Maia Hightower, MD, MPH, MBA is the CEO and Founder of Equality AI, and former EVP, Chief Digital Transformation Officer at University of Chicago Medicine. Dr. Hightower is a leading voice in the intersection of healthcare, digital transformation, and health equity. She is a champion for responsible AI, ensuring that the digital future of healthcare is equitable and just.
At the heart of her mission is Equality AI, an early-stage, investor-backed healthcare tech startup. In a world where data scientists have become an integral part of the care team, Equality AI’s cloud-based, responsible AI lifecycle management platform – encompassing ML build, evaluate, monitor, and risk management – empowers healthcare with trustworthy AI, ensuring quality care for all.
She is a 4-time C-suit physician executive with fifteen years of executive leadership spanning healthcare IT, medical affairs, and population health across four academic medical centers, clinically integrated networks, and accountable care organizations.
Dr. Hightower received her BA at Cornell University, MD, and MPH, from the University of Rochester School of Medicine, followed by residencies in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego. She also holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.