A special 2020 report coauthored by consulting giant McKinsey and the European Union (EU) found that applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) to medicine would completely revolutionize healthcare.
Highlighting the “staggering” progression of medical technology, they predicted that “AI will soon be used universally to support decisions and deepen healthcare professionals’ understanding of their patient”.
A prime example of the possibilities is Aleksandar Stojmenski. A prominent computer scientist, Stojmenski’s role at iCardio.ai unites his childhood dream of being a doctor with a current passion for Deep Tech.
In his multifaceted role as a full stack developer at. iCardio.ai's, Stojmenski is responsible for iCardio.ai's data system, maintaining the company’s various web applications, and supporting the machine learning scientists. An experienced tech professional, Aleks is a PhD candidate in computer science from North Macedonia's Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering.
Yet for all of his tech acumen, Stojmenski originally had no intentions of being a developer. Raised by a surgeon father, he dreamed of following in his dad's footsteps and pursuing a career in medicine.
His dreams of becoming a respected doctor like his father were rudely dashed. After failing to get accepted to medical school, Stojmenski opted to study computer science instead.
The first few courses sparked his curiosity, paving the way for Stojmenski's subsequent tech career. "I found out that it was actually better, because computer science was a lot more interesting to me than medicine," Stojmenski recalled. But he remained fascinated by the medical field and now boasts numerous publications applying advanced deep tech solutions to problems in medicine.
"For example, what I did for my bachelor's thesis is create a 3D scanner and 3D printer that could scan your arm and print out a cast specifically for you," Stojmenski recounted. "There's no itching, there's no pain and there's no additional stress to the joint than what is already there--the swelling is well controlled and the cast is optimized for the patient's arm."
The aforementioned invention catapulted Aleksander into one of Macedonia’s most renowned computer scientists, earning him a national award for best thesis that was presented personally by Macedonia’s prime minister.
So when (iCardio.ai CEO) Joseph Sokol outlined his vision for the company, Stojmenski jumped on the opportunity. Already having worked with Sokol on the former's Fintech company, Stojmenski saw iCardio.ai as a chance to further explore the intersection of medicine and technology.
"I think I belong here," says Stojmenski. "When you have in mind the knowledge I've mastered in the domain; the topic is very hard yet interesting and I believe that the topic-computer science and medicine-will only grow."
"It won't stop here," he continued. "iCardio.ai may be the first of the applications that will do it, but I would say that the domain and the project is what brought me into iCardio.ai"
Stojmenski brings to the table a mastery of computer science and a deep knowledge of the medical field. A cursory search of his name on Google Scholar reveals over 25 papers he has published in internationally-cited academic journals.
"I would say that 90% of them are medical oriented," says Stojmenski. "That’s because, I'm sticking to the domain because it's very interesting how as a non-doctor you can really understand doctors and work to make their lives easier through technological innovation."
"There's a lot of potential and a lot of things that we don't know yet that are connected to the medical sector and computer science. This is only the start, and to be part of such a company is a great pleasure for me because I can always move forward and advance."