Meet Our Team

Leadership

  • Rushika Fernandopulle

    Cofounder & CEO

    Rushika Fernandopulle is a physician who has spent much of the last ten years involved in efforts to improve the quality of healthcare delivered to patients. He was the first Executive Director of the Harvard Interfaculty Program for Health Systems Improvement, and served as a Managing Director of the Advisory Board Company. He serves on the faculty and earned his AB, MD, and MPP from Harvard University, and completed his clinical training at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

  • James McElhiney

    Chief Technology Officer

    As a software developer, technologist, and serial entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience, James’ passion is to create companies that solve problems. Recently, he was CTO and co-founder at Gazelle, the nation’s largest reCommerce company. James was also co-founder of Boston Compliance Systems which was sold to Thomson Financial. He is co-author of a patent on large-scale audio and video storage and distribution. James has also worked on software systems for MRSI/LogixHealth, MediaOne, the Federal Aviation Administration, BBN, Fidelity, and Teradyne, and has a BSEE with distinction from WPI.

  • Alexander Packard

    Chief Operating Officer

    Alexander Packard (Zander) is the Chief Operating Officer at Iora Health. Zander has spent the last 18 years in senior operating roles of high-growth companies with a focus on innovation and a culture of extraordinary service. Zander spent the first 10 years of his career at The Advisory Board Company, a publicly traded health care strategy research firm, and more recently was COO of Monitor Group’s executive education business unit. Zander spent the last several years as COO of Outside The Classroom, a venture capital-backed online education company focused on public health issues. Zander has a B.A. from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

  • Neil Patel

    Associate Medical Director

    Neil Patel, MD is Iora Health’s Associate Medical Director. Neil earned his medical degree from the New Jersey Medical School and trained in family medicine at Boston University. Interested in caring for underserved populations in Newark and Boston, Neil also took opportunities to work abroad, caring for HIV patients in Lesotho, Africa; obstetrical patients in Guayaquil, Ecuador; and surgical patients in Vadodara, India. After completing his training, he helped open the Special Care Center in Atlantic City, NJ, working with the union of hotel workers to take better care of their sickest members. There, he played a key role in advancing the care model that Iora will implement. Despite years of formal training and practice, Neil’s most intense education in family practice began in 2010, when his daughter was born.

  • Christopher J. McKown

    Cofounder & Executive Chairman

    Prior to Iora Health, Chris co-founded Health Dialog, a leading provider of care management, health care analytics, and decision support. Before that, he founded Response International Services Corporation, and was a principal with Booz, Allen & Hamilton in NYC. Chris serves on the boards of the Harvard Medical School Board of Fellows, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, WGBH, the Pine Street Inn, and Milton Academy. Chris earned a B.S. from Penn State and an M.B.A. from Harvard.

  • Scott Cunningham

    Vice President, Finance

    Scott Cunningham is the Vice President of Finance at Iora Health. Scott has over 15 years of diverse experience in finance and business oriented roles. Prior to Iora, Scott spent over 7 years with United Rentals, the largest publicly traded construction equipment rental company in the world, where he lead mergers and acquisitions and other corporate finance functions. Prior to that, Scott spent 7 years with Deloitte & Touche working with clients in an audit and advisory capacity across many different industries. Scott has a B.S. in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of Vermont.

  • Benjamin Berk

    Vice President, Population Health

    Benjamin Berk, MD MS&E is passionate about developing cost-effective health care solutions which drive measurably improved patient outcomes. With a diverse background, he is a translator between clinical, business, and informatics domains. Prior to Iora, Benjamin was a Principal at the Boston Consulting Group where he was the coordinator of BCG’s global Health Care IT practice and an expert in value-based health care, serving biopharma, medtech, payer, and provider clients. Prior to medical school, he designed and built EMR and decision support systems at Wellogic. Benjamin earned his B.A. in Information Age Studies from Dartmouth College and his medical degree and masters in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford. Benjamin spends his free time out-of-doors with his wife Emily and three kids, Annabel, Simon, and Oliver.

