WHAT WE BELIEVE
Healthcare is personal. Finding the right information requires more than an algorithm. It merits a conversation. Active listening, intuition, empathy and wisdom—and finding and connecting with the very best specialist for your needs—within days, not weeks.
Healthcare questions are best addressed person-to-person
Speed, access, and the quality of those connections can positively impact patient outlooks and outcomes
Expertise paired with empathy and intuition is powerful medicine
Finding and connecting with the best specialists means looking beyond your city, state, or referral network to include physicians across global centers of excellence
Having an experienced medical doctor on your side to guide and support the understanding of a health concern can be a difference maker
OUR FOUNDING TEAM
We founded Summus to solve for two important and interconnected needs lacking in our health system: to make it easier for families to access insights and excellence on more complex health issues, and to create a more transparent market for specialist expertise.
In this mission, we celebrate exceptional physicians and have deep respect for expertise developed from years of training and practical experience. For families, we transform an existing referral system that is highly inefficient and opaque with a personalized healthcare experience that shortens the timeframe to access leading expertise.
We are a service-driven company that embraces those who have committed to excellence in medicine and enables people to speak with people to help solve important problems.
FOUNDER & CEO
Julian Flannery
Julian previously served on the management team and was Managing Director, Global Research at Gerson Lehrman Group, the world's largest membership-based platform for professional expertise. He oversaw GLG's service operation, products, and content, and directed management of its 400,000+ expert membership base. He formerly worked at Morgan Stanley as Associate and Chief of Staff to the Chairman & CEO and in Special Situations and Investment Banking. In 2001, he served in The White House as an aide to the Chief of Staff to the President. He received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and B.A. in Economics from Duke University.
FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN
Aftab Kherani, MD
Aftab is a Partner at Aisling Capital. Previously, he was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company in the pharmaceutical, medical product, and private equity practices. Prior to McKinsey, Aftab was a Chief Resident in Surgery at Duke University Medical Center, and completed residency in general surgery. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons as an organ procurement fellow. He received his M.D. from Duke University, and was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute research fellowship recipient. He earned his B.S. in Biology and A.B. in Economics from Duke, Magna Cum Laude, graduating Phi Beta Kappa.
MEDICAL DIRECTOR
Jennifer Kherani, MD, FACEP
Jennifer was previously an attending Emergency Medicine physician and Instructor of Medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/ Weill Cornell Medical College. She served as Chief Resident in her final year of training at the combined program of Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Kherani received her M.D. from the Duke University School of Medicine. She completed a year-long post-doctoral research fellowship at Columbia University and received her B.A. in neuroscience from Colgate University. Jennifer spent a pre-doctoral year at Columbia conducting cardiac physiology research in the laboratory of Dr. Mehmet Oz, Vice Chair of Surgery.
CORPORATE ADVISORY BOARD
Dennis Purcell
Founder and Senior Advisor, Aisling Capital. Former Managing Director of Life Sciences investment banking at Chase Hambrecht & Quist.
Ayman Sabi
Founder and CEO, SABi Medical Group. Former CEO White House / Black Market and National Retail Group.
Keith Rabois
Partner, Khosla Ventures. Former Chief Operating Officer at Square. Executive Vice President at LinkedIn and PayPal. Investor in Yelp, YouTube, Palantir, AirBnB, and Quora.
Laura Waitz
Former Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Human Resources, The Blackstone Group.
Laurence Herman
General Counsel and Managing Director, Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG). Former Senior Vice President, Capital IQ.
Joshua Bilenker, MD
President and CEO, Loxo Oncology. Operating Partner, Aisling Capital. Former Medical Officer at the US Food & Drug Administration.
Robert Liander
Former Lead Database Architect, Capital IQ. Former CTO, Relationship Science.
MEDICAL ADVISORY BOARD
Solomon Aronson, MD, MBA
Director Business Development, Duke Private Diagnostic Clinic. Executive Vice Chair, Department of Anesthesiology. Professor of Anesthesiology. Duke University School of Medicine.
John A. Chabot, MD, FACS
Professor of Surgery. Vice President, ColumbiaDoctors; Executive Director, Pancreas Center. Chief, Division of GI/Endocrine Surgery. New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center.
Theodore Pappas, MD, FACS
Distinguished Professor of Surgical Innovation & Chief of General and Advanced Gastrointestinal Surgery. Vice Dean for Medical Affairs. Duke University School of Medicine.
Robert N. Hotchkiss, MD
The Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Chair of Hand and Upper Limb Research. Medical Director of Innovation. Medical Director of Clinical Research. Hospital for Special Surgery.
Michael J. Zinner, MD, FACS
CEO and Executive Medical Director, Miami Cancer Institute, Baptist Health South Florida. Moseley Professor of Surgery, Emeritus, Harvard Medical School.
Robert S. Brown, Jr., MD, MPH
Professor of Clinical Medicine. Vice Chair, Transitions and Care & Interim Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Weill Cornell Medical College. Director, Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
Wayne Hellstrom, MD, FACS
Professor of Urology & Chief of Andrology. Tulane University School of Medicine.
Helena Roung Chang, MD, PHD
Professor of Surgery. Director, Revlon/UCLA Breast Center. Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
Dan G. Blazer, III, MD, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery. Program Director, HPB Fellowship. Department of Surgery, Duke University Medical Center
James A. Lee, MD
Associate Professor of Surgical Oncology. Chief, Endocrine Surgery. Vice Chair of Surgery. New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center.
Abtin Tabaee, MD, FACS
Associate Professor & Associate Attending. Otolaryngology. New York-Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Alon Zadok Weizer, MD, MS
Associate Professor & Medical Director, University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. Urology. University of Michigan Health System.
Peter G. Whang, MD, FACS
Associate Professor. Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation. Yale School of Medicine.
Francis A. Ennis Jr., MD
Joint Replacement Surgeon. Hip and Knee Specialist. Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists (ONS).
Isaac George, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery. Surgical Director, Structural Heart & Valve Center. Cardiothoracic Surgery. New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center.
Tamara Wexler, MD, PhD
Director, NYULMC Pituitary Center, Clinical Associate Professor, NYU Medical Center. Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School. Clinical Associate, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital.
Matthew L. Williams, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
David Robbins, MD, MSc
Assistant Professor & Program Director. Gastroenterology. Lenox Hill Hospital.
INVESTORS
We are grateful for the outstanding support from our investors affiliated with leading private equity and venture capital firms, hedge funds, and commercial and investment banks. Our investors and advisors have founded, invested in, and run leading technology, healthcare, and information services companies, including LinkedIn, PayPal, Gerson Lehrman Group, Capital IQ , Quintiles, and Square.
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