Nkem Egekeze of Stealth Start-ups: Waste Not/Want Not – a Mindset for Medicine

Nkem Egekeze is chief innovation officer and Managing Director of Stealth Startup.  He previously worked as an orthopedic surgery resident and as a research scholar at the University of Georgia, and a strategy advisor at Harvard Innovation Labs. He obtained his medical degree from University of Michigan medical school. He focuses on providing value-based health research and innovation insights for investment executives and medical professionals focusing in particular on cost savings and customized insights.

Our conversation track’s Nkem’s own career, which involved some stints in emerging markets and we discuss the insights that working in these more resource constrained communities provided in terms of what represents “value” in healthcare as well as waste.  Nkem has integrated these insights into his own approach to medicine now, where he is an advocate for value-based research and insights that can be gained through innovation and change.

We speak about the potential for innovation in medicine as well as some of the shortcomings in the profession currently in terms of under-representation as well as waste.

This series is being supported by an anonymous supporter and we are using our traditional sponsor slots to shine a light on organizations that promote diversity in medicine.  These include

The Doctors Back to School Program through the American Medical Association which sends minority physicians and minority medical students into schools in underserved communities as a way to introduce children to minority medical role models.  Contact dbts@ama-assn.org for more information on the Doctors Back to School program. https://www.ama-assn.org/member-groups-sections/minority-affairs/doctors-back-school-program
GLMA is a national organization committed to ensuring health equity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and all sexual and gender minority (SGM) individuals, and equality for LGBTQ/SGM health professionals in their work and learning environments.  To achieve this mission, GLMA utilizes the scientific expertise of its diverse multidisciplinary membership to inform and drive advocacy, education, and research. https://www.glma.org/index.cfm?nodeid=1

The American Medical Women’s Association is focused on supporting and retaining women in healthcare through promoting gender equity in medicine.    https://www.amwa-doc.org/our-work/initiatives/gender-equity-task-force/invest-in-her/

The National Orthopaedic Alliance and international Orthopaedic Diversity Alliance. https://www.orthopaedicdiversity.org/