Dr. Christian Apfel, MD, PhD, MBA

Founder and CEO 

Dr. Apfel is the Founder, CEO, and Chairman of the Board. Prior to starting SageMedic, he was a Professor in the Department of Anesthesia at UCSF, where he worked as a clinician and led the Clinical Research Core. He is a nationally and internationally known authority on designing, conducting, and publishing highest quality clinical trials with thousands of patients that have changed medical practice with over 100 peer-reviewed publications. Most notable, he developed the “Apfel Score,” a standard tool that is now used in clinical practice world-wide. He also teaches clinical trial design as an Adjunct Associate Professor at UCSF and is the Chair of the Life Science Committee at the Keiretsu Angel Investment Forum and a member of Life Science Angels in the Bay Area. Dr. Apfel is a California licensed physician with 20+ years of clinical experience in anesthesiology, critical care medicine, and emergency medicine. He received his medical degree (MD) and his doctoral degree (PhD equivalent) from Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, Germany, and his master of business administration (MBA) from The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, PA.