Born out of an in-person clinic serving an urgent need, our web-application is based on years of clinical expertise.

At UCSF our co-founder Dr.  Emily Finlayson saw elderly patients spending too much time in the hospital post-surgery when they should have been at home with their loved ones.

For 20 years, Dr. Finlayson's NIH-funded research has repeatedly shown that major surgery in older adults can lead to decline and loss of independence. Through her work on national quality improvement programs with the ACS, she recognized that hospitals do not have the expertise and resources to prepare older adults for surgery to improve their outcomes adequately. Inspired to make change she partnered with Sean to develop a solution.

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Funded by grants and awards
we have iteratively developed our technology and content.

About the founders
Our leadership team brings recognized expertise in aging and its impact on surgery, technology and user experience.
Emily Finlayson, M.D., M.S., FACS
Emily is Professor of Surgery, Medicine, and Health Policy. After completing her medical degree at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Finlayson trained in general surgery at UCSF and in colon and rectal surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. In her post-doctorate training, she received a Master of Science from the Center for Evaluative Clinical Sciences at Dartmouth Medical School and completed a research fellowship with the VA Outcomes Group in White River Junction, Vermont. She was on faculty at the University of Michigan Department of Surgery and the Michigan Surgical Collaborative for Outcomes Research and Evaluation until she returned to UCSF in 2009. Her NIH-funded research is in population-based surgical outcomes with a focus on functional outcomes in the frail elderly. She is a longstanding member of the American College of Surgeons’ Geriatric Surgery Task Force and Co-Chair of the Data Registry Subcommittee for the American College of Surgeons’ The Coalition for Quality in Geriatric Surgery Project. At UCSF Health, Dr. Finlayson is the founding director of the UCSF Center for Surgery in Older Adults, a transdisciplinary collaborative the develops, tests, and implements strategies to improve outcomes after surgery in older adults.
Sean Bumgarner
Co-Founder and CEO
Sean is an accomplished product leader who has won multiple awards. He has over 15 years experience launching health and wellness websites and apps for the mass market. Sean has consulted for major healthcare service and technology providers such as Philips Health Care, GE Healthcare, and Exact Sciences.
At publisher Rodale, Sean established a cross-functional app development and production team that included design, engineering, editorial, and operations full-time positions. Using a human-centered approach and lean methodologies, this team achieved a contribution margin of over 80% and was able to create highly successful consumer apps on limited budgets. Their work frequently appeared in the top ten on the Apple App store, and they received awards for the Men's Health and Best Life iPhone editions. As Design Director, Platforms and Devices at Condé Nast's Editorial Development Group, Sean collaborated with magazine brands and technology partners including Google, Apple, and Adobe to refine their approach and anticipate industry developments. Sean's work is featured in the book "Becoming a Graphic and Digital Designer: A Guide to Careers in Design" by Steven Heller and Veronique Vienne.

Our multi-site randomized clinical trial at Stanford, MD Anderson, and UCSF is funded by the Emerson Foundation

Launched in 2022, our clinical trial follows a usability pilot at UCSF where 86% of patients reported that they would recommend to a friend and 90% of surveyed patients affirmed they were satisfied with PrehabPal.