VP, health, Apple
By Dr. Robert Harrington, Arthur L. Bloomfield Professor of Medicine Chair, Department of Medicine, Stanford University
Before she became a physician, Sumbul Desai worked in strategy for Disney until a family health event initiated a change in her career direction. After medical school, she trained in internal medicine and joined the Stanford Medicine faculty as a hospital medicine specialist, but she continued to apply her business acumen to solving problems in the healthcare delivery system as the Department of Medicine’s vice chair of strategy and innovation and as associate chief medical officer responsible for digital health in Stanford Health Care.
She led the creation of ClickWell, a “bricks and clicks” primary care clinic, and cofounded Stanford’s Center for Digital Health. At Apple since 2017, she and her team collaborate closely with engineering on a variety of health initiatives and features, including the Apple Heart Study.
She has a passion and commitment for using technology to provide an outstanding consumer-patient experience. Her ability to envision a future, connect the dots, and build and lead teams positions Apple well in its move into helping consumers think about and manage their own health.