Interview with Dr. Samantha Nazareth

In this week's PNC Podcast episode, Dr. Samantha Nazareth describes how to find a medical advisor/director position with a healthcare technology company.

Dr. Nazareth is a gastroenterologist and Chief Medical Officer of a data privacy company. She is an advisor to multiple startups and venture capital funds locally and internationally. Since January 2019, she has been a member of the medical advisory board for Women's Health Magazine. And she has been a long time advocate for teaching digital literacy to all healthcare professionals.

She completed her medical degree at Brown University, and her internal medicine training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital – Cornell. Then she pursued fellowships in Transplant Hepatology and Gastroenterology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital – Columbia.

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Venturing Into Healthcare Technology

Samantha has been interested in cutting edge healthcare technology even as she was completing her fellowships. She still practices gastroenterology part-time, but she is increasingly drawn to her roles in technology start-ups. Her journey began with networking. She knew a lot of physicians that were in the tech space and reached out to them. 

We are students at heart. We are very good students, so just stay curious. – Dr. Samantha Nazareth

Eventually, she was drawn to the realm of emerging technology, or health technologies that are not fully adopted yet. Examples include 3D printing, virtual reality, augmented reality, and genomics. 

How to Balance Different Endeavors

Balancing work in the clinical and technology worlds can be a challenge. For Dr. Nazareth, part-time clinical activities are the anchor and the tech activities generally work around that. It can be challenging, but you can make it work, however. Even if you're a full-time clinician, you can start by simply doing the tech work during your off-hours.

A healthcare technology business is fast-paced, however, especially an early-stage start-up. Think early mornings, late nights, and weekends. But it is also very exciting.

Teaching Other Physicians

Sam and I will be presenting at the Physician Helping Physicians 2020 NEXT Intensive Series: In-depth information on your NEXT options virtual conference September 4 – 9, 2020. During this conference, you will hear from 30 different physicians over 6 days about their nonclinical careers and side jobs. The conference is entirely virtual, and participants will be given access to the replays afterward. Sam is presenting on September 5, and I'm scheduled for September 7 and 9. She will talk more about technology careers, and I'll be discussing hospital management positions and jobs for physicians who have not completed a residency.


Samantha recommends that those interested in joining a tech start-up to stay curious. It doesn't matter where you are in your career. As a physician, you have so much to offer. And with a little effort, you will be able to join the healthcare technology movement.

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