Biodesign Training Program

The Einstein/Montefiore Innovation Biodesign Training Program is a unique one-year experience that seeks to train the next generation of physician innovators. Given the high burden of chronic diseases in the Bronx, and the corresponding challenges faced by patients and providers, this program’s objectives include:

  1. Developing and implementing innovative health technologies that improve outcomes (clinical, process, economic) for patients, providers, and the Einstein/Montefiore health system
  2. Contributing to presentations, publications, grant funding, and institutional intellectual property
  3. Contributing to an Innovation-based ecosystem at Einstein/Montefiore comprised of didactics, mentoring, and sustainable product development/implementation

The program’s curriculum includes:

  • Health technology-oriented didactic coursework
  • A ‘clinical immersion’ experience to help program participants learn more about clinical challenges and areas for improvement
  • A scholarly project (including a ‘big innovation’ paper and end-of-program pitch presentation to Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine leadership) conducted through the biodesign framework
  • Mentoring from Einstein/Montefiore faculty and external experts

Through a multidisciplinary approach, Innovation Biodesign Training Program participants will benefit from our institution’s vast clinical, research, and health information technology infrastructure.

This program is open to fellows or residents in their research training years and attending physicians.

Fellows & Projects

Adam Ammar

Adam Ammar

Adam Ammar, MD was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He attended the Johns Hopkins University and received his BA in Neuroscience in 2010. He then attended the University of Illinois at Chicago where he received his medical degree in 2015. He is currently a chief resident of neurosurgery at Montefiore. His interests are in global surgery, pediatric neurosurgery, and improving the affordability and applicability of neurosurgical equipment to low resource settings.


Felix Reyes

Felix Reyes

Felix Reyes, MD is a native of the Dominican Republic where he also completed medical school. Afterwards, he finished an Internal Medicine Residency in Brooklyn, a Hospice and Palliative Care fellowship at Montefiore, and now is a senior Pulmonary And Critical Care fellow in the Montefiore Healthcare System. He has focused his career on improving access to care for vulnerable populations and aims to focus his career at developing population level interventions to improve healthcare in Latin America. He is the co-founder of PrepMedRD a virtual learning platform for doctors in the Dominican Republic.


Priyanka Mahali

Priyanka Mahali

Priyanka Mahali, MD, was born and raised in South India where she also completed her medical school. She finished Internal Medicine Residency at Montefiore Medical Center and now is a Chief fellow in the Division of Endocrinology at Montefiore-Einstein. Her areas of interest are improving quality of life in Type I Diabetes, advances in Diabetes technology, and improving Diabetes self-management.


Rafael De La Garza Ramos

Rafael De La Garza Ramos

Rafael De la Garza Ramos, MD is a neurosurgery resident at Montefiore-Einstein. He was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico. He received his medical degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology in 2013, graduating with honors. He then completed a three-year research fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Department of Neurosurgery, receiving the A. Earl Walker Outstanding International Fellow Award in 2015 in recognition of his contributions to the advancement of the neurological sciences. He has a clinical and research interest in spine oncology and cancer health disparities, innovation, and predictive analytics.


Kumar Vivek

Kumar Vivek

Kumar Vivek, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at Montefiore-Einstein and an Attending Anesthesiologist in the Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology at Montefiore Medical Center. Kumar grew up in India and graduated medical school from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. He trained in the Anesthesiology residency and Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center. Kumar is an educator and tinkerer. Kumar’s interests include streamlining communication between patients and providers during the perioperative period.


Sweta Chekuri

Sweta Chekuri

Sweta Chekuri, MD is a board-certified physician in Internal Medicine and Obesity Medicine, currently working as a hospitalist at Montefiore Medical Center. She is dedicated to her profession and has been awarded Hospitalist of the Year in 2020. Dr. Chekuri has published in multiple journals and is actively pursuing a Masters in Bioethics.