Dr. Michael McCullough (left) and Ana Rowena McCullough (center) conversing with His Holiness the Dalai Lama (right)
Sikyong Lobsang Sangay (left), His Holiness the Dalia Lama (center left), Dr. Michael McCullough (center right), and Ana Rowena McCullough (right) stand for a picture


Michael McCullough is the Co-Founder and Co-President of the Global Leadership Incubator. In the non-profit sector, Michael co-founded and operates QuestBridge, the nation’s largest recruiter for extremely talented and low-income youth for Ivy League colleges, universities, and employers. QuestBridge now places more talented low-income students than any other non-profit in US history. In 2017, 2000 Quest students were offered admission to one of Quest’s 37 partner colleges, including Stanford, Yale, Princeton, MIT, Amherst, and Williams. Quest is now expanding to recruiting for top companies and graduate schools. Quest also manages personalized scholarships for high school juniors which double as a recruiting engine for college admission.

Michael also founded BeAGoodDoctor.Org and was formerly co-chair for the medical and neurosciences track for Singularity University. BeAGoodDoctor.Org serves as an incubator for a variety of vibrant social ventures infused by top students from Stanford, Yale, Berkeley and other top colleges. Recent efforts include KaeMe, which is partnering with the Ghanaian government to reorganize the entire orphan care system, helping restructure a Wild West of orphanages. Other BeAGoodDoctor projects include the Courage Project, S.C.O.P.E., and several overseas clinical internships (Nepal, Dharamsala and Honduras). Michael was elected an Ashoka Fellow in 2004.

In the private sector, Michael is a partner at HeadWaters Capital Partners (HCP), working directly with Managing Partner John Stevens (CEO HeartFlow). HCP focuses on Life Science, Education and Clean Tech investments. Stevens & McCullough focus on early-stage start-ups in which they can work alongside entrepreneurs, sometimes as co-founders. More recently, Michael became a Principal/Partner at Capricorn Healthcare and Special Opportunities (CHSO), working with Managing Principal Barry Uphoff. McCullough previously co-founded RegenMed Systems and served as its interim president. Prior to this, Michael was an Operating Partner at the Capricorn Investment Group, where his early investments include HeartFlow and Apnicure. Michael sat on the founding board of 2Tor and has served as an advisor to Vocera, Venrock, NanoDimension, HeartFlow, NeuroVigil, Shmoop, ConnectEdu, eCullet, 4Afri, and others for which he has raised over $110MM in early funding for promising start-ups since 2004. Michael was elected a Kauffman Fellow in 2009.

Michael is an ER physician with specialized training in emergency medicine, trauma and diagnostic imaging, affiliated with both Stanford and UCSF. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine, a published researcher and recipient of multiple awards for teaching and public service. Michael was introduced to medicine by his own childhood brain surgery, where he subsequently retrained himself to speak, eventually paying for college with teaching and stand-up comedy. In addition to continuing to work part-time clinically at Stanford and UCSF affiliated level-one trauma centers, Michael has served as an expedition physician, volunteer clinician in developing countries, and occasional ER doctor to the Dalai Lama during His Holiness’s US tours in California. He currently sits on the Board of the Dalai Lama Foundation.

Michael earned his undergraduate degree from Stanford University, Phi Beta Kappa, in Human Biology, focusing on Neuroscience and Political Science. Michael was the first undergraduate hired to teach at the Stanford Medical School. Michael was a Rhodes Scholar and attended Balliol College, Oxford, studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics and obtaining a Masters degree in Diagnostic Imaging. He holds an MD from the University of California, San Francisco where he was the first medical student to receive the Chancellor’s and Burbridge awards for public service.

Michael speaks often at Stanford University, Yale, Princeton and nationally on multiple issues in education, leadership, and medicine.