Hi, I am Diego. I am an entrepreneur, researcher, and engineer passionate about healthcare innovation. I believe that the way to create amazing products and services is by building and developing teams with passion and a shared purpose to make our world a better place.

My background

My research featured on the cover of the prestigious Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics journal

After spending some time as an engineer working on banking, government, and education projects, I decided to go back to school. I did my master’s degree and thanks to Dr. Marcela Hernandez, I fell in love with Biomedical Engineering! During this time, I studied computer vision, augmented reality, and image processing among other amazingly interesting topics. My master’s degree opened the possibility to travel to France and Australia where I worked on healthcare projects. Then, I moved to Canada and did my Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. Terry Peters. There, I studied epilepsy and applied machine learning techniques to localize the origin of seizures, improving surgical outcomes.

I did my post-doctoral fellowship at Western University in collaboration with IBM Research (Almaden). At this time, I developed deep-learning applications to solve medical imaging problems. One of my projects dealt with the identification of anatomy in ultrasound to improve image-guided procedures (e.g. epidural injections and spinal taps). Another project focused on brain histology prediction from high-resolution MRI at 7 Tesla, which reduces the need for invasive brain biopsies.

In my free time, I wrote the WebGL beginners guide,  a primer for learning computer graphics using the modern web stack. This book was the first of its kind. Later on, I participated in a second book project entitled WebGL Insights, showcasing novel ideas in the world of web-based computer graphics.

Ezra: early cancer detection

In July 2018, I co-founded EZRA, where I served as Chief Technical Officer (CTO).  Our mission was simple: help everybody in the world to find cancer early. At Ezra, I built engineering and research teams from scratch, implementing the best engineering, cybersecurity, and regulatory practices to provide the best services to our customers.

In 2020, I led the team that obtained the first-ever prostate segmentation AI cleared by FDA.

YouTube video on Ezra’s FDA-cleared Prostate AI

In 2021, we made it into Forbes AI Top 50: America’s most promising AI companies, and in 2021 our innovations team created the Reporter AI: an AI that reads radiology reports and provides explanations or recommendations based on health findings.

Screenshot from Yahoo! Finance’s article on Reporter AI.

I am grateful to all the people who made Ezra’s mission a reality: our investors, business partners and our amazing team! Now, I am going on to my next adventure.

You can connect with me on LinkedIn and Twitter.