Maninder “Mini” Kahlon is a founding vice dean of Dell Medical School, where she facilitates the development of innovations that advance health beyond the clinic. This fourth “healthscape” mission complements traditional education, research and clinical pillars and encourages the development and dissemination of health programming anchored in the landscape of people’s lives.
Kahlon is an associate professor in the Department of Population Health and the founder of Factor Health. The Factor Health laboratory identifies opportunities to develop programs that rapidly improve health in people’s lives, testing them through community-based trials. Solutions address chronic conditions such as diabetes, depression and loneliness, and they incorporate innovations in the workforce, systems design, and nutritional and behavioral health science. Factor Health, supported by the Episcopal Health Foundation, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and others, leverages evidence, develops payment possibilities and refines programs with partners to scale health solutions outside the clinic. Kahlon also currently serves on the advisory board of CaroNova, a health transformation initiative supported by The Duke Endowment, the North Carolina Healthcare Association and the South Carolina Hospital Association.
Arriving in 2014 to help establish Austin’s new medical school, she launched Texas Health Catalyst, Dell Med’s health translation platform for drugs, diagnostics, devices and digital health. She has been a founding chair of the Austin Healthcare Council and served as vice chair for health innovation at the Austin Chamber of Commerce. She has served, uncompensated, on the board of Austin-based Babson Diagnostics, a Siemens and BD-backed retail diagnostics innovator, and University Federal Credit Union, Austin’s largest credit union leveraging individual financial support towards economic prosperity in the region.
Kahlon was previously the executive director and chief information officer at the University of California San Francisco’s Clinical & Translational Science Institute. She is an award-winning technology leader with experience in industry and academic medicine, building consumer-facing and research-enabling tools. Her volunteer interests include supporting equity in K-12 education and advocating for human rights, for which she received a certificate of honor from the San Francisco Human Rights Commission. Kahlon is a behavioral and systems neuroscientist, receiving her Ph.D. from UCSF. She is also a graduate of Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania.