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Invest in the Future of Healthcare
Global Health Impact Network offers an opportunity for clinicians, high net worth individuals, and organizations to invest in the leading edge of healthcare technology via our early stage, strategic venture capital funds. Our funds are physician-owned and our investment decisions are clinician led.
Our investor-focused model invests exclusively on behalf of our clinician investor network. We provide an opportunity for our clinician investors to participate in a diversified portfolio of early-stage healthcare technology companies.
Our institutional fund invests in a diversified portfolio of healthcare technology companies that are revolutionizing the healthcare industry on behalf of our institutional partners.
How do we support our portfolio companies?
GHIF presents a team of Principals with over seventy-five years of experience in business and healthcare.
Our client firms gain access to support resources and business development opportunities through our network. Through these connections and yours, when you join us, we make it possible for competent solutions to achieve faster adoption. As our client companies grow, so does your portfolio value. We work hand-in-hand with our client management teams to build successful scalable business and revenue models. When our successful clients exit or are otherwise acquired, we all realize a quantum increase in financial value while shaping and accelerating healthcare innovation.
Gary Goldman, MD, DDS, MBA
Founder, CEO, and PrincipalLinkedin-in
Bob Sweeney, DA, MBA, MS
CoFounder & PrincipalLinkedin-in
Chris Kager, MD, MBA
Gary Goldman, MD, MBA, DDS
Founder, CEO, Principal, General PartnerLinkedin-in
Bob Sweeney, DA, MBA, MS
Co-Founder, Principal, General PartnerLinkedin-in
Chris Kager, MD, MBA
Rachna Dayal Goel, MBA
General Partner and COO, Institutional FundLinkedin-in
Director, Events and Strategic Partnerships, General Partner, Institutional FundLinkedin-in
Mukesh Advani, JD
General Counsel, General PartnerLinkedin-in
Director of Financial Operations
Orofacial Pain & Dental Sleep Medicine
Healthcare IT infrastructure
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Robert G Darling
Emergency Medicine, Infrastructure Development in Conflict & Disaster Regions
Orthopedic Hand surgery
General Surgery, Healthcare IT, EMR
Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery
Walter “Buzz” Stewart
Entrepreneur, Chief Research Officer, Healthcare Analyst, Epidemiologist
James H. Philip
Anesthesiology, Biomedical Engineering
Family Medicine, Biochemistry
Clinical Pharmacy, Pharmacology
Orthopedic Surgery, innovative health technology
Investment and Fund Raising
James Ernest (Ernie) Riddle
Healthcare Executive and Transformational Strategy
Healthcare Management and Operational Executive
Vein Specialists, Vascular Health
Gary A Goldman DDS MD
Gary has a BS from Stony Brook University, a DDS from New York University, and an MD from Drexel University Medical School. He completed an Internal Medicine internship, an Anesthesiology residency and Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship at Harvard Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and a Neurosurgical Anesthesia Fellowship at SUNY Downstate
With over 30 years of Clinical and Administrative healthcare experience and 20 years as a serial entrepreneur, Gary has been a founder for 2 healthcare technology start-ups, a physician informatics lead overseeing the roll out of the EHR Epic across Sutter Health, a not-for-profit health system in Northern California with 24 hospitals providing service to 100 Northern California cities, and has traveled across the country as a healthcare technology consultant for multiple academic and Private HCO’s. During that time Gary maintained his clinical practice in Anesthesiology with a sub specialty focus in obstetric anesthesiology. He is a founding member of the East Bay Anesthesia Medical Group and founded, scaled and held the position of medical director for its high risk Obstetric Anesthesia division, for over 20 years, caring for up to 8000 patients per year.
Robert “Bob” Sweeney
Bob has spent over 30 years as an executive in start-up and growth companies. From 1997 to 2016, Bob led the Challenger Corporation as the Chief Executive Officer, Board Member and Investor. Challenger rose from a fledgling start-up to national prominence in physician education under his leadership. Prior to this, he was Senior VP and a founder of Team Health, and functioned as their senior sales and negotiating executive. The company was founded in 1991 by Bob and four others. Team Health grew from $11mm to $425mm in annual sales before exiting in a public offering in 1994. Bob has an MBA from Memphis State University, a doctorate and MA in History from Carnegie Mellon University, an MS in Experimental Psychology from the University of Memphis, and a BA in History & MAT in Social Sciences from Binghamton University. He is a black belt practitioner of aikido, a ranked lifemaster in the American Contract Bridge League, and the author and administrator of a prominent website on the history of Sullivan County, PA where his emigrant ancestors settled. Bob is married to Lynn Franklin of Memphis, TN, and they have one daughter – a successful entrepreneur, who lives with her husband and their son in the Los Angeles area.
