GretaRybus-DrGrossmann-SMALL-4515Rafael J. Grossmann, MD, FACS is originally from Caracas, Venezuela. After doing his surgery residency in Ann Arbor, MI, he has developed as a General, Trauma, Advanced Laparoscopic and Robotic surgeon and now practices in Maine, USA.

Through-out his career, he has focused in tapping the paradoxical power of technology to coexist with a better, more humane medical care.

As a healthcare futurist, being a full-time practicing surgeon, gives him the rare skills, qualities and advantages that clinicians have but most technology innovators lack. That duality of expertise makes him a voice that definitely should be heard. A voice that impacts and addresses both ends of the spectrum, diversifying the target audience, feeding multiple interests and curiosities.

As a FutureMed/ Singularity University alumnus his passion is about the intersection of Innovation Technology and Healthcare. “I know that the exponential development of technology and its smart use, will profoundly, positively impact the Healthcare system in ways that are difficult to even imagine”. after graduating from Singularity, “I have constantly worked to define myself as a Healthcare Futurist”.

He is an avid blogger & Healthcare Social Media user (Twitter @ZGJR) and Linkedin

2014-03-13 12.12.00 HDRHe is one of the earliest GoogleGlass Explorers in the world, and was the FIRST Doctor to ever use Google Glass during live surgery (Google Glass In The Operating Room! ), this being the event that catapulted him into the digital medicine ecosystem, as a disrupter of established medical paradigms and traditional ways of practicing.

Rafael has also been a TEDx speaker in many occasions, initially at TEDxDirigo, 2011 ( “An ipod could save a life” ) , TEDx Bermuda 2013 and TEDxDirigo 2013 ( “OK Glass”:Disrupt Healthcare ) and TEDx Youth@JBMHS, 2014 : “GoogleGlass & other Marvels, Google Glass and Beyond

He has been a national and global Keynote Speaker, in 4 continents, and fantastic venues including the MedicineX conference in Stanford, Ca. ’13, “Games For Health”, in Amsterdam, Holland, in October ,’13, Doctors2.0 in Paris (’13 & “14), HIMSS-AP 2014 in Singapore, EONepal2015, along with others in Hungary. Seoul, Berlin, Colombia, etc.

He has been interviewed by many outlets, including CBS ( Is Google Glass the new stethoscope? ), Univision ( El Dr. Grossmann fue el primer cirujano en realizar una operación con Google Glass via @alpunto )

Interview ( in Spanish) on #GoogleGlass in #Surgery @AlPunto with Dr from #Venezuela

He participated in Stanford MOOC, Mobile health Without Borders (Check Mobile Health Without Borders a free class on Venture Lab. ) and has been featured as a main feature on the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons

( Surgeons see future applications for Google Glass | The Bulletin ), GeneralSurgeryNews (… ), PCmag

The New York Times
Googling Yourself Takes on a Whole New Meaning

The Guardian
Technology Shake UP,

Maine magazine July-2014 issue
50 People Shaping Our State

and October, 2014
Embracing Technology for a Healthier Future

Wikipedia/Healthcare Applications

Practicing in a rural area like Maine, and being a telemedicine, mHealth and Digital Medicine advocate, he is a strong believer on the power of technology to better connect providers and patients.

He is convinced that Innovation in Healthcare Technology along with the current developments in mobile and wearable platforms will exponentially improve healthcare connectivity, communication and data management, and result in a more efficient, intuitive, less expensive and ultimately better and more humane patient care.


“Disrupting the way in which medical data and information flow, will decrease costs and medical errors, allowing for better care and less mortality”.

“Extending the reach of providers and improving access for patients are keys to improving health. Telemedicine, m-Health Technology and Healthcare Social media will, very soon,completely redefine the way in which healthcare is delivered. Innovation in the application of remote presence to provide medical care, will cause a complete disruption of paradigms and allow for a much better system”.