Episodes

  • Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson is a pediatrician, mom to two boys, and the Chief Medical Officer for SpoonfulONE. She is an author, a prominent advocate of evidence-based medicine, and has devoted her career to pediatric prevention efforts. Dr. Swanson was the founder and Chief of Digital Innovation at Seattle Children’s Hospital and has continued to be an important thought leader online for over a decade. Bon and Wendy talk about how we can design our immune system by introducing diverse foods, using social media for public health and the role of creativity in medicine.

  • Daniel Burka is a product manager and designer who focuses on solving complex global health problems in simple ways. He is the director of product and design at the not-for-profit Resolve to Save Lives, where he spends the majority of my time on the open source project, Simple.org. Simple is used by thousands of hospitals in India, Bangladesh, and Ethiopia to manage over 950,000 patients with hypertension. In his prior life Daniel and his business partner Kevin Rose started an incubator company called Milk which we sold to Google a year later. He went on to become a design partner at Google Ventures for five years and worked with a huge variety of companies like Flatiron Health, Zipline, Farmers Business Network and Blue Bottle Coffee. In 2021, Daniel also started the open source Healthicons.org project to provide free icons to healthcare projects around the world. Bon and Daniel talk about reducing mortality in non-communicable diseases in India, the journey from Silicon Valley to Global Health and why everyone needs a design mindset.

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  • Juhan Sonin specializes in healthcare design and system engineering. He is the director of GoInvo (goinvo.com). The studio’s designs helped 700,000 Massachusetts residents receive food benefits, are used by Wikipedia to explain complex health concepts, and help manage care plans for 150 million US residents. His work has been recognized by the New York Times, Newsweek, BBC International, Wired Magazine, and NPR and he's published in The Journal of Participatory Medicine and The Lancet. Juhan has spent time at Apple, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and MITRE. He currently lectures on design and engineering at MIT. Juhan’s laser focus on healthcare and open source design has affected national efforts for the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to the California Healthcare Foundation (CHCF). His open source healthcare products have also been leveraged by Walgreens, Crossover Health, and Hallmark Clinics, to name a few. Next up in 2021 they are working to lead an open source, national push for patients owning their data. Bon and Juhan talk about open source healthcare, the need for a longitudinal health record for patients, and why Juhan shared his own genome publicly.

  • Inga Saffron has been the Philadelphia Inquirer’s architecture critic since 1999. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards, including the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism and a Loeb Fellowship from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. In June 2020, Rutgers University Press published a selection of her columns, "Becoming Philadelphia: How an old American city made itself new again." She is also the author of a cultural history of the sturgeon, "Caviar: The Strange and Uncertain Future of the World’s Most Coveted Delicacy." Before becoming the Inquirer’s architecture critic, she worked as a foreign correspondent for the Inquirer in Russia and the former Yugoslavia, where she covered the wars in Bosnia and Chechnya, and witnessed the destruction of Sarajevo and Grozny. Bon asks Inga about her journey in becoming an architecture critic, transforming public spaces through design and why diseases are the most powerful architects.

  • Dr. Neel Shah, MD, MPP is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School (part-time), and Chief Medical Officer of Maven Clinic, the largest virtual clinic for women's and family health. As an obstetrician-gynecologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Neel cares for patients at critical life moments that range from childbirth to primary care to surgery. As a scientist and social entrepreneur, he is a globally recognized expert in designing solutions that improve health care, and is listed among the "40 smartest people in health care" by the Becker's Hospital Review. His work to build equitable, trustworthy systems of care has been profiled by the New York Times, CNN, and other outlets, and is featured in a forthcoming documentary produced by Oprah Winfrey and Yance Ford. He has written more than 50 peer-reviewed academic papers and contributed to four books. Prior to joining the Harvard faculty, Neel founded Costs of Care, an NGO that curates insights from clinicians and patients to help delivery systems provide better care. In 2017, he co-founded the March for Moms Association, a coalition of more than 20 leading organizations, to increase public and private investment in the wellbeing of mothers. Neel serves on the national advisory board of the Office of Women's Health Research at the National Institutes of Health, and as founding director and senior advisor to the Delivery Decisions Initiative at Ariadne Labs. Bon and Neel talk about why so many women in the U.S. die in childbirth, affirming dignity in healthcare, and Neel’s mission on redesigning childbirth.

  • Kati Peditto, PhD is an environmental psychologist and assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the U.S. Air Force Academy. She received her PhD in Human Behavior and Design from Cornell University and completed postdoctoral training under Dr. Mardelle Shepley. Her research focuses on providing equitable health environments for adolescents and young adults, ranging from pediatric cancer facilities to college health centers. She is the recipient of the 2018 New Investigator Award from The Center for Health Design, and a 2018 AIA-AAH Tuttle Fellow in Health Facility Planning and Design. Bon and Kati talk about the psychology of indoor spaces, the function of healthcare spaces and the relationship between nature and healthcare outcomes.

