Dr. Alexei Wagner is an emergency physician faculty member at Stanford, where the focal point of his work has been developing and implementing new technology and care delivery models that improve clinical care and enhance the patient and provider experience. Concurrent with his work at Stanford, he collaborates with various teams in Silicon Valley?s startup and med-tech communities who are ambitiously driving the modernization of healthcare delivery.

Dr. Wagner's teaching and research focus on innovation and human-centered design. Digital health as a tool to change care delivery is of particular importance and interest. Dr. Wagner currently teaches within the Hasso Platner Institute of Design ( and within the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign.

As a Medical Director within Stanford?s Department of Emergency Medicine, he spearheads digital health initiatives and builds strategic partnerships with tech companies such as Facebook to expand non-clinical revenue and research. Dr. Wagner is a member of the leadership team managing the day-to-day operations of the ED and directing strategic initiatives such as the launch of Stanford's first walk-in clinic.

For several years he served as an innovation advisor and clinical business development lead to One Medical, a technology-driven healthcare practice. Dr. Wagner held the position of Consulting Researcher at Microsoft exploring ways to improve internet and mobile health search leveraging predictive machine learning algorithms.

Clinical Focus

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Design Thinking
  • Biodesign
  • Innovation, Technological
  • Aeromedicine
  • Airway Management
  • Big Data
  • Machine Learning
  • Medical Education

Academic Appointments

Administrative Appointments

  • Medical Director, Observation Medicine at Stanford Healthcare (2016 - Present)
  • Medical Director, Stanford Walk-In Clinic (2018 - Present)
  • Assistant Director of Adult Emergency Medicine, Stanford Department of Emergency Medicine (2015 - Present)
  • Medical Director, Clinical Decision Unit, Department of Emergency Medicine (2015 - Present)
  • Assistant Medical Director, Department of Emergency Medicine (2015 - 2016)

Honors & Awards

  • Best Oral Research Presentation, Department of Surgery, Division of Emergency Medicine (2014)

Professional Education

  • Board Certification: Emergency Medicine, American Board of Emergency Medicine (2014)
  • Fellow, Stanford University, EMS and Disaster Medicine (2014)
  • Resident, University of Chicago, Emergency Medicine (2013)
  • MBA, Tufts University, Health Management (2010)
  • Medical Education:Tufts University School of Medicine Office of the Registrar (2010) MA

Research & Scholarship

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

Applications of big data and machine learning in medicine
Developing mobile health applications
Analyzing streaming health data
Applications of video laryngoscopy in prehospital settings
Internet health search


2019-20 Courses


All Publications

  • Applying Design Thinking Principles to Curricular Development in Medical Education. AEM education and training Gottlieb, M., Wagner, E., Wagner, A., Chan, T. 2017; 1 (1): 21?26


    Medical education is an ever-evolving field, resulting in numerous changes and modifications to curricular structure, learner assessment, feedback, and remediation. To best meet the needs of the individual learners, it is important to design curricula that meet their real needs. Design thinking (DT) first gained popularity in the 1960s and, since then, has been applied to problem solving within business, primary education, and medicine. The process involves five stages: discovery, interpretation, ideation, experimentation, and evolution, which are targeted toward empathizing with end-users to uncover and design for unmet needs. In this paper, we describe the five-stage DT approach with specific application to medical education and discuss future directions within the medical education field.

    View details for PubMedID 30051004

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