People on the Move – February 21, 2018


By Matt Skoufalos


Steward Health Care of Boston, Massachusetts has named Trip Pilgrim as its East Division Regional President, succeeding John Polanowicz. Pilgrim joins the company from Baptist Health System, where he was market chief; he spent 16 years with Vanguard Health, and has previously worked at Tenet. Pilgrim holds a bachelor’s degree and MBA from Vanderbilt University.


Joshua Porter
Jaimie Kowalsk

Practice Velocity of Machesney Park, Illinois has added VP of Marketing Jaimie Kowalski and VP of Business Development Joshua Porter. Kowalski has held marketing leadership roles with Zurich, Chase, Sears Holdings, and UniCarriers Americas, and holds an executive MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Porter has spent 20 years in hospital and ambulatory healthcare sales markets, and holds a master’s degree from The University of Iowa.


Dr. William B. Hughes

The Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
has added William B. Hughes as medical director of its burn center and as clinical associate professor of surgery in. Hughes comes to Jefferson from Temple University Hospital, where he established the Temple Burn Center and directed it for nearly 20 years.


Surface Oncology of Cambridge, Massachusetts has promoted chief business officer Jeff Goater to CEO, succeeding interim CEO Dan Lynch. Lynch will remain executive chairman of the Surface board of directors. Goater joined Surface in February 2017 as chief business officer, was CFO of Voyager Therapeutics, and has spent nearly a decade in investment banking. He began his career as a research scientist, and holds master’s degrees in Microbiology/Immunology, Pathology and Business Administration from the University of Rochester. Goater also serves on the board of Vaccinex, Inc.


Ryan Olsen

MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center
of Laguna Hills, California has added Ryan Olsen as its COO, replacing the retired Cheryl Jacob. Olsen has been COO and SVP at Cedars Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute, and VP of Operations for St. Jude Medical Center Fullerton, chief administrative officer at UC Irvine Health, and a manager at Cedars Sinai Oschin Cancer Institute.


Surgical Notes of Dallas, Texas has named Nathan Hess its CTO. Hess has spent 15 years in healthcare IT with DaVita, American International Group, Dell, and Perot Systems. He was most recently senior director of information technology operational excellence for DaVita Rx, prior to which he was VP of business operations for American International Group (AIG).


Richard R. Barakat

Northwell Health of New Hyde Park, New York has named Richard R. Barakat physician-in-chief and director of the Northwell Health Cancer Institute, SVP of its Cancer Service Line, and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. Barakat will join Northwell April 30 after 27 years at Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Center in Manhattan, where he was director and vice-chair of the MSK regional care network, and was the Ronald O. Perelman Chair in Gynecologic Surgery.

Dr. Emily J. Kirby

Harris Methodist Hospital
of Fort Worth, Texas has named Emily J. Kirby its Chief of Plastic Surgery. Kirby is a board-certified plastic surgeon, owns her own practice, Kirby Plastic Surgery, and is the first female plastic surgeon to hold the position.



DBC Pri-Med, LLC of Boston, Massachusetts has named Matt Gagalis GM of Continuing Medical Education Programs. Gagalis has worked with an advanced healthcare analytics and clinical services company RxAnte, and Dovetail Health, a population health management organization.


Michael J. Guyette

VSP Global of Rancho Cordova, California has named Michael J. Guyette its President and CEO. Guyette succeeds board member Rob Lynch, who has been interim President-CEO since April 2017. Guyette joins the company from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota; he has also worked at Aetna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Independence Blue Cross, Prudential Healthcare, and Continental Insurance. In 2010, he chaired the Consortium of Health Plans, a coalition of 21 Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans, and since 2016, has chaired pharmacy benefit manager Prime Therapeutics.


Martha A. Q. Curley

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has named University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing professor Martha A. Q. Curley as the Ruth M. Colket Endowed Chair in Pediatric Nursing at CHOP. Curley has researched relationship-based care in partnering with parents of critically ill children, and has led the development and dissemination of core metrics in the field of pediatrics. She is also a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.


Zipnosis of Minneapolis, Minnesota has named Lisa Ide its chief medical officer, succeeding Rebecca Hafner-Fogarty. Ide joined Zipnosis in 2016 as the company’s medical director.


Michael P. Nolte

Bracket of Wayne, Pennsylvania named Michael P. Nolte its CEO, replacing Jeff Kinell, who will remain as a strategic advisor on its board of directors. Nolte was most recently CEO of Influence Health, has been President and COO of MedAssets, and spent seven years at GE. He is a retired U.S. Army officer and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.


The Austin, Texas-based Texas Association of Community Health Plans (TACHP) named FirstCare Health Plans President-CEO Darnell Dent as its chair for 2018. Dent will advocate for Texas health care consumers and providers, and will work to promote Texas Medicaid Program.


Ardelyx, Inc. of Fremont, California has announced the departure of chief scientific officer Jeremy Caldwell. Caldwell has accepted a CEO position with an early stage biotech start-up company based in San Diego, California.

Robert G. Graw, Jr., M.D.

The Urgent Care Association of American (UCAOA)
of Annapolis, Maryland has named Righttime Medical Care CEO Robert G. Graw, Jr. chair of its Health & Public Policy Committee of. Graw has been a longtime active member of the committee and has represented the UCAOA in Washington, D.C. for years.




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