Pavitra Krishnamani, MS

Pavitra Krishnamani, MS, MD candidate
Clinical Fellow, Health Care Innovation
Thomas Jefferson University

Pavitra Krishnamani, MS, is an MD candidate at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, and a clinical fellow in healthcare innovation at its Digital Innovation & Consumer Experience group (DICE). She earned her MS in global medicine from the University of Southern California, where she held fellowships at the Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study and the Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics.

Her background informs her strong inclination to innovate sustainably by understanding the beneficiaries and intended ecosystems of a product or research effort. Krishnamani is excited about the immense potential that emerging technologies, including VR, offer in transforming medical education and patient care.

The Virtual Reality of Healthcare

Virtual reality (VR) is changing the landscape of healthcare. From use cases in emergency medicine and surgery to therapeutic applications in psychiatry, the technology is evolving at such a rapid pace that it warrants space in our hospitals and clinics.

However, most healthcare systems, despite having the desire to innovate in this area, often do not know where to begin. Illustrated with examples from her own journey co-founding Jefferson Hospital's AR / VR initiative and leading the design of its flagship study and product, Pavitra Krishnamani, MS, will make the case for using virtual reality to enhance medical practice and education.

She will discuss what it takes to design VR solutions to healthcare challenges and why it is important to collaborate with clinicians throughout the process—underlining the need for research in this space to VR technology that is safe and useful for patients.


IDSA Medical Conference 2018 chair Bryce Rutter discusses speaker Pavitra Krishnamani.