49 episodes

We share stories from trailblazing entrepreneurs and leaders on how to build a healthcare business from 0 to 1. The Pear Healthcare Playbook, a podcast by Pear VC and hosted by Vivien Ho, Dr. Andrew Parambath and Lipsa Panda created a playbook for founders and operators to learn from other healthcare leaders who done it before.

Pear Healthcare Playbook Vivien Ho, Dr. Andrew Parambath, and Lipsa Panda

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We share stories from trailblazing entrepreneurs and leaders on how to build a healthcare business from 0 to 1. The Pear Healthcare Playbook, a podcast by Pear VC and hosted by Vivien Ho, Dr. Andrew Parambath and Lipsa Panda created a playbook for founders and operators to learn from other healthcare leaders who done it before.

    Lessons from Matthew Lungren, Chief Data Science Officer, Microsoft, on the impact of AI research on healthcare

    Lessons from Matthew Lungren, Chief Data Science Officer, Microsoft, on the impact of AI research on healthcare

    This week, we’re super excited to chat with Dr. Matt Lungren, Chief Data Science Officer for Microsoft Health & Life Sciences.

    At Microsoft, Dr. Lungren focuses on translating cutting-edge technology, including general AI and cloud services, into innovative healthcare applications. As a physician and clinical machine learning researcher, he maintains a part-time clinical practice at UCSF while also continuing his research and teaching roles as adjunct professor at Stanford. 

    Prior to his role at Microsoft, Dr. Lungren was a clinical interventional radiologist and research faculty at Stanford Medical School where he led the Stanford Center for artificial intelligence and medicine and imaging. His scientific work has led to more than 150 publications including work on multimodal data fusion models for healthcare applications. On top of all of that, Dr. Lungren is also a top-rated instructor on Coursera with his AI and Healthcare course designed to help learners with non-technical backgrounds. 

    In this episode, we talk about Matt’s clinical, academic, and private sector experiences, how technology within the radiology field has developed throughout time, and exciting new Microsoft HLS Research projects and the impact of AI research on healthcare.

    • 40 min
    Lessons from Wei-Li Shao, President of Omada Health, on achieving long-term weight health

    Lessons from Wei-Li Shao, President of Omada Health, on achieving long-term weight health

    Welcome back to the Pear Healthcare Playbook! Every week, we’ll be getting to know trailblazing healthcare leaders and dive into building a digital health business from 0 to 1.



    Today, we're so excited to get to know Wei-Li Shao, President of Omada, a virtual care program that blends human experiences technology and behavior science to help people with chronic conditions achieve their healthy goals. With over 25 years of global healthcare experience, Wei-Li has worked in digital care, biopharmaceuticals, imaging, and diagnostics spanning many therapeutic areas. Before joining Omada, Wei-Li held prominent executive roles at Eli Lilly and Company in the USA, China, Taiwan, and New Zealand. His educational background includes dual degrees in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin Madison, complemented by an MBA in marketing from the Kellogg School of Business.



    In this episode, we discuss Omada Health's core operations, discuss the optimal timing for startups to bring in C-suite executives, explore Omada's journey to serving 1 million members, examine its pioneering work in the GLP-1 (Glucagon-Like Peptide-1) space, and uncover how Omada leverages AI to enhance its services.

    • 47 min
    Lessons from Brian Anderson, Chief Digital Health Physician MITRE and Co-Founder of CHAI, on building trustworthy healthcare AI that serve all of us

    Lessons from Brian Anderson, Chief Digital Health Physician MITRE and Co-Founder of CHAI, on building trustworthy healthcare AI that serve all of us

    This week, we’re super excited to chat with Brian Anderson, co-founder of CHAI, Coalition for Health AI, and Chief Digital Health Physician at MITRE.

    CHAI is a community of academic health systems, organizations, and expert practitioners of artificial intelligence and data science. Brian leads research and development efforts across major strategic initiatives in digital health, partnering with the US government and private sector companies. 

    Prior to joining MITRE, Anderson led the Informatics and Network Medicine Division at athenahealth, where he launched a new model of clinical decision support leveraging artificial intelligence. He has also served on several national health information technology committees in partnership with the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC). On top of all that, Brian is also a Harvard Medical School Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics and senior advisor for ARPA-H in Clinical Trial Innovation. Anderson completed his clinical training at Massachusetts General Hospital and completed his B.A. and M.D. degrees at Harvard College and Harvard Medical School.

    In this episode, we talk about Brian’s career journey from clinical practice to digital health, CHAI’s efforts to establish AI process standards for healthcare, the concept of a federated network of assurance labs, and advice for the health AI innovation community. 

