We’re designing a healthier future by reimagining what health and healthcare can be.


Imagine a space where doctors and designers alike can come together and solve some of the toughest challenges in healthcare in one of the most evocative spaces in Philadelphia.


The Jefferson Health Design Lab exists to bring people from different backgrounds together and promote inclusive design in healthcare. From patients to providers, everyone has the potential to accelerate change and improve lives.


Fueled by traditional and modern prototyping technology and a foundation of Health Design Thinking, the Health Design Lab is more than just a maker space, but a space that will change the way we all think about the future of healthcare.




Led by a collaborative group of devoted industry leaders.


Bon Ku MD, MPP

Bon Ku, MD, MPP is the Assistant Dean for Health & Design at Thomas Jefferson University. A practicing emergency medicine physician, he is the Co-Founder and Director of the Health Design Lab where he also created the first design thinking program at a medical school. Dr. Ku is the recipient of the Cambridge Health Alliance Art of Healing Award and healthcare innovation awards from The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Dr. Ku joins Ann Curry as a regular panelist on the TV show Chasing The Cure.

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Robert Pugliese PharmD, BCPS

Robert S. Pugliese, PharmD, BCPS is Director of Innovation Design at Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health. He is Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Jefferson Health Design Lab. Prior to taking on a full time role in healthcare innovation, Robert spent 10 years practicing and teaching in the specialty of Emergency Medicine. As a person with insulin dependent diabetes, Robert takes personal interest in assuring that everyone has a voice in improving our healthcare system.


Geoff Hayden MD

Geoff Hayden, MD, is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University and Director of Scholarly Inquiry, Design, at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College. Dr. Hayden has directed several emergency ultrasound programs while also serving as core faculty at academic Emergency Medicine residency programs. He’s an avid believer that medicine + design = better medicine.


Andrea Landau MFA

Andrea Landau, MFA, is an Education Coordinator for the Scholarly Inquiry Program, Design and Humanities Tracks at the Sidney Kimmel Medical School within Thomas Jefferson University. She brings to the Health Design Lab team her experience as an arts administrator, artist/designer, and educator with ten years of experience in higher education. Andrea is deeply interested in non-traditional educational approaches that foster confidant, creative thinkers, dynamic problem solvers, and empowers students to create what they imagine.


Kristy Shine MD, PhD

Kristy M. Shine, MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University and Director of Scholarly Inquiry, Design, at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College. In addition to her role as attending physician and core faculty for the residency, Dr. Shine has worked in the medical device industry and holds graduate degrees in mechanical engineering and medical engineering/medical physics. She believes that training doctors to be compassionate innovators will change the future of medicine.


Matt Fields, MD

J. Matthew Fields, MD is an associate professor and the Research Director of the Jefferson Health Design Lab. He trained in Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania where he also completed a fellowship in Emergency Ultrasound and a Research Certificate from the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He has numerous publications, has held multiple national leadership positions and won national awards for his research. He practices clinically as an emergency physician at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. His work in the Health Design Lab focuses on exploring opportunities to improve health care and medical education through the use of design thinking and innovation.


Health Design
Research Fellows

2018-2019 2019-2020
Terry Gao Michelle Ho


Current Research

Jake Mazza

Nick Rankin

Dennis Huang

Victor Hsue

Linh Nguyen

Jason Core

Devon Cross

Joshua Ng

Michael Velez

Miranda Sill

Nathan Ott

Shreyas Chandragiri

Nicole Nester


Health Design Interns


Aidan O’Donnell
Chitra Parikh
Devin Morrison
Eden Efrem
Emily Yu
Shreyas Chandragiri
Manasseh Alexander
Miranda Sill
Nathan Ott
Nicole Nester
Lauren “Renie” McGrath
Sabrina Sequeira
Shayla Murray

Marah Sakkal
Shamay Agaron
Noshin Khan
Linh Nguyen
Michael Velez
Jason Core
Devon Cross
Alexandra Melo
Adi Risbud
Joshua Ng

Kailey Tindle
Daniel Shpigel
Monica McGrath
Allison David
Taylor Chiang
Denis Huang
Rhea Braun
Ryan Li
Yash Huilgol
Nick Rankin