Hi, my name is Diego Cantor. I am an engineer and entrepreneur who is passionate about healthcare innovation. I believe that the way to create amazing products and services is by building and developing teams with an exciting, shared purpose, where people can contribute and grow professionally.

A little bit about my background

My research was featured on the cover of Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics.

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: detecting cancer for everybody in the world!

In July 2018, I co-founded EZRA.  Our mission was simple: help everybody in the world to find cancer early. As its CTO in 2020, I led the team that obtained the first-ever prostate segmentation AI cleared by FDA, thanks to a great team composed of PhDs, engineers, and software developers who made this possible.

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.

During my time at Ezra, I developed IT, engineering, and research teams always observing the best engineering, cybersecurity, and regulatory practices to provide the best products and services to our members.

I am grateful to the people who made Ezra’s mission a reality, and now I am ready to take on my next business adventure. If you are passionate like me about innovation and healthcare, let’s chat! You can find me on LinkedIn and Twitter.