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Stefan Agamanolis, PhD

Chief Innovation Officer

Stefan Agamanolis, PhD, serves as chief innovation officer at Akron Children’s Hospital.  In this role, he oversees the organization’s Innovation Center, which engages in collaborations and co-development partnerships with outside entities; commercializes inventions and intellectual assets through licensing and start-ups; and supports internal strategic planning and problem solving.


In his previous role as senior director of patient experience, Stefan and his team elevated the organization’s function to listen to the voices of patients and families to improve their experience.  In this role he also oversaw patient relations, interpreter services, community health worker services, and the parent advisor and mentor programs. Additionally, he was an Associate Director of the Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute and led earlier efforts in telehealth and telemedicine.

Prior to joining Akron Children’s in 2010, Stefan had more than 10 years of experience inside the MIT Media Laboratory, first as a student and later as one of the founding research directors at Media Lab Europe, its former sister lab in Ireland. There, he led a design-oriented innovation program responsible for several award-winning product concepts pertaining to the future of human relationships as mediated by technology. He later became the founding chief executive and research director of Distance Lab, a research initiative in Scotland that created technology and design innovations to address challenges in rural and remote areas within the domains of healthcare, education, relationships, and cultural heritage. In 2010, this lab became part of the Institute of Design Innovation at the Glasgow School of Art. Stefan also served as a visiting associate professor of engineering during the formative years of NYU Abu Dhabi, where he led an intensive learning experience in design and innovation for first-year university students.