Co-founder, Merge Medical
Merge DAO Venture Club Lead

Dr. John Jefferies

Dr. Jefferies is the Jay Michael Sullivan Distinguished Chair in Cardiology, Professor of Adult Cardiovascular Diseases, Professor of Pediatric Cardiology, and Professor of Preventive Medicine at the University of Tennessee. He is a Research Member of St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. He completed his combined pediatric and adult cardiology training at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas at the Texas Children’s Hospital and the Texas Heart Institute. He is the lead Editor of two textbooks on cardiology and has authored or co-authored over 260 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters on cardiomyopathy, cardiovascular genetics, and advanced heart failure. His research is funded by sources including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and multiple industry partners. He is the current Governor of the Tennessee Chapter of the American College of Cardiology. He is the President of the American Heart Association Mid-South Chapter. He is the team cardiologist for the Memphis Grizzlies. He is actively involved in the advancement of innovative technologies including artificial intelligence in healthcare, novel strategies for healthcare provision, medical connectivity, and patient advocacy.

Why I’m excited to help build Merge Medical:

“Although the medical community does a wonderful job at educating on science, we do a very poor job providing knowledge about business. The majority of providers have limited understanding about important opportunities such as investing. Oftentimes, they rely on the third-party to forecast their future financial security. I view Merge Medical as a vehicle which will empower providers from around the globe to take an active role in their own financial future and leverage their tremendous knowledge base to accelerate the process.”

My Areas of Merge Medical Involvement:

Merge DAO Venture Club; Lead
Partnerships & Deal Flow
Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Partnerships)
Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Education)
Merge Medical Podcast
Merge Medical Forum
Financial Education