Medscape at 25: Recognizing Medicine's Rising Stars

Becky Lang


December 07, 2020

After finishing residency at Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital, Brenton Fargnoli, MD, MBA joined Flatiron Health, a cancer care data company, as the senior medical director. In spring 2019, he became an executive and partner at AlleyCorp, a venture capital firm that invests in New York healthcare start-ups. Fargnoli still practices and has presented his research at national conferences affiliated with the American Association of Cancer Research and National Predictive Modeling Summit.

As a student at the University of Pennsylvania, Brenton Fargnoli, MD, MBA, found it a bonus that the medical school and business school shared the same campus. They happened to align quite well when preparing his path forward.

Fargnoli graduated medical school in 2012 and then headed to Harvard Medical School's Brigham and Women's Hospital for his residency. It was there that he realized his medical school training and business school skills both fed each other. And patients were at the center of it.

"I wanted to go beyond the current standard delivery of care and try to find new solutions," Fargnoli says. "I always found blending innovation with [healthcare] as an important function."

After his residency, he went to work at cancer care data company Flatiron Health, focusing on value-based care and data infrastructure. Now, he's a partner at the venture capital firm AlleyCorp, which starts up companies from scratch as well as investing.

Fargnoli, who until recently saw patients with cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City, focuses on digital health as an investor. Although he couldn't give details on some of the new companies he's involved in quite yet, he said he's on the board for six different healthcare technology startups, which are on track to be announced in 2021.

"[Digital health] has seen a record year in funding," he says. "That wasn't the case 10 years ago."

Fargnoli also sits on the board of the Fund for Public Health in New York City, which works as a bridge between the New York City Health Department, the private sector, and philanthropists.

As part of Medscape's celebration of our 25th anniversary this year, we're recognizing 25 young physicians who are rising stars in medicine, poised to become future leaders of their fields. View the full list here.


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