Dr. Joshua Liu shares his curiosity, passion for improving healthcare, and journey building SeamlessMD.

The ModernMD: Dr. Joshua Liu

Dr. Joshua Liu, MD is the CEO and Founder of Seamless MD, a patient engagement platform for surgical episodes. Josh is the Founder of SMARTS youth science network and MedHopeful, one of Canada’s most popular blogs for students. He co-led a hospital readmissions research project at the University Health Network (UHN) in Toronto and sits on the UHN physician advisory board for primary care follow up after hospitalization. Dr. Liu is a Forbes 30 Under 30 in Science and Healthcare.


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During medical school he worked on research in readmissions and transitions of care. Josh became interested in broader healthcare system challenges and how to use technology to improve the patient experience. Listen as he shares his journey starting SeamlessMD, turning down his residency spot, and going full time into the entrepreneurial world.


The Idea: How can you use technology to help patient’s recovery from surgery? Josh and two other co-founders launched SeamlessMD.

Failures: Initial focused on the chronic disease space and quickly found that most physicians valued the problem but did not believe technology could solve the problem. The SeamlessMD team refocused efforts on surgery space.

Lesson Learned: The idea of focus applied to company and personal life.


Daily Success Habit: Shares his strong morning routine, which includes waking up early and exercising. He uses Objective and Key Results (OKRs) to set and manage company and personal 3-month goals.

Idea that has some promise: Starting a company is the best way to build and scale innovation in the healthcare field. Learn how to take the best local innovations and scale across many healthcare organizations. To advance patient care forward we need an ecosystem with both technology and clinical worlds working together to build great solutions.

Digital tools: Uses Slack, an electronic communication platform to improve team collaboration (www.slack.com).


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