Doug Kelly, MD became Deputy Director and Chief Scientist at the FDA’s device, diagnostics and digital health branch in 2020 after a 30-year seed and early-stage life sciences venture capital career starting, financing, growing and exiting companies spanning biotech, medical devices, robotics, laboratory tools, healthcare IT, ADME/Tox simulation and clinical trial software. At CDRH, Doug is the interface between the FDA and patient and physician groups, payors, industry, academia, innovators, investors, and other agencies and governments. His focus is on creating a more vibrant and sustainable MedTech ecosystem, to bring new innovations to patients faster to relieve suffering, especially in unserved and underserved populations.
Doug received his BA in Biochemistry and Cell Biology with honors from University of California, San Diego, his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and his MBA at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. In addition to lecturing at the GSB and Stanford Medical School, he conceived of and taught the class “Financing The Start-up”, for over a decade the Stanford’s Department of Continuing Education biggest and most popular class.