  • Duncan Reece

    Vice President, Business Development

    Duncan joined Iora Health as Senior Director of Practice Operations in late 2012 – and took one step closer to fulfilling his mother’s wish that he practice medicine. He has over 10 years of experience growing service businesses in a variety of senior operating capacities. Prior to joining Iora Health, Duncan was a Vice President at Health Dialog, accountable for Sales Operations, Consultant Relations, and executive relationships with key strategic partners and customers. His passion for disruptive health care solutions was heavily influenced by Jack Wennberg et al. at Dartmouth, where Duncan earned an MBA from the Tuck School. He also has a B.A. from Colgate University.

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The Nest

  • Adam Ain

    Manager, Practice Operations

    Adam joined Iora Health as a Manager of Practice Operations in July, 2013 after completing his M.B.A at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Prior to Stanford, Adam worked in CVS Caremark’s retail strategic product development group and helped to develop services in the pharmacy that focused on patient health improvement efforts. This experience sparked his passion for developing sustainable, for-profit solutions to address social issues. Before CVS Caremark, Adam worked in management consulting at The Monitor Group and graduated with a B.A. from Williams College.

  • Alexis Bradshaw

    Manager, Practice Operations

    Alexis Bradshaw joined Iora Health as Manager of Practice Operations in October, 2011. She graduated with her M.B.A. from the University of Virginia where she focused on systemic and innovative approaches in health care delivery under the tutelage of leading health strategist, Elizabeth Teisberg. Prior to business school, Alexis worked in a neuroscience laboratory at MIT and graduated with her B.A. in neuroscience from Oberlin College.

  • Andrew Schutzbank

    Assistant Medical Director

    Andrew Schutzbank MD, MPH is Iora’s Assistant Medical Director. Andrew’s passion for revolutionizing health care started during his time as medical & public health student at Tulane in pre- and post-Katrina New Orleans and continued during training in Internal Medicine & Primary Care at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. During his research time in residency, Andrew had the good fortune to work with Rushika on the road learning how to build a business to change health care. In addition to his role at Iora, Andrew is on faculty at Harvard Medical School, blogs at the Schutzblog, and is a founding member of Primary Care Progress. He and his wife Whitney are avid skiers and travelers and have recently welcomed their son Max into the world.

  • Brian Fitch

    Software Engineer

    Brian is a programmer and a musician, which, contrary to initial impressions, makes complete sense! Prior to joining Iora Health, he worked at Harmonix Music Systems. Brian was formally trained in music, receiving a B.M. in jazz performance from the University of Miami (FL). He loves creating in both mediums, whether in a band or a like-minded, driven team and is thrilled to be working at Iora.

  • Danielle Suttie

    Assistant, Finance & Administration

    Danielle Suttie joined Iora Health in May, 2012. She comes to us with a rich background in music, art, and film graduating with a degree in Communication Media from Fitchburg State College. Most recently, Danielle held a position with the Life Care Center of Merrimack Valley where – in combination with personal experiences – she became inspired to work toward changing our broken health care system for the better.

  • Dave Jachimiak

    Software Engineer

    Dave is passionate about building great software and making ideas come to life. Before joining Iora, Dave was a programmer and serials specialist at Northeastern University’s Snell Library. Outside of the office, he can be found developing new web applications, playing free-jazz concerts, recording new music, and learning new languages (programming and otherwise). Dave couldn’t be more excited to be part of the engineering team at Iora Health. He holds a B.M. in Music Education and a M.M. in Studio Music and Jazz Performance.

  • Gianna Marzilli Ericson

    Product Manager

    Gianna believes that all projects benefit from asking, ‘What matters to people, and how can we deliver a great experience based on that?’ She has spent her career bringing human- centered design to the service sector, and held positions in clinical research, business development, brand experience, service innovation, and strategy. Prior to joining Iora Health, Gianna worked at Continuum, where she led a variety of health sector projects and played a key role in developing the firm’s service design expertise. She joined Iora in 2012 and is
    thrilled to be collaborating on creating a new model of care.

  • Hannah Richardson

    Business Development & Operations Analyst

    Hannah Richardson joined Iora Health as the Business Development & Operations Analyst in March, 2013. Prior to joining Iora, Hannah worked as a Research Assistant at the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) in Washington, D.C. where she researched Medicaid and CHIP policy. Hannah graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine in 2011 with a B.A. in Psychology. For her senior thesis, Hannah examined ways to enhance the mental health services in the college’s Employee Assistance Program. Hannah feels passionately about holistic health and the power fitness can have in maintaining physical and emotional well-being.

