Advantmed

A passion for improving healthcare for all.

Our leadership team. Your dedicated partners.

There’s no substitute for experience. At Advantmed, our leadership team bring a unique perspective developed in the trenches of healthcare, working alongside health plans and providers to solve complex challenges and improve outcomes. Our expertise is diverse, but our passion is unified: to help our clients improve their clinical and financial performance so that they can help people enjoy healthier lives.
Akash Patel
Chief Executive Officer

Akash Patel is the co-founder and CEO of Advantmed. In 2005, Akash and Jignesh Patel founded the company with a vision of helping Managed Care Organizations optimize risk adjustment scores and quality improvement. Prior to launching Advantmed, Akash served as Chief Financial Officer for medical record retrieval, consumer electronics, and business process outsourcing organizations. In addition to his work at Advantmed, Akash serves on the board for Aluratek, a digital technology company.

Akash holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from California Polytechnic State University of Pomona and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of California. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, sports, and spending time with his wife, two children, and his extended family.

Toby Thomas
CFO and Head of Value-Based Care

Toby brings more than 20 years of experience in healthcare and technology environments, developing and implementing strategy, shaping business models, structuring and negotiating business relationships, raising capital, and optimizing organizations in high-growth environments. Prior to Advantmed, he spent six years at ConcertoHealth as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President and has held executive leadership positions at several other healthcare organizations, including Advanced ICU Care, Autism Spectrum Therapies, and Cogent Healthcare.

Toby graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of California, Los Angeles and received his BA in business economics.

Erin Montgomery
Chief Operating Officer

Erin oversees operations across all our solutions. With more than 25 years of healthcare experience, she is focused on delivering top quality solutions and superior services that exceed client expectations. Erin works cross-functionally to ensure that we continually innovate, enhance, and scale effectively to drive results. Prior to Advantmed, she served as chief operating officer at Pulse8 where she was responsible for interventions, coding, and submission operations and products. Erin also has extensive clinical, customer engagement, risk adjustment, and vendor management experience and has held roles at Health Risk Partners (now Cotiviti), Physicians United Plan, and Health First.

Erin received her BS in Administration from Barry University and is both a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and Certified Medical Coder (CPC).

Jignesh Patel, PharmD
President, Advantmed India

Dr. Patel is a co-founder of Advantmed. He brings more than 15 years of healthcare industry experience and has spent more than 10 years building, managing, and leading operations. As President of Advantmed India, Jig oversees our India operations with a focus on continually improving and scaling our business to better serve our clients, create efficiencies, and drive results. Prior to founding Advantmed, Jig worked in operations for CVS.

Jig holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of the Pacific.

Nazeer Khan, MD
Chief Medical Officer

As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Khan provides clinical expertise to inform and support our solutions, our operations, and our growth initiatives. A licensed internal medicine physician with 20 years of clinical and healthcare administration experience, Dr. Khan has held a number of executive roles within a variety of healthcare organizations, including primary care centers, a diagnostic center, independent physician associations (IPAs), management service organizations (MSOs), third party administrators (TPAs), retail and wholesale pharmacy, telehealth, a clinical trials company, Medicare Advantage Part-D (MAPD) HMOs, as well as, a global FDA registered health and wellness company. He also has worked closely with CMS and NCQA.

He received an undergraduate degree from Knox College and completed his MD at Rush Medical College. Dr. Khan currently holds medical licenses in multiple states.

Marta Murillo
Senior Vice President, Finance

A seasoned finance professional, Marta is responsible for financial planning and analysis, accounting, and finance operations. Marta brings a wealth of financial experience in both health plan and provider-based population health environments. Most recently, she worked at ConcertoHealth as vice president of finance where she oversaw planning, pricing, and medical economics. Prior to Concerto, Marta was vice president of financial planning and analysis at SCAN Health Plan and held financial roles at HealthNow New York (BCBS WNY and BS of NENY) and United Healthcare.

Marta received her BA from Yale University and her MBA in accounting from the University of Puerto Rico School of Business.