    • 51 min
    Lessons from Robin Shah, CEO and Co-Founder of Thyme Care, on guiding patients through their cancer journey and unifying the oncology ecosystem

    Lessons from Robin Shah, CEO and Co-Founder of Thyme Care, on guiding patients through their cancer journey and unifying the oncology ecosystem

    Today we're thrilled to get to know Robin Shah! Robin is the founder and CEO of Thyme Care, a groundbreaking oncology management platform. Thyme Care is a value-based cancer care enabler, collaborating with payers and providers to transform the experience and outcomes for individuals with cancer. Thyme Care's approach combines human guidance with data and analytics to guide patients through their cancer journey. The company partners with health plans and risk-bearing providers to assume accountability for enhanced care quality, improved health outcomes, and reduced total cost of care.



    Robin's journey in transforming cancer care began at Flatiron Health, a leading healthcare technology company led by two remarkable founders Nat Turner and Zach Weinberg. There, he served as Vice President of Provider Marketing and Strategy, focusing on developing successful go-to-market strategies for both patients and healthcare providers. His passion for building a stronger future for community oncology led him to OneOncology, where he played a crucial role as a founding member. At OneOncology, Robin served as the Chief Development and Marketing Officer, overseeing provider development, marketing strategy, technology integration, and analytics, setting the stage for his work at Thyme Care.



    In this episode, we discuss Robin's journey into the field of oncology, the inception of Thyme Care, the significance of care navigation in cancer, Thyme Care's strategic approach and achievements, as well as valuable advice for entrepreneurs, including guidance on choosing the right investment partners.

    • 50 min
    Lessons from Ellen Dasilva and Matthew Woo, Co-Founders of Summer Health, on building the front door for pediatric care

    Lessons from Ellen Dasilva and Matthew Woo, Co-Founders of Summer Health, on building the front door for pediatric care

    Today, we’re excited to get to know Ellen Dasilva and Matthew Woo, Co-Founders at Summer Health, the company bringing real-time pediatric care to your phone.

    Summer Health is a pediatric tele-health company focused on radically simplifying access in pediatrics. With Summer Health, you can text a pediatrician (just as you might a friend) for any concern you have about a child, whether urgent or innocuous. Founded in 2022, Summer Health has raised a total of $7.5M in seed funding co-led by Sequoia Capital and Lux Capital. The round also included participants such as Box Group, Chelsea Clinton’s Metrodora Ventures, and many others.

    Ellen began her career in investment banking at Barclays Capital before moving into tech at X (formerly known as Twitter). After graduating from business school, she joined as the 8th employee of the consumer telemedicine business hims&hers. Matthew started his career in consulting at Simon-Kucher & Partners. He then spent 9+ years in tech where he held various product roles at Meetup, Yo, Intercom, UJET and Meta/Whatsapp.

    Ellen holds a BA from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Matthew holds a BA in Business from Ivey Business School at Western University.

    In this episode, Ellen and Matthew chat with us about building a delightful consumer experience in healthcare, their co-founding journey, and developing a stellar team.

    • 58 min
    Lessons from Christopher Molaro, CEO and co-founder of NeuroFlow on enhancing integrated behavioral healthcare

    Lessons from Christopher Molaro, CEO and co-founder of NeuroFlow on enhancing integrated behavioral healthcare

    Welcome back to the Pear Healthcare Playbook! Every week, we’ll be getting to know trailblazing healthcare leaders and dive into building a digital health business from 0 to 1.



    Today, we're excited to get to know Christopher Molaro. Chris is a West Point graduate who served in the U.S. Army for five years, including a tour in Iraq as a platoon leader. Coming back home, he experienced firsthand the gaps in the behavioral health system and how veterans and civilians alike face too many barriers when it comes to receiving appropriate, timely care.



    While pursuing his MBA at Wharton, Chris met his future co-founder Adam Pardes, and the two agreed–even the most engaging digital mental health apps in the world wouldn’t truly change the problem until the care providers were a part of the solution in a meaningful way. And so they created NeuroFlow.

    In this episode, Chris and I discuss his journey from a military background to enrolling in Wharton's MBA program. We dive into the inception of NeuroFlow, its go-to-market strategy, partnerships, fundraising insights, the future of NeuroFlow, and the valuable advice he has for aspiring founders.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

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34 Ratings

Nwudad ,

Healthcare Entrepreneurs’ best friends

True to its title, this podcast is really a practical playbook for entrepreneurs who want to succeed and make a contribution to the healthcare areas. Credits to cohosts Vivien and Andrew, they are able to establish rapport with their guests and let them share their experiences and insights naturally.

Again, new episodes continue to enlighten me!

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If you work in digital health, this podcast is a must! So informative with actionable information.

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So Informative

There’s so much innovation happening in healthcare right now (& it’s about time)! This podcast is so informative and helps me stay up to date with industry trends.

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