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Dr. Shumskiy’s Plan to Provide Healthcare for the Underprivileged

Zac Feb 19

Do you want to transform healthcare?

Today I had the pleasure to interview Dr. Igor Shumskiy, an acute care pediatrician at Boston Medical Center.

Pediatrician by day and social impact entrepreneur by night, he is alleviating economic inequality by transforming the way under-privileged Americans receive medical care.

Watch Igor’s inspirational story about his grandmother Nella, who’s compassion ignited a fire within Igor to enter medicine.

Suitably named “Nella Health,” Igor is launching a tech enabled service focused on providing over the phone and in-home care as an alternative to unnecessary emergency room visits.

So sit back, relax, and become inspired.


“We’re really good at saying, ‘Take these meds twice a day for seven days.’ We’d never ask, ‘Well, do you have transportation to the pharmacy?…’”

“We decided to name the company [after my grandmother] because we really wanted to build it in her values and ideals…and to project the idea of what medicine should be.”


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Show Notes


1:23- The compelling story of Igor’s grandmother

3:12- How technology could change the landscape of the healthcare industry

9:13- Nella’s Mission

17:35- Why working in medicine can be difficult

23:49- Igor’s routine


“Two Dollars a Day” by Kathryn Edin and Luke Shaefer
-a book exploring vast income inequality in the United States

“The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg
-a book that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed

“Bold” by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler
-a book about the use of emerging technologies, thinking at scale, and the power of crowd-powered tools

For more information on Dr. Shumskiy’s start up, Nella Health, visit NellaHealth.com

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