The Hippo team

Delivering knowledge without boundaries to clinicians and experts around the globe.


Patrick Quinlan, MD.

Chief Executive Officer & Founder

Extensive history in healthcare delivery, medical administration, governance, governmental relations, international business development, and business transactions. CEO emeritus of the Ochsner Health System. Lead director for the PanAmerican Life insurance Group, board member of Pack4U, and Advisory Board member of TractManager, IBERIABANK, and Perkin Industries.

Brian Hamilton

President & Founder

A recognized pioneer and leader in market acceptance and in the deployment of Internet of Things, augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR), and wearable computing technologies in healthcare, education, automotive, consumer packaged goods, oil and gas, power and utilities, transportation and logistics, IT and telecom, industrial manufacturing and entertainment. Experienced entrepreneur, Co-founder and Chief Revenue / Business Officer of RealWear, INC where he helped to establish a global sales force and ISV / Channel network in over 57 countries.

Wale sulaiman, md., phd., frcs(c)

chief medical officer

Dr. Sulaiman MD., Ph.D., FRCS (C) is an accomplished neurosurgeon and researcher, a proven leader, and successful entrepreneur. As co-founder of Hippo™ and founder and owner of RNZ, a medical management and service company in Nigeria, he is particularly well equipped to bring the power of virtual care to the people of Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa.


EVP, General Counsel & Corporate Strategy

Craig Williams, Esq. serves as Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and General Counsel for Hippo Technologies, Inc. Craig has experience as a senior executive level corporate and international business attorney having served in senior leadership positions with large institutional companies including John Hancock Financial Services, where he headed the corporate merger and acquisition committee, international operations expansion and federal and government relations efforts, Prudential Insurance Company, and Sanborn, Inc., where Craig served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel as a reporting executive leading the company through its initial public offering with a major investment bank. Craig has experience in start-up companies as well, and has provided strategic and legal advice in cross border and international transactions including acquisitions and joint ventures working through Holding Companies in Europe and Asia and closing transactions during the privatization processes of state-owned entities in Eastern Europe and Asia.

Core Team

George King

Chief financial officer

George has more than thirty years of experience in financial management, capital markets, executive corporate management, and legal / regulatory matters.  George’s experience includes Wall Street firms, Credit Suisse, healthcare, telecommunications and FinTech. He has served in Board of Directors and C-Level positions at three publicly traded companies in the United States and Canada, including Vice Chairman of one public company and Chairman of another.  He has completed two IPO’s, including a $6 billion Goldman Sachs technology IPO for a firm where he was a Co-Founder.  George’s capital markets experience includes more than 325 completed transactions aggregating more than $20 billion, as well as financial advisory closings aggregating more than $8 billion. George’s geographic experience includes the Americas, Europe, Middle East (GCC), and Asia.

Dick Kile

EVP of Business Operations & User Experience

Dick was one of the three founding partners at LendPlus, a diversified financial services company headquartered in Southern California and incorporated in 2007. He previously enjoyed a long career in corporate business, to include twelve years at Citigroup.  He joined CitiFinancial in April of 1994, and in 1999 became  Executive Vice President in the Mortgage Banking Division of CitiFinancial Mortgage, now CitiMortgage. Dick has held previous executive positions at Chrysler First Financial, American General Finance, and Household International, providing him over 35 years of experience in the financial services industry. He is the Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of The National Home Equity Mortgage Association (NHEMA), Vice-Chairman of the Board of “BorrowSmart” and he served on the Board of Governors of the Mortgage Banking Association.

Peggy Grant, PHD

Vice President Client Integration and Care

Peggy is an organizational systems scholar-practitioner with experience driving large-scale change initiatives in public, private and nonprofit sectors. Her work in the healthcare environment focused on navigating the intersection among patients, clinicians, and technology, systems integration, and patient flow. The resulting innovative solutions advanced culture change and professional practice within multi-disciplinary teams. Peggy is also a professor of Organizational Psychology, preparing the next generation organizational practitioners.