Linda Stelmach
SVP of Client Engagement

Linda is responsible for developing and executing the strategic direction for the Client Engagement team and ensuring overall client satisfaction. Linda leads the team at Advantmed in partnering with our clients to optimize the value they achieve from the Advantmed suite of solutions and to provide front line support for each client’s business needs. Linda brings to Advantmed over 30 years of experience in healthcare spending most of her career working in client facing leadership roles at various healthcare information and technology companies including McKesson, now Change Healthcare and Ingenix, now Optum.

Ben Kline
SVP, Strategy And Partnerships

Ben leads solution design and partnership development for Advantmed’s value-based care and network enablement programs. Ben brings 15 years of overall industry experience in consulting, corporate strategy, and operations. Prior to joining Advantmed, Ben was a Market Vice President at Lumeris, partnering with numerous health systems, clinically integrated networks, and health plans in the design, build, and operationalization of their value-based care infrastructure. Ben’s healthcare experience also includes tenures at Intalere (now Vizient), Piper Jaffray, Navigant Consulting (Guidehouse), and Sg2 (Vizient).

Ben received a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Strategy from Washington University in St. Louis. In Ben’s spare time, he enjoys camping, hiking, personal finance, spending time with family, and all things sports.

Linda Griffith, CPC
Vice President, Medical Record Review And Retrieval Operations

Linda joined Advantmed in 2012. She brings extensive healthcare industry experience with a focus on risk adjustment. In her current role, Linda oversees Advantmed’s medical record retrieval and review operations, including production and quality for Medicare Advantage and commercial risk adjustment, HEDIS®, HEDIS supplemental, physician review, and ACO. Additionally, she conducts our annual client HEDIS training. She also collaborates with clients to address special requests.

A certified coder, Linda held several roles in provider settings prior to Advantmed, which involved medical transcription, billing, chart review, patient satisfaction, office processes, and EMR implementation. She also ran a medical billing company and led an auditor team for risk adjustment and E/M coding.

Amit Patel, CISSP, PMP
Vice President, Technology And Security

Amit joined Advantmed in 2015. He currently oversees Advantmed’s software development, information technology, and compliance functions. In this role, he focuses on enhancing and developing innovative, robust, and secure information technology to serve our clients and their emerging needs. Prior to Advantmed, Amit spent 12 years in the healthcare and entertainment industries leading technology and security efforts.

Fonda Sullivan
Vice President, Prospective Health Assessments

Fonda brings extensive operations experience, leading successful member engagement programs. In her current role, she oversees Advantmed’s Health Assessment operations, which includes program design, implementation, training, credentialing, member engagement, provider network management, and quality assurance. Fonda works closely with cross-functional teams to enhance Advantmed’s Health Assessment solution, achieve client goals, deliver results, and optimize the member experience.

Prior to Advantmed, she was the senior director of operations at EMSI, where she led the team responsible for member contact, engagement, and scheduling. Over the past 20 years, she has managed call centers, developed training materials and quality assurance protocols, increased engagement rates, and built high performing teams for various companies, including Bank of America and Wells Fargo.

Eric Hedrick
Vice President Of Analytics

Eric oversees data analytics and reporting across all Advantmed solutions. He brings over 10 years of experience in healthcare that includes actuarial work, provider engagement, and risk adjustment leadership. Through his extensive experience at both health plans and vendors, Eric understands the value of providing data that is actionable, nuanced, and trustworthy. He is focused on building these qualities into all solutions at Advantmed. His experience includes roles at Priority Health and Cigna health plans as well as Pulse8 where he directed the provider-facing solutions and played key roles across all analytics.

Melissa Palardy
Sr. Director, Marketing & Sales Development

With 10+ years of marketing and sales development experience, Melissa is responsible for demand gen, sales enablement, and sales operations. Melissa brings extensive experience leading teams at organizations committed to improving quality of care. Most recently, she designed and led the marketing and sales development functions at PatientPing (recently acquired by Appriss Health). Prior to that, she led content marketing at Best Doctors.

Melissa received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing from Simmons College and her Master of Science degree in Management from the Simmons School of Business. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, going to barre classes, and taking on new home improvement projects with her husband.

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