1. When did you join the Segmed team and what were you doing prior to joining?
I joined Segmed in November, 2020. Prior to joining, I worked part time as a researcher in Academia, and part time as an ophthalmologist in private practice.
2. Can you give us insight into what your day to day looks like as a Senior Medical Director?
My role is both internal and external-facing. Internally, I lead the clinical team, whose main responsibility is to curate data for A.I. projects. I also collaborate with Product and the engineering team in anything medically-related. Externally, I engage with our enterprise customers and scope out the projects that will be executed by Segmed. As such, I have a lot of meetings and email exchanges with customers. For all these projects, I keep up to date documentation – this activity takes a good portion of my day. I usually work from 10 am to 7 pm, but my working hours are flexible to accommodate meetings with European and Asian customers. For instance, Japan and South Korea are 12h from my time zone, so these meetings are really early or later in the day. Nevertheless, I enjoy collaborating with companies from all over the world.
3. What have been some of your favorite projects to work on?
I liked to organize all our customer projects on Jira, and to create a simple yet effective framework to keep track of them. We do have many dataset projects, so it was easy to get lost without a management system.
4. Where have you lived? What has been your favorite place and why?
I lived in Brazil most of my life, but left the country to study abroad on 2 occasions. I lived in Fort Lauderdale, Florida during high school, and in Barcelona, Spain for my Master's studies. My favorite place is where I grew up and currently live, in Porto Alegre, southern Brazil. People in Brazil don't move as much. My whole family, including my 3 sisters, live here. Most of my childhood friends are still around as well.
5. Do you have any book recommendations?
I enjoyed reading Rebecca by English author Daphne Du Maurier. This is a classic, suspense novel adapted to an Alfred Hitchcock movie in 1940. I became interested in this book after going to Sleep No More, an off-Broadway show in NY that is partially based on Rebecca.
6. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I enjoy playing with my 2 kids, Cecilia (3 yo), and Henri (5 yo). We either spend time inside, or I take them to the playground or the pool.