Chris Kager MD
Chris has a B.A. and M.D degree from the University of Pennsylvania; He completed an internship and neurological surgery residency at the University of Cincinnati (Mayfield Clinic). In addition, he completed a complex spine surgery fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. Chris has been a surgeon and partner in Lancaster NeuroScience and Spine Associates since 2001, the practice was recently acquired by Penn Medicine/Lancaster General Health effective January 2019. Chris remains in active clinical practice as a board-certified neurosurgeon. He currently holds the role of Chief of the Division of Neurosurgery at Lancaster General Hospital.
Chris has experience in informatics and actively participated in the evaluation and implementation of Lancaster General Hospital’s system-wide EMR.
Chris is an active investor in multiple sectors, with a focus on the healthcare and hospitality verticals., Chris has been the CMO of a regional angel investor network.
For more than three decades, Mukesh Advani has been a trusted legal advisor to businesses, both small and large (including Fortune 500 Companies) and individuals in litigation and corporate matters. On the litigation side, Mukesh has represented clients in all Federal and State Courts in California, including in some landmark cases that were decided by the California Supreme Court. On the Corporate side Mukesh has provided services to small businesses and technology start-ups and emerging growth companies in general corporate law matters, equity financing, stock option plans, employment law matters, commercial contracts, intellectual property licensing agreements, joint venture agreements and outsourcing agreements. Mukesh has also served as outside general counsel for emerging growth companies.
Most recently, Mukesh worked for more than five years with Dental & Medical Counsel, PC, a Healthcare law firm that provides a wide range of services to healthcare providers such as physicians, dentists, pharmacists, optometrists, and veterinarians. Mukesh also represented medical service providers in disciplinary proceedings instituted by their licensing boards and assisted them with their compliance obligations under Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
For the last 30 years, Mukesh has been continuously rated A.V. (very high (legal ability) to preeminent) by Martindale-Hubbell and included in its Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Mukesh is also included in the 2014, 2015, 2018, and 2019 edition of the Northern California Super Lawyers.
Mukesh has published articles, authored white papers and taught continuing legal education classes on cutting edge legal issues, including Appellate Law, Employment Law, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Privacy Laws and Regulations, Corporate Ethics, Law Practice Management Issues at many prestigious forums, including at the American Bar Association’s annual convention and at the annual convention of National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.
Sheetal has over 13 years of experience in the healthcare industry and has successfully led various functions including financial management, business operations and strategy, mergers and acquisitions, sales and marketing, and business analytics. She specializes in managing financial and integration management across diverse teams and cultures. In her last assignment, she was based in Dubai and led finance and business operations for a joint venture as Associate Director – Finance & Operations.
Sheetal has a BS in Microbiology, MBA (Biotechnology) and Master in Finance from India. She also holds dual degrees in Business management from Stanford Graduate School of Business and Public Policy from Stanford University.
Sheetal joins the team as Director of Financial Operations to support Global Health Impact Fund (GHIF) and Global Health Impact Network (GHIN).
Dr. Rich Hirschinger is in private practice treating patients with orofacial pain and obstructive sleep apnea at his office in Beverly Hills, CA. He graduated from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry in 1985, and practiced dentistry for 10 years after which separate hand and back injuries forced him to sell his practice. After receiving a Masters in Business Administration from the USC Marshall School of Business in 2001, he founded DDS.com and DMD.com. He then did a 2-year residency in Orofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine at UCLA. DDS.com was sold to a private equity company in 2013. He now serves as a clinic supervisor at UCLA in the Orofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine residency program, he is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain. He practices without a high-speed handpiece, and cycles about 125 miles a week.
Michael Pocalyko is Chief Executive Officer of SI, a professional services firm and government contractor in the information technology, cybersecurity, investigations, and intelligence sectors, headquartered in the Washington DC metropolitan area, operating business units Special Investigations, SI Cyber, and Enterprise Applications. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Health Impact Fund.
