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My name is Aziz Nazha

I am an internationally recognized cancer expert focused on reimagining healthcare using innovative technologies. With a strong passion for artificial intelligence and machine learning, a deep admiration for blockchain, and extensive experience in cloud computing, I am eager to apply my knowledge and expertise towards addressing significant challenges in clinical trials, drug discovery and development, precision medicine, and digital health. If you have a bold idea or a complex problem in need of a solution, I invite you to contact me without hesitation. Together, we can work towards transforming the future of healthcare

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My Qualifications

Executive Director, Global Early Drug Development
Incyte Pharma

July 2022 - present

  • Develop and implement strategic plans for early drug development programs, including clinical trial design, data analysis, and regulatory compliance.

  • Oversee the management of multiple clinical programs, ensuring adherence to timelines, budgets, and quality standards.

  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to identify and address project risks and issues, and implement effective mitigation strategies.

  • Build and maintain relationships with external partners, including academic institutions, contract research organizations (CROs), and regulatory agencies.

  • Provide leadership and guidance to team members, including mentoring and coaching, to ensure high-quality work and professional development

World Wide Public Sector, Tech Business Development Manager, Healthcare Solutions
Amazon Web Services

Jan 2022 - June 2022

  • Led the business development and Go-to Market Strategy for machine learning and cloud services including “Service Workbench”, “Healthlake”, and AI/ML on AWS

  • Led a Global Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning (ML) accelerator for healthcare customers. The program is designed to expedite the transition of organization to use AI/ML in healthcare on AWS to advance their mission

  • Worked with C-suites leaders, CIOs, CTOs, executive leaderships across government, public sector, hospitals, payers, pharma, and life sciences companies to execute their long-term strategy in data, machine learning/AI, and cloud computing

  • Worked as a subject matter expert/Business Development Manager with “Mission Accelerator Program (an engineering program that help customers accelerate their missions on AWS) to develop open source solutions to support healthcare customers globally

World Wide public sector, Practice Manager, Data, Machine learning, and AI
Amazon Web Services

Feb 2022 - Jan 2022

  • Built a global unique professional service team of data scientists and machine learning engineers that supported all healthcare verticals in the public sector (government, FDA, NIH, HHS, hospitals, non-profit organization, and academic medical centers) globally at AWS. The team developed a pipeline of innovative projects that used different machine learning techniques to solve customers’ challenges and problems. These projects included: reviewing and structuring healthcare data using AI services on AWS, automation of 3D printing process, build AI models on radiological images, and many others.

  • Oversaw and managed the delivery of several projects that span the application of data lakes/data mesh, ML/AI, Intelligent automation, and cloud computing.

  • Worked as a subject matter expert in AI/ML and cloud computing to educate customers about AWS services and translate those into a clear business value proposition.

  • Developed AI/ML talent accelerator to help in hiring and retaining the best talent that combine healthcare and ML/AI backgrounds.

Director, Cleveland Clinic Center for Clinical Artificial Intelligence
Cleveland Clinic

Mar 2019 - Feb 2021

  • Worked with C-suite leadership to establish a data science/AI strategy across multiple institutions at the Cleveland Clinic. Reported directly to the Chief Medical Operating Officer at the Cleveland Clinic and worked with institute chairs, CIO, and Chief Academic Officer to advance the use of AI/ML at the Cleveland Clinic

  • Built a team of physician-data-scientists, researchers, and data-scientists who carried out more than 30 projects using AI/Deep Learning/Machine learning to build clinical decision-tools in cancer, internal medicine, critical care, radiology, and other areas of medicine

  • Pioneered innovative approaches to the use of explainable AI to build clinical decision tools

  • Delivered presentations and keynotes at national and international meetings and the center was covered in the Wall Street Journal, Politico, Scientific American, AMA, Baker health, Modern Healthcare, and others media outlets.

  • Built an internal (inside Cleveland Clinic) and external collaborations (across the world) with academic centers to advance the application of AI in healthcare

  • Built educational courses in the medical school and the computer science school to teach the application of AI in healthcare.

Associate Staff, Department of Hematology and Oncology
Cleveland Clinic

July 2016 - Jan 2021

  • Was an associate staff at the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center with special focus on the treatment of leukemia patients (mainly myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and acute myeloid leukemia)

  • Developed a research portfolio of Investigator-Initiated trials, pharma sponsored trials, innovative integration of genomics/clinical data to build personalized clinical decision tools, and innovative approaches to understand the underlying genomic architecture of patients with MDS/leukemia. (please refer to the research section for more details)

  • Led multiple international collaborations and lectured nationally and internationally in global meetings and Grand-Rounds on the topics of innovative clinical trials design, precision medicine, the integration of genomics into clinical decision tools, and the application of AI/ML in the diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment selection of leukemia patients

  • Was the PI/Co-PI on more than dozen clinical trials in leukemia

  • Mentored more than 15 medical students, residents, fellows and Junior faculty

Instructor, Leukemia and Internal Medicine Departments
MD Anderson Cancer Center

July 2012 - June 2013

  • Instructor in the leukemia/Internal Medicine departments with focus on clinical trials for patients with leukemia. Trials included the incorporation of clofarabine with chemotherapy in newly diagnosed AML, the combination of azacitidine with midostaurin for relapsed/refractory AML and others.
    • Authored/co-authored more than 50 manuscripts, abstracts (presented as posters and orals at national and international meetings), and book chapters

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department
Case Western University Computer Science School

Sep 2019 - Jan 2021

  • Developed and taught the first “AI In Healthcare” course for computer science and biomedical undergraduate students

Global Head, AI Innovations Institute
Incyte Pharma

  • Reporting directly to Incyte’s CEO, I spearhead the strategic direction of the newly formed AI Innovations Institute, to position Incyte as a leader in the application of AI in the pharma industry.

  • Lead a diverse, multidisciplinary team of data scientists and AI engineers in exploring, developing, and implementing the most cutting-edge AI technologies that will revolutionize the drug discovery and development process, clinical trials, and drugs commercialization and delivery.

  • Develop and execute a comprehensive AI strategy aligned with the company's overall business objectives.

  • Oversee multiple groundbreaking projects employing AI and machine learning techniques to solve complex problems in drug discovery, clinical development, and commercialization. Foster collaborations with academic institutions, technology partners, and industry leaders to advance AI research in the pharmaceutical sector.

Aug 2023 - present

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Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship
Cleveland Clinic, Taussig Cancer Institute

July 2013 - June 2016

  • Board Certified in Hematology and Medical Oncology with special interest and specialization in treating patients with rare leukemias.

  • Worked in Dr. Jaroslaw Maciejewski’s laboratory and led several projects that incorporated genomic data into the biology and pathophysiology of bone marrow failure disorders/Leukemia. Projects were published in Nature Genetics, Nature Communications, and other high impact journals. Research was presented at national/international meetings

Leukemia Fellowship
MD Anderson Cancer Center


July 2011 - June 2012

  • Completed a clinical and research fellowship that focuses on leukemia patients and worked with world class mentors and collaborators to develop a research portfolio and clinical trials for patients with leukemia

Internal Medicine Resident
Thomas Jefferson Affiliated, Atlanticare Regional Medical Center

July 2008 - June 20111

  • Board certified in Internal medicine.

Doctor of Medicine
Tishreen University

Sep 2001 - Sep 2007

  • Graduated with an honor and received a doctor of medicine degree

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"Believe you can and you're halfway there"

Theodore Roosevelt


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