Proteus adds former surgeon general to board and more digital health hires

By Jonah Comstock

Proteus Digital Health has made a high-profile addition to its board of directors: Dr. Regina Benjamin, who served as US Surgeon General from 2009 to 2013.

"I am honored and excited to join the board of Proteus Digital Health,” Benjamin said in a statement. “As a nation, we are facing increasing challenges with chronic illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, hepatitis, behavioral health, and now opioid addiction. Digital Medicines can bring innovative and effective ways to treat these conditions that easily fit into the patient’s daily lifestyle. This will allow patients to have an active role in their own treatment. Digital Medicines have great promise for improving millions of people’s lives: I want to ensure they will also be available to our most vulnerable patients.”

The FDA is establishing a digital health entrepreneur-in-residence program to support the development of its pre-certification initiative. The agency is looking for digital health experts to serve as embedded members of the FDA Digital Health Unit a minimum of three days a week. Applications will be collected through September 29 for a position that will last between 6 months and two years. More.

Respiration-focused digital health company Propeller Health has hired Melissa Steffan in the newly-created role of Vice President of Customer Success. Steffan will be responsible for overseeing customer engagements and lead strategy on customer value and progress.

Steffan has 20 years of experience in the healthcare space, most recently as VP of operations at DaVita Medical Group in New Mexico.

Diabetes management company Livongo named Andy Page its new president and CFO. Page most recently served as president of 23andMe. He left that role in January, according to his LinkedIn.

"With over 25 years of leadership experience, Andy has worked with some of the most innovative consumer-facing companies leveraging the power of technology.  His experience scaling data science driven technology companies will be a valuable addition to an already exceptionally strong management team," said Livongo Chief Executive Officer Glen Tullman. "Andy's operational experience will also be helpful in managing our accelerating growth and balancing that with our expansion into new products and markets.”

Portland, Oregon-based Cambia Health subsidiary HealthSparq, an online shopping platform for healthcare services, has named Matt Parker to the role of vice president of product. Parker has served in that same role at DestinationRx and, most recently, at Connecture.

"We are excited to have someone with Matt's expertise and vision leading our product team," Mark Menton, CEO at HealthSparq, said in a statement. "We're confident that, as we continue to evolve and grow as a company dedicated to helping people make smarter health care choices, Matt will be critical in delivering above and beyond our clients' (and future clients') expectations."