He has been chairman and CEO of five corporations: Monticello Capital LLC, Advanced Environmental Resources, Inc., Erdevel Europa S.à r.l., International Systems S.r.l., and Special Investigations Limited Company (SI); and non-executive chairman of the board of four corporations: Erdevel Europa in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Envambien S.A., TherimuneX Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Enterprise Applications, Inc. before the company’s acquisition by SI.
He has been a corporate director in the financial services, medical, biotechnology, Internet services, steel, environmental, security, and engineering services industries. He has also been a university trustee. He is an experienced public company corporate director and audit chair, a Sarbanes-Oxley “audit committee financial expert,” an investigator, compliance agent, and a
certified fraud examiner (CFE). He is a Board Leadership Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors and a member of NACD’s teaching faculty for Finance and Accounting.
Mr. Pocalyko was a Navy commander who served in Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, and on the personal staff of the Secretary of the Navy. He was a resident Senior Fellow of The Atlantic Council. He twice commanded military operational units and as a Navy pilot flew in Beirut, Lebanon and the Persian Gulf.
A 1976 graduate of Muhlenberg College, Mr. Pocalyko earned his M.P.A. at Harvard and his M.B.A. at Wharton. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Authors Guild, and the Cosmos Club.
As a Virginia public official he served appointed terms on the Commonwealth Competition Council and the Fairfax County Industrial Development Authority. He was once a candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates.
He is the bestselling author of the novel The Navigator from Macmillan Forge Books, “a stunning story of greed, modern politics, international intrigue, and ultimately affirmation . . .written by the consummate insider from both Wall Street and Washington.”
A native of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and at one time a union steelworker, he has been married since 1976 to Barbara Snelbaker Pocalyko, a certified public accountant who chaired the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Accountancy.
Steven Lazer is a seasoned Healthcare IT Professional with more than 20 years of healthcare IT and over 30 years of technology experience. Mr. Lazer is currently the Global Industries CTO for Dell | EMC providing technical oversight for the Healthcare, Financial Services, Retail, Energy & Utilities verticals.
Executive leadership and product development project background includes: Healthcare enterprise data center architecture and design through client device and connectivity. As an enterprise architect, defining and developing technology architecture for over 200 healthcare systems. A unique perspective on combining ITIL service management and service delivery expertise integrated with data security, disaster recovery and business continuity as a part of enterprise IT architecture.
Strong management and project leadership skills with large teams with diverse backgrounds. Extensive technical background specializing in architecture combined with Unix and storage.Developed and implemented Epic business within EMC to an annual run rate of ~$1.2B through leadership, architecture and customer service skills.
Proven project management ability. Experience hiring, building and coaching teams of more than 40 professionals, delivering large-scale IT solutions and business process innovations.
NMHC Executive said: “Steve is a key member of our leadership team and has brought IT maturity to the organization. He has designed and developed a highly effective end-to-end infrastructure for our electronic medical record program.” Saved $70M+ by recovering lost compliance data while exceeding regulators timeline. Implemented storage environment with a $750K return on investment in under 6 months.
Global Industries CTO: Dell | EMC Round Rock TX MA 2011 – Present
Technology executive and thought leader providing technology oversight for vertical industries of Healthcare, Financial Services, Retail, Energy & Utilities verticals. Manages the global technical relationship for the Epic partnership. Designs and implements new technology solutions for the delivery of healthcare applications. Designs reference architectures, technical, sales, and marketing documentation. Provides training to international sales and technical teams. Develops healthcare delivery teams and provide training to support them in the proper deployment of technology to support healthcare environments. Provide continued technical support to healthcare customer base throughout product lifecycles. Sales growth: expanded related sales from an annual run rate of $70M in 2011 to an annual run rate of over $1.2B.
Dr. Janet Moore Goldman attended Harvard University, receiving her A.B in Biochemistry, magna cum laude. She received her M.D. from UC San Francisco School of Medicine, and completed her OB/GYN residency and Perinatology fellowship at Bringham and Womens Hospital, Harvard Medical School.
After serving on the faculty at Stanford University School of Medicine, Dr. Goldman joined Easy Bay Perinatal Medical Associates, the forerunner of UBCP Maternal-Fetal Medicine, in 1990. She is Medical Director of the Sweet Success Diabetes and Pregnancy Program, and has a particular interest in managing medical complications of pregnancy.
Robert G Darling
Dr. Robert Darling is a founding principal and Chief Medical Officer for Patronus Medical Corporation, a company delivering healthcare and personalized wellness solutions to patients in virtually any location in the world through the use of advanced telemedicine and other cutting-edge technologies.
In 1996, Dr. Darling became the first board-certified emergency medicine physician to serve the President of the United States as White House Physician. Dr. Darling served President Clinton, Vice President Gore, their families, and other presidential support units at the White House, Camp David, various classified emergency relocation facilities, and aboard executive aircraft including Air Force One and Marine One. He also provided primary care, emergency care and protective medical support services in more than 40 countries with no advanced medical care. Dr. Darling played a key role in developing Top Secret emergency contingency plans bearing constitutional impact, countering the greatest threats to the continuity of the presidency.
After completing his tour as White House Physician, Dr. Darling served as emergency physician, flight surgeon, and Director of the Aeromedical Isolation Team (AIT) for the Operational Medicine Division of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), Fort Detrick, Maryland. In the latter role, he specialized in mitigating the medical consequences of biological weapons and bioterrorism.
Dr. Darling has also served as the Director of the Navy Medicine Office of Homeland Security, in the office of the Navy Surgeon General where he guided Navy Medicine in preparing for the medical and public health consequences of natural and man-made disasters in hospitals and clinics throughout the world.
CAPTAIN Darling retired from the Navy in 2006, after 25 years of service to the nation. He was then named Director of the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine (CDHAM) where he led healthcare reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan, prepared for pandemic influenza outbreaks, conducted HIV/AIDS educational programs in the Caribbean and South America, and prepared for and responded to humanitarian disasters worldwide.
In addition to Dr. Darling’s current work with Patronus Medical Corporation, he serves as Medical Director for Lead Health. He is also Medical Director of the Executive Health and Dignitary Protective Medicine Fellowship at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Department of Emergency Medicine, Fellowship in Disaster Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Military and Emergency Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, Maryland.
Dr. Darling holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with honors from Adelphi University and a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from the USUHS. He completed his transitional internship at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland and his residency in emergency medicine at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. He served as Carrier Air Wing Eight (CVW-8) Flight Surgeon aboard the aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) and was back seat qualified in both the F14A and A6E tactical jets. He has numerous publications and has lectured around the world. He is Associate Editor of Ciottone’s Disaster Medicine, Elsevier- Mosby, 2nd Edition. He is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Institute for Functional Medicine, the American Telemedicine Association and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.
Dr. Raymond Wurapa is an orthopedic hand surgeon in Columbus, Ohio. He is in private practice with academic affiliations. He received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, completed his orthopedic residency at Albany Medical Center, and hand/upper extremity fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University/Philadelphia Hand Center. He has been in practice for almost 20 years. He is credited with developing several surgical instruments, and holds multiple patents. He has contributed to research, leading medical and orthopedic publications and textbooks. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons, a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and an active member of both the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and the American Association for Hand Surgery.
Kirk is the CEO and Founder of Modio Health, which offers a refreshing approach to provider management through a cloud-based platform, OneView®. Modio is one of the nation’s leading provider management platforms with the collection of healthcare provider data through various integrations and effective workflows that transcend multiple departments and organizational needs. Modio has been recognized as a top-performer by KLAS, a well-known industry publication, which reviews leading healthcare software.
Kirk began his professional career as a board-certified general surgeon, and served as a Medical Director of IT for Sentara Healthcare, as it pioneered the implementation of the Electronic Medical Record(Epic’s eCare) into 13 hospitals across Virginia. As a full-time surgeon, he then translated that knowledge into the creation of a healthcare IT consulting and staffing firm, which combined practicing physicians with Electronic Medical Record implementations across the US. With a strong clinical background, as well as a proven track record in the healthcare IT arena, Kirk is skilled in the development and execution of ideas that transform the antiquated processes of healthcare into efficient business models. He has experience in driving the vision and implementation of technology enabled services, as well as drilling down to the minutia and operational demands of a smaller entrepreneurial endeavor.
Kirk is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Business Administration, followed by a medical degree at Eastern Virginia Medical School, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. More important, he enjoys his time outdoors in Virginia Beach, on the water, and with his wife and three children.
