RLI Taking the Lead Podcasts

Episode 17: Daniel J. Mollura, MD


Leading by Serving the Underserved

January 23, 2020

In this episode, Dan Mollura, MD, Founder and CEO of RAD-AID International, shares his journey from Wall Street to Johns Hopkins Radiology and NIH Radiology, culminating in his founding of RAD-AID, a global health nonprofit for radiology capacity-building in medically underserved communities throughout the world. Dan talks about how his very first experiences working in international trade, finance, and the United Nations, led to the Goldman Sachs Investment Research Department which shaped his passion for helping patients as a radiologist and physician research scientist at Johns Hopkins and National Institutes of Health (NIH). He describes how his founding and leadership of RAD-AID draws upon his passion for understanding and addressing the intricacies of poverty, disease, and limited health care resources, while also drawing upon his business skills from Wall Street to develop organizational strategies to tackle the complex challenges of economic development and service-delivery amidst scarcity. He taps his experience in leading a radiology artificial intelligence (AI) research lab and as a clinical radiologist to engage the rapid evolution of AI in health care in order for RAD-AID to proactively channel AI as a potentially powerful vehicle for empowering resource-poor hospitals and patients. Dan articulates a vision for RAD-AID and for his career in which the strong forces of economics, science, technology and health care are interwoven to strive towards social inclusion, international cooperation, and health equity.

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The following episode is sponsored by the Master of Medical Management program at Carnegie Mellon University, which provides physicians with quantitative management, business strategy, and technology skills for the future of health care leadership. Learn more »

Daniel J. Mollura, MD

Dan Mollura, MD is the Founder and CEO of RAD-AID International, a nonprofit organization pursuing the mission of increasing and improving radiology for low-resource and medically underserved communities around the world. He studied International Relations and Government at Cornell University as an undergraduate (1990-1994) and was a Financial Analyst for Goldman Sachs Investment Research Department (1994-1996). After completing the Columbia University Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Science Program with bench research work in cancer cell biology (1996-1999), Dan received his MD from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1999-2003). He then completed Radiology Residency and Nuclear Medicine (molecular imaging) Fellowship training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital (2003-2009). From 2009 to 2019, Dan served as a Staff Clinician Radiologist at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center where he also led an artificial intelligence (AI) research laboratory on infectious disease and molecular imaging. Dan founded RAD-AID as a 501c3 nonprofit in 2008 and has served as RAD-AID’s President and Chief Executive Officer from 2008 to the present, in which his leadership of RAD-AID became his full-time position in 2020.

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Did you know?

Dan Mollura has been married for nearly 15 years, with 2 daughters, ages 7 and 5. He is Italian-American in which his family comes from the regions of Messina and Agrigento, Sicily. So, one of Dan’s hobbies is to make (or at least “try” to make) the local recipes that passed through his family over the generations.

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