Drawing on strong entrepreneurial, medical, technical and leadership backgrounds, Modernizing Medicine’s executive team members are innovators in their fields working together to “modernize medicine” and improve outcomes in healthcare.
CEO and co-founder
Daniel is CEO and co-founder of Modernizing Medicine. In 2015 Daniel was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year® and honored by Florida Governor Rick Scott with the Business Ambassador Award. In 2