  • Rama Gheerawo is the director of The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art in London. Rama is an international figure within design. He won a Design Week ‘Hall of Fame’ award in 2019 and was named a 2018 Creative Leader by Creative Review alongside Paul Smith and Björk. He uses design to address diversity through age, ability, gender and race. He is a serial innovator in the field of Inclusive Design and Design Thinking having led over 100 international projects with government, business, academia and the third sector with clients such as Samsung, Toyota, AgeUK and Panasonic. He champions inclusive and empathic approaches through his pathfinding work in Creative Leadership, having trained thousands of people including over 700 civil servants. Bon and Ramna talk about inclusive design, the magic of designers working in healthcare and how Indian classical music served as a training ground for a career in design.

  • Deborah Adler is a designer, inventor, and entrepreneur with a focus on health and beauty. Her studio, Adler Design, is guided by the belief that meaningful innovation requires a deep understanding of the people at the heart of their work, and the changing world that surrounds them. Adler is the inventor and lead designer behind Target’s ClearRx and CVS Health’s ScriptPath, both award-winning systems designed to help millions of people take and manage their medications. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and has been shown at the Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial. Adler worked closely with Milton Glaser for five years as his senior designer, and has served on the AIGA National Board of Directors. Bon and Deborah talk about the legendary designer Milton Glaser, redesigning the pill bottle and how to design more confidence for patients and caregivers.

  • Richard Park, MD is a health care investor, entrepreneur and board certified emergency medicine physician.  In 2010, He founded and led as CEO, CityMD, an urgent care practice with over 130 locations and 650 physicians in the Greater New York area.  In 2019, CityMD merged with Summit Medical Group and expanded to over 200 locations and 1500 physicians in 70 medical and surgical specialties. He is co-founder with his business partner In Seon Hwang, of Ascend Capital Partners, a middle market growth private equity fund investing in healthcare service providers. Bon and Rich talk about starting one of the largest urgent care chains in the U.S., investing in vulnerable populations and how running a one-hour photo store helped Rich develop the skill set to be a healthcare entrepreneur.

  • Dr. David Fajgenbaum is a groundbreaking physician-scientist, disease hunter, speaker, and author. He went from being a beast-like college Quarterback to receiving his last rites while in medical school and nearly dying four more times battling Castleman disease. To try to save his own life, David spearheaded an innovative approach to research through the Castleman Disease Collaborative Network (CDCN) and discovered a treatment that is saving his life and others. He described his journey and lessons learned in Chasing My Cure, which has been translated into five languages, named one of the “Best Non-Fiction Books of 2019,” and profiled by Good Morning America, CNN, and BBC News, among others. Now, he is leading the effort to find treatments for Castleman disease, COVID-19, and other diseases. One of the youngest individuals ever appointed to the faculty at Penn Medicine and the top 1 percent youngest grant awardees of a leading NIH grant (R01), David Fajgenbaum has been profiled in a cover story by The New York Times, recognized on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list and has received numerous awards.
    Bon and David talk about redesigning the current approach to pharmaceutical treatment of diseases, crowdsourcing in healthcare and why patients can’t wait for miracles.

  • Sara Auster is a sound therapist, meditation teacher and author. She has spent the past decade introducing sound baths to audiences and unique environments all across the globe. Sara’s transformative experiences and original teaching method have made her a leader in the sound bath movement, helping deep listening and sound meditation go mainstream. Her first book, SOUND BATH: Meditate, Heal and Connect through Listening, an unprecedented and comprehensive guide to sound baths, was published in November 2019, by Simon & Schuster.

  • Penina Acayo Laker is a graphic designer, researcher, and Assistant Professor of Communication Design at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research and creative practice explore how human-centered, research-driven design methodologies catalyze unique ideas to address complex societal challenges facing communities in St. Louis and Uganda. She has collaborated on an award-winning project that used simplified iconography to communicate ailments associated with the spread, prevention, and treatment of malaria in Kibera, Kenya. Penina earned an MFA in Visual Communication Design from Kent State University and a BA in Art from Goshen College. As a component of her MFA thesis, she developed a secondary-level design curriculum that was inspired by the paucity of design education in Uganda. This subsequently inspired the creation of DesignEd Uganda workshops that Acayo Laker organizes and facilitates over the summer to equip young people with skills in design and creative problem-solving. Penina is also the faculty advisor for a new minor in Creative Practice for Social Change that exposes students to processes designers, artists and architects use to address systemic economic, environmental and social challenges.
    Bon and Penina discuss learning to design for the true needs of people, bringing design education to youth in Uganda and the value of design in healthcare.

  • Abbie Clary supports the growth and development of CannonDesign's global healthcare practice — focusing specifically on market differentiation, business growth and client engagement. Responsible for overseeing more than $2.5 billion in healthcare projects over the last 22 years, Abbie has become an expert at helping organizations rethink their strategies and facility investments to better respond to consumer expectations and achieve new levels of business success. Her passion lies in the realms of academic medicine and translational health sciences — helping institutions break down physical and cultural barriers to push innovation and medical breakthroughs forward. Abbie is all-in on design thinking, cognitive diversity, storytelling, compassion and doing the right thing. Passionate about women’s issues and equality in the profession, Abbie pursues opportunities to encourage diversity in all of its embodiments. Bon and Abbie talk about healthcare architecture, the impact of Covid-19 on the future design of hospitals and improving the patient experience through the built environment.

