Compassion in Action Webinar Series

The Compassion in Action Webinar Series offers healthcare workers, leaders and managers a unique opportunity to learn about topics related to compassionate, collaborative care from leading practitioners and researchers in this field.

The Artificial Intelligence Revolution in Healthcare: Opportunity or Threat?

June 28, 4:00 – 5:00 PM ET

Artificial intelligence (AI) is here and evolving quickly. Join us for a presentation and discussion of the opportunities, promises and challenges of AI hosted by Schwartz Center Chief Medical Officer Beth Lown, MD, moderated by Karl Swanson, MD, co-founder and head of data science at Quench, and panelists Michael Lesh, MD, CEO and founder of Quench, Ashwin Nayak, MD, MS, clinical assistant professor of medicine at Stanford University, and Vivek Rudrapatna, MD, PhD, gastroenterologist and assistant professor at University of California, San Francisco. Our panelists will describe how AI is being used in healthcare now, and what we can expect in the near future and long-term. We’ll discuss how this may affect compassionate patient care and healthcare workforce well-being, and what we can do collectively to shape this future. The discussion will follow with Q&A.


Dr. Karl Swanson combines his expertise in internal medicine as a practicing hospitalist at the University of California, San Francisco, as well as a decade of experience in clinical and biomedical data science roles. He is a board member at OpenNotes Lab and the co-founder and head of Data Science at Quench. Dr. Swanson is at the forefront of developing compound artificial intelligence systems designed to improve clinical workflows and patient care.


Dr. Michael Lesh is the CEO and founder of Quench, which addresses physician burnout and medical record workflow through generative AI. Additionally, he established Syntegra, offering privacy-preserved synthetic data for medical data sharing, and is an independent director at Elucid Bioimaging, a company with AI-powered software to assess heart attack risk. He holds the position of executive chairman at Cordance Medical, a director at Vizaromed and Diatiro, and an adjunct professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

Dr. Ashwin Nayak, MS, is a clinical assistant professor of medicine at Stanford University. Dr. Nayak practices as an academic hospitalist at Stanford and is the chief technology officer and co-founder of UpDoc, an early-stage company that uses conversational AI to expand access to care for patients with chronic diseases.

Dr. Vivek Rudrapatna is a gastroenterologist and an assistant professor at UCSF. His research team develops methods for analyzing large datasets with the goal of improving clinical decision-making. Dr. Rudrapatna serves as co-director of the UCSF Center for Real-World Evidence. In this role, he facilitates research collaborations between government, industry, and academia, particularly those that involve electronic health records data.



The Compassion in Action webinar series is funded in part by a donation made in memory of Julian and Eunice Cohen. The series is free of charge to all members of the public. All Compassion in Action webinars will be archived here following the live broadcast.

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