Amazon scoops up top cardiologist in healthcare push

Amazon has made yet another move in its bid to shake up the healthcare industry.

The online retailer has hired a well-known cardiologist Maulik Majmudar for an unspecified role within the company.

Majmudar was previously associate director of the Healthcare Transformation Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital, focusing on “leveraging technology to improve the experience and value of care for patients, providers and the health system,” he says in his LinkedIn profile.

Majmudar announced his new role in a tweet, saying he decided to “leave academia to take on an exciting and challenge role @amazon.”

Majmudar did not respond to a message sent via LinkedIn, and Amazon declined to make him available for comment.

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Amazon.com Inc. offices in Seattle, Washington. Photographer: Daniel Berman/Bloomberg

Majmudar joins at least two other high-level healthcare professionals Amazon recruited this year. In January, it hired Martin Levine, a reputed geriatrician who ran a network of health clinics in Seattle, and in March hired Taha Kass-Hout, a former FDA chief health information officer.

Amazon’s latest hire is no stranger to technology. Majmudar was a founding member and chief clinical officer of Quanttus, a venture-backed medical wearables startup. He was also a lecturer in the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program.

The retailer launched its surprise foray into healthcare in January when it announced that it was teaming up with J.P. Morgan and Berkshire Hathaway to create an independent healthcare company. In June, it again made waves with news that it was buying online pharmacy PillPack. The retailing giant is now reportedly is in internal discussions to open primary care clinics for its employees in Seattle, a move that mirrors what many employers increasingly are offering.

It is not clear how Amazon will employ Majmudar or whether he will be involved in the three-way venture between Amazon, J.P. Morgan and Berkshire Hathaway or even Amazon’s clinic for employees.

The famously secretive company did not publicly announce the hire and declined to comment on Majmudar’s role, saying it does not comment on staffing matters.

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