Roni Zeiger

Hear why internal medicine physician Roni Zeiger left his position as Chief Health Strategist at Google to explore the next generation of social media and health.

Roni Zeiger, M.D., is the former Chief Health Strategist at Google, where he led efforts ranging from Google Flu Trends to Symptom Search. In 2012, he and Gilles Frydman founded Smart Patients in order to amplify the knowledge created by networks of engaged patients. Roni serves as CEO of Smart Patients and continues to see urgent care patients part time at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, where he is a Community Staff Physician. 

Roni earned his M.D. at Stanford University and completed his internal medicine residency at the University of California, San Francisco. He has served as a clinical instructor of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and received a master’s degree in biomedical informatics from Stanford.

He has written and edited several medical textbooks and has published articles on topics including continuing medical education, clinical decision support tools, and searching for health information on the web.  Roni also created a tool called Diagnosaurus which helps clinicians remember the possible diagnoses for given symptoms. He also advises several companies, including Medic Mobile,, ShareTheVisit, and Hobnob.

Roni believes that if we strive to understand the ways each of us is an expert, we can make better science happen faster.