Andrew Richards

Chief Technology Officer

Andrew has worked in the technology space his entire career in roles ranging from developer to CTO. For more than 15 years he has been hands on with companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500s in nearly every business sector. His experience covers software development, quality assurance, health care, natural language processing, API development, and other large-scale technology implementations.

Lee Philips

Chief Marketing Officer

Lee is a seasoned innovator and brand strategist with 30 years’ experience in Europe, the US and Asian markets. He has led creative agencies in Tokyo, London and Miami and has previously worked in senior marketing roles for global brands including Vodafone and Harrods. For the last 15 years, he has specialized in the health sector, leading innovation projects for organizations including US healthcare giant Humana, global telehealthcare company Tunstall, and major US health systems and providers. Lee is an expert in consumer engagement and behavior change marketing, and pioneered population health management programs in the UK’s NHS. In addition to co-founding Bluedoor Group, a digital health innovation and growth agency based in Chapel Hill, NC, he is a Co-founder of the non-profit Digital Health Institute for Transformation ( An entrepreneur at heart, Lee is on the board of several start-up companies in the health sector advising them on their product development and commercialization strategies. He serves as Executive Director of the Lampidis Cancer Foundation, is a member of the Advisory Council for UNC Gillings School of Public Health, and also co-founded the first conveyor-belt sushi bar chain in the UK in 1994. A fluent Japanese speaker, Lee holds a Masters in Oriental Studies from Cambridge University in the UK. 

Brent Hopkins

Chief of staff

Brent started his career in technology over 10 years ago in security electronics, project managing numerous interdisciplinary teams developing, installing, and testing advanced security systems in prisons and courthouses around the country. After completing his MBA, Brent made the transition to tech startups when he joined the AI company, Mopro, as an analyst in Irvine, CA. Brent was quickly assigned to managerial roles focusing on company expansion and customer retention. His role grew rapidly, leading teams domestically and internationally as the company grew from less than 50 in Irvine to over 1,200 employees across multiple states, India, and the Philippines. After leading analysis and operations teams for over three years, Brent joined RealWear as a Senior Project Manager. He spent the next two years immersed in the augmented and mixed reality industry as he led cross-functional projects focusing on product development, sales, financial planning, and logistics. Before beginning his professional career in technology, Brent served as Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, deploying twice to Iraq, and earning the Combat Action Ribbon as well as several other commendations. Brent holds a BS in Business Management from Washington State University and an MBA from University of California, Riverside.


Patrick Quinlan, MD

Chair of advisory board

Patrick has extensive history in healthcare delivery, medical administration, governance, government relations, international business development, and business transactions. CEO emeritus of the Ochsner Health System, Lead Director for the PanAmerican Life Insurance Group, board member of Pack4U, and Advisory Board member of TractManager, IBERIABANK, and Perkin Industries.

Scott Ballenger

president, Locksmith Advisors

Scott is a proven innovator in life sciences. With a strong track record of more than 25 years of monetizing novel solutions that span health-tech, data science and drug development, Scott has worked across both start-ups and industry leading enterprises. Most recently, Scott led a global business development team consolidating five acquisitions in the drug development arena and delivering more than $500 million in annual sales. Scott was a Hollingsworth Scholar at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill where he graduated with highest honors and distinction.

Gery Barry

President & CEO, Barry global Strategic Services

Gery is a seasoned insurance executive: past President and CEO of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Louisiana; President and CEO of Liberty Mutual-Canada; and Chief Strategy Officer for Aetna (National). Previously, he was President and CEO, and founder of Med Impact International, a major pharmacy benefits management company in the US and abroad. He developed international business with extensive experience in China and the Middle East. Gery is currently on the Advisory Board of  the Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia for the redesign of healthcare in that country.

