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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Gaurav Singal, 2007

Chief Data Officer, Foundation Medicine

Gaurav Singal is the child of immigrants from India

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MD in Medicine at Harvard University

Gaurav Singal, M.D. is a physician and computer scientist who has built and led the data teams at Foundation Medicine since 2013 and currently serves on its executive team as the Chief Data Officer. At Foundation Medicine, Gaurav is responsible for developing enterprise-wise data strategy and overseeing the development of a portfolio of data products including clinical care and analytic software tools, molecular trial recruitment services, and real world data solutions. His team initially focused on the design and development of the Interactive Cancer Explorer® (ICE 2), Foundation Medicine’s original physician-facing clinical decision support and patient management platform, with a vision of bringing real world data to point of care providers. To accelerate this vision, Gaurav and his team developed collaborative relationships with clinical data companies, including Flatiron Health. Under Gaurav’s leadership, these partnerships have led to the development of the FMI-Flatiron Clinico-genomic Database (CGDB), a best-in-class dataset linking genomic information to real-world clinical data which is helping advance personalized healthcare with both biopharma and clinical partners. In addition, Gaurav and his team have developed and launched FoundationInsights, our cloud-based platform for genomic data analysis and visualization, and SmartTrials, a program that leverages our dataset to help patients access molecularly targeted medicines through clinical trials. These platforms and services have delivered unparalleled value to the oncology ecosystem by enabling researchers and developers of new medicines to accelerate the delivery of novel, personalized therapies to patients.

Prior to Foundation Medicine, Gaurav earned a BS in computer engineering, summa cum laude, from Columbia University where he focused on machine learning, artificial intelligence, and computational neuroscience. He subsequently earned an MD from the joint Harvard Medical School-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology and was granted Honors for his thesis work studying autism using computational vision, machine learning, and novel eye-tracking technologies. He completed his residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), where he also led the design and development of a natural language processing (NLP) platform for clinical care. He continues to see patients as an attending physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and co-directs a graduate course on health technology and innovation as a member the Harvard Medical School faculty.

He is the son of immigrants from India who are now practicing physicians in Maryland.

  • MD Medicine | Harvard University 2010
  • BS Computer Engineering | Columbia University 2005
Work History
  • Foundation Medicine, Chief Data Officer