Sanjeev Bhavnani

Physician-Technologist, Principal Investigator Healthcare Innovation & Practice Transformation Laboratory Scripps Clinic

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Sanjeev Bhavnani MD is a cardiologist and principal investigator of the Healthcare Innovation and Practice Transformation Laboratory at Scripps Clinic. Dr. Bhavnani was a Qualcomm Wireless Health Scholar at TSRI where he was involved in the design of next generation digital medicine clinical trials. The health innovation laboratory develops new methods to innovate care delivery and to translate the advances in medical technologies – mHealth, big data, and precision medicine – to patient care. Central objectives are to harness new academic-clinical-industry collaborations and to assess the impact of new innovations on healthcare quality, costs, and outcomes. The laboratory's research interests include: - Telehealth and Telemedicine deployment in patient care - Wearable and Wireless Devices  - Smartphone Connected Technologies  - Nanosensors - ingestible and implantable  - Portable and Handheld Ultrasound - Lab-on-a-chip Technologies - Virtual and Augmented Reality - Cloud-based data platforms and Big Data analytics  - Development of Health Technology Assessments to inform the next generation of device designs Dr. Bhavnani leads a team of clinicians, researchers, biomedical engineers, translational informatics and biostatistics. Collectively they have executed clinical trials in the United States and in resource limited areas - Uganda, India, and Mexico – These programs have created the first smartphone-connected mHealth clinics and have enrolled 20,000+ patients. He serves on innovation advisory boards of several national medical societies and has worked with digital health think tanks to develop the CONNECT legislation and 21st Century Cures Act. He has authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications and has received multiple grants exploring new methods for large scale community engagement with new technologies. Dr. Bhavnani is a practicing cardiologist specializing in adult cardiology, heart failure, imaging, critical care and informatics, and is faculty teaching digital health design thinking at various universities. He has been recognized as a 40-under-40 life science innovator in San Diego.

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Work experience

May 2016 - Present

American College of Cardiology

Innovations Advisory Group - Chair Writing Committee 2017 Health Policy Statement

Jan 2014 - Present

The American Society of Echocardiography

New Technologies Task Force


Sep 2013 - Present


Digital Health Committe - Chair

Chair - Digital Health Committee developing research and clinical strategies for BIOCOMs life science members across industry, academia, and healthcare institutions. This committee has provided input to congress and various public policy programs including the 21st Century Cures Act and CONNECT legislations. Our objectives are to increase the utilization of new healthcare innovations through evidence-based and implementation science approaches that drive outcome and economic benefit for patient care.


Jul 2013 - Present

Scripps Health

Cardiologist, Digital Technologies and Healthcare Innovation at Scripps Clinic


2013 - 2015

The Scripps Research Institute

Qualcomm Wireless Health Scholar Digital Medicine Clinical Trials

Mobile and Digital Health Clinical Trials


Jan 2009 - Jun 2013

UConn Health

Cardiologist, Remote Patient Monitoring Outcomes Research Investigator

Co-director of a research team involved in the development of large hospital based clinical registries for outcomes models among patients with cardiac devices, cardiac arrest, and left ventricular assist devices. These models have been applied to the design of investigations to improve the 30-day heart failure readmission rates, cost effectiveness and remote monitoring programs among hospitalized patients through the development of multidisciplinary healthcare teams. Supervision and mentorship of medical trainees in data analysis, presentation and manuscript preparation Clinical cardiology focus in cardiac intensive care, heart failure, echocardiography and nuclear cardiology


2008 - 2009

Hartford Hospital

Post Doctoral Research Fellow - Implantable Cardiac Devices

Development of a large clinical registry of all patients receiving an implantable cardioverter defibrillator over a 15 year period for outcome investigations including risk stratification, cost effectivness analyses and prospective investigations. This registry has produced over 40 investigations, 20 manuscripts and several grants and awards


2004 - 2006

Cleveland Clinic

Post-Doctoral Fellowship Heart Failure Clinical Trials


2013 - 2015

The Scripps Research Institute

Qualcomm Wireless Research Scholar, Wireless Health and Digital Medicine Clinical Trials

The University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Adult Cardiology Fellowship

The University of Connecticut Health Center

Internal Medicine Residency Program

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