Jaap Suermondt is the incoming Executive Director of Stanford’s Biomedical Informatics Program. He is active in the Silicon Valley ecosystem as an investor, advisor, and operational executive with a track record in applied innovation and deep industry, GTM, and technical expertise. He is an Executive in Residence at Plug and Play Technology Center, and advises/coaches startups (from early seed to growth stage) on strategy and execution and assesses/guides opportunities for investors, corporate, and VC partners. He is also an advisor to Stanford’s Population Health Sciences program and participating faculty in Stanford’s Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program.

Jaap’s enterprise operational/executive and R&D career spans machine learning, data management and analytics, security analytics, IOT, healthcare, data de-duplication, personalization, and operational efficiency. As VP of Labs for HPE's multi-billion software business (now part of Micro Focus), he led the company's applied innovation investments in analytics, machine learning, and data engineering targeted at security, big data platforms, application development management, IT ops mgt, and information management & governance.

After getting three degrees from Stanford, he was a researcher at HP Labs and then led teams and large orgs of researchers and innovators in the US, Israel, Mexico, India, Canada, and Russia. He delivered a succession of technologies and business contributions as product as well as with government, academic, and enterprise partners, led sw and analytics research for memory-driven computing (including successful open-source projects), and led healthcare research (focusing on patient safety, operational efficiency, and patient and staff experiences). He helped create the first ACGME-accredited fellowship program in clinical informatics at Stanford, and was Program Chair of the 2008 Annual Symposium of the American Medical Informatics Association. As director of the Services and Solutions Research Lab and the Business Optimization Lab, his team was awarded the INFORMS 2009 Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in OR and the Management Sciences. He is an inventor on over 40 granted patents and is participating faculty in Stanford’s Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program and an elected Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics.


Stanford University, Stanford, CA

  • Ph.D., Medical Information Sciences (Thesis: Explanation in Bayesian Belief Networks. Advisor: Gregory F. Cooper)
  • M.S., Medical Information Sciences
  • B.S., Mathematical and Computation Science (distinction)