Based in Durham, NC, we're a diverse team passionate about making life better for patients and doctors.
Meet the Team
Nandan Lad, MD, PhD President
Nandan is a Stanford-trained neurosurgeon, scientist and entrepreneur with extensive clinical, research and medical device experience. He is passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship and believes it is essential to combine world-class clinical care with high-quality research and technology to improve patient lives and transform our standard of care. He is an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at Duke University Medical Center and Director of the Duke NeuroInnovations Program.
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Rajeev Dharmapurikar Chief Executive Officer
Rajeev is an accomplished executive with an extensive entrepreneurial and enterprise background. A chemical engineer by training, Rajeev did a stint in academic research before changing over to technology. As the cofounder of four start-ups, he has demonstrated his acumen as a strategic thinker, effective decision maker and pragmatic businessman. He has created and delivered complex technology platforms while building, mentoring and scaling high performance teams.
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Ziad Gellad, MD MPH Chief Medical Officer
Ziad is a Johns Hopkins and Duke-trained gastroenterologist with a passion for improving healthcare quality and value. He is a health services researcher, physician executive and entrepreneur. In each role, his commitment to the patient and the patient experience has been central. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Duke where he also serves as Associate Vice Chair for Clinical Innovation in the Department of Medicine and Director of Quality for the Division of Gastroenterology.
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Joe Knight, PhD Cofounder & Advisor
Joe is an Army Veteran and medical device entrepreneur with nearly 15 years of experience in medical device innovation and commercialization. His passion is in combining the disciplines of engineering, medicine and business to solve the most pressing needs in healthcare, ensuring that innovative technologies get to the patients and physicians that can benefit most from them. He holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering and is a graduate of Stanford’s Biodesign Innovation program.
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Kelly M. Osborne, MSN, CNS, CGRN Implementation Consultant
Kelly is a Clinical Nurse Specialist at Duke University Health System with over 20 years of experience. With expertise in gastroenterology and electronic health records, she is both a patient and nurse advocate who is active in national nursing societies. Having experienced firsthand the struggles patients and providers face when preparing for GI procedures, she sees MMS as a way to connect the dots and improve care outcomes.
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Caitlin Fisher Director of Design & Customer Experience
Caitlin joins the Higgs Boson team fresh from another healthcare startup where she led the design team, delivered impactful user experiences, and built strong relationships with clients and customers. She earned her Masters of Integrated Innovation for Products and Services from Carnegie Mellon University. Working on MMS allows her to simultaneously put to use her creative & critical thinking talents to improve people’s lives, one pleasurable interaction at a time!
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Abena A. Ansah-Yeboah Implementation & CX Specialist
Abena is a graduate of Duke University with a background in biological anthropology, applied research, and visual studies. As an aspiring physician scientist, she has a strong inclination to understand the complexities of human health and medical care from an interdisciplinary standpoint. Her goal is to advance her skill in workflow management and communication design in the rapidly developing field of healthcare technology. She offers a meticulous and creative approach towards delivering quality service and content to increase product engagement from both patients and providers.
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Madison G. Ponder Product Manager
Madison graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and a Master's in Health Informatics. She intends to use her knowledge to effectively implement MMS for physicians and patients in order to facilitate better health outcomes. At Higgs Boson she aims to better understand the connection between technology and health outcomes and to gain the technical skills necessary to integrate these tools with EHR systems. She is dedicated to providing a quality product for physicians and patients so that every user's experience is a positive one.
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