Dr. Kwan has been a private practice periodontist for over 25 years in the Oakland/Berkeley, CA area after having served in the USAF Dental Corps for 10 years. He has been published in peer reviewed journals such as the Journal of Periodontology, the Journal of the American Dental Association, and the Journal of the California Dental Association among other national and international journals, and textbooks. His periodontal practice includes clinical research and education, focusing on microsurgery and periodontal endoscopy. John is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, serves as a Clinical Professor at UCSF School of Dentistry and consults and teaches as the Clinical Director for Zest Dental Solutions, Perioscopy.
Dr. Brian Howard is an angel investor and early-stage company advisor following 20 years as a private practice plastic surgeon in the Atlanta area. In his current capacity. He takes an industry agnostic approach to start-up companies seeking investment and/or advice. He serves on multiple start-up boards.
Dr. Howard also serves in the Emory Goizueta Business School Advisory Board and the Raise Forum, which is a capital-seeking start-up pitch venue hosted semi-annually by the Goizueta Business School.
Dr. Howard is double board certified in medicine, in both Plastic Surgery and Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery. He received his BS in Biology from the University of Missouri-Columbia, an MD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine, and an MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University
Walter "Buzz" Stewart
We are at the beginning of the second revolution in healthcare with explosive growth in medical data, medical knowledge, access to advanced analytic tools, and the emergence of sophisticated technologies, among other remarkable changes. Yet, healthcare continues to lag in closing gaps on the fundamental aims to improve access, cost, quality, and the experience of care.
It is not for lack of will that these gaps persist, but limitations to our know-how and the means to translate what we know into scalable solutions. The most important, challenging, and interesting questions today – and my passion – are about how to take what we know and create digital health solutions that offer easy to adopt, durable, business sensible ways of delivering better care and experiences with less human effort and at a lower cost.
I am particularly interested in removing barriers to re-inventing how we deliver healthcare. Vast infrastructure exists to create new drugs, devices, and diagnostics. But, we do not have the same kind of R&D infrastructure to make it easier to re-invent the delivery of care. Even extraordinary ideas, technologies, and solutions fall short in creating sustained value. In part, this is because we lack the framework, tools and processes to dissect and give structure to problems, allowing us to then translate what we know into solutions that automate cognitive, administrative, management, and other tasks and jobs required to deliver care. Having worked on all sides of healthcare R&D, I bring a comprehensive understanding of how to manage and foster productive collaborations in building solutions that solve meaningful problems and create value in healthcare.
James H. Philip
James H Philip, ME(E), MD, CCE is an Anesthesiologist and Biomedical Engineer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Professor at Harvard Medical School. Jim’s research focuses on engineering the medical environment to make it safer, more effective, and less costly. Jim wrote the computer simulation, Gas Man®, to explore and teach inhalation anesthesia kinetics. Jim and colleagues explored liquid infusion into veins and tissues. This work resulted in 18 published manuscripts including the seminal measurement technique Hydraulic Resistance which is monitored in the IVAC-BD Signature Edition™ Pump. Jim and colleagues developed the first clinical CO2 monitor – Life-Watch™, and the first pump to offer intravenous drug administration by bolus plus Infusion, the Bard/Baxter InfusOR Syringe Pump. Jim also published andpatented the seminal measurement techniques in the Edwards Vigilance® CCO (Continuous Cardiac Output) Monitor using multi-frequency thermodilution. Jim holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and worked as an Engineering Co-op Student for Hewlett Packard Medical Products Division for seven years, through Engineering and Medical School. Jim won the 2017 Society for Technology in Anesthesia’s JS Gravenstein award for technology development and safety.
Bruce S. Auerbach, MD, FACEP is an accomplished, Emergency Medicine physician and hospital administrator who has held a leadership position at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, Massachusetts since 1987, from which he recently retired as its President and CEO. He moved into that role in 2014 after 25 years as Vice President and Chief of Emergency and Ambulatory Services and a year as Chief Medical Officer. During his tenure at Sturdy, Dr. Auerbach built one of the State’s most well-respected professional emergency departments that enjoyed substantial growth taking the department from 32,000 to over 50,000 annual visits. He was also responsible for a significant growth in outpatient services, adding an outpatient cancer program that included chemotherapy, infusion and radiation therapy services, many single specialty outpatient clinics as well as multi-disciplinary clinics to address the needs of patients with multiple sclerosis and chronic non-healing wounds. During that time he also had responsibility for all facilities issues and oversaw the construction of over $60,000,000 of new in and outpatient facilities and services.
