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Healthcare Hires of Note

Read about executive hires across healthcare and life sciences.


1upHealth, a FHIR data platform and health data cloud, announced that Pieter De Leenheer has joined the executive team as the chief technology officer. De Leenheer will oversee the company’s technology strategy and capabilities including platform engineering, architecture, data science, technical support, and more.

In his new role, he will grow the engineering team and the technical capabilities across 1upHealth to support the security, scalability, and open data access requirements that the 1up data cloud provides to its customers.

“With Pieter’s extensive background in computer science, data innovation, and early-stage companies, we are excited to have him lead our technology team through our next phase of company growth,” said Joe Gagnon, 1upHealth CEO.

PrognomiQ – a healthcare company focused on harnessing the power of multi-omics data for detection and early treatment selection and monitoring of cancer and other complex diseases – has appointed Dr. Brian Koh as its chief medical officer.

Koh will be responsible for developing and executing the company’s clinical development and medical strategy.

Prior to PrognomiQ, he served as head of translational sciences and clinical development at Vividion Therapeutics, as well as Gilead Sciences and Kite Pharma. He led programs and studies spanning early through late stages of clinical development of targeted, immuno-oncological and cellular therapies in both solid and hematological malignancies.

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OncoHealth has hired Susan Hoang as the company’s chief data and analytics officer.

Hoang previously worked for McKesson where she was vice president of oncology data and analytics and vice president of strategic oncology pharmacy. 

Hoang also served in global strategic marketing and oncology category marketing roles at GE Healthcare.

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Vivante Health, a digital solution for digestive health and disease, has announced that former Teladoc Senior Vice President Dr. Hau Liu will be its new chief medical officer. Liu will lead clinical strategy across Vivante’s technology and product suite to enhance clinical best practices at the company.

In addition to Teladoc, Liu served as chief medical officer at the Shanghai hospitals of United Family Healthcare, and leader of the chronic care management division at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Additionally, Liu was a senior clinical director at Castlight Health.

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Podimetrics, creator of the FDA-cleared SmartMat and integrated clinical and patient support services for patients living with diabetes, has added Sid Rao as chief information officer and Dr. Gary Rothenberg as director of medical affairs. Sukanya Soderland has joined the board of directors.

Rao previously worked at AstraZeneca, Baptist Health, Biogen, DentaQuest, and Sunovion Pharmaceuticals. Rothenberg currently works as an associate professor of internal medicine in the division of metabolism, endocrinology, and diabetes at the University of Michigan.

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Ro has added Gia Lee to its leadership team as its new general counsel. Lee will oversee Legal and Public Policy for Ro, a telehealth company which combines in-home care, diagnostics, labs, and pharmacy services nationwide.

Lee joins from Clover Health where she served as general counsel through their public offering. She previously served as deputy general counsel for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Osso VR appointed two new executives to its growing team: Stacie Frederick as chief technology officer and Heather Gervais as chief revenue officer.

Frederick brings over a decade of experience leading product and engineering for multiple high-profile companies and early-stage startups including Collective Health, Yahoo!, and Amazon. She most recently served as senior vice president of software engineering at Butterfly Network, scaling the development of its cloud-based, whole-body imaging device.

Gervais, who has 20 years of experience, previously was senior vice president of Everly Health. She has also served as vice president of commercial operations and sales for athenahealth and vice president of operations for Epocrates.

AvaSure, an acute virtual care and patient safety monitoring health tech company, has hired four executives to drive growth.

  • Chief Financial Officer John Vaillancourt, who previously served as chief financial officer of RaySecur.
  • Chief Marketing Officer David Roth has served as chief marketing officer with FDS Amplicare.
  • Chief People Officer Chris Kocsis most recently worked as chief talent and learning officer for TractManager, a health IT company based in Dallas. Kocsis also helped to secure talent through six acquisitions before integrating with symplr.
  • Chief Product Officer Jacob Hansen previously was vice president of product management at UK-based eClinical company CALYX.

Experity, which provides on-demand healthcare solutions, has appointed Dr. Benjamin Barlow as chief medical officer. He previously worked as the CMO at American Family Care, an urgent care provider. He started his career as a physician in the U.S. Air Force for a decade in various capacities, most notably as Emergency Room medical director at Langley Air Force Base. Previously, he served as a member of the White House Medical Unit, where he provided healthcare services to the First Families under the administrations of Presidents Barack Obama, and Donald J. Trump.

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Edwards Lifesciences CEO Michael Mussallem will retire May 11, 2023.  He will be succeeded as CEO by Bernard Zovighian, currently corporate vice president and general manager for Edwards’ Transcatheter Mitral and Tricuspid Therapies business.

Zovighian joined Edwards in 2015 as vice president and general manager of Surgical Structural Heart. He became corporate vice president of the surgical business and a member of the Edwards Executive Leadership Team in 2016. He then took on the role of corporate vice president and general manager for TMTT in 2018, establishing a global organization focused on transforming care for patients with mitral and tricuspid disease.

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Roche has named Brad Moore president and CEO of Roche Diagnostics North America, effective January 1, 2023. Moore currently serves as senior vice president, Core Lab and Point of Care, within Roche Diagnostics North America.

He will succeed and report to Matt Sause, who will become CEO of Roche Diagnostics globally, effective at the start of 2023.

Moore joined Roche in October 2016 as Head of North America Diabetes Care, leading commercial operations for the U.S. and Canada.

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eHealth, a leading private online health insurance marketplace, today announced that it has appointed John Stelben as CFO, effective immediately. Stelben succeeds Christine Janofsky, who is leaving her role at eHealth.

Stelben has more than 25 years of health insurance experience. Most recently, Stelben worked at Aetna where he had multiple roles including CFO governance services covering Medicare, Medicaid, federal employees, and public exchange businesses.

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Stride Health, a portable benefits technology company, has appointed Peter  Lee to its board of directors. Lee will provide leadership and experience to accelerate Stride’s efforts to expand its innovative portable benefits platform to enable all Americans to access the benefits they need, regardless
of how they work.

Lee most recently served as the founding executive director of Covered California, the largest state-based health insurance marketplace in the country. Prior to Covered California, he worked as the CEO of the Pacific Business Group on Health. He also served in the Obama Administration as director of delivery system reform for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and worked to launch the CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation as its deputy director.

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