manager with Compass Medical P.C. located in Massachusetts. Bing helps analyzing technology needs of organizations, developing strategy of 3rd party vendor vs. in house development, keeping up with the new technology trends, and applying that knowledge to use cases to help meeting organization business goals. Bing is also an IT Innovation Consultant for JAT. His clients include Outdoor Woodland Learners, a non-for- profit organization, two community health centers, and few local small businesses. Before joining Compass Medical in 2011, he served 10 years in US military. He was a member of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, Southwest Asia Tsunami recovery.

Kalyan Kalwa

Executive Committe

Dr. Kalyan (Kal) Kalwa, a physician and pharmacist from India, came to the United States with a dream to practice medicine. However, soon after, he realized his true passion for information technology. After completing some IT courses, he worked as a quality analyst for over a decade. During this time, he realized that he wanted to make a much bigger impact in health care. Armed with a unique combination of skill sets from both medicine and the technology world, he co-founded Health innovators in 2012. His idea was to involve doctors in innovation. Starting small, the organization has grown to over 20000 members today. Kal’s entrepreneurial vision not only drives Health Innovators, but spans to helping others with the same passion. His long term goal is to start a digital health fund. Kal believes in empowering others to achieve their goals. This trait extends beyond work, at the Toastmasters. Kal first started going to Toastmasters to improve his own public speaking skills; but eventually has served as the Cambridge area governor, helping others who are in the same shoes that he was in some years ago.

Xiaobin (Ivan) Zheng, Ph.D

Executive Committe

Ivan Zheng is a data engineering lead at Insight Data Science. With a strong background in data engineering, data science, machine learning, computational biology, and biochemistry, his expertise is in developing and applying methods for designing data-intensive analytical systems for health tech industry. Zheng is also committed to bridging a gap between academia and careers in Data Engineering, Data Science, Health Data, and Artificial Intelligence.

Zheng received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign and M.S. and B.S. degrees from Iowa State University.

Carmen Alcivar

Executive Committe

Carmen Alcivar is a committed professional that strives for efficiency and is passionate about self- improvement. She graduated from High School in Ecuador with degree in Business Administration and Finance. After a decade of working with foreign aid funded programs, she decided to come to the US to pursue a Masters in Sustainable International Development at Brandeis University. Upon the conclusion that program, she worked several years in supporting Boston local community as program manager of several healthcare programs. As a part of that endeavor she designed a few community chronic disease prevention programs. She also worked for a few years as a financial and operations analyst for healthcare programs operating all over the world. Those worldwide health programs were implementing pay-for- performance models and investing in health system strengthening strategies. To better facilitate operation of those programs, she got involved in a project to organize a national database for a country. That experience sparked her desire to pursue a Masters in Health Informatics at Northeastern University and continue in a career related to data management and analytics. During her master program she took several classes in cybersecurity which allow her to kick-start a career in that area too. All throughout her career, Carmen has developed a cross-disciplinary experience in different business area and across industries. This combination of experience and skills allows to her solve complex problems with a comprehensive approach. She has coached junior staff and loves to transfer knowledge. She believes that knowledge is power which enables people to innovate, to question the status-quo. Her goal as a trainer is to enable others to become their own agents of change and together build a better society. Carmen is currently developing two main projects. The first is related to helping organizations with cybersecurity risk assessments and implementation of defense-in- depth strategies. The second is designing a mobile application to help doctors in enabling their patients to manage chronic diseases utilizing lifestyle medicine approaches.

Ra Mahadev

Executive Committe

Ra is a Certified Estate Planner (CEP) and Financial Advisor with The Mahadev Group, A Financial Advisory Practice with Ameriprise Financial Services. With over a decade of experience working in the financial industry, Ra provides expertise and advice in business generation and structuring as well with personal financial management.

Ra enjoys actively participating in life, living with a purpose and sharing good vibrations. He’s very involved in the local community and with various organizations, when he’s not out enjoying a live show or at some sort of cultural program, he’s playing sports. He’s a big fan of badminton and golf however he'll play any sport, hike any mountain or sail any sea. He especially enjoys spending his free time volunteering with us.

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