Carla Small

Carla E. Small is Senior Director of Innovation at Boston Children’s Hospital. She joined Boston Children’s in 2013, bringing extensive industry knowledge in health care, marketing, and business strategy as a consultant to start-up, mid-cap and Fortune 500 companies.

Carla oversees innovation and commercialization programs geared towards accelerating the transformative ideas of Boston Children’s clinicians and researchers. “We see our role as business partners with the hospital’s world-class clinical and research talent, helping them translate their ideas into technologies and treatments that improve pediatric care, globally.”

Since joining Boston Children’s, Carla has overseen the transition of the innovation program into the Innovation & Digital Health Accelerator (IDHA), a multi-disciplinary team that builds and scales market competitive digital health technologies. The IDHA is  a fifty-person team combining the data, clinical expertise, and health care technology development experience of Boston Children’s Hospital, with world leading industry partners to build and scale market competitive digital health technologies. Carla leads the Innovation Accelerator which has spun out four companies, including Neuromotion and Circulation, with venture funding totaling over $13 million. 

Prior to joining Boston Children’s, Carla founded Strategia Solutions, and before that was at strategy consulting firm Health Advances, consulting to medical device, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, diagnostic and direct-service health care providers. She also served on the Consumer Marketing Advisory Board for Medtronic Diabetes.

Carla is on the School Board for Codman Academy Charter Public School in Dorchester, MA. Previously, she worked at a startup, Work/Family Directions, where she launched a series of nationwide groundbreaking work-family benefits promoting a diverse, engaged workforce.

Carla received her MBA from the Harvard Business School and her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College.