He has an appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine in the School of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts and is a consultant for the Annals of Emergency Medicine. From 2002 – 2014 he served on the Board of Directors for Coverys, the largest medical liability insurance company in Massachusetts, where he continues to serve as the medical expert on the company’s Reserve and Settlement Committee . He is vice chair of the state Department of Public Health’s Emergency Medical Care Advisory Board. He has numerous professional appointments and has received many regional and national awards for his leadership and dedication in the field of Emergency Medicine. A past president of both the Massachusetts Medical Society and the Massachusetts Chapter of ACEP (American College of Emergency Physicians), Dr. Auerbach has received several honors and awards including ACEP’s James D. Mills Outstanding Contribution to Emergency Medicine award in 2009 and a “Hero of Emergency Medicine” recognition in 2008 largely related to his work around clinical practice standard development, quality improvement and government affairs. Dr. Auerbach, working with several CEO colleagues, was responsible for the formation of the Massachusetts Value Alliance (for which he served as its President until his retirement), an Alliance of 14 hospitals from 10 independent health care organizations, established to aggregate resources to ensure the ongoing viability and independence of its member institutions. He currently serves in an advisory capacity to medical device start-up companies.
He served on the Board Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association, as its Treasurer until his retirement. He continues to serve on the Board of the National Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement Foundation. Dr. Auerbach received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine and completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, CA.
Born and raised in Hayward, Dr. Jason Fung is an alumnus of Head-Royce School in Oakland, Yale University, and the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He completed his medical internship at Yale-New Haven Hospital and his dermatology residency training at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Fung returned to the East Bay in 2004 and has been in private practice ever since.
Outside the office, Dr. Fung is the co-founder and CEO of Fung in the Sun, LLC, which makes ultraviolet-protective apparel for children. Dr. Fung is also active in the teledermatology space; after serving for four years as a teledermatologist with Spruce Dermatology Clinic in San Francisco, Dr. Fung now works in a similar capacity for Keeps, a New York-based company focused on remote diagnosis and treatment of male pattern hair loss.Dr. Gita Channan received her B.Sc. in biochemistry from the University of Calgary and then went on to receive her MD from the University of Alberta. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto. She worked as an emergency room physician earlier in her career. She currently works as a primary care physician at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is an investor in a health care related venture capital fund, equities and real estate.
Dr. Gita Channan received her B.Sc. in biochemistry from the University of Calgary and then went on to receive her MD from the University of Alberta. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto. She worked as an emergency room physician earlier in her career. She currently works as a primary care physician at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is an investor in a health care related venture capital fund, equities and real estate.
Erkan Hassan, Pharm.D., FCCM has over 35 years coupling his subject matter experience with business acumen to achieve improved clinical and financial outcomes consistent with the quadruple aim goals.
Dr. Hassan received his B.S. and Pharm.D. degrees from the University of Maryland. He has held clinical and faculty positions at University Hospitals of Cleveland, University of Maryland Medical system, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Practice areas include the establishment of brand new clinical roles in medical intensive care and ongoing practice in the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.
Dr. Hassan has helped develop and grow the first U.S. tele-ICU system (VISICU and subsequently Philips), most recently serving as the Director of Clinical Affairs and Principal and Founder of a healthcare transformation consulting company. He works with executive level and key health system stakeholders using evidence based clinical data to create innovative, intelligent ecosystems to define, develop and quantify patient centered clinical and financial strategic priorities and outcomes.
Dr. Hassan has served in leadership positions within critical care and critical care pharmacy. He was one of the original founders of the Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology section of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and has served as a past Chair, one of the early pharmacists in the country to be inducted into the American College of Critical Care Pharmacy, and the first pharmacist to be appointed to the Coalition for Critical Care Excellence.
Dr. Hassan has 2 patents on proactive patient deterioration algorithms. With numerous international and national presentations has authored 55 abstracts, 31 peer reviewed publications and 7 book chapters in pharmacy nursing and medical journals focusing on telehealth, drug management and considerations in the critically ill patient.
Dr. George Baloyra has a large practice in the San Francisco Bay Area consisting of five doctors, two acupuncturists, and five certified massage therapists. He has coached and developed over seventy doctors to successful practices since 2003. He graduated from Life West Chiropractic College in 1999. Prior to his career as a chiropractor he attended ROTC at U.C Berkeley and received a Bachelors of Science in Finance in 1988. After receiving his commission in 1989 as an officer in the United States Air Force he went off to pilot training in both fixed wing aircraft and helicopters. He separated from the Air Force as a Captain and instructor pilot in 1996.