  • Liz Salmi is Senior Strategist of Dissemination for OpenNotes at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In this role, Liz helps hospitals and health systems understand the changing nature of patient-clinician communication in the digital age, and interpret and implement research emerging from the “open notes” movement. After being diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor at age 29, Liz immediately put her digital communications skills to use by blogging, chronicling her daily symptoms, and seeing how much she could learn from her online patient portal. Today, her research areas of interest include studying how healthcare professionals and patients are connecting through digital tools and joining as partners in research. Liz leads the Brain Cancer Quality of Life Collaborative, a multi-stakeholder group dedicated to advancing science and improving the quality of life for people with malignant brain tumors. Liz was named e-Patient of the Year by the Society for Participatory Medicine.

  • Guidione Machava is an entrepreneur, designer and community builder. He has experience leading teams, coaching designers, and creating together products and services that positively impact people’s lives. He works across diverse industries and sectors, bringing early ideas and concepts to life for World Bank projects, scrappy startups and nonprofits in Africa. He is the author of “Design Sutra'', a collection of design principles for designers in the early stages of their careers and founded the World-class Designer School, the home of brightest design minds in Africa. He recently organized the World-class Designer Conference which included speakers such as Debbie Millman, Marty Cagan and designers from the largest companies in the world. In 2018, Google named him one of the best community builders in Africa. Bon and Guidione talk about creating the future of design in Africa, organizing a global design conference and life in Mozambique.

  • Katie McCurdy is a design consultant, autoimmune patient and founder of Pictal Health. After years of struggling to communicate about her own mysterious symptoms, Katie created a new way for people to tell their health stories visually, so they feel heard and understood as they work with their doctors to get the right diagnosis and treatment. She’s also spent a decade joyfully using visual communication and human-centered design to facilitate team collaboration and improve our healthcare experience. She lives, skis, hikes, and eats chocolate in Burlington, VT. Bon and Katie talk about designing visual health histories, why hospitals should hire designers and improving communication between patients and healthcare professionals.

  • Larry Chu, MD is a Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine and Director of the Stanford Anesthesia Informatics and Media (AIM) Lab. Dr. Chu is an NIH-funded clinical researcher and is Executive Director of Stanford Medicine X, the world's longest-running and most-discussed academic program on patient-centered emerging technology and medicine. He has written eight books, over 50 papers and over 50 book chapters in academic anesthesiology. He is a member of the editorial advisory board for The BMJ, one of the most influential general medical journals in the world. Bon and Larry talk about flattening hierarchies, creating safe spaces in healthcare, co-designing with patients and embracing curiosity in the culture of Medicine.

  • Mokena Makeka was raised in Maseru, Lesotho and New York. He is an accomplished architect, artist, curator, designer, global leader, scholar and urbanist. He is at the forefront of thinking on contemporary inclusive African Cities. Mokena studied architecture at the University of Cape Town and has executive leadership qualifications from the Harvard Kennedy School, Oxford University and Wits University. He is adjunct professor at Cooper Union, New York and at Carleton University, Canada. In 2015 he was a Young Global leader at the World Economic Forum and he is an Aspen Fellow in leadership. Currently Mokena is a Principal at Dalberg Advisors. He is also the founder of the House of Makeka, a premium lifestyle suite of design and product experiences. He has won international awards with his urban planning firm Makeka DesignLab/Works. Bon and Mokena talk about design as a human right, how hip hop culture informed Mokena’s architectural philosophy and understanding people through the environments they create.

  • Michael Ngigi is the co-studio Lead of ThinkPlace Kenya where he leads a team of designers drawn from over 8 different countries. He’s passionate about Africa and unlocking the potential of the continent through design thinking. Michael has traveled across Africa understanding the different cultures and connecting people with solutions to their challenges. Early in his career he acknowledged the power of supporting people to identify their own challenges and the magic of facilitating the process of solving these challenges on their own. Michael is a board member of Design for Health, a global initiative led by the United States Agency for International Development and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and sits on the Technical Advisory Group of Living Labs, an initiative by PATH. Michael is also currently studying at the Harvard Business School Program for Leadership Development. Bon and Michael talk about his incredible journey from living on the streets of Nairobi to becoming a designer, incorporating design in public health projects and throwing our biases out the window.

  • Antionette D. Carroll is the founder and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab, a nonprofit social enterprise designing healthy and racially equitable communities for Black and Latinx populations through education and training programs, community engagement consulting and open-sourced tools. Creative Reaction Lab is a movement challenging racial inequities in the education, media, health and healthcare, and government and public service sectors. Prior to CRXLAB, Carroll spent 10 years in the advertising and marketing industry. Antionette has held national leadership positions on diversity and inclusion at the AIGA and multiple non-profit organizations. Bon and Antionette talk about what it means to be a redesigner for justice, the relationship between health and equity, and her journey in design.