Brazil

Marco Bego

Marco Bego is chief innovation officer at the Hospital das Clinicas of the University of São Paulo, the largest hospital in Latin America. Mr. Bego and his team created an artificial intelligence platform, developed with the support of the Novartis Foundation as well as government and civil society partners, to quickly assess lung damage in COVID-19 patients via X-rays and CT scans . The platform helped more than 50 hospitals in Brazil manage patients as the pandemic surged.

Marco Bego stands in front of a CT scan image of a patient’s lungs; Sao Paulo, Brazil (Photo)

An electrical engineer by training, Mr. Bego says he feels inspired by using his expertise to improve human health.

Leo Vieira, an administrative worker and amateur athlete, exercises in Ibirapuera Park; Sao Paulo, Brazil (Photo)

Leo Vieira, an administrative worker and amateur athlete, exercises in Ibirapuera Park in São Paulo, Brazil, after recovering from COVID-19. Mr. Vieira was treated at the Hospital das Clinicas of the University of São Paulo, where doctors used an artificial intelligence platform to assess damage to his lungs and direct him to the appropriate level of care.