Ms. Abhita Batra, MS, MBA, serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Director at Otomagnetics. Abhita is also the Founder and Managing Director of Advanced Biopharma Consulting (ABC), a strategic advisory firm that offers business development and commercialization services to life science companies. Previously, she served as the Vice President of Business Development and Marketing at Admac Group of Companies, wherein she managed a product portfolio encompassing 150 generics. She is a co-founder and former COO of Navya, a biotechnology company developing and commercializing PHF for destruction of solid tumors. Abhita has raised over $100M for companies in biotech & pharma space and is an advisor to several life sciences startups. Abhita completed her Global MBA at UCLA Anderson and NUS, and has a Masters in Biotechnology with specialization in Pharmaceutical Sciences from University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Drew Albert is an orthopedic surgery resident at Spectrum Health, Michigan State University. He serves as the director of medical affairs at SteriDev, an innovative health technology startup in Michigan. He is currently leading the marketing and strategy for SteriDev’s flagship product, the CleanCase, a sterile mobile device cover for the operating room.
Dr. Albert completed a Masters in Business Administration in 2019 with highest distinction from Ferris State University with a certificate of Advanced Studies in Project Management. He concurrently graduated from medical school at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine with multiple honors including being inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society in 2018. Prior to medicine, he led the operations of a gold and silver placer mine near Denali, Alaska. In that time he trained in wilderness field medicine to organize systems for responding to medical emergencies for the mining operation.
Dr. Albert holds a bachelors of science in Nutritional Sciences (2014) from Michigan State University and was the recipient of multiple scholarships including the Marilyn Mook, Bradford-Adams Endowed Scholarship, and the Foundation Scholarship. Prior to medical school he also completed over 30 hours of flight training towards being a pilot.
His current endeavors are focused on the research of total ankle arthroplasty outcomes and novel treatments of unicameral bone cysts at the Van Andel Institute. He is also focused on improving surgical outcomes through education on nutrition and bone health, increasing orthopedic surgery education opportunities, and writing on topics of leadership and business applications within healthcare.
Nick has found a number of companies; three com have had successful exits. He has raised institutional money for those companies. So he has been on both sides of the table.
He has structured deals for healthy companies and distressed companies and led the turnarounds. He has been an investment banker.
He has been an angel investor for 10 years and is currently the president of the Boston Chapter of Keiretsu Forum the largest angel group in the world.
Board experience in for-profit and non-profit companies.
James Ernest (Ernie) Riddle
Riddle has extensive Board and Advisory experience and has served on global, public and private Boards. Previously he served as a member of the Board of Directors of AirNet Systems, Inc., Enterasys Inc., Danka Business Systems, PLC and Norrell Services, Inc. He has served as a Lead Director of Danka, PLC and AirNet Systems, Chairman of the Audit Committee and Chairman of the Compensation Committee. His experience includes work on Nominating Committees and Strategic Planning Committees. He has also served on numerous smaller private Boards including Astadia, Inc., CRM Manager, Inc., Virsys 12, HanGenix Solutions, EnablePath,LLC, CPG Toolbox and Axiom. Riddle worked as an active Board member and advisor involved in growth initiatives and Strategic alternative developments for these smaller companies.
Riddle has a broad experience base leading companies through major growth and transformational experiences. He serves as an Advisory Partner with Healthcare IT Leaders, a company focusing on consulting and staffing services for EMR, ERP and Cloud Platform technologies. Riddle most recently served as CEO of EnablePath, a boutique Cloud Computing Consulting firm where he led the company through a rapid growth phase and successfully positioned and sold the company to a Global Technology company. Riddle was also the Co-Founder and Former President/CEO of Astadia, Inc. in Atlanta, GA, a “Cloud Computing/SaaS” Consulting and Systems Integration Company. He grew the company, organically and with acquisitions, to $50M with operations in the US, EMEA, India and APAC. He led the company thru three rounds of funding totaling more than $16M and secured premier partner relationships with software companies including salesforce.com, Xactly, Eloqua, Google, Cornerstone and Workday. He established operational alliances with other consulting companies in Europe and Asia to serve larger global account needs and transitioned company leadership to a VC lead management team after the Series C funding was completed.
