The Excelerate Health Team is built around core skill sets of investment experience, deep healthcare sector expertise, and company growth management. Our operational team is supported by a recognized, actively engaged, and committed advisory board.
We are members of the healthcare community. We have the unique ability to identify deeply unresolved needs and have insight on innovative solutions. Our understanding of healthcare positions us at the center of innovative discoveries. Our investments often leverage the interdisciplinary nature and backgrounds of our team.
We know firsthand what it takes to build a successful company – from inception through sale. We are entrepreneurs ourselves; we have launched and financed companies, managed growth, and negotiated acquisitions.
Managing Partners and Special Advisors
Bobby Bahram is a Managing Partner at Excelerate Health Ventures – an early-stage healthcare IT-focused fund. Mr. Bahram has more than 20 years of operational experience building and growing start-up companies and managing high-performing teams. Mr. Bahram’s experience includes serving as a director for a variety of private and public companies and playing an active role in successful spin-offs, mergers, and acquisitions. His expertise encompasses the development and implementation of strategies for sustainable growth for companies operating in the software, hardware, and services environment as well as navigation of complex financial, organizational, and legal issues. Mr. Bahram has held executive-level positions with a variety of technology-based start-up ventures. He was the founding CEO and served as the CFO and COO of RadarFind, a software and services company that tracked medical equipment and patients in hospitals and was acquired by TeleTracking Technologies. Mr. Bahram is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurial topics. He earned an MBA from North Carolina State University with a concentration in Technology Commercialization and Finance, and he holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University.
Jonathan J. Berry M.D., FACP, FACC, FAHA, FSVMB, FSCAI is the founder and President of the Southeastern Heart & Vascular Center in Greensboro, NC; Chief of Cardiovascular at Cone Health System; and a Clinical Professor of Medicine at UNC in Chapel Hill. Dr. Berry is one of the nation’s distinguished cardiologists with a passion for innovative technologies. Dr. Berry also holds leadership positions at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital as the Chairman of Medical Peer Review Committee and Director of Peripheral Vascular Lab and Coronary Unit. Dr. Berry has a special interest in cardiac and peripheral vascular intervention and nuclear imaging. He holds an M.D. from University of Pennsylvania with training at Duke University and University of Michigan Medical School.
C. Scott Hultman, M.D., MBA, FACS is the Director of Burn Center and Vice Chair of Strategy for the Department of Plastic Surgery at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Prior to that, Dr. Hultman was the Medical Director and Founder of UNC Burn Reconstruction and Aesthetic Center, Ethel F. and James A. Valone Distinguished Professor of Surgery, Division Chief and Program Director of UNC Plastic Surgery, and Vice Chair of Finance for the Department of Surgery. Dr. Hultman is one of America’s frequently featured and Top Cosmetic Surgeons. Dr. Hultman’s research programs include the areas of rehabilitation of the burned upper extremity, laser resurfacing of burn scars, use of biologic materials in reconstruction, and strategic planning to improve patient throughput and patient satisfaction. He holds an MBA from UNC and M.D. from University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Joseph M. Stavas, M.D., MPH is one of the leading Interventional Radiologist in U.S. having been inducted into the Society of Interventional Radiology as a fellow, the highest recognition by one’s peers in radiology. Dr. Stavas is the Chair of Radiology at Creighton University School of Medicine A. He was a practicing radiologist at UNC. Previously, he practiced at Creighton University Medical Center and Duke University. Prior to entering academic radiology, Dr. Stavas was in private practice for more than 15 years. He has over 100 invited lecture talks and over 60 published manuscripts and abstracts. Dr. Stavas has a keen interest in applications of emerging medical technologies in particular innovative non-surgical approaches. He holds an M.D. from Creighton University School of Medicine and an MPH from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
David A. Gerber, M.D., FACS is the Division Chief of Abdominal Transplantation at UNC. He is one the leading experts in the areas of transplantation, stem cell and regenerative medicine having more than 100 peer reviewed publications. He has been involved as principal investigator of more than 15 clinical trials focused on kidney or liver transplantation. He is currently the Chief Medical Officer of SmartPerfusion; a company focused on developing organ preservation technologies and he is a founder and CEO of LotusBioEFx; a company developing antimicrobial and antithrombotic technologies. He is a Lt. Col in the US Air Force Reserve Medical Corps. Dr. Gerber holds an M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, and completed general surgery training and fellowship at Emory University.
Anthony Atala M.D. is the Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and the Chair of the Department of Urology. Dr. Atala is a recipient of many awards, including the Christopher Columbus Foundation Award, bestowed on a living American who is currently working on a discovery that will significantly affect society; and the World Technology Award in Health and Medicine. He was named as one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business. In 2011, he was elected to the National Academy of Science. Dr. Atala heads a team of approximately 300 physicians and researchers. Ten applications of technologies developed in Dr. Atala’s laboratory have been used clinically. He has applied for or received over 200 patents. He holds an M.D. from the University of Louisville, and completed his specialty training at the Harvard Medical School affiliated Children’s Hospital Boston.
Hospital Operations and Corporate Advisors
William J. (Terry) Kane, M.D. has a distinguished career in the healthcare industry having being the EVP and COO of Sharp Healthcare (a six-hospital system in San Diego, CA); senior executive with US Healthcare, CIGNA, and Independence Blue Cross of Philadelphia; and CEO of two healthcare start-ups that were acquired. Dr. Kane also directed the health care consulting group of an investment banking firm, and was Chief of Family Medicine at Duke University. Currently, Dr. Kane is Chairman of the Board of First Flight Venture Center (in RTP, NC) and Consulting Professor in the Dept. of Community and Family Medicine at Duke University. Dr. Kane received his B.S. from the University of Scranton, and his M.D. with Honors from Temple University School of Medicine.
is the Senior Managing Director of Church Road Associates and previously serviced as a Founder and Managing Director of Rudish Consulting Solutions, The Hunter Group and Hunter Partners. At Hunter, he played a key role in restructuring and managing troubled healthcare organizations. As a member of a Hunter Group Interim Management team he served as either the CEO, COO or CFO of more than fifteen distresses healthcare organizations in virtually every part of the country leading initiatives in performance improvement, new business development and revenue optimization. Earlier positions include serving as an SVP at Cain Brothers, a New York healthcare investment banking firm, the SVP and CFO of a major Philadelphia teaching hospital and a Senior Manager in Arthur Andersen’s Philadelphia healthcare practice. Michael has an undergraduate degree in Electrical engineering and an MBA in finance and is a member of the adjunct teaching faculty at Duke University. He has served on the Board of several healthcare startups including RadarFind and Bivarus.
David Freeman is the GM of Information Ventures at Quest Diagnostics. He brings over 25 years of business and marketing leadership in large and small companies, including GE Healthcare, BD Biosciences, Philips Healthcare and HP Medical. He has championed breakthrough technologies including Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), cardiology information systems, patient monitoring sensors, and targeted drug development tools. He was the Head of Global Marketing for Cell Signaling Technology, focused on personalized medicine. Prior to CST, David was the Executive in Residence at the Institute for Pediatric Innovation, and led a medtech strategy and marketing consulting practice.
David W. Zaas, M.D., MBA is the President of Duke Raleigh Hospital – a 186-bed hospital, part of Duke Health System. He was previously the Chief Medical Officer for the Private Diagnostic Clinic (PDC) at Duke. PDC is the physician practice for Duke University Health System with more than 1500 physicians, providing more than 1.5 million patient visits per year. Dr. Zaas was responsible for development, quality and patient satisfaction, and leads the implementation of the PDC ambulatory medical record. He also serves as the Vice-Chair for Clinical Practice in the Dept. of Medicine, overseeing the clinical practice for more than 400 faculty in 12 divisions. Dr. Zaas served as Medical Director of the Lung Transplantation Program at Duke from 2007 to 2012. He holds an M.D. from Northwestern University, completed his fellowship at Duke in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, and holds an MBA from Duke.
John M. Jenkins was the VP and CIO for Cone Health System – an integrated community healthcare delivery system consisting of three acute-care hospitals, a women’s specific hospital, a behavior health hospital, nursing facilities, clinics, physician practices, and other diversified services. Previously, Mr. Jenkins was Director of Operational Services for Legacy Health System and Senior Consulting Manager for Deloitte & Touche. He is active with various healthcare organizations including College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME); Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS); Health Level Seven, Inc. (HL7); and North Carolina Information and Communications Alliance, Inc. (NCHICA). He holds a BA from East Texas State University and has earned his CPA.
Billy Willis is currently the CTO of Duke Hospital System responsible for strategic planning, deployment support of critical IT infrastructure, application management, and integration services across the enterprise. He has 30 years of IT experience and is a proven leader of high performing teams. Among his key leadership roles have been Deputy CIO for the State of NC, Global VP of IT for Cable and Wireless, CTO and VP of Engineering for Interpath Communications, and Vice Provost of IT for NC State University. Mr. Willis has had responsibility for operational areas including systems engineering, enterprise architecture, telecommunications, security, application development, and customer support. He holds a B.S. Engineering and a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University.
Sina Bahram is an accessibility consultant, researcher, and entrepreneur. He is the founder of Prime Access Consulting (PAC), an accessibility firm whose clients include high-tech startups, fortune 1000 companies, and both private and nationally-funded museums. Sina holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in computer science and has authored peer reviewed publications in Human Computer Interaction, systems security, intelligent user interfaces, and more. As a recognized expert in accessibility, Sina enjoys collaborating with both colleagues in the field and individuals of diverse professions to devise innovative and user-centered solutions to difficult real-world problems. In 2012, Sina was recognized as a White House Champion of Change by President Barack Obama for his work enabling users with disabilities to succeed in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.