Problem Day 2018

Come to Problem Day this Friday, Sept 28, and engage with student and physician entrepreneurs who will be going through the Sling Health accelerator this year.

LocationFarrell Learning and Teaching Center (520 S Euclid Ave) - metro accessible. See this map for parking suggestions.


  • 5:00 – 6:00 PM – Inter-professional Networking event (2nd floor)

  • 6:00 – 6:15 PM – Keynote: Dr. Michael Glamore, CEO, Laparoknot

  • 6:15 – 8:00 PM – Problem Day poster presentations (1st floor)

  • 8:00 – 10:00 PM – Mixer at Mandarin Lounge (free cover, 21+ only) 

Note: If you are unable to make it to Problem Day, but are interested in joining a team, don't worry! Apply to Sling Healthtake a look at who the project leaders are and what problems they are interested in, then visit to mark which project leaders you are interested in, and we will share your contact info with them.

Project Leaders & Problems:

Saeed Arefanian, M.D.

General Surgery Research Fellow

· Interested in improving minimally invasive surgery equipment

· Improving endoscopic image orientation

Noah Basri

WUSTL medical student

· Improving equity in kidney paired donation 

Joe Beggs

WUSTL dual-degree Biomedical Engineering (from Grinnell College)

· Medication non-compliance costs the U.S. health care system an estimated $290 billion every year in avoidable expenses. Let's help patients take their medicine.

· Noninvasive recurrence screening for basal cell carcinoma

Timon Brandl & Ruskin Singh

WUSTL Business Analytics student | Data Scientist | Market Researcher

· Improving production planning, optimization, and reporting for pharmaceutical companies

Cassie Davis

WUSTL M.Eng. in Biomedical Innovation student

· Improving physician experience during colorectal surgery to improve outcomes

Khader Eskandar

WUSTL Biomedical Engineering Major, Systems Engineering Minor

·  Design a novel device to assess spatial neglect in stroke survivors to help understand the condition and develop better therapies for it.

Lea Fang

WUSTL 2nd year Occupational Therapy graduate student

· Improving the ergonomics and design of walkers/mobility devices

· Providing intuitive wheelchair control for people with various disabilities

Susan Gallagher

Distance" PhD student in Nursing | Geriatric nurse | Researcher

· Increasing oral health compliance of dementia residents in long-term care

· Improving the general oral health status of older adults with dementia in long-term and acute care hospital settings

Max Gillespie

WUSTL junior in Computer Engineering

· Decreasing malpractice in clinics through health systems improvements

Young Guang

WUSTL 3rd year Biomedical Engineering PhD candidate

· Combatting toxin buildup during organ surgeries by controlling blood flow

Mariya Gusman, M.D.

WUSTL Neuroradiology Fellow (post-graduate year 6)

· Reduce barriers to medically proven self-care for mental well-being

· Prevent fluid overload in patients with heart and/or kidney failure through wearable technology

Nedim Hodzic*

SLU junior in Mechanical Engineering

· Improving the delivery of providing chest compressions as an emergency tool 

Aakanksha Jadhav

WUSTL MBA student

· Create an application to aggregate lifestyle information from fitness trackers for health insurance companies

Cameran Jones

SLU junior in Health Sciences (pre-med)

· How can we improve the communication and delivery of health care information between family caregivers, paid-caregivers, and medical clinicians in Alzheimer’s patients?

Hataka Minami & Will Parkinson

SLU M1 | WUSTL dual degree BS in E.E. and M. Eng. in Biomedical Innovation

· Giving postural feedback about center of gravity for patients undergoing post-stroke rehabilitation therapy

Ramakrishna Pappu*

Medical device entrepreneur, innovator, and author w/ 6 years’ experience building and taking devices to market

· An accurate way to detect silent myocardial infarction to prevent irreversible cardiac damage in non-hospitalized high risk-patients

· A safer and more effective way to manage raised intracranial pressure in trauma patients to prevent coning and brainstem herniation

Brinda Perumal

WUSTL MBA student

· Providing patients with a way to carry and store health records to improve logistical efficiency and avoid test and diagnostic repetition

· Automating CPR so that anyone can perform CPR, even without training

Anju Singh

WUSTL MBA student w/ 7 years software consulting experience

· Develop application/online forum to provide depressed patients with a social outlet and volunteer counseling

· Develop application to give real time performance feedback to physicians, as is done in the consumer industry

Shaun Vaid

WUSTL MBA student  w/ 6 years experience in finance and operations, helped launch 2 startups, partner at OpComm (3rd place at 2018 Demo Day, accepted to Alchemist Accelerator in San Francisco)

· Improving communication between patients, caregivers, and clinicians in home health settings

· Enhancing emergency department workflow to improve patient volume, patient satisfaction, and revenue generated for hospital

Benjamin Wolf

WUSTL 5th year PhD student in Plant and Microbial Biosciences and co-founder of Engine 2 Photonics, LLC, a horticultural lighting company

· Making home growing easier and more affordable for urban Americans to eliminate issues with pesticides, contamination, and reduced freshness

Chi Yee*

WUSTL MBA student with market research and life sciences sales experience

· Redesigning white coats to reduce disease transmission, increase carrying capacity, and add functionality

Sean Yu

2nd Year BME PhD candidate focusing on Biomedical Informatics

·  Improved continuous patient status monitoring outside of the ICU setting

·  a patient-aware, clinical decision support tool

*Not present at Problem Day. Please reach out to these project leaders via email if you are interested in their projects