SHIFT is a student group at Stanford that empowers students to move healthcare forward. We aim to promote and cultivate health innovation on campus by creating a forum for developers, entrepreneurs, and pre-health students to collaborate. As a student initiative, we want to create an environment to equip students for the growing intersection of healthcare and technology.

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health++ is an annual two-day hackathon scheduled for November 2018 at Stanford’s School of Engineering that will bring together 300 engineering and medical students, designers, physicians, and other healthcare professionals to tackle challenges in healthcare affordability.

TreeHacks Health

A joint initiative with TreeHacks that encourages student hackers to explore hacking on health and healthcare. The TreeHacks Health team works closely with sponsors and experts with diverse perspectives in healthcare to provide resources and needs for top student hackers from all over the US.

Seminar in AI in Healthcare

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Artificial intelligence is poised to make radical changes in healthcare, transforming areas such as diagnosis, genomics, surgical robotics, and drug discovery. In the coming years, artificial intelligence has the potential to lower healthcare costs, identify more effective treatments, and facilitate prevention and early detection of diseases. This class is a seminar series featuring prominent researchers, physicians, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists, all sharing their thoughts on the future of healthcare.


The Think Tank team connects members of SHIFT and interested members of the Stanford community to brilliant minds in the fields of biotechnology, health, and related fields. We aim to create a direct pipeline to potential advisors or project managers for students who aspire to learn from them.


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A Stanford-hosted competition bringing together students from diverse backgrounds to apply big data analytics to challenges in healthcare.


SHIFT Expo aims to increase the breadth of SHIFT’s engagement with the surrounding health and biotech community and industry.



Ankit Baghel

health++ Chair
Computer Science, 2019

Anin Sayana

Blueprint Chair
Computer Science, 2020

Team Leads

Christine Liu

health++ Lead

Grace Kim

health++ Lead

Nimit Desai

Blueprint Lead

Aniea Michelle Essien

Blueprint Lead

Roshini Ravi

ThinkTank Lead

Daniel Chen

Expo Lead

Board of Directors

Shivaal Roy

health++ 2016 Lead
Computer Science, 2018

Jason Wang

health++ 2016 Lead
Mathematical and Computational Science, 2018

Sherman Leung

Software Engineer, PatientPing
B.S. Computer Science, M.S. Management Science and Engineering

Shannon Xue

Strategic Analytics, Genentech
B.A. Economics

Cindy Liu

health++ 2017 Lead
Biomedical Computation, 2019

Neal Patel

Blueprint 2017 Lead
Electrical Engineering, 2019


Marta Zanchi

Student Activities and Leadership Advisor of the Year 2016-2017
Stanford Biodesign

Anoop Rao

Neonatologist, Stanford Hospital

Oliver Aalami

Vascular Surgeon, Stanford Hospital

Robert Chang

Ophthalmologist, Stanford Hospital

Ami Bhatt

Director of Global Oncology, Center for Innovation in Global Health

Lloyd Minor

Dean, Stanford School of Medicine

Shruti Sheth

Medical Oncologist, Stanford Cancer Center