digital health hires and departures

By Laura Lovett May 23, 2019
Two months after stepping down from his role as the FDA Commissioner, Dr. Scott Gottlieb has announced he is joining the venture firm NEA, Axios first reported. Gottlieb worked for the life science investing firm prior to his time heading the regulatory agency.  “I'm delighted to rejoin the venture capital firm @NEA where I worked for a decade prior to my most recent government service; and help...
By Dave Muoio February 4, 2019
Dr. Karen DeSalvo, formerly an acting assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services and the chief of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, has joined digital venture platform LRVHealth as an executive advisor. “My entire career has been focused on improving the health of people and communities by catalyzing solutions to address...
By Dave Muoio January 17, 2019
Dr. Bimal Shah and Courtnee Westendorf have been announced as the chief medical officer and chief marketing officer, respectively, of Livongo Health. Shah was promoted internally from a position of SVP of clinical strategy, while Westendorf previously served as the chief marketing officer of the Oakland Raiders football team. “We are excited to have a leading marketing executive like Courtnee...
By Laura Lovett December 18, 2018
Yesterday Teladoc’s VP, COO and CFO Mark Hirschhorn resigned amidst allegations that he engaged in an inappropriate sexual relationship with a subordinate and took part in insider trading. Last week the telemedicine company was hit with a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of the company’s share holders, which accused the company of misleading or false statements.  “While this was a difficult...
By Jonah Comstock October 22, 2018
Deborah DiSanzo has stepped down as the head of IBM Watson Health, STAT News reports. Official details around the reasons for the move are scarce, but STAT notes that the division has had some issues of late, including outside criticisms of the program's effectiveness and problems integrating the recent acquisitions.  DiSanzo will move to the strategy team at IBM Cognitive Solutions. John Kelly,...
By Dave Muoio October 11, 2018
Pfizer recently detailed a number of C-suite shakeups coming in the wake of its incoming CEO Albert Bourla. Perhaps most relevant to Mobi readers is the appointment of the company's first chief digital and technology officer, Lidia Fonseca. Currently the CIO and SVP at Quest Diagnostics, Fonseca has also held tenure at the Laboratory Corporation of America, Synarc Incorporated and Philips...
By Jonah Comstock August 22, 2018
American Well has hired Keith W. Anderson as its new chief financial officer. Anderson comes to American Well via Piper Jaffrey, where he served as managing director and a member of the healthcare investment banking team. "I'm pleased to welcome Keith onboard," Ido Schoenberg, chairman and CEO of American Well, said in a statement. "He has an exceptional track record of advising leading...
By Jonah Comstock March 28, 2017
Integrity Applications, which is currently developing noninvasive glucometer GlucoTrak, has announced a major leadership shakeup. Cofounder and previous CEO Avner Gal has stepped down. In his place, serving as CEO and Chairman, will be John Graham, an 18-year veteran of pharmaceutical company Aventis. Additionally, Angela Strand, a previous Proteus Digital Health VP, will serve as vice chair. "...
By Jonah Comstock March 1, 2017
Sharecare has hired two new executives with impressive credentials: John Solomon, who formerly served as vice president of enterprise and government at Apple, will join the company in a strategic advisory role and Dale Rayman, a 27-year Towers Watson vet who also served as chief actuary at Zipongo, will join Sharecare as SVP of actuarial consulting and business development. “John’s proven...
By Jonah Comstock February 7, 2017
Ashdod, Israel-based Integrity Applications, makers of noninvasive glucose monitor GlucoTrak, has hired a new chief financial officer, Sami Sassoun. A veteran CFO, Sassoun most recently worked at Bedrock Enterprises, a boutique consulting firm he founded. "We are very pleased to welcome Sami as our chief financial officer and member of the executive team," Avner Gal, chief executive officer of...