About Sling Health STL


Sling Health STL the founding chapter of a national student-run non-profit organization founded in 2013 by medical students at Washington University in St. Louis in order to confront the surplus of unsolved clinical problems they encountered within the hospitals. Our organization brings together a diverse group of students, clinicians, and local entrepreneurs to develop and commercialize medtech solutions that ultimately improve patient health care.

Our main objectives are:

  • To make medical entrepreneurship attainable for students and physicians
  • To integrate students from the schools of medicine, business, engineering, and arts & sciences to develop novel devices and software in order to tackle unmet clinical needs.


Our organization cultivates student-led teams through a nine-month experiential program, which includes clinical assessment, prototype creation, and business development. The teams also receive opportunities to pitch in various competitions and events, including our annual Demo Day. Furthermore, team members retain 100% of the intellectual property and equity of the solutions they create through the program.

Sling Health STL teams receive resources, support, and mentorship throughout the process. Resources include:

  • Initial funding
  • Lab, office, and workshop space
  • Prototyping tools and equipment
  • Legal services including patent and incorporation support.
  • Mentorship from clinicians, industry experts, and local entrepreneurs via design reviews

Our program is open to colleges, university, and residency program in the St. Louis region including Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis University, and University of St. Louis in Missouri.

If you'd like to help make our mission and program a success, we welcome you to participate, mentor teams, or submit a clinical problem.


Ian Schillebeeckx

Chief Executive Officer and President

Ramin Lalezari

Vice President

Stephen Linderman

President Emeritus

Steven Monda

Managing Director

Rachel Goldberg

Chief Medical Officer

Mario Ortega

Chief Operations Officer

Ted Pallis

Chief Financial Officer

Alex Chang

Legal Intern

Sarah Goldberg

Chief Communications Officer


Charlotte Guertler


Dara Mirzaie


Yash Dalal


Jeffrey Hansen


William Padovano


Chris Chermside-Scabbo


Annelise Mah

Vice Management

Josh Siegel

Vice Management


Lillian Kang

Clinical Outreach

Christine Averill

Clinical Outreach

Tirth Patel

Engineering Outreach

Michael Glamore, MD

Resident Outreach

Lucy Hormberg, MD

Resident Outreach