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COVID Doctor, Medical Diagnostics CEO & Red Blood Cell Scientist | Patrick Hines

October 21, 2020  • Health Innovators Fellowship & Patrick Hines

Medical professionals on the frontlines of the coronavirus fight are answering a call of duty that comes with a price. To care for patients, many must avoid loved ones to protect them from the risks of exposure. Add in a racial justice reckoning across the country, and, especially for Black physicians, this is a time when their family, particularly their children, may need them most. 

In this episode, go behind the mask with one of those physicians: Patrick Hines, a pediatric critical care doctor and the Founder & CEO of Functional Fluidics, a blood function diagnostics company based in Detroit, Michigan. 

We talk about Patrick’s experience as a clinician and scientist during COVID-19, how he used his intersectional role in the medical field to step up, and what it’s been like these past few months as the father of two young Black boys during the continued struggle for racial justice. 

About Behind the Mask

Go behind the masks leaders wear and explore the values and tensions at the heart of the decisions they make. Join Aspen Health Innovators Fellow Indu Subaiya as she speaks with U.S. health care leaders—all members of the Health Innovators Fellowship—to learn how they’re leading through these turbulent times.

Aspen Health Innovators: Behind the Mask is a collaboration between Deb Gordon, Indu Subaiya, and the Aspen Health Innovators Fellowship. Subscribe to us on your favorite podcast app and follow us @AspenInstitute to stay up to date with our work. For more information, visit

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