Digital health hires: Syapse, AxisPoint, and more

By Jonah Comstock

Precision oncology company Syapse, which is working with Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative, has hired a new CEO, Ken Tarkoff. Tarkoff was previously chief operating officer at RelayHealth, a healthcare administration software company bought by McKesson in 2006. 

“Precision medicine has the power to transform health care, delivering better treatments and better outcomes. I’m excited to join Syapse, a company uniquely positioned to drive this transformation,” Tarkoff said in a statement. “With its innovative model and unmatched network, Syapse can help more physicians offer effective and cost-efficient treatments so that patients get better, faster.”

Tabula Rasa HealthCare, a Moorestown, New Jersey-based company that uses a variety of technologies to help improve medication adherence and reduce risk for prescribers, has added a new face to its board of directors. Dennis Helling is a former Kaiser Permanente executive: He was executive director of pharmacy operations and therapeutics at Kaiser Permanente Colorado.

“TRHC is delighted to welcome Dr. Helling to the Board of Directors,” said Tabula Rasa CEO Calvin Knowlton said in a statement. “He brings to our company outstanding credentials, experience, innovation and leadership in the pharmacy industry generally, and the emerging role of pharmacists in healthcare and personalized medication therapy management, specifically. He joins our company as we emerge as a leader in medication safety. We appreciate Dr. Helling’s willingness to serve as a director and look forward to benefitting from his judgment and counsel.”

Dr. Virginia Gurley has joined population health management AxisPoint Health in the role of chief medical officer. She has previously held senior roles at Healthways, McKesson, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Previous CMO Dr. Tim Moore is retiring, but will stay on the team in a reduced role as senior medical advisor.

“We are delighted to have Dr. Gurley join our executive team,” Dr. Ron Geraty, CEO of AxisPoint Health, said in a statement. “Dr. Gurley’s rich experience in program design, along with her background in preventive care, will prove invaluable to our clinical teams. At the same time, I want to thank Dr. Moore for the leadership and vision he has provided to AxisPoint Health. Under his guidance, the company has developed a truly innovative approach to care management services that is unique in the industry. I know that Dr. Gurley will continue to champion this direction, and I look forward to her contribution in the continued growth and development of our holistic care management programs.”

Wellness Corporate Solutions, a Bethesda, Maryland-based provider of corporate wellness services and biometric screenings, has made two new hires. Melissa Fowler, who will join the team as vice president of sales and marketing, comes from a digital health background: she formerly led sales at Omada Health and Virgin Pulse. Nancy Lesch, WCS’s new director of strategy and engagement, has worked with Envolve Health (formerly LiveHealthier) and CareFirst.

"Both Melissa and Nancy bring a wealth of talent to WCS," WCS President and CEO Fiona Gathright said in a statement. "With their years of experience and knowledge of our industry, they will be extremely additive to our team and help enhance the services we offer our customers."