Team

Tom Pappas

Chairman
Tom Pappas, ChairmanTom Pappas is the former CEO of United Healthcare of Pennsylvania. Mr. Pappas was previously the Managing Principal, Senior Vice President and Global Sales and Marketing Manager for Johnson & Higgins, a global professional services firm providing advice and solutions in the areas of risk, strategy and human capital. Mr. Pappas spent 12 years with Xerox Corporation where he was known as a trailblazer. He currently serves as a director at Haverford Trust.

Mr. Pappas is a graduate of La Salle University, and received a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He has held a variety of roles at the Union League of Philadelphia including Board Member, Vice President and President. For the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, he has been a Member of the Board of Trustees, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Chair of the 200th Anniversary Committee, and Chair of the Marketing Committee. For the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur, Pappas has served as a Member of the Board of Trustees, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Chairman of the Endowment Committee. He has received numerous honors including being named “Man of the Year” by both Holy Family College and by the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO), and the recent dedication of the Thomas N. Pappas Business Center at the Union League of Philadelphia.

Rajnikant (Raj) Shah, MD, MBA

Founder, President CEO and Chief Medical Officer
Raj S. Shah

Dr. Shah has successfully adopted and integrated technology to enhance the efficiency and delivery of medical care since beginning his cardiology practice in 1975. He was one of the first doctors in the region to computerize his practice using then the MPM operating system and created a rudimentary electronic medical record system in 1982. In 1995, while studying for his MBA, he conceived the idea of using the Internet to provide patients with 7×24 access to their medical records. Three years later in 1998, he built and launched Patient Passport, one of the first Web-enabled personal health record systems. Building upon the power of the Internet to remove physical barriers, in 2000 Dr. Shah began to explore the viability of patient examinations remotely. This concept later became the basis for Telemed Ventures, which he founded in 2009.

Dr. Shah has practiced cardiology since 1975 and he is President of Heartcare Associates, a ten physician cardiology and internal medicine group serving the greater Philadelphia area. In addition, he is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Drexel University.

Dr. Shah is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology and cardiac CT angiography. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Physicians. He received his medical degree with distinction in 1970 from the M.S. University in Baroda, India, and graduate training in internal medicine and cardiology at the University of Pennsylvania from 1971-75. Dr. Shah received a Masters of Business Administration with Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma honors in 1997.

Michael Cooper, PhD

Director
Michael Cooper, PhdDr. Cooper is Dean of Kean University, and is an accomplished entrepreneur, strategist, and champion for innovation in global education. He was the former Dean of the College of Business of Bryant University and the Rutgers Business School where one of his major contributions was developing a new Business School identity adding vision, differentiation, strategy and clarity of direction with the Rutgers Business School: “Business, Science & Technology”. Dr. Cooper’s efforts toward this new identity have significantly increased the communication and cross-networking of Business, Science and Technology.

Dr. Cooper was former Chairman of Patient Passport, a provider of electronic patient health records. Dr. Cooper has twenty-five years of leadership experience in senior officer positions he has held in international market research, marketing services, management consulting, technology companies and Universities. He was Chairman, President and CEO of Opinion Research Corporation (NASDAQ: ORCI) for ten years. At ORC he completed a management buyout, turned the company around – strategically, operationally and financially, repositioned it, took it through a successful public offering (IPO), and significantly grew the revenue and profit organically and through acquisition. Prior to President and CEO of ORC for ten years, he was President of Hay Research for Management and Senior Partner of The Hay Group for ten years.

Paul Ratnaraj, MBA

Director
Paul RatanrajPaul Ratnaraj provides Information Technology Innovation and Oversight to TMV. Paul Ratnaraj is also the CEO of Sprine Corporation, co-founder of Patient Passport and Director of Advanced Initiatives at Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS), a comprehensive business data research service from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Paul conceived and developed WRDS in 1993 and as the principal inventor was awarded a U.S. patent. WRDS also won the prestigious CIO Magazine’s 2003 Enterprise Value Award. Paul has won numerous innovation awards while working overseas for Sheraton Hotels, a subsidiary of ITT Corporation. He led the development of SPIKE, a student communications and knowledge environment at the Wharton School. At Wharton, he also led the development of OTIS, a system to simulate financial securities trading. Paul was instrumental in being the first to implement ‘lights out’ and remote computing operations in the non-profit world. As CIO at The Pew Charitable Trusts he developed Pew EZLink which enabled employees and grantees to manage grant making activities including work flow using the web. Paul attended Bangalore University in India, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in business administration. He holds a MBA from Idaho State University.

Ameesh Shah

Director
Ameesh ShahMr. Shah has over 10 years of experience working within the healthcare sector primarily from a financial and investment perspective. He possesses deep knowledge of, and has made investments in all parts of the healthcare value chain from healthcare technology to pharmaceuticals.

Mr. Shah manages a credit and equity healthcare portfolio for Visium Asset Management, a $2 billion investment firm based New York, NY. He previously managed similar portfolios at Tennenbaum Capital Partners in Santa Monica, CA and at Ziff Brothers Investments in New York, NY. Prior to that Mr. Shah was an investment banker at Lazard where he helped advised leading healthcare companies, such as Pfizer, on strategic alternatives, corporate financings and mergers and acquisitions. In addition, Mr. Shah was a founding member and CFO of Patient Passport, a web-based personal health record solution. Mr. Shah holds a BS in Economics with a concentration in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Mrugesh B. Patel, MD, PhD

Director of Research
Dr. Mrughesh PatelDr. Patel provides oversight and leadership in implementing and measuring healthcare outcomes using evidence and guideline based medicine in tmvTeleclinic solutions.

