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About Health Sapiens

Health Sapiens provides unlimited access to some of the best doctors in the US, 24/7 and all year around. Our members have the option to conduct phone or video visits with doctors on their smartphone or computer any time of the day...

Lack of access to health care providers in the United States is a massive, growing problem. The average wait time to see a physician is three weeks. Even if you can see a doctor, it takes 2-3 hours from the time you leave your home or office to the time you get back home. Furthermore, lack of access to primary care physicians forces patients to seek the unnecessary service of emergency rooms or urgent care.

Health Sapiens was established to help address this problem without sacrificing quality. All providers are carefully screened and trained to provide the best care experience to our members.

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Meet The Team

Damla Yerdelenli

New York direct to consumer initiative

Damla Yerdelenli is currently an Associate in Jones Lang LaSalle’s New York City office and specializes in Tenant Representation services with a focus on the New York Tri-State area. Damla’s primary responsibility is business and relationship development related to commercial real estate opportunities. In addition, she represents tenants and landlords in the leasing, acquisition and disposition of commercial properties/office space. She also has experience with developing relocation strategies, identifying occupancy cost reductions, and lease negotiations.Damla is currently working with the firm’s Vice Chairman and Head of Brokerage as a member of one of the real estate community’s most active teams Their impressive list of national and international clients include: Nordstrom, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, and Bank Hapoalim to name a few. The team specializes in negotiating complex leasing transactions and strategically implementing corporate portfolios on a national and international basis.Prior to her role at Jones Lang LaSalle, Ms. Yerdelenli worked at NAI Global of New York City for three years focusing primarily on drafting proposals, executing ad hoc projects, performing market research and supporting senior brokers. Prior to starting her career in real estate, Damla worked at the United Nations representing World Information Transfer (WIT) in compliance with the Ukrainian Mission focusing on health and sustainable development related to the Chernobyl disaster.

Dr. Richard Merkler

Pediatric Medical Care – Advisory Board Member

Dr. Richard Merkler completed his medical training at NYU School of Medicine in 1975 and Pediatric Residency at Saint Christopher's Hospital for Children, affiliated with Temple University in Philadelphia.  He has been in pediatric practice in New York since 1978 and also and also completed a fellowship at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center in Pediatric Habilitation--primary care management of children with physical handicaps.  His practice includes well children and children with special needs.

Dr. Umesh Gidwani

Chief of Cardiac Critical Care, Mount Sinai Hospital - Advisory Board Member

Dr. Umesh Gidwani is a pulmonologist in New York, New York and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and Mount Sinai Hospital. He received his medical degree from Grant Medical College and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He is one of 16 doctors at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and one of 58 at Mount Sinai Hospital who specialize in Pulmonary Disease.

Marianna Zaslavsky

Online Partnership and Business Development – Advisory Board Member

Marianna has been launching businesses and products for almost ten years. Most recently, she was the Director of Product & Partnerships at Eyeview, a video adtech company, where she was responsible for crafting and executing company strategy around mobile, data and the retail / CPG vertical. Previously, she was the Director of Business Development at HookLogic, a performance marketing technology platform for brands and retailers. She helped take HookLogic from launch to a 125-person company. Prior to that, she worked at companies like Bain Capital Ventures, AOL Ventures, Bain & Company and Citigroup. She has her BA and MBA from Columbia University and is currently a career mentor with General Assembly. She has her own consulting company (Zazzer Consulting) through which she consults to startups on business model creation, sales and partnerships and commercialization strategy. She has helped startups as far ranging as health care, solar energy and enterprise software / saas.

Vlada Harari

New York direct to consumer initiative

Vlada has more than 10 years in the consumer goods industry. She is a healthcare enthusiast and consumer goods experience having worked for Mondelez, Coca Cola, and Unilever for over 10 years.