Previously, Riddle served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Norrell Services, Inc., a $1.6B outsourcing, information technology services, call center operations and staffing services company. In addition, Riddle served on the company’s Board of Directors. He was responsible for operations, sales and marketing and strategic planning for the United States, Canada, and the European expansion. Working with Goldman Sachs Norrell was successfully merged with Spherion and received a good return for Norrell shareholders.
Riddle’s experience includes work with Ryder Systems, Inc., a $5.2 billion international provider of logistics and transportation services, where he served as President of Ryder International, with operations in Mexico, South America, Eastern and Western Europe. While at Ryder, he also served as Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales with responsibility for product development, market development, pricing, marketing services, advertising, sales support and Global Strategic Account Management.
Riddle began his career at Xerox Corporation, where he held a variety of senior management roles during his 25-year tenure, including Vice President of Marketing in the United States and Europe, and Vice President of Sales & Sales Operations for the U.S. Group. Additional responsibilities included product management and development, sales operations, training, sales compensation and VP Field Operations for the U.S. copier and printer organization.
Riddle previously served on the Board of Visitors of the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina; on the Board of Trustees of Brevard Collage in North Carolina and on the Board of Trustees of Florida Memorial College in Miami, Florida. He has guest lectured at Vanderbilt, Oklahoma State University, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Clemson, Florida Memorial College, Florida International University, Florida Atlantic University and Harvard University.
Riddle received his BS degree in Marketing from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and his MBA in Finance from Emory University.
Dr. Gubbels began his physician leadership journey in 1995 when he became the President and Medical Director for South Texas Medical Clinics, a physician owned multispecialty clinic and ambulatory services provider serving five rural counties along the gulf coast. He later served on the President’s Council of Phycor, Incorporated of Nashville, TN; a national physician practice management company. He was involved in numerous practice acquisitions regionally. In 2000, he led a team that capitalized and repurchased clinical assets as Phycor exited the market. In 2012 he led the team that merged South Texas Medical Clinics into Memorial Hermann Medical Group. He served MHMG as a regional medical director, Senior Director Medical Operations, Associate Vice President, Vice President Medical Operations, Interim CEO, and Chief Medical Officer. To further the system initiatives for patient centered consumer focused care; Dr. Gubbels and his team engaged directly with the consumers and employers in a variety of ways: Urgent Care Centers, Retail Clinics, Telecare Center, Medical Home Models, Digital Web Platforms, Executive Health programs, Employer Based Clinics, and Occupational Health & Wellness, all serving to create a fully integrated and virtualized medical home. Dr. Gubbels currently serves as the Medical Director for Wharton EMS, Public Health Officer for the City of Wharton, and the Wharton County Health Authority.
Dr. Nicholas Hyde is a Yale-trained, Board Certified Vein Specialist in the East Bay area of Northern California. He has been in practice since 1988 and has been performing advanced vein treatment procedures, such as endovenous laser ablation and ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy, since 2001. He guides his patients through the initial consultation, ultrasound diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. Dr. Hyde is fully involved in the clinical care of his patients, using his vast experience in vein treatment to ensure that you get the personalized care you deserve.
A leader in his field, Dr. Hyde is the first physician in the East Bay to use the new fourth generation Sciton endovenous laser, which provides a gentler, non-surgical alternative to surgical vein stripping. This technique boasts a success rate of more than 98% following the first session and requires no downtime. Dr. Hyde employs the most cutting-edge technologies to provide minimally-invasive, highly targeted vein treatment and therapy for a wide range of vein problems.
When ABC News’ Healthwatch series needed a nationally recognized, expert vein specialist, they turned to Dr. Hyde. He was featured on the show treating local patients that were suffering from large, painful varicose veins.
Dr. Hyde provides free initial consultations to assess your problems and assist you with truly comprehensive vein therapy. Many PPO insurance plans have begun covering medically necessary varicose vein treatments, and our staff will work with you to get you the best possible coverage under your plan. Let Dr. Hyde and Elite Vein Specialists help start you down the road to complete vascular health.
Dave began his career as an equity derivatives trader at Group One Trading in 2012. At Group One, Dave ran a portfolio with a focus on special situations, ranging from early-stage technology IPOs to biotech and healthcare equities. He has since held analyst and associate roles at several banks and funds including Valkyrie Trading, Falcon Point Capital and most recently at Goldman Sachs & Co. Dave received his BA from Wesleyan University with a dual degree in Mathematics & Economics.
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