Jason Hwang, M.D., M.B.A. is an internal medicine physician with deep expertise in health care innovation, both as a thought leader and as an entrepreneur.
Together with Professor Clayton Christensen of Harvard Business School and the late Jerome Grossman of Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Dr. Hwang co-authored The Innovator's Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care, the American College of Healthcare Executives 2010 Book of the Year and recipient of the 2011 Health Service Journal Circle Prize for Inspiring Innovation. He continues to write and speak frequently about innovations in health care that lower the cost of care, improve its quality, and elevate the patient and physician experience.
Dr. Hwang was previously co-founder and chief medical officer of Icebreaker Health (also known as Lemonaid Health), a next-generation telemedicine company focused on delivering highly scalable primary care services direct to consumer via smartphone and web applications. Dr. Hwang helped guide the company through its early stage of growth to a staff of 20 employees, including 6 full-time physicians; customer volume of 3,500 patient visits per month; a partnership with a national health care provider; and a Series A valuation of $25M.
Prior to that, Dr. Hwang co-founded and was Executive Director of Healthcare at Innosight Institute (now renamed the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation), a non-profit social innovation think tank. Dr. Hwang engaged with stakeholders across the health care landscape in order to research and promote disruptive innovations in the sector, while producing multiple academic papers and mass media articles for outlets including Health Affairs, CNN, CNBC, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Fortune, Wall Street Journal, and Harvard Business Review; organizing several workshops and conferences; and speaking at numerous events including TEDMED, the Institute of Medicine, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Dr. Hwang has been an advisory board member at The Commonwealth Fund, Moffitt Cancer Center, and Oklahoma State University. He has consulted on or assisted with projects for numerous organizations and companies, including the XPRIZE Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, California Health Care Foundation, Ashoka Foundation, IBM Watson Research Center, Pfizer, and Medtronic. He is a founding member of the Editorial Board for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Health.
Dr. Hwang taught as chief resident and clinical instructor at the University of California, Irvine, where he received multiple recognitions for his clinical work. He has also served as a clinician with the Southern California Kaiser Permanente Medical Group and the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Long Beach, California. Dr. Hwang received his B.S. and M.D. from the University of Michigan and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
"We are very grateful for Jason’s contribution to our ‘Connect for Impact’ conference. He delivered an inspiring, thoughtful and tailor-made keynote which was highly appreciated by our guests. Besides that, Jason was also available for private conversations, reflecting on ideas, giving comments and advice!"
"Your presentation on Innovation in Healthcare Service Delivery was exceptionally well received. You truly connected with our members who seek entrepreneurial leadership and are eager to advance behavioral healthcare "back home" and industry-wide. Thank you so much for an excellent presentation."
"Jason is a rock star! We were so pleased with his presentation he set the tone for the rest of the conference. He is also one of the nicest people I've ever met."