Magic Wand® Initiative (MWI)

The MWI is an academic initiative designed by clinicians for clinicians to solve medical problems through innovation. Our goal is to empower and educate clinicians to become leaders in biomedical innovation around the world.
Group of clinicians
Group of clinicians

Headshot of Dr. Garibyan
Headshot of Dr. Garibyan

The MWI cultivates patient-centered innovation where clinicians identify problems worth solving in health care, practice divergent and convergent brainstorming, collaborate with stakeholders, prototype and possibly commercialize solutions.

Lilit Garibyan, MD, PhD
Co-Founder and Program Director, The Magic Wand Initiative at Mass General

Our Programs

The MWI offers a variety of engaging, on-site workshops to flexible, virtual curricula designed to foster innovation among clinicians both in the U.S. and in Europe.

Magic Wand Expansion

This program focuses on creating blueprints for the expansion of the MWI outside of the Mass General/Harvard system and into other institutions and organizations.

Virtual Magic Wand (VMW)

This instructive and interactive virtual course, open to all clinicians in the U.S. and Europe, engages each participant in the process of identifying unmet patient needs.


Our Team

Meet the team

Kachiu Lee, MD

  • U.S. Program Co-Chair
  • Assistant Professor at Temple University

Yakir Levin, MD, PhD

  • US Program Co-Chair
  • Instructor at Harvard Medical School

Lilit Garibyan, MD, PhD

  • Co-Founder & Program Director
  • Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School

R. Rox Anderson, MD

  • Co-Founder & Program Consultant
  • Professor at Harvard Medical School

Merete Haedersdal, MD

  • European Program Ambassador
  • Professor at Copenhagen University

Current and Past Supporters

The European and U.S. Virtual Magic Wand Programs are supported by donations from LEO Pharma, Advancing Innovation in Dermatology and Sally Gottesman.