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Andre Esteva is a researcher and entrepreneur in deep learning and computer vision. He currently serves as Head of Medical AI at Salesforce Research.

He obtained his PhD in Artificial Intelligence at Stanford, where he worked with Sebastian Thrun, Jeff Dean, Stephen Boyd, Fei-Fei Li, and Eric Topol. His research was in deep learning and computer vision, with applications built for dermatology, drug screening, neuroscience, and psychiatry.

Notably, his work showed that computer vision algorithms could match the performance of dermatologists at classifying skin cancer from images. His work has made the cover of Nature, as well as Cell, Nature Medicine, NeurIPS, and other venues. It has been widely covered by the WSJ, Fortune, BBC, The Economist, and similar news outlets. He interned at Google Research, Sandia National Labs, and GE Healthcare, and has co-founded two tech startups.

He finished undergraduate degrees with highest honors in Electrical Engineering and Pure Math from UT-Austin and was awarded Engineering Valedictorian (formally, the Outstanding Scholar-Leader Award).


1. Reporting guidelines for clinical trial reports for interventions involving artificial intelligence: the CONSORT-AI extension
2. Guidelines for clinical trial protocols for interventions involving artificial intelligence: the SPIRIT-AI Extension
Xiaoxuan Liu, Samantha Cruz Rivera, David Moher, Melanie J. Calvert, Alastair K. Denniston Aaron Y. Lee, Adrian Jonas, An-Wen Chan, Ara Darzi, Christopher Holmes, Christopher Yau, Hutan Ashrafian, Jonathan J. Deeks, Lavinia Ferrante di Ruffano, Livia Faes, Pearse A. Keane, Sebastian J. Vollmer, Andre Esteva , Andrew L. Beam, An-Wen Chan, Maria Beatrice Panico, Cecilia S. Lee, Charlotte Haug, Christopher J. Kelly, Christopher Yau, Cynthia Mulrow, Cyrus Espinoza, John Fletcher, David Moher, Dina Paltoo, Elaine Manna, Gary Price, Gary S. Collins, Hugh Harvey, James Matcham, Joao Monteiro, M. Khair ElZarrad, Lavinia Ferrante di Ruffano, Luke Oakden-Rayner, Melanie J. Calvert, Melissa McCradden, Pearse A. Keane, Richard Savage, Robert Golub, Rupa Sarkar & Samuel Rowley
Nature Medicine: CONSORT-AI, SPIRIT-AI
The Lancet Digital Health: CONSORT-AI, SPIRIT-AI
The British Medical Journal (BMJ): CONSORT-AI, SPIRIT-AI
Selected Press: The Guardian MIT Tech Review
CO-Search: COVID-19 Information Retrieval with Semantic Search, Question Answering, and Abstractive Summarization
Andre Esteva, Anuprit Kale, Romain Paulus, Kazuma Hashimoto, Wenpeng Yin, Dragomir Radev, Richard Socher
A mountable toilet system for personalized health monitoring
Seung-min Park, Daeyoun D. Won, Brian J. Lee, Diego Escobedo, Andre Esteva, Amin Aalipour, T. Jessie Ge, Jung Ha Kim, Susie Suh, Elliot H. Choi, Alexander X. Lozano, Chengyang Yao, Sunil Bodapati, Friso B. Achterberg, Jeesu Kim, Hwan Park, Youngjae Choi, Woo Jin Kim, Jung Ho Yu, Alexander M. Bhatt, Jong Kyun Lee, Ryan Spitler, Shan X. Wang & Sanjiv S. Gambhir
Nature Biomedical Engineering, April 2020
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  • Ranked #1 amongst all Nature BME papers
  • Covered by over 100 news outlets
  • Tweeted over 15,000 times
Can skin cancer diagnosis be transformed by AI?
Andre Esteva, Eric Topol
A Guide to Deep Learning in Healthcare
Andre Esteva*, Alexandre Robicquet*, Bharath Ramsundar#, Volodymr Kuleshov#, Katherine Chou#, Mark DePristo#, Claire Cui, Greg Corrado, Sebastian Thrun, Jeff Dean
*equal contribution authors
#equal contribution authors
equal contribution authors
Nature Medicine, January 2019
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  • Ranked #8 amongst all Nature Medicine papers of a similar age
  • Covered by 5 news outlets
  • Tweeted over 600 times
In Silico Labeling: Predicting Fluorescent Labels in Unlabeled Images
Eric Christiansen*, Samuel Yang, Dale Ando#, Ashkan Javaherian#, Gaia Skibinski#, Scott Lipnick,#, Elliot Mount, Alison O’Neil, Kevan Shah, Alicia K. Lee, Piyush Goyal, Liam Fedus, Ryan Poplin, Andre Esteva, Lee Rubin, Philip Nelson*, Steven Finkbeiner*
#These authors made comparable contributions
These authors made comparable contributions
Cell, April 2018
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  • Covered by 8 news outlets
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Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare and Medicine: Enhancing the Expert
Andre Esteva
PhD Thesis
Dermatologist-level Classification of Skin Cancer with Deep Neural Networks
Andre Esteva*, Brett Kuprel*, Rob Novoa, Justin Ko, Susan M. Swetter, Helen Blau, Sebastian Thrun
*equal contribution authors
Nature Letter, January 2017
Nature News and Views
Nature Video (YouTube)
Nature Reviews Cancer
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  • Ranked #4 amongst all Nature papers of a similar age
  • Covered by over 200 news outlets
  • Tweeted over 2,000 times
Skin Cancer Detection and Tracking using Data Synthesis and Deep Learning
Yunzhu Li*, Andre Esteva*, Brett Kuprel, Rob Novoa, Justin Ko, Sebastian Thrun
*equal contribution authors
Vision-Based Classification of Developmental Disorders using Eye Movements
Guido Pusiol, Andre Esteva, Scott Hall, Michael Frank, Arnold Milstein, Li Fei-Fei

Visual Scenes are Categorized by Function
Michelle Greene, Christopher Baldassano, Andre Esteva, Diane M. Beck, Li Fei-Fei

Two Distinct Scene Processing Networks Connecting Vision and Memory
Christopher Baldassano, Andre Esteva, Diane M. Beck, Li Fei-Fei

On the Technology Prospects and Investment Opportunities for Scalable Neuroscience
Thomas Dean, Biafra Ahanonu, Mainak Chowdhury, Anjali Datta, Andre Esteva, Daniel Eth, Nobie Redmon, Oleg Rumyantsev, Ysis Tarter

Metamaterial Structural Design
Andre Esteva, Dean Neikirk, Andrea Alu
Undergraduate Thesis

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HLTH Conference, October, 2020