I’ve always been passionate about plastic and reconstructive surgery. I grew up in war-torn Lebanon where I witnessed a great need for that kind of medical care. So early on, I decided that I wanted to give people an opportunity at a better quality of life by restoring their form and function. In my journey to where I am today, I started to become involved in global health initiatives. I worked in many countries around the world, helping to build and scale sustainable health models, including Peru, Vietnam and throughout the Middle East. But I also worked with big, international medtech companies, advising them on how to scale their new techniques and devices.
What I recognized after 10 years of doing this kind of work is that there is a fundamental challenge of access, variation and care in the quality of healthcare. At the moment, where you live in the world very much determines the quality of your care, and it shouldn’t be that way. They often say necessity is the mother of invention. I saw there was this huge problem getting expertise to where it’s needed, and that’s when I began looking to technology to solve it.