Greenway Health's Geeta Nayyar is getting physicians involved in health IT solutions

(Jon Shaw)

Geeta Nayyar, M.D., MBA, Chief Medical Officer at Greenway Health

Age: 41

Education: Geeta Nayyar, M.D., earned her medical degree from the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, and she earned her Master of Business Administration degree from The George Washington University School of Business.

About her: A nationally recognized leader in healthcare information technology, Nayyar has written and spoken extensively about the need to involve clinicians for effective technology implementation. She's also a board-certified practicing physician and she actively shares her doctor's point of view on Twitter with her 21,000 followers. Nayyar believes technology solutions must play a significant role in healthcare to avoid burnout and reduce costs. Before her time at Greenway Health, she was the chief healthcare and innovation officer at Femwell Group Health and also chief medical information officer at AT&T. She maintains an active practice while serving on the medical school faculty at Florida International University and George Washington University.

Nayyar joined electronic health record (EHR) company Greenway Health in May 2019 and was tapped to drive the development of Project Polaris, the company's next-generation EHR and practice management platform designed from a physician’s perspective. Her expertise bridges clinical medicine, information technology, and business, and she is leading Greenway's clinical teams to develop innovative solutions and solve complex technology challenges for customers.

First job: Chief medical officer at APCO Worldwide

Accomplishment she's most proud of: My daughter. Professionally, I'm proud to be part of a team that’s building a new vision for what EHRs can be in the marketplace.

Problem she's most passionate about trying to solve: Physician burnout and patient engagement. They're both connected and burnout is a patient issue as much as a provider issue. 

Book she recommends: "Option B" by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant. It's about when your original vision or path doesn’t play out, then you roll with the punches and lead in whatever path you're in. Also, "Bossypants" by Tina Fey. It's an awesome, fun leadership book for women. 

Advice she'd give her younger self: Stop more to enjoy the journey and don't forget to have fun and broaden your experiences.

What she'd do with her career if it wasn’t this: I have a secret crazy dream of being like Dr. Sanjay Gupta. As a medical correspondent, he's educating people about healthcare. Maybe some sort of media personality or surgeon general—someone who represents complicated medical topics in a simple way. I'm a big believer in empowering people.

Greenway Health's Geeta Nayyar is getting physicians involved in health IT solutions