Yusheng Zhang, MD, MPH ’09, MBA ’09
Outstanding Recent Graduate Award
Founder and CEO, Apricot Forest, Inc.
Yusheng Zhang is the founder and CEO of Apricot Forest, Inc., a company dedicated to providing smart phone-based medical applications to Chinese physicians and patients. To assist in China’s health care reform, Zhang’s company has developed three mobile applications. The first app allows doctors to input, store, and organize patient records and send information to patients. The second is an electronic pocket medical reference, and the third is an app for medical journals, which won first place at the 2013 Fortune Global Forum's Meet the Future panel.
In 2015, Zhang’s company raised $10 million in venture funds, grew to over 50 employees, and was named in Fast Company magazine’s 50 most innovative companies in the world. Zhang, a graduate of the Bloomberg School’s prestigious Sommer Scholars program for young public health leaders, has developed a successful mobile health business model that is transforming health care services and informatics in China and beyond. As an alumnus, his efforts in advancing health through technology have brought great credit to Johns Hopkins University.
Who were your most important mentors?
Jesse Huang from Peking Union Medical College and Earl Steinberg from Resolution Health, Inc.
What did you do to relax and have fun while at JHSPH, and what do you miss most about Baltimore?
To relax, I played basketball in students' gym. I remember cooking in the dorm, but once I set off the fire alarm due to my Chinese cooking style! I miss the wonderful people in the school and, of course, the Inner Harbor.
How did your time at JHSPH influence your career?
It broadened my perspective to see the world and its health issues. It inspired me to be an entrepreneur.
What do you consider your most important accomplishments?
I married a woman I truly love and admire, and started a company 5 years ago that is still growing.
Ten years from now, where do you hope to be and what do you hope to be doing?
Hope to continue to be an innovator and entrepreneur in healthcare, bring better care to more patients and their families
What is your advice to people who are considering a career in public health?
Dare to try and never be afraid of failure. Be eager to learn, think across disciplines, because you are addressing some very complicated problems.
In your experience since leaving JHSPH, what do you think makes the school unique?
It is a global community with so many professionals passionate about devoting themselves to make the world healthier.