As chief innovation officer for UPMC, Dr. Shrestha plays a leading role in driving UPMC's innovation strategy, serving as a catalyst for transforming the organization into a more patient-focused and economically sustainable system.
Under his direction, a team of more than 200 at the UPMC Technology Development Center leverages UPMC's unique blend of health care intelligence, technology expertise and entrepreneurial drive to develop inventive solutions to complex health care challenges. Through strategic partnerships, joint development agreements and investments in startups, Dr. Shrestha champions the development, implementation and commercialization of these innovations.
He previously served as vice president of medical information technology and medical director of interoperability and imaging informatics at UPMC. A frequent speaker at national and international health care and technology conferences, he has been recognized by InformationWeek as one of the "Top 20 Health IT Leaders Driving Change" and as a "Top Healthcare Innovator."
Prior to joining UPMC, he served as informatics director at the University of Southern California (USC), where he was also a professor of radiology research at the Keck School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from CCS University in India, completed his fellowship in informatics at the University of London, and earned his master's in business administration from USC. He serves as the chair of the Informatics Scientific Program Committee at the Radiological Society of North America and is a board member of Omnyx, a UPMC/GE joint venture in digital pathology. He is also a long-time member of the advisory board of KLAS Research.