AI in the clinical space: Innovations and ethics

  • Innovation in care and operations


Wednesday 11 September


Session description:

This interactive panel discussion will delve into AI innovations in the clinical space, with a particular focus on the associated ethical issues. The objective of this session is to stimulate reflection and provide insights into how healthcare leaders worldwide are addressing these ethical challenges.

Chair: Mrs Priya Singh, EVP and Chief Strategy Officer, Stanford Medicine, USA

  • Innovation in care and operations


Wednesday 11 September


Chair and Speakers

Mrs Priya Singh

EVP and Chief Strategy Officer, Stanford Medicine, USA

Priya Singh serves as Stanford Medicine’s Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer – an enterprise-wide role across the $12.3 billion academic health system where she leads strategic planning, global strategy, industry relations, and public relations and communications. She came to this position with extensive multi-disciplinary experience, having previously held leadership roles at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Oracle,, and Levi Strauss & Co.

Leveraging her tenure across academia, technology, and retail, Priya spearheaded Stanford Medicine’s inaugural strategic plan, uniting education, research, and clinical care to enhance patient outcomes, expedite research breakthroughs, and streamline educational offerings. As a senior advisor to more than 50 C-suite executives and senior leaders, Priya also crucially aligned Stanford Medicine’s COVID-19 response and was instrumental in helping the institution carry out over a million COVID-19 tests by February 2022 and distributing 500,000+ vaccine doses by March 2023.

Priya’s career includes managing global business operations, assessing international market potential, driving innovation, and executive education initiatives. Notably, she founded the Stanford Ignite program: operating in seven global cities, providing essential business training to entrepreneurs and start-ups in emerging markets. Additionally, she played a pivotal role in establishing the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies: delivering business training to entrepreneurs in emerging markets.

Recognized for her leadership and impact, Priya has been honored by Becker’s Hospital Review, Fortune’s Most Powerful Women, and the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Women of Influence.

Priya earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business Management at the Bombay University in India.

Dr Michael Pfeffer

Chief Information and Digital Officer, Associate Dean, Clinical Professor of Medicine, Stanford Medicine, USA

Michael is the Chief Information and Digital Officer and Associate Dean for Stanford Health Care and Stanford University School of Medicine. Michael oversees Technology and Digital Solutions, responsible for providing world class technology solutions to Stanford Health Care and the School of Medicine, enabling new opportunities for groundbreaking research, teaching, and compassionate care across two hospitals and over 150 clinics. Michael also serves as a Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine and Division of Hospital Medicine with a joint appointment in the center for Biomedical Research (BMIR). Prior to joining Stanford Medicine, Michael served as the Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer for UCLA Health Sciences, and the inaugural Chief Medical Informatics Officer before becoming CIO. Michael graduated from Brown University with a degree in chemical engineering. He received his medical degree from Cornell University and is board certified in Internal Medicine and Clinical Informatics.

Dr Tyson Welzel

Group Chief Innovation Officer, Mediclinic Group Ltd., Switzerland

Tyson Welzel graduated from the University of Cape Town (“UCT”) in 2001. He has fed his interest in all aspects of Emergency Medicine – completing courses in Hyperbaric, Diving, Aviation Medicine and Expedition Medicine, as well as in Forensic Medicine, Medicine and the Law, and Disaster Medicine.

For many years, he served the dual function of Clinician and Clinical Manager at a district hospital in Cape Town. Shifting to academia, he subsequently joined UCT’s Division of Emergency Medicine as Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the MPhil and PG Dip programmes and served on the Human Research Ethics Committee of Stellenbosch University from 2011 to 2018. He is also a founder of the Centre of Excellence in Emergency Medicine in Bern.

In 2016, he joined Mediclinic Group, a multinational healthcare services provider, taking responsibility for clinical governance and health technology assessments, before being appointed to spearhead innovation across the organisation in 2019. He founded the Mediclinic radical innovation hub in Zug, Switzerland in 2021.

At the rare occasion when there is spare time, Tyson is an avid photographer with both SLR and drone-based, and enjoys a good hike.