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Healthcare Innovators, Developers & Entrepreneurs

Many of us have been in this position, where you feel very frustrated when you have this brilliant idea and you do not know what to do with it or how to go about making it into a real product or service. Sometimes you are not sure if the idea is even viable or what needs to be in place before you can take the next step. Oftentimes you may have started on this journey and gotten stuck when you hit a hurdle and you don’t have the time nor money to shepherd it through to take it to the next logical step. It’s great to connect with trusted peers who can advise. There are many things wrong and someone needs to fix it. Why not you?

Startup Investors, Mentors & Sponsors

There is so much investment going into healthcare startups these days. It is so hard to find early-stage startups that have solid potential. You see a lot of “me toos” or a new technology or business model that has very little chance of success in the current healthcare system. The Healthcare industry is notorious for chewing and spitting out startups! Who can assess startups better than the people who are actually going to use these products or services? People who are on the front lines can critique or even come up with better solutions. What is more noble than supporting those who are trying to make a difference in people’s lives?

Lifelong Learners, Speakers & Influencers

Knowledge is growing very fast. Whether you are a student or a resident, the things you learn today are going to be obsolete tomorrow. As a healthcare professional how do you keep up, especially if it is going to affect your career? Educating the next generation of practitioners can be very rewarding, where you are able to share not only your expertise but your skills and real-world experience. Getting CME credit for participating is the icing on the cake. Inspiring and igniting a passion in yourself and others are side effects. If we as physician innovators do not drive the bus, we will be left behind. Or worse yet, we will be run over!

Service Providers, Corporate & Ecosystem Partners

Innovation does not happen in a vacuum. It needs fertile soil and a conducive environment. That is exactly what we are creating at InnovatorMD. We have lined up several pieces that need to come together, whether it is a reliable technology partner or an IP lawyer. How about a company that is a potential customer?. We know innovation is not easy. We can clear the path, remove the hurdles and enjoy with you as you celebrate your success. Removing the guesswork of who you need to work with can invigorate you. Having reliable partners is important to the fiscal health of your startup and your mental health!

How It All Started

Dr. Uli K. Chettipally, an emergency physician with a background in epidemiology and research, shares the journey that led him to establish InnovatorMD, a platform aimed at empowering physicians to drive change and innovation in healthcare. His career began in a large healthcare company, where he encountered the slow pace of change and felt restricted in implementing necessary improvements. This frustration was compounded when his first child was diagnosed with autism, prompting his desire to find answers through research. However, limited access, funding, and mentorship stifled his efforts within the traditional healthcare system.

Seeking a fresh perspective, Dr. Chettipally took a sabbatical during the dotcom bubble to explore opportunities in Silicon Valley. Despite the eventual demise of his startup, the experience reignited his enthusiasm and provided him with innovative ideas. Returning to his job, he embarked on a decade-long journey to develop a platform that could extract and deliver real-time insights from electronic health records (EHR) to emergency physicians. This successful endeavor led to numerous research projects and publications, but also highlighted the slow pace of progress in healthcare.

Driven by a desire to catalyze change more efficiently, Dr. Chettipally founded InnovatorMD after leaving his position at the healthcare company. The platform aims to support physicians who aspire to lead transformative initiatives but lack guidance. Despite being recognized as scientific leaders, physicians often find themselves relegated to figurehead roles, lacking agency in driving improvements. InnovatorMD seeks to challenge this paradigm by showcasing physician-led innovations from around the world, with the goal of inspiring others and fostering a culture of innovation in healthcare.

Through InnovatorMD, Dr. Chettipally invites others to join him on this journey of pushing boundaries, challenging the status quo, and effecting positive change in healthcare.

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About Us

Change is happening everywhere in healthcare!

At InnovatorMD, we're fueled by big minds and real innovation! In the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare, physicians are often sidelined from driving change. We believe it's time to spotlight physician innovators who are pushing boundaries and reshaping the future. Join us as we showcase their remarkable work, inspire learning, and ignite innovation in healthcare.

Purple Podiums

We value physician knowledge, skills, and creativity. We believe that physicians can come up with solutions to the challenges facing the healthcare industry. We understand that physicians are scientific leaders, providers, and teachers.


We are a group of physician innovators from various backgrounds with a single vision - to spread physician innovation to the rest of the world and to have a positive impact on patient outcomes and physician wellness while moving the healthcare industry forward.


To educate clinicians on advances in care delivery models, medical devices, digital health, and pharmaceutical innovation that will help them improve patient care and make their clinical management more efficient, meaningful, and fulfilling.





Some people think we are crazy, but we are creating the whole ecosystem around Physician Innovation!

Here are the folks we serve:

Meet the Team

Founder & President

Co-Lead, Accelerator 

Andrew V. Bokarius MD, FAWM



Nila Rafiq, MD, MBA



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