I am a Physician Scientist, Designer, and Researcher at the University of Michigan.  I believe that a patient-driven participatory approach is critical for transformation of the healthcare system.


My design work focuses on a patient-driven participatory approach to healthcare research and clinical care delivery. I am co-conspirator of Healthdesignby.us, a collaborative innovation network committed to patient-centered participatory design and bringing the "maker movement" to healthcare. Check out my blogpost about this year's We #MakeHealth Fest. We are are very fortunate to have our work recognized by the University of Michigan School of Medicine and School of Public Health. Please join us!

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My research in diabetes focuses on learning health systems, online health communities, mobile technology/data visualization, and diabetes biomarkers. I am working with the CGM in the Cloud and Nightscout community to help create a patient-designed future for diabetes research. We would love your involvement so please sign up here! We just published a commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association about about the Nightscout Project.

http://app.jamanetwork.com/?doi=10.1001/jama.2016.1903  Access free version by registering

http://app.jamanetwork.com/?doi=10.1001/jama.2016.1903  Access free version by registering


I publish academic papers, and I blog about the the intersection of health, technology, and design at Medium. You can view some highlights of my blogposts here. Here is one of my favorite posts: A Language of Design for Healthcare - Part 1: Low Lego Literacy?


I speak at design and innovation conferences (TedX Detroit, Cusp Conference, Stanford Medicine X), healthcare/academic centers (Kaiser Permanente Care Management Institute, Brown, Vanderbilt, Harvard, Stanford), federal agencies (Food and Drug Administration) and regional, national, and international healthcare conferences (Detroit Healthcare Leaders Forum, American Diabetes Association, American Association of Diabetes Educators, Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, World Diabetes Congress). See examples and videos of my talks here. My talk about Nightscout Research at the Quantified Self Public Health Symposium just came out! 

Upcoming Talks/Workshops

  • Is Transforming Diabetes Possible? Lessons from Participatory Design of Digital Health Solutions, American Diabetes Association 2016
  • Participatory Design Workshop for T1D Research, Children with Diabetes 2016 If you are caregiver or adult with T1D, please join us!   


I spend time as a researcher and healthcare professional on social media. Check out my Twitter Superuser Guide for Healthcare Professionals and Researchers

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