Rafael J. Grossmann Zamora, MD, FACS
Surgeon, Educator, Speaker, Patient Advocate, Healthcare Futurist, and Immigrant- originally from Caracas, Venezuela.
After doing his surgery residency in Ann Arbor, MI, USA, he developed as a General, Trauma, Advanced Laparoscopic and Robotic surgeon and now practices in Maine, USA.
Throughout his career, he has focused on tapping the paradoxical power of technology to coexist with 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 an Exponential Medicine/ Singularity University alumnus and faculty, his passion is about the intersection of Innovation Technology and Healthcare.
He’s advisor and consultant to several entities, including Magic Leap, Animares, Nanox.Vision and many startup enterprises in the technology landscape. He’s lectured at MIT Media Lab, Stanford, Google, Deloitte, and many other pivotal digital-health industry players.
“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“.
“Smart glasses, Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality will revolutionize the way we practice and teach medicine” Devices like Magic Leap One, Vuzix Blade, Google Glass, Hololens, Oculus and HTC Vive (shown here) have unlimited, disruptive possibilities…platforms like ARkit and ARcore, will enhance massive access to the power of mixed reality, increasing communication and connectivity…improving Healthcare and Education.
He was 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 event 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”) , TEDxBermuda 2013 ( “OK Glass, I Need a Surgeon” ), TEDxDirigo 2013 ( “OK Glass, Disrupt Healthcare” ), TEDxYouth@JBMHS, 2014 ( “Google Glass & other Marvels, Google Glass and Beyond” ) and TEDx PuraVida 2019.
He has been a national and global Keynote Speaker in all continents and in fantastic venues, including Exponential Medicine, MedicineX , Games For Health, in Amsterdam, Doctors2.0 in Paris, HIMSS-AP 2014 in Singapore, ATA, Cerner, FEI, DigitalHealthLive, HIMSS Middle East, EO Nepal2015, Health2.0Europe, STEP, GITEX, and events San Francisco, San Diego, New York, Boston, Dubai, Riyadh, Budapest, Seoul, Berlin, Cartagena, Mexico DF, Barranquilla, etc.
He has been interviewed by many outlets, including CBS ( Is Google Glass the new stethoscope? ), Univision (El Dr. Grossmann fué el primer cirujano en realizar una operación con Google Glass http://t.co/wwTnMKbCze via @alpunto), CNN, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, PCMag, Le Figaro, Maine Mag, etc.
Interview (in Spanish) on Univision Al Punto, with Jorge Ramos
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 the main feature on the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons
The New York Times
Googling Yourself Takes on a Whole New Meaning
Technology Shake UP,
Maine magazine July-2014 issue
50 People Shaping Our State
& October 2014
Embracing Technology for a Healthier Future
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”.