Austin, Texas, March 7th, 2019 - As part of SXSW 2019, Dr. Chester Koh, shares his vision for Impact Pediatric, a three-part design competition to inspire pediatric improvements in care.
Now in its fifth year, Impact Pediatric Health hosts an annual competition held at SXSW dedicated to showcasing and supporting innovative next generation pediatric healthcare companies focused on digital health and medical devices. Impact Pediatric Health was formed as a collaboration between seven of the largest and top-ranked (according to US News & World Report) children’s hospitals in the US, including Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Boston Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Stanford Children’s Health, and Texas Children’s Hospital. Additional information can be found at https://impactpediatric.health/.
The South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference & Festivals celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW has become the premier destination for discovery and events featuring sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportunities. The Health Track at SXSW focuses on innovations that build and support the ecosystem of patients, providers, payers, policy makers, designers, entrepreneurs, and investors to improve outcomes in health and healthcare. SXSW 2019 will take place March 8-17, 2019. Additional information can be found at www.sxsw.com.Twelve finalist spots were chosen to pitch to a distinguished judging panel of venture capitalists, industry leaders, and leading pediatric hospital representatives. Additionally, the Southwest National Pediatric Device Consortium (SWPDC), anchored by Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine, is providing up to $25,000 per awardee to accelerate devices designed to improve the safety and delivery of pediatric care.
“Impact Pediatric Health’s reputation for bringing together the leaders in pediatric medical technology innovations makes it the perfect venue to help identify and accelerate the next generation of medical device companies impacting our youngest of patients,” said Chester Koh, MD, SWPDC founder and lead principal investigator.
Dr. Chester Koh is a pediatric urologist at Texas Children’s Hospital and an Associate Professor of Urology (Pediatric) and OB/GYN at Baylor College of Medicine. He also serves as the director of the Pediatric Robotic Surgery Program at Texas Children’s Hospital, and the Pediatric Urology Fellowship Program Director. Dr. Koh received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley and his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed his urology residency at USC and his pediatric urology fellowship at Children’s Hospital Boston / Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Koh is also works with the International Children's Advisory Network KIDS Houston as a team leader and inspiration to help his chapter of young people, along with his wife and two children, share their voice in pediatric healthcare improvements.
His clinical area of expertise is in minimally invasive surgery in children, especially with robotic surgery and single incision laparoscopic surgery. He currently serves on the Executive Council of the Society for Pediatric Urology, as well as the newsletter editor for the AAP Section on Advances in Therapeutics and Technology (SOATT). He has been an NIH-funded principal investigator, where his lab investigated novel therapeutic pathways for bladder regeneration / inflammation and other non-cancer urologic conditions. In addition, he is a co-founder of the Southern California Consortium for Technology and Innovation in Pediatrics (CTIP), a FDA-funded pediatric medical device consortium that is dedicated to improving children’s health through innovative pediatric medical devices. Come meet health startups as they are introduced to the nation's top pediatric hospitals and nationally known stakeholders that can provide the "big break." Join us for the fourth annual pitch event as we look at digital health, medtech, and global technologies that help kids be healthy. This event has companies from all over the world pitching children's hospitals, investors, and big brands that can take these health startups to the next level!