Mr. Karim Babay

Co-Founder & Co-CEO

Mr. Babay is currently the CEO & Chief Investment Officer of Intrinsic Value Investment Partners, a hedge fund that is value focused. Mr. Babay has over 15 years of global investing and corporate finance experience allocating capital across the capital structure (credit and equity), angel investing, liquid and illiquid investments in securities. Mr. Babay started his Wall Street career at Lehman Brothers' Mergers and Acquisition department. As a result of his stellar achievements, Mr. Babay was invited to join the Center of Excellence team of Principal Investing and, later joined the Capital Structure Arbitrage desk. A notable achievement at the global macro level was Mr. Babay's call of the Housing Market Bubble in late 2005, which was mentioned in Larry McDonald's book, "Colossal Failure of Common Sense." Mr. Babay left Lehman Brothers in 2006 and joined Foxhill Capital, a distressed/ special situation hedge fund, as a partner and member of the investment committee. Prior to his Wall Street experience, Mr. Babay implemented the global strategy for various international companies across the Middle East and Europe. Mr. Babay is proficient in three languages, English, French and Arabic, and possesses significant knowledge and understanding of global trends and their impact on current market conditions. Mr. Babay has published numerous studies and analysis while at Columbia University. Mr. Babay is member of the board of director and Chairman of the compensation committee of GLYECO, a publicly traded company, principally involved in processing of waste into high quality ethylene glycol. Mr Babay also is a member of the Board of Directors of the Arab Bankers Association of North America (ABANA), Overground Arts Alliance, and Chairman of the Board of the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Inc. (FAF).Mr. Babay received a B.S. in finance and economics from HEC Institute and an MBA from Columbia Graduate School of Business.

Michael Oppedisano, MHSA

Co-Founder & Co-CEO

Mr. Oppedisano is currently the President of MD Resource Management Inc and Managing Partner of MJA Consulting, LLC; healthcare administration consulting and insurance brokerage companies.  Mr. Oppedisano has over 20 years of insurance consulting and healthcare administration experience.  Mr Oppedisano started his career at United/Oxford Health Plans responsible for the execution and administration of healthcare benefits of NYU Medical Center and Mount Sinai Medical Center physicians and management staff.  Projects entailed supervision of medical claim audits, medical claim administration and ERISA consulting.Mr. Oppedisano continued his career in insurance consulting as an Executive Account Manager for Bisys Insurance Services, a national insurance wholesaler specializing in employee benefits and financial services.  Mr Oppedisano was instrumental in negotiating the “Out-Brokerage” agreement between Prudential Life Insurance, AXA Advisiors, NY Life Insurance and Bisys Insurance Services.  Mr Oppedisano consulted and oversaw the production of all agents in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut in regards to employee benefits and insurance financial services. Under MD Resource Management Inc and MJA Consulting, LLC Mr. Oppedisano has consulted large employers and medical providers regarding regulations such as Affordable Care Act, ERISA and Government programs.  Other consulting projects involved medical provider evaluation and set up, actuarial evaluation and development of health insurance products. Mr. Oppedisano is certified in medical billing and coding and understands the healthcare industry on a macro and micro level.  He is proficient in Italian as a second language.  Mr. Oppedisano received B.S. in Political Science at Pace University and earned his Masters of Science(Honors) in Health Services Administration at Iona College.

James A. Foster

Vice President Sales

Jim has a proven track record over 25 years as a senior executive in sales, marketing and general management roles within Fortune 500 companies in the CPG, Entertainment and Consumer Electronics industries.  The brands he has led include Gillette, NBCUniversal, JBL, Norelco, Delonghi and Sonicare. His experience, largely in North America, also includes International oversight.  He has a specific ability to move into new industries applying his prior experiences to his new environment, gaining awareness of the new industry while creating solutions that drive new revenue streams, reduce expenses and collaboratively build partnerships to grow the category.

Prior to establishing his consulting practice, Jim led sales teams and collaborated with retailers across every retail channel in North America to include Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Amazon, Apple and Williams-Sonoma.  Jim was the VP of Sales of North America for Philips Consumer Lifestyle where he led a team of 70 people achieve over 110% to a sales target of $1.1B by growing consumer shares to their record levels on the Sonicare and Norelco brands.

Jim has always been an agent of change and a passionate leader within every organization he has managed. This was never more obvious than the time he spent at NBC Universal where he was hired with the express goal of transitioning Universal to a consumer goods model with the advent of DVD’s.  Under Jim’s leadership, the revenue doubled to over $2B which he accomplished through a successful mix of internal structural and process changes, enhanced relationships with retail partners, and industry leading merchandising and promotional ideas which drove consumption for not only Universal but the category as a whole.

Most recently, Jim was hired to assist a PE firm in stemming the loss of its key customers contracts to competitors while they searched for a CEO. With no prior experience in the carpet cleaning category or customer relationships, Jim was able to negotiate deals with nine of the top ten customers in six months protecting the firms revenue and profit flow.

Jim is a graduate of Grove City College as well GE’s Executive Commercial Development program in Crotonville and several leadership programs with the Center for Creative Leadership in San Diego.

He lives in Westport CT with his wife and daughter enjoying his time with them along with playing golf and tennis, practicing yoga and traveling.

Mr. Jeff Volshteyn

Advisory Board Member

Mr. Volshteyn has over 20 years of global finance, investing and consulting experience. Over the last 11 years, Mr. Volshteyn was an Equity Analyst at JP Morgan and Bear Stearns covering a diverse set of consumer and industrial sectorsincluding business services, education services, information services, engineering and construction (E&C) services, and environmental services. In that role, Mr. Volshteyn performed financial and operational analysis of individual companies and identified best practices and emerging trends within covered industries.Mr. Volshteyn was a member of the #1 Institutional Investor-ranked All-America Research Team (2008-2014). Mr. Volshteynhad authored numerous publications on various subjects, including financial analysis of companies and industries under coverage, regulatory trends and operational aspects. Mr. Volshteynwas an analyst for 10+ IPOs and had vetted numerous pre-IPO candidates in covered sectors.

Prior to equity research, Mr. Volshteyn was vice president of investments at Alfa Advisory Group, a boutique investment firm,responsible for analyzing investments as well as operational responsibilities. In the operational capacity he held roles of a CFO of a NYC based college and board member of several education technology startups. Prior to that, Mr. Volshteyn was an associate in the technology/media/telecom investment banking group of Merrill Lynch responsible for executing deals in the sector. Prior to Merrill Lynch, Mr. Volshteyn was a senior analyst at Accenture responsible for design and implementation of enterprise-wide systems for Fortune 500 clients.  Mr. Volshteyn started his career as a design engineer at Harmon Industries (now GE Transportation) where he was responsible for design of certain units of transportation communication equipment.

Mr. Volshteyn received an MBA degree from Columbia Business School and BS degree in electrical engineering from University of Missouri-Columbia.

Rolo Duartes

Advisory Board Member - Latin Market

Rolo Duartes is a former Advisory Board Member for Univision Communications affiliate properties, where he was responsible for leading the company’s efforts in developing zero share accounts, its underperforming media platforms and its reach into the Mexican digital market.

Prior to leading sales at Univision, Mr. Duartes was regional Vice President/General Manager of the Television Group and responsible for stations across nine markets where he led highly successful Latino U.S. voting (#américa vota) and Healthcare campaigns (#pregúntale al médico).

Mr. Duartes also has experience as an investment banker focused on M&A transactions at Bear Stearns and private equity at Chartwell Partners Llc. He started his career as a project engineer for Siemens Electric where he led power generation and infrastructure projects on six continents. Mr. Duartes has served in the United States Air Force and holds degrees from Harvard University (MPA), Columbia University (MBA), and University of Florida (BSEE).

William R. Leute III

Advisory Board Member

Mr. Leute has held senior positions as head of structured finance units globally both for Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corporation and for Standard Chartered Bank responsible for all Sales and Marketing, New Product Development and Implementation, Risk Management and Systems Development to support the businesses. His skill sets also include taking over and restructuring two failed enterprises, and building out globally Financial Asset Distribution for MS Global Finance. Mr. Leute is a graduate of Lehigh (BA-Finance) and Columbia (MBA-International Finance), is a US Citizen and trilingual in English, French and Italian.

Dr. Frederick A. Browne

Vice President of Medical Affairs at Griffin Hospital, Derby CT

Frederick A. Browne MD, MBA, FSHEA, FACP is the Vice President of Medical Affairs at Griffin Hospital, Derby CT.

Residency trained at Pennsylvania State University/Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA in Internal Medicine and Anatomic/Clinical Pathology. Fellowship trained at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, CT in Infectious Diseases, Medical Microbiology and Epidemiology with board eligibility in Medical Microbiology and board certification in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. He has been awarded professional fellowships in the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America and American College of Physicians. His clinical training has led to two academic appointments at Quinnipiac University Frank Netter MD School of Medicine, North Haven, CT where he is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine and Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT where he teaches the Masters in Physician Assistant Studies Clinical Microbiology/Infectious Diseases course to share his knowledge and keep up with the recent developments in his clinical field of expertise.

Dr. Browne is also a graduate of the University of New Haven, West Haven, CT where he received a Masters of Business Administration and is currently a student at Thomas Jefferson University, College of Population Health, Philadelphia, PA where he will receive a certificate in Population Health in January 2018.

After finishing his fellowship Dr. Browne started his own private practice in Infectious Diseases at New Milford Hospital, New Milford, CT and began to take on administrative roles including oversight of Hospital Epidemiology and Microbiology as well as numerous hospital committees. As he came to completion of his Masters in Business Administration he had already expanded his hospital operational roles to include management of the medical staff office, physician quality including peer review, pharmacy and the employed medical group. While at New Milford Hospital Dr. Browne was promoted to Director of Medical Affairs and then Vice President of Medical Affairs/Chief Medical Officer. In 2011 he was named one of Modern HealthCare’s Up and Comers. He transitioned to South County Hospital, Wakefield, RI where he held a similar role as the Vice President of Medical affairs/ Chief Medical Officer with operational responsibility over the Medical Staff Office, Quality, Risk, Laboratory, Radiology and the employed medical group. In 2014 he returned to Connecticut to join the executive team at Griffin Hospital where he remains the Vice President of Medical Affairs/ Chief Medical Officer and focuses the majority of his time on the clinical population health strategy.

Dr. Browne has been a diverse and active investor his entire life and with his extensive experience as a Vice President of Medical Affairs, Chief Medical Officer, Academian and Clinician he now has developed a great passion for learning and educating fellow clinicians about alternative investing in private equity companies.

 

Bunny Ellerin

Director, Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Management Program Columbia Business School

Bunny is the Director of the Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Management Program at Columbia Business School, where she handles a variety of strategic, curricular, and industry outreach initiatives, working closely with students, faculty and staff members, and alumni.

She is also the co-founder and president of NYC Health Business Leaders (NYCHBL), a professional community dedicated to building a healthcare ecosystem in the New York region. The organization fosters collaboration across sectors and brings together the best minds to discuss important issues and spur innovation. NYCHBL holds quarterly events on cutting-edge topics and counts nearly 3,000 senior executives within its network.

Prior to Columbia, Bunny ran Ellerin Health Media to help clients solve business challenges with market entry, product strategy, brand development and strategic communications. From 2005-2010, she was Managing Director of InterbrandHealth, a leading global brand consultancy that is part of Omnicom, where she led the Research and Analytics division and spearheaded the firm’s efforts in the digital arena.

Earlier in her career, Bunny worked with a number of venture-backed healthcare companies. As Executive Vice President of Clinsights, she launched and managed TCTMD for interventional cardiologists and vascular surgeons as well as the development of online post-market (Phase IV) clinical registries for medical device companies. From 1995-2000, she worked in physician practice management, first as Director of Operations for Advanced Health Corporation and then as Vice President at Vivra Specialty Partners. In both roles, she worked with doctors to help them assume and manage risk.

Bunny sits on the board of The Fund for Public Health NYC, an independent, nonprofit organization that connects the NYC Health Department with public and private sector partners to build public health programs that make our city healthier and safer. She also serves as an advisor to several private, venture-backed companies including Context Matters, Vitalis, and Metamason.

Bunny received a BA in Political Science from Columbia University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Shortly after graduation from HBS, she founded the Harvard Business School Healthcare Alumni Association, which she built into one of the largest alumni organizations at HBS. The Ellerin Alumni Achievement Award was created to commemorate Bunny’s role in forming and leading the organization and is given to an outstanding leader annually at the HBSHAA Annual Conference.

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