Dr. Patel is a practicing cardiologist and a member of Heartcare Associates, with special training in heart failure and interventional cardiology. He has served as the director of a cardiac catheterization laboratory, and as the President of HeartCare Associates in the past. Dr. Patel has extensive list of scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals in clinical and basic science research. He received BA degrees in Biology and Chemistry from Boston University: MD and PhD degrees from New York Medical College. He did his internal medicine residency at Columbia Presbyterian hospital, and general cardiology fellowship at Albert Einstein college of Medicine, New York; and Interventional Cardiology training at William Beaumont Hospital, MI.

Bindu C. Kansupada, M.D., MBA

Director of Medical and Regulatory Affairs
Dr. Bindu KansupadaDr. Kansupada is a member of the Advisory Health Board for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Dr. Kansupada was a member of the board of directors for Patient Passport, a provider of electronic patient health records. Dr. Kansupada current serves as Active Leader of the American Medical Association. He is a Delegate, Bucks County Medical Society for the Pennsylvania Medical Society, is a member Advisory Council, Keystone Mercy Insurance Company, and Payers Committee, American College of Cardiology, Pennsylvania Chapter. Dr. is a member of the Advisory Health Board for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Kansupada is board certified in cardiovascular disease, internal medicine, and nuclear medicine. He currently serves as the Medical Director of Cardiac Rehab at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, PA, and is on the faculty at Drexel University and is an instructor at Aria Hospital. He has been a speaker for Merck, Astra, Bristol Myers, Pfizer, Guident, St. Jude, and Genentec.

Ramesh Adiraju, M.D.

Director of Vascular Research
Ramesh Adiraju, M.DDr. Adiraju is a trained cardiologist and endovascular specialist and is recognized as a respected expert in the field of vascular interventional therapy. He has been in practice for over 20 years and is a Guest Faculty Member at Trans Cather Therapeutics (TCT), an internationally renowned cardio/endovascular organization. Dr. Adiraju is affiliated with Saint Mary’s Hospital in Langhorne, PA and Lower Bucks Hospital in Bristol, PA, where he has been the Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab and Endovascular Services since 1998. Dr. Adiraju has been an investigator for many clinical trials and has authored numerous publications and abstracts. In 2005, he established the RENU-CA Research Institute to develop novel approaches to revascularization and improved autonomic function through the use of advanced endovascular techniques.

Dr. Adiraju received his medical degree from Kasturba Medical College in 1985 and completed his graduate training in internal medicine at Shady Side Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA and in general and interventional cardiology at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood, PA.

Michael Useem

Director
Mike UseemMichael Useem is Professor of Management and Director of the Center for Leadership and Change Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His university teaching includes MBA and executive-MBA courses on leadership and change, and he offers programs on leadership, teamwork, governance, and decision making for managers in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. He also works on leadership development and governance with many companies and organizations in the private, public and non-profit sectors. He serves on several boards, including Friends of Women’s World Banking. He is the author of The Leader’s Checklist; The Leadership Moment; Investor Capitalism; and The Go Point: When It’s Time to Decide. He is also co-author and co-editor of Learning from Catastrophes, and co-author of The India Way: How India’s Top Business Leaders Are Revolutionizing Management.

He can be reached at useem@wharton.upenn.edu.

Ami Brown, PhD, MPH

Advisory Board Member
Ami Brown

Dr. Ami Shah Brown recently joined Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. as Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs in May 2011.  In this capacity, she is responsible for oversight of domestic and interational regulatory affairs for Inovio’s prophylactic vaccines and immunotherapies in the fields of infectious disease and oncology.  Formerly, she led operations, regulatory affairs, and quality assurance activities for the Sabin Vaccine Institute’s Vaccine Development division and served on the faculty of The George Washington University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine.   Dr. Brown’s diverse academic and professional background  also includes training and community work in support of  various HIV vaccine trials at  The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health’s  Center for Immunization Research,  a fellowship with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Centers for HIV, STD, and TB prevention (NCHSTP) to develop measures for behavioral surveillance, and with the Emory Vaccines Center.  She received her PhD in International Health with a focus in vaccine development, application, and policy from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from The Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University and a BA in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Parag Amin

Advisory Board Member

An inventor and a serial entrepreneur, Parag is involved in the fields of technology, finance, real-estate, retail and hospitality. Parag is widely regarded as a visionary in the field of information technology, and was a member of the EMMY Award-winning team that pioneered development of Direct to Home (DTH) digital satellite broadcasting for PRIMESTAR in 1995. He is a frequent advisor on IT issues and strategy to private enterprises and governmental entities both in the United States and abroad.

Parag is the President and Principal of two technology companies: Radiqal, in Horsham, PA. USA, a software products and service’s company specializing in gaming and digital television with product and service offerings in Interactive TV, Video on Demand, Gaming and Wagering, Broadcast Satellite TV, Hospitality, Carrier Class GSM Service Provisioning and B2B – B2C Commerce; and Surya Info Tech Pvt. Ltd., in Baroda, India, a state-of-the-art wholly owned subsidiary of Radiqal which provides research, development and support services to Radiqal and its clients.

Sanjay Bhatt, Esq.

Advisory Board Member
Sanjay BhattMr. Bhatt is the owner at Bhatt + Bhatt | Attorneys at Law and is former state prosecutor at the District Attorney’s Office at Westchester County, New York and former deputy county attorney at Kauai, Hawaii. Also a certified public accountant with business and accounting experience at Pfizer, Texaco and Arthur Andersen & Co.

Mr. Bhatt attended Pace University School of Law LLM, Environmental Law, Climate Change Track, 2009 – 2010, and Pace University School of Law JD, 1991 – 1995. He was admitted to New York and Hawaii State Bar. He attended the University of Houston-Clear Lake and received a BS and MBA in accounting, finance, 1981 – 1985. He is a member of the Texas State Society of Certified Public Accountants.