Ravi is an MS2 at AMS and is the director and co-founder of Design + Health. Having studied architecture and worked in educational design prior to medical school, he was exposed to the impact of conscientious design on health but was surprised by how little empirical data existed to support this relationship. Additionally, he realized that designers and healthcare providers did not necessarily speak the same language, which contributed to design being an underutilized resource to promote health. Conceived from the earliest stages as an interdisciplinary partnership, Design + Health represents an experiment in creative thinking to address these issues and advance health through design.
Elio is a junior studying industrial design at RISD. He grew up in Panama City, Panama, where his father sells medical equipment (such as CAT scans, MRIs, etc) and his mother is a sculptor who attended RISD. The medical field intrigues him, because it represents a special and unique challenge to design with empathy. He believes medical design is a humbling and fascinating place to make designs that truly improve people’s quality of life. In his own research, he explores how technology can bridge the gap between the physician and the patient by improving communication.
Zoe is a junior in Industrial Design at RISD. Her interest in Industrial Design stems from its focus on problem-solving. She believes in the power of design to better the lives and environments of people. Her interests lie in health, nature and material.
Chris is a junior studying industrial design at the RISD. He was raised in Palm Beach, Florida where his family owns and operates medical centers throughout the rural communities of Western Palm Beach County. He developed a passion for patient care in underserved communities and his specific interest lies in the design applications of networks within the healthcare system to enhance care. He is drawn to medical design because he believes it’s a beautiful marriage between science and art that holds immense power in its ability to directly impact lives. He holds a further interest in the design of prosthetics and bio-mechatronics and aspires to move beyond the current paradigm of artificial limbs to improve the lives of patients.
Jay Baruch, MD
Jay is a writer, emergency physician, medical educator, and speaker. He serves as Director of the Program in Clinical Arts and Humanities, Co-director of the Medical Humanities and Bioethics Scholarly Concentration, and the director of the ethics curriculum at the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University.
Enrique is founder and director of Muchi East, a creative process platform that connects the future of design, public health and cities. He is a Senior Critic at the Rhode Island School of Design and an international consultant, speaker and writer on a broad range of topics revolving around urban innovation, design, collective creative processes and public health.