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Julien L. Pham, MD, MPH

Greater Boston Area

I am passionate about innovation and the impact of disruptive thinking and technology in the practice and delivery of modern Medicine. After a young clinician investigator career in academia (Nephrology) at Harvard, I became interested in the interplay of digital health and entrepreneurial education. I founded RHINNO, the first hospital "Hack Lab", a rapid prototype/rapid deployment (lean) platform embedded within a medical institution to strategically advance reciprocal innovation in the health IT field. In 2013, I co-founded RubiconMD.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Career transition strategy

    Having made the "leap" myself into the digital health startup life, yet continuing to practice Nephrology at a minimum, I have advised many clinician-entrepreneurs on their own personal and entrepreneurial journey. Many dimensions need to be taken into account, from conflict of interest, to intellectual property, to negotiation with co-founders. I can help you design your path to success.

    • Business
    • Strategy
    • Leadership Development
    • physician leadership
    • Leadership
  • Clinical workflow strategy / delivery / innovation

    Having trained at top-notch institutions, in various environments, I have gained a deep and broad expertise in the practice and delivery of medicine. I have worked from pediatrics to geriatrics, acute (ER, trauma) and chronic, procedural, VAs, rural health, clinical teaching at large academic institutions, and understand the subtleties of medicine to help you shape a better product or service.

    • Research and Clinical
    • Clinical strategy
    • clinical workflow
    • Clinical Decision Support
    • Physician engagement
    • care coordination
    • Integrative Healthcare
    • healthcare delivery

My Interests

Health Sectors
Digital Health, Health IT, Healthcare Delivery
Markets, Health Indications, Health Issues
  • Telehealth
  • SaaS
  • Physician Networks


  • Founder

    RHINNO (Rapid Health Innovation) | March 2013 - Current - @rhinnovators RHINNO is a skunkworks program based at BWH that strives to promote healthcare innovation through proof-of-concept prototyping and design thinking methodology. Designed in 2012, and implemented in 2013, RHINNO uses a unique framework and ecosystem model to be the first-of-its-kind internal digital health hack lab at Brigham & Women's Hospital The model was awarded at BWH's inaugural Clinical Innovation Day 2013.

  • Chief Medical Officer and Co-Founder

    RubiconMD | March 2013 - Current

    A Blueprint Health-incubated startup (Winter 2014) Awarded Harvard Medical School's Center for Primary Care Agents of Change Innovation Grant (2014) == RubiconMD provides a healthcare technology platform that connects Primary Care Providers to top Specialists for remote opinions. Using RubiconMD, PCPs are able to make more informed clinical decisions and reduce unnecessary referrals and duplicate tests, improving patient outcomes and experience.

  • Faculty

    Harvard Medical School | September 2011 - Current

  • Associate Physician - Renal Division

    Brigham and Women's Hospital | August 2011 - Current

    - Director of Outpatient Native Kidney Biopsy Program - Clinical consultant in ICU Nephrology, general Nephrology, Dialysis

  • Clinical and Research Renal fellow

    Massachusetts General Hospital | July 2008 - August 2011

  • Clinical Renal fellow

    Brigham and Women's Hospital | July 2008 - July 2009

  • Resident

    University of Illinois at Chicago | December 2004 - Current 2008

    Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Chief Resident


  • Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

    MPH | Clinical Effectiveness | 2009 - 2011

  • University of Washington School of Medicine

    MD | Medicine | 2000 - 2004

  • University of Washington

    BS | Cell and Molecular Biology | 1996 - 1999