My guest today is none other than Dr Daniel Kraft; a physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, and innovator. He has over 25 years experience working across health care innovation, biomedical research, and clinical practice. He is the Chair for Medicine at Singularity University and the Founder and Chair of Exponential Medicine, and we dive into his work at these organizations in depth on this podcast.

He’s earned an undergraduate degree from Brown University, finished medical school at Stanford and was Board Certified in both Internal Medicine & Pediatrics after he completed a Harvard residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital & Boston Children's Hospital. Oh, and he also completed fellowships in hematology, oncology and bone marrow transplantation at Stanford.

Now you might think that with all that, I’ve completed the introduction. But you’d be wrong.

Daniel is also an avid pilot and he served in the Massachusetts and California Air National Guard as an officer and flight surgeon with F-15 & F-16 fighter Squadrons. He has conducted research on aerospace medicine that was published with NASA, and he was a finalist at NASA for astronaut selection. Oh, yeah, and he has two young children under 3.

The man is on the move, and I hope you do get a chance to meet him in person. He brings an incredible energy when he gets on the stage and he must have a lot of energy to keep up his schedule.

Today’s Topics:

  • ‘The Singularity': What it is and what it means to medicine
  • Challenges and opportunities in medicine
  • The most exciting area in health technology today
  • Educating, Empowering and Enabling leaders
  • How to catalyze today's leaders to address the grand challenges
  • “Previvors” and Stage 0 patients
  • The XPRIZE and creating a new mindset to tackle audacious but achievable goals.

Lightning Round Answers

Q: What advice do you have for other innovators who are working to make a difference in health?

A: Get out of your silos, experience, play, mix it up with others in areas different to your.

Q: What’s a favorite quote or saying that motivates you?

A: Best way to predict the future is to create it.”

Q: What book do you recommend to listeners and why?

Exponential Organizations: Why new organizations are ten times better, faster, and cheaper than yours (and what to do about it) by Salim Ismail

Q: What technology, tool or app would you recommend, and why?

A: Twitter – ability to share information and learn and collaborate.

Q: If I gave you $5million to invest in healthcare today, where would you invest it?

A: In data analytics – turning all this data that's being created into knowledge.

Q: We will be making a financial donation to a charity of your choice. What charity have you selected?

A: American Cancer Society http://www.cancer.org/

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Dan Kendall studied engineering and found his passion in building businesses. His career in sales, marketing and product development has spanned two continents, and he works with clients around the world to overcome barriers and solve healthcare’s problems. Feel free to message him here and follow him on Twitter.


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