Farzad is a cardiologist and design strategist running the Advanced Technology Incubator at Edwards Lifesciences, including the Innovation Fellowship Program for cardiovascular physicians and surgeons.
Focused on structural heart disease, he is responsible for operationalizing the upstream processes of unmet clinical needs characterization, new concept generation, early-stage prototyping, and feasibility testing to translate winning concepts to clinical pathways ahead.
Academically, Farzad serves as Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine where he teaches needs-driven health and medical technology design at the Stanford Presence Center and Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign.
Previously, Farzad served as Chief Medical Officer at Myia Labs (an American College of Cardiology and VC-backed digital health start-up) and Director of Health at the global design and innovation firm IDEO.
He completed his training in medicine and cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic and the University of Minnesota’s Lillehei Heart Institute respectively, served as Chief Cardiology Fellow and NIH T32 Research Fellow designing and testing advanced cardiovascular technologies, and operated as the St. Jude Medical and Dean’s Innovation Fellow at Stanford Biodesign.
Farzad holds both his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and his MD from the University of Texas at Austin / UTMB, and his post-doc in Biodesign from Stanford University School of Medicine.
He is the recipient of Phi Beta Kappa distinction and the Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Award.