Educating the next generation to solve complex health problems through design thinking
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Bon Ku

Bon Ku, MD, MPP is the Assistant Dean for Health and Design and an Associate Professor at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. He is a practicing emergency medicine physician and the founder and director of JeffDESIGN. Bon has spoken widely on the intersection of health and design thinking and serves on the Design and Health Leadership Group at the American Institute of Architects.

Robert Pugliese

Robert S. Pugliese, PharmD, BCPS is Associate Director of JeffDESIGN at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College and Founding Director of the Health Design Lab @JeffInnovation.  A practicing Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist and Clinical Assistant Professor at Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital, Robert has over 10 years of experience in the clinical and operational aspects of healthcare delivery in the urban environment. 

Geoff Hayden

Geoff Hayden, MD, is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University and Associate Director of JeffDESIGN 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.

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Andrea Landau

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 JeffDesign 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.

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Kristy Shine

Kristy M. Shine, MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University and Associate Director of JeffDESIGN 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.


Health Design Research Fellow

Terry Gao


Research Assistants


Jake Mazza

Jake Mazza is a current second year medical student at SKMC in the Design Co-Curricular Track.  Growing up in southern NJ, and going to college in eastern PA, Philadelphia has always been Jake’s general home.  While studying physics at Lehigh University, Jake took an interest in applied engineering design and prototyping, and has maintained that passion through working in the Health Design Lab.  Jake currently lives in center city, and when not focusing on school or playing around in lab, working on projects, he can be found roaming the city with his dog, Newton, or playing soccer with the Jefferson soccer club.


Nick Rankin

Nick Rankin is a second year medal student at SKMC in the Design Co-Curricular Track. He is from Northern California where he developed an interest in design through his hobby of restoring vintage air-cooled Volkswagens. He graduated from University of California Santa Barbara with a degree in Biology with a marine emphasis fueled by his passion for surfing and SCUBA diving. Nick can often be found in the Health Design Lab working on 3D printing projects for the head and neck reconstructive service.


Dennis Huang


Victor Hsue