Deborah Kilpatrick: Improving Everyday Health

Deborah Kilpatrick is the co- CEO and Executive Chair of the Board for Evidation Health. In her role at Evidation, Deb aims to help individuals integrate health assessment data into their daily lives, taking control of their own health outside the doctor’s office.

In a recent conversation with Christine Winoto at the UCSF Rosenman Institute, Deb talked about her journey from humble beginnings in rural Georgia to the corporate world to growing a startup.

Deb grew up in the rural south as the daughter of a high school football coach. She always knew that she wanted to be an engineer, and she earned her engineering science & mechanics undergraduate degree from Georgetown.

After earning her undergraduate degree, Deb worked as a structural analysis engineer for U.S. military fighter aircraft, including the F22 Raptor. Following that, she earned her PhD from Georgia Institute of Technology in human atherosclerotic vascular biomechanics and bioengineering. Her career includes work with Guidant, CardioDx, MedtechWomen, Evidation, as well as many advisory and board roles.

Evidation’s mission is to create new ways to measure and improve health in everyday life, which Deb notes is traditionally invisible to brick-and-mortar healthcare organizations. The company leverages and refines person-generated health data (PGHD) for application in individuals’ daily lives. Deb discusses the generation of this data, the power of users to permission their own data, and more.

Listen to Deb’s entire conversation with the UCSF Rosenman Institute on Episode #184 of its podcast.