Harry Jacobson, MD

Board Member

Dr. Jacobson is the co-founder and Managing Director of Epiphany Health Ventures. Prior to founding EHV, Dr. Jacobson was Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs at Vanderbilt University (CEO of Vanderbilt University Medical Center (“VUMC”)). During Dr. Jacobson’s tenure, VUMC revenues grew from approximately $750 million to $2.5 billion; its Federally funded (NIH) research program moved from twenty-fourth to one of the top ten in the country; it opened over $1.0 billion of newly constructed facilities; it was recognized as a “most-wired” hospital as well as a U. S. News and World Report honor-roll hospital; and, most recently, it was recognized as a Fortune top-100 place to work. Importantly, in his role at VUMC he participated in the oversight of technology transfer operations that resulted in the creation of over 30 companies.

During the course of his career, Dr. Jacobson has been a successful investor and entrepreneur, having founded or co-founded eight companies, including (i) Contact Software (the developer of Act!, the world’s leading contact management software), which was acquired by Symantec (SYMC: NASDAQ); (ii) Renal Care Group (RCG: NYSE), a leading dialysis service company, acquired by Fresenius Medical Care (FMS: NYSE); (iii) Ambulatory Services of America, a diversified outpatient ancillary services provider of dialysis and radiation oncology services; (iv) Cardiovascular Care Group, an integrated provider of cardiovascular services (and its predecessor Cardiovascular Services of America); (v) Quality Healthcare International, a manager/operator of international healthcare facilities in countries seeking 21st century health services for their citizens; (vi) digiChart, a healthcare information technology company focused on women’s health; (vii) Informatics Corporation of America, an early-stage healthcare informatics company creating electronic medical records for regional health information organizations, large healthcare systems, hospitals and multisite practices; and (viii) CeloNova Biosciences, a medical device company with 2 CE-approved and 1 FDA-approved products. Previously Dr. Jacobson served on the Board of Directors of Merck & Company, Inc. (MRK: NYSE), and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Ingram Industries and SpecialtyCare Inc., as well as on the Boards of several other healthcare companies. In 2002 he was named the Ernst and Young Southeast Entrepreneur of the Year and was recently ranked No. 35 on Modern Physician’s ranking of the 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare. Dr. Jacobson is also a past chair of the Nashville Health Care Council Board of Directors.

Duncan Dashiff, MBA

Board Member

Mr. Dashiff is the co-founder and Managing Director of Epiphany Health Ventures. Prior to co-founding EHV, Mr. Dashiff spent seventeen years as a healthcare investment banker advising healthcare companies on multiple fronts with respect to mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and capital markets transactions, including public/private equity, venture capital and senior/subordinated debt financing. Mr. Dashiff was previously a Managing Director with Morgan Keegan’s Healthcare Investment Banking Group and Co-Head of the Healthcare Corporate & Investment Banking practice of SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. He has also held positions in the healthcare investment banking departments of Raymond James & Associates and Smith Barney, Inc. Mr. Dashiff has completed assignments totaling more than $11.0 billion in aggregate transaction value for healthcare clients during his investment-banking career. His experience ranges across a variety of healthcare sub-sectors with emphasis on clients in the healthcare services and information technology areas.

Mr. Dashiff has worked with Dr. Jacobson in connection with multiple merger, acquisition and capital markets transactions during the last ten years including (i) the successful licensing of certain intellectual property assets of VUMC to McKesson Corporation (MCK: NYSE), which served as a platform for McKesson’s computerized physician order entry solutions; (ii) financings for Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (KCI: NYSE), a provider of wound care products and technologies; (iii) two growth recapitalizations and related acquisition activity for SpecialtyCare Inc., which has led to the company becoming positioned as a leading provider of outsourced surgical services to hospitals; (iv) an investment in Seno Medical Instruments, a company focused on the early detection of cancer through the use of its patented opto-acoustic technology; (v) a growth financing for MedCenterDisplay, LLC, a healthcare digital media business; and (iv) a growth financing for Refocus Group, Inc., a medical technology company focused on the treatment of presbyopia and glaucoma.

Tania S. Malik, JD

Board Member

Ms. Malik is the founder of COPE Today, a telemental health company, which was acquired by Mindcare Solutions Group in 2013. She is an entrepreneur and a lawyer who has been in healthcare for 22 years and spent the last 15 focused on telemedicine solutions. She has held various positions ranging from an Administrative Law Judge for the State of Georgia to a consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. She has built various business centered on connecting patients with physicians to increase access and improve outcomes including Vital Health Network which is implemented with Aetna.

She graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Georgia State University School of Law and a member of the bar in North Carolina and Georgia. She has won various awards for her entrepreneurial accomplishments. COPE Today was featured in Forbes and she has been quoted in various magazines including the Wall Street Journal and NY Times.

Donald W. Phillips

Board Member

Mr. Phillips has more than 25 years of investment management experience managing large pools of pension assets in the capacity of both a limited and a general partner.  He is Founder and Chief Executive Officer, WP Global Partners, a private equity company in Chicago managing over $2 billion in funds-of-funds and direct investments.  Mr. Phillips founded and was Managing Partner of Ranieri Partners in New York City which is an institutional investment firm managing in excess of $3 billion in residential and commercial real estate (between 2005-2013).

From 1997 until 2005, Mr. Phillips was President of Forstmann-Leff International, Inc. (which he acquired with another partner), where he was responsible for the strategic process of building and managing the global investment management firm. Forstmann-Leff International was a multi-asset class institutional investment management firm with offices in Chicago, New York and Liverpool, England.  The firm managed assets for high net worth individuals, pension funds and other institutions for almost 30 years with assets under management that exceed $8.5 billion.  After selling his interest in Forstmann-Leff International, Inc., Mr. Phillips created a private equity firm and sold it to WestLB, a large German Bank.  Mr. Phillips was the Chief Investment Officer and CEO for WestAM (U.S.) where he directed the investment strategy and oversaw WestAM’s approximately $3 billion portfolio in commitments to private equity funds, real estate, and direct investments.  In addition, he was a member of WestAM’s Board of Directors.

From 1990 until 1997, Mr. Phillips was Chairman of Equity Institutional Investors where he was responsible for the formation of four real estate funds with equity commitments of over $2.5 billion. During the same time period at the Equity Group Investments, he was instrumental in establishing the $1.1 billion Zell/Chilmark Fund to buy good companies with bad balance sheets. This fund acquired seven public and private companies that have combined sales of $8 billion and over 50,000 employees.

Jeffery A. Weiss, PhD

Board Member

Jeff Weiss founded CCI, Inc. in 1986. CCI runs exclusive ongoing forums where CEOs and senior executives from Global 1000 firms and large healthcare systems can explore strategies and growth. CCI is partnered with McKinsey & Co., Deloitte, and Ernst & Young.

In 1983, Jeff co-founded the Southern California Technology Executives Network (SO/CAL/TEN), a CEO development organization composed of 210 technology chief executives and sponsored by leading venture capital, investment banking, major law and search firms. SO/CAL/TEN was recognized by Inc. and Fortune as one of the first and most successful high tech networking organizations.

Previously, he was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Bio-Behavioral Sciences at the UCLA Medical School and served as Director of the Department of Behavior Medicine at the UCLA/San Bernardino County Medical Center, where he taught Family Medicine and Introduction to Psychiatry to UCLA/UCR Medical Students. He is a licensed psychologist specializing in behavioral medicine, achievement motivation and career strategy.

Previously, Jeff was a Director of E-Biz (an Internet startup), City of Hope Medical Center, High Technology Group, Lorien Systems (a systems integrator) and Chrysalis (a homeless employment organization). He was also a Trustee of the California School of Professional Psychology and on the Board of SO/CAL/TEN. He is currently a Trustee of the California Academy of Family Physicians Foundation, and a Director of the South-Central Gifted Scholars Foundation, which provides mentoring and scholarships to minorities in Los Angeles. Jeff, along with Bill Novelli and Tom Koutsoumpas, also co-founded, and is on the Board of C-TAC, the Coalition to Transfer Advanced Care, a coalition of leading delivery systems, managed care and academic not-for-profits developing a new model of quality cost effective care for advanced illness and end of life.
He received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and an MS in Organizational Development from the California School of Professional Psychology, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Tennessee Medical School.

Peter A. Ambrose, Jr., PhD, MBA

Board Member

Dr. Ambrose is the Chief Executive Officer for MindCare Solutions. Prior to joining MindCare Solutions, he was the Regional Vice President of Behavioral Health for Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and was responsible for Enterprise Operations of Behavioral Health benefits for 20 million members. Prior to joining Anthem in 2002, Dr. Ambrose was Vice President of Behavioral Health for the Barnes Jewish Christian Health System in Saint Louis and was Director of Behavioral Health for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Missouri.

Dr. Ambrose is a licensed Psychologist whose training has centered on Pediatric Psychology and Pediatric Neuropsychology. Dr. Ambrose’s clinical background includes Associate Professor appointments at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and at the Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis in the Departments of Pediatrics, Neurology and Psychiatry. Dr. Ambrose’s clinical career is highlighted by his practice at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, and The Saint Louis Children’s Hospital , where his duties focused on Consultation Liaison services.

Dr. Ambrose completed his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri –Columbia and a MBA at the Olin School of Business at Washington University in Saint Louis.