  • Jessica Kadar

    Principal Product Manager

    Jess brings over 13 years of online product design and management experience to Iora Health. Most recently, at Pearson Education, she led the redesign of the most widely used online science learning platform in higher education. Prior to Pearson, Jess served as Creative Director at Veritas Medicine where she crafted clinical trial patient recruitment and retention outreach campaigns, and led the user experience design for enterprise clinical data disclosure systems. Jess holds a BA from Cornell University and an MFA from Penn State.

  • John G. Norman

    Chief Software Architect

    John G. Norman has been writing code, managing small teams, and contributing to product definition in a range of Internet startups since 1999. John co-founded h3.com, which in 2003 raised about $4M to innovate in online referrals. More recently he has consulted with a number of Cambridge-based startups, including Gupta Media, fashionplaytes.com, practicallygreen.com, and roomzilla.net. John created the first semester-long Ruby and Rails course in New England, and currently teaches engineering short courses at the University of Minnesota. He holds a PhD in Renaissance Literature from Harvard.

  • Matthew Sisto

    Web Application Designer

    Matt built his first webpage on Geocities.com in 1996. Over the years, Matt has refined his skills as the lead designer for several major e-commerce outlets. Matt is a proponent of OOCSS (Object-oriented CSS) and clean code. Unlike a traditional product designer, Matt prefers to own his designs from early sketches to building the interfaces in HTML and CSS. Matt lives in Watertown, MA and plays left wing on his ice hockey team. Matt is also a musician, having toured the United States.

  • Michael Cameron

    Software Engineer

    Michael Cameron is a software developer with a passion for behavior driven design, modular programming, and open source software. He came to Iora Health in May of 2012 and brings over ten years of experience in building web-based applications. He studied Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and, when he’s not staring at monitors, Michael can be found playing bass guitar with several Boston area acts.

  • Nicola Majchrzak

    Director, Practice Operations

    Nicola Majchrzak came to Iora Health after spending the past 10 years at Massachusetts General Hospital focusing on primary care innovation. Most recently she co-lead the start-up of the MGH Ambulatory Practice of the Future, an innovative primary care practice for the self-insured MGH employee population, implementing a new care model, new staffing model, new space configuration and new payment mechanism. She lead the multidisciplinary team from idea conception to successful launch, focusing on business plan generation, space design, staff hiring, patient recruitment, IT design, and operational launch.

  • Patrick Robertson

    Software Engineer

    Patrick first discovered Ruby on Rails through a university course in 2004 and has since moved on to build large scale web applications for the financial industry, universities, and non-profit foundations. An evangelist on strong development practices, Patrick has spoken multiple times on the merits of test driven development and other topics to the Boston development community, and is co-organizer of Boston Ruby Group. During his spare time, Patrick contributes to open source projects and is preparing for his first 100-mile bicycle race.

  • Paul Dufault

    Manager, Practice Operations

    Paul joined Iora Health after spending a year and a half completing all of his pre-medical requirements at Harvard’s post-baccalaureate pre-medical program. In 2008-2009, Paul was a domestic equity Research Associate for Harris Associates, the investment adviser to the Oakmark Funds in Chicago. Paul graduated from Harvard College in 2008 with an AB in Economics and was a four-year member of the Men’s Varsity Ice Hockey team.

  • Shannon Mills

    Manager, Practice Operations

    Shannon joined Iora Health as Manager of Practice Operations in January 2013. Prior to joining Iora, Shannon was deeply involved in building an international community of students and faculty who are passionate about improving the healthcare system for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Open School. Most recently, she put her improvement skills to work at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as a member of the Business Transformation team. Shannon holds an MHS from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and a BSPH from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

  • Tom Russell

    Director of Business Intelligence

    Tom is a self-admitted data geek who has spent the last 8 years building wide-ranging Business Intelligence and Analytics solutions for companies ranging from small startups (RunKeeper and Gazelle) to huge tech blue-chips (eBay and AOL). Prior to that he spent 7 years developing web applications for successful startups CCBN and FreshPond Education. Prior even to that he spent 9 years crunching huge datasets at marketing science firm Information Resources as a consultant to consumer packaged goods behemoths including P&G, Lever Brothers, and Kraft Foods. Tom has a BS in Marketing from Boston College and an MS from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

  • Will Mernagh

    Senior Software Engineer

    Will Mernagh is a senior software engineer at Iora Health. Will earned a B.Eng in Electronic Engineering from the Cork Institute of Technology (Ireland). Will worked as a systems engineer and Java developer in the telecom sector for three years before moving to the US. Will earned a M.S. in Computer Science from Tufts University and went on to work as a software engineer at Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Simulation Center for 3 years. Will is actively involved in the Boston Ruby community and has donated his development skills to the ReliefHub and RunKeeper HealthGraph development projects.

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Board Of Directors

  • Christopher J. McKown

    Cofounder & Executive Chairman

    Prior to Iora Health, Chris co-founded Health Dialog, a leading provider of care management, health care analytics, and decision support. Before that, he founded Response International Services Corporation, and was a principal with Booz, Allen & Hamilton in NYC. Chris serves on the boards of the Harvard Medical School Board of Fellows, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, WGBH, the Pine Street Inn, and Milton Academy. Chris earned a B.S. from Penn State and an M.B.A. from Harvard.

  • Liam Donohue

    Board Member

    Liam Donohue is a co-founder and managing director of .406 Ventures, a venture capital fund investing in early stage information technology and technology-enabled healthcare services companies. Prior to .406, Liam was a founding Partner of Arcadia Partners, where he was an investor and board member in Health Dialog, Chris McKown’s last company. Liam earned his BS in Chemistry from Georgetown University and received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business. In addition to Iora, Liam is a currently a director of WellAWARE Systems, Connotate, EnergyHub, American Biomass Corporation and Business Intelligence Advisors. Liam also serves on Dartmouth’s Tuck Private Equity Center Advisory Board and Urban Improv.

  • Rushika Fernandopulle

    Cofounder & CEO

    Rushika Fernandopulle is a physician who has spent much of the last ten years involved in efforts to improve the quality of healthcare delivered to patients. He was the first Executive Director of the Harvard Interfaculty Program for Health Systems Improvement, and served as a Managing Director of the Advisory Board Company. He serves on the faculty and earned his AB, MD, and MPP from Harvard University, and completed his clinical training at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

  • Stephen C. Knight, M.D.

    Board Member

    Stephen C. Knight joined Fidelity Biosciences in 2003 where he serves as President and Managing Partner. Prior to this, he was president and chief operating officer for EPIX, worked at Arthur D. Little Inc., and performed research at AT&T Bell Laboratories, the National Institutes of Health, and Yale University. Dr. Knight holds an M.D. and M.B.A. from Yale University, and a B.S. from Columbia University. Dr. Knight currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for EnVivo Pharmaceuticals and serves on the board of directors of CardioKine Inc., Proteostasis Therapeutics, and Optegra Global Ltd. Dr. Knight previously served on the boards of several private and public health care companies including FoldRx, Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Respivert, Ltd, and U.S. Genomics.

  • Terrance G. McGuire

    Board Member

    Terry McGuire is a co-founder and general partner of Polaris Venture Partners. Terry has co-founded Inspire Pharmaceuticals, AIR (Advanced Inhalation Research, Inc.), and MicroCHIPS. In addition, he represents Polaris on the boards of directors of Acceleron Pharma, Adimab, Arsenal Medical, deCODE Genetics, Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Life Line Screening, MicroCHIPS, Pulmatrix, SustainX, and Trevena. Terry is Chairman Emeritus of the National Venture Capital Association, chairs the Board of Overseers of the Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College, and serves on the boards of MIT’s David Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, and the Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship, Harvard Business School. Terry holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MS in engineering from The Thayer School at Dartmouth College, and a BS in physics and economics from Hobart College.

  • Zubin Damania

    Board Member

    Zubin Damania is a physician and director of healthcare development for Downtown Project Las Vegas, an ambitious urban revitalization movement spearheaded by Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh. During his decade as a clinical hospitalist at Stanford, Zubin maintained a shadow career performing stand-up comedy for medical audiences worldwide. His videos, created under the pseudonym ZDoggMD, have amassed over a million views, focusing on educating patients and providers alike while mercilessly satirizing our dysfunctional healthcare system. He holds a B.A. in molecular biology with a minor in music from UC Berkeley, and an MD from the UC San Francisco.