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Farzad is a medical technology designer and cardiologist with over 10 years of clinical experience. He serves as Director of Health at IDEO, Adjunct Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, and Assistant Director of Design at Stanford Biodesign. He leads medical aspects of IDEO's Health Portfolio as they pertain to contextualized product and service design. Projects span patient, clinician, and broader stakeholder experience by way of consumer products, regulated medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and digital health. Prior to his current roles, Farzad served as the St. Jude Medical and Dean's Innovation Fellow at Stanford Biodesign. He completed his clinical training in internal medicine and cardiology at Cleveland Clinic and Minnesota's Lillehei Heart Institute. He served as Chief Cardiology Fellow and was awarded an NIH fellowship in advanced cardiovascular technologies where he ran feasibility studies on acoustic detection of coronary artery stenosis, augmented vascular access, and implantable cardio-embolic stroke protection systems. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from The University of Texas at Austin, a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch, and a post-doctoral designation in Biodesign from Stanford University School of Medicine. He is a recipient of Phi Beta Kappa distinction and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award.