Maj. General (Ret) Elder Granger, md


CEO and President of THE 5Ps, LLC, SDVOSB, Elder Granger is an experienced president with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital and healthcare industry. He is a strong business development professional skilled in nonprofit organizations, analytics, operations management, coaching, and government relations. Elder has led at every level of the Army Medical Department, and oversaw the acquisition, operation and integration of the DOD’s managed care program within the Military Health System. He led a staff of 1,800 in planning, budgeting and executing a $22.5 Billion Defense Health Program and in ensuring the effective and efficient provision of high-quality, accessible healthcare for 9.2 million Uniformed Service members, their families, retirees and others located worldwide.


CEO & Founder, EBLA

Espinoza is a two- time Emmy-Award winning journalist and television executive that spent over 15 years in the broadcast industry in NYC. She is the recipient of a silver medal presented to her by the United Nations Correspondent’s Association for her coverage on sustainability, climate change and tourism in Honduras. Espinoza has been recognized as a leading business executive and newswoman by international media outlets. She was named “Newswoman of the Week” by CNN en Español and by the International Federation of Business and Professional Women. Mildred is now the Founder/CEO of Empowering Business Latin America – a creative agency based in Guatemala City, Guatemala.


president emerita, Chamberlain University

Susan recently retired as CEO of the Chamberlain school of nursing, the largest nursing school in the country, with extensive online education. She grew the company from a one site location to the largest nursing school in the Nation with 25 sites and 29,000 students. She is also the chair of the Board of Ross Medical School, a subsidiary of Adtalem, and has served on the BOD of two national companies, and also founded and led two successful healthcare startup companies.

Rafael Grossmann, MD, FACS

Surgeon, Educator, Healthcare Futurist

Dr. Grossmann is an internationally recognized surgeon, disruptive innovator and medical futurist, with a focus on and passion for the convergence of healthcare and technology. Convinced that SMART use of technology can enable a more humane healthcare experience, he performed the first documented GoogleGlass-enabled surgery on June 20, 2013. This event catapulted him into the digital health ecosystem as a disrupter of established medical paradigms and traditional ways of practicing. Dr. Grossmann is a multiple-time TEDx speaker on the convergence of healthcare, education and global health innovation, and is a Top 10 Digital Health influencer and key opinion leader. After completing his surgery residency in Ann Arbor, MI, he developed as a General, Trauma, Advanced Laparoscopic and Robotic surgeon and now practices in Maine, US.


Guarisco Health Management

Joe recently retired as system head of emergency services for Ochsner Health System. He is nationally recognized for innovative services in the design and implementation of emergency services through the use of information technology to improve throughput and outcomes. He also has extensive experience in the remote management of patients, including offshore oil platforms, as Medical Director for Remote Clinical Operations/Gulf of New Mexico at Prime Occupational Medicine, Medic Systems and Chevron.


Vice President, International Health and Transplant Services – Ochsner Health

Since joining Ochsner in 2005, Dr. Hands has been responsible for overseeing all strategic planning, business development and operational components of the International Health and Organ Transplant Services. Under her direction, Ochsner has launched successful initiatives for destination healthcare, global academic partnerships and international consulting services, making it one of the top transplant programs in the country. In 2009, Dr. Hands received the New Orleans City Business Health Care Hero award for her work on integrating Hispanic immigrants in post-Katrina New Orleans. Dr. Hands is an active member of the Americas Society/Council of the Americas and also serves on the Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation reporting directly to the US Secretary of Health.


Director of community investment, Providence Health & services

Joe has extensive administrative experience in medical settings in the US (Providence Healthcare, University of Oregon Health and Sciences Center, Lovelace Medical System) and abroad. A senior health adviser to Palladium, an international consulting firm based in Washington DC and Dubai, he specializes in grant funding and public private partnerships. He also has extensive work experience in Africa and the Middle East including UAE, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mark Kestner, MD

CMO, TractManager

Mark has had leadership roles in the military, university systems, integrated delivery systems as well as extensive experience in community-based healthcare systems. He began his surgical career as a general surgeon in the US Army and while in the Army completed his critical-care and trauma surgery fellowships at Jackson Memorial Hospital at the University of Miami. Previous roles include Chief of Trauma and Assistant Professor of Surgery for Texas Tech University and subsequently at the University of New Mexico; Chief of Surgery at Legacy Health System in Portland, Oregon; Chief Quality Officer and CMO for Alegent Health; and leadership roles at Vanguard Health and Abrazo Health Care.

Andrew Kitchen

Healthcare innovation specialist

Andrew is an innovative senior business development and consulting professional with over 21 years’ international experience and a demonstrable record of developing strategic and operational business solutions that have successfully delivered new products, services and enhanced business performance. As Market Development Leader for GE Healthcare, Andrew was responsible for GE Solutions market development across the Middle East working closely with functional leadership and commercial teams to bring together the GE technology portfolio, advisory services, marketing and strategic partners to provide end-to-end healthcare solutions to public and private clients.

David Lawrence, md

Kaiser CEO & Chairman, Ret.

David is currently the Dean of a new medical school in development sponsored by the Keck Institute of USC in Los Angeles, as well as pursuing his interests in teaching, public policy, and writing. He is a member of the boards of Aditazz, CellWorks, MedECube, and OncoStem. He is a member of the Health Advisory Board of the RAND corporation; advisor to the CEOs of SomaLogic and Medial/EarlySign; and associated with Artiman Ventures. He has served on the boards of Hewlett Packard, its spin-off company, Agilent Technologies, McKesson Corp, PGE Corp, Raffles Medical Group (Singapore); and as a Trustee for the Rockefeller Foundation. He consults with selected healthcare systems around the globe (China, India, Saudi Arabia, among others).

John Lucas, Md

Medical director, Far East Medical Ventures

John is a five-time CEO of hospitals and medical systems, an innovative Population Health expert and Disease Management entrepreneur. He has extensive experience in large medical group management and leadership, and is a medical quality expert as a Baldridge examiner and Joint Commission International Inspector. His extensive international experience includes his current position as CEO of the International Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. John has an MPH from Harvard with international work through the World Bank and a Canadian development authority with several years experience in Africa.

james marinucci

principal & ceo alleanza group

During his 25 years at The George Washington University and The GW Medical Faculty Associates, Mr. Marinucci was an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Director of Trauma Technology and Wound Management, served as Interim Executive Director for the Ronald Reagan Institute of Emergency Medicine, and as Director of both International Special Projects and Emergency Medical Education Training Programs. Prior to founding Alleanza, he was CEO of Via Medica International (US), a healthcare development group based in Washington, DC. Jim has extensive international experience on the ground in the Middle East, Turkey, Mexico and Europe. In addition, he has run operations in South America, Saharan and sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia.

Thomas matthew, MD

johns Hopkins Suburban Hospital

Thomas L. Matthew, MD, is the Director of the Johns Hopkins Cardiothoracic Surgery Program at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and American Board of Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Matthew has expertise in cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery and vascular surgery. He has surgical interests in complex coronary artery surgical revascularization, mitral valve repair, reparative cardiac surgery and aortic valve replacement including the TAVR procedure. He has also conducted medical missionary work in Rwanda.

Dick Olds, MD

President, st. george's University

An educator, physician, and administrator during a distinguished career spanning more than 30 years, Dr. G. Richard Olds has served as the President of St. George’s University in Grenada since August 2015. Dr. Olds is dedicated to the advancement of the University and its students, and collectively, hopes to help address the shortage and maldistribution of physicians in the US and around the world. Previously, Dr. Olds was the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Founding Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). Dr. Olds is a tropical disease specialist with extensive experience working in Asia and Africa. He chaired a large Gates Foundation health initiative in Tanzania, Uganda, and Francophone Africa, and currently serves on the expert committee of the WHO. 

Dirk Peek, MD

ceo, Teso Telemedicine solutions

Dirk is an Anesthesiologist – Pain Specialist and eHealth/Telemedicine consultant and entrepreneur. During his studies, he conducted a variety of research in the medical field and is an author of an extensive list of publications. Subsequently, he trained as an Anesthesiologist and Pain Specialist at University Hospital Maastricht in the Netherlands. For the past few years he has been involved in eHealth and Telemedicine projects as a Telemedicine consultant with a focus on Ambulance-based Telemedicine Systems and remote patient monitoring, for which he has won several awards.

Christine Petersen, MD MBA

cmo, Sierra Health ret.

Christine is a board certified internist with a fellowship in oncology and over 30-year history of medical management with bottom line responsibility for medical groups and pharmacies (FHP Inc). She has national responsibility for utilization management (Prudential Healthcare) and corporate responsibility as VP of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer for Sierra Health Services, with oversight of Medical technology. She is also a health quality expert including oversight of HEDIS reporting and NCQA accreditation, and has extensive charitable medical work in Tanzania, Africa with International Health Partners.

Jake Poore

President & CXO, ILS

As Founder and President of ILS, Jake knows what it takes to create and maintain a world-class service organization, having spent nearly two decades at the Walt Disney World Company in Florida helping to recruit, hire, train and align their 65,000 employees toward one end in mind: creating memorable experiences for individuals, not transactions for the masses. In 1996, Jake helped launch the Disney Institute, the external training arm of Disney that sold its business secrets to the world. ILS has successfully helped numerous healthcare organizations make cultural transformations including: Kaiser Permanente, Cigna Medical Group, Augusta Health, Dignity Health, Baystate Health, Penn Medicine, and Ochsner Health System. Jake is author of 99 Lessons Learned From Disney To Improve The Patient Experience.

Abe Shasha

Software Sales Consultant

Abe has spent the majority of his career leading teams in the sales, deployment and value generation of software for processing industries, including Pulp and Paper, Chemicals, and Oil and Gas, as well as Smart Buildings and the Solar and Wind industries. He has been involved and closed several deals in private placements ranging from $12M to $65M in enterprise value including eight software firms, three service companies and two sensor/diagnostics companies. Some of Abe’s accomplishments include working with mCloud since its inception closing some benchmark transactions in the ‘smart building’ space. He also led Honeywell in the development and execution of a worldwide sales team for advanced software, growing the business from $50M to over $300M with offices worldwide and a global client base.

Colm Tracey

senior international executive

Colm is a senior international executive with a 30-year track record of achievement in Manufacturing, BPM, Telco and ICT sectors, with blue-chip international companies in Europe, the US, and Asia Pacific including EE, AOL, Vodafone, Fujikura and Molex. He was a founder of the Irish Business Process Management company, Eishtec, one of the fastest growing start-ups in Ireland. With an operational excellence focus and regional social diversity strategy, the company successfully exited through a trade sale to a global BPM player.

sophaganin ty wilson, md

cmo, naviti management

Sophie has experience in providing training at medical and nursing schools as well as onsite training and offsite workshops. She developed evidence-based treatment guidelines, standard operating procedures (SOP) and Rapid Advice on disease diagnostics, treatments and control. Sophie is an expert in clinical management of infectious diseases such as STI/HIV and Hepatitis, EGASP, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Maternal and Newborn Health, MISP, SGBV/VAWG, management of intimate partner violence and sexual abuse, and nutrition. Dr. Wilson has extensive experience working around the world with multiple donors such as NZAID, AUAID/DFAT, French Fund, ADB, USAID, KOICA and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria.

LYnn witherspoon, md

ochsner ret.

Lynn Witherspoon has over 30 years of experience in the departments of endocrinology, radiology, medicine, and nuclear medicine, having received his MD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His current position is Chief Medical Information Officer Emeritus at Ochsner Health System.

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