Avik Ray is a medical doctor from India with a specialization in pharmacoepidemiology and his professional journey has been an exciting mixture of patient care, population health, data science, and management. He had his first entrepreneurial stint in the provider space in medical school which gave him invaluable first-hand experiences of building products from the scratch. Avik did his residency in internal medicine (sub-specialization: clinical pharmacology) during which time he carried out clinical trials and served as an academic consultant to life sciences organizations. He has published multiple scientific papers in reputed international journals including the New England Journal of Medicine and the Lancet, and is a member of the editorial boards of leading scientific journals such as PLOS ONE and the Frontiers. Avik recently graduated with a master of science degree in Epidemiology from Harvard University which allowed him to imbibe advanced data science skills to complement his holistic understanding of healthcare and the pharmaceutical industry. His area of focus is cardiovascular medicine and real-world data analysis using causal inference and state-of-the-art machine learning techniques. Avik is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School and his research involves analysis of real-world evidence of medicines and vaccines to assess effectiveness and safety, thus providing critical inputs for treatment guideline updates and health policy decisions. He is also working as a Medical Technology Officer at a seed-stage healthcare start-up based in Cambridge, MA which focuses on developing AI-based solutions for improving healthcare delivery. Avik has received multiple prestigious scholarships, fellowships, awards and other accolades including an invite to attend the Nobel Laureate Meeting on Medicine/Physiology by the Nobel Prize Council as a MARS fellow and has recently been inducted as a fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (FRSPH). Outside of work, Avik is a singer-songwriter and likes to spend time with his instruments besides running and cooking.
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