Tucson Student Seeking to Advance Medical Technology

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Adeel Yang, 25, isn’t your typical third-year medical student. Yes, he’s doing the necessary clinical rotations and taking all the appropriate tests, but he’s also involved in more.  This University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson student is the CEO and founder of Innoclinic, LLC in Tucson and looking to obtain a master’s in business administration.

Yang’s accomplishments and determination stand out among his peers – so much that he has caught the attention of his classmates, said Sarang Koushik.

“Adeel stands out because not only was he actively involved in the medical school, but also because he worked full time during the first two years of preclinical education as a health-care consultant. Adeel a is leader with TAR WARS, a CUP program, has achieved academic excellence during the first two years and played a huge role in reforming the current curriculum in regard to the CBI layout,” Koushik said.

Yang’s professors also acknowledge his excellence. Associate Professor of Surgery Dr. William Adamas-Rappaport, MD, said he is a class act and worthy of notoriety.

“Adeel possesses a maturity well beyond his chronological age. He sees the ‘big picture’ in life,” Dr. Rappaport said. “No matter how difficult and stressful the situation, Adeel approaches the challenge with a smile and with encouragement of his fellow students. In everything he does he gives 100 percent, often irrespective of external success or failure.”

The foundations for Yang’s career goals are easily supported by his undergraduate degrees in economics and molecular and cellular biology. He said he’s most proud to be working in the medical world because of the continuous advancement of medical treatment through research and creativity. His hope is to contribute to the advancement of medical technology.

“I plan to start and build medical device companies and create products to solve unmet medical needs,” Yang said.

He attributes his business success and career motivation to his three years of work at Research Corporation as investment analyst consultant in Tucson. He also said he’s thankful for the business training he’s received during his years spent in higher education.   

On a daily basis, the advancement in technology, new research discoveries and his experiences as a patient during his childhood in Taiwan serve as an encouragement to pursue his goals.

Yang not only works hard in the classroom, but also while training for and competing in triathlons. He said he competes in two or three races annually, including the Las Palomas Olympic Distance, Las Vegas International Olympic Tri, El Tour de Tucson, PF Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll half and full marathon, Tempe International Olympic Tri and the Moab Utah Century Ride.

Additionally, Yang said he enjoys being a student at the College of Medicine and plans to give back both academically and financially as an alumnus.

“We have great faculty and students, people who genuinely care. Most professors and mentors go out of their way to help students succeed. The students also look out for each other,” he explained. “The UA College of Medicine’s collaborative personality really stands out in my opinion. I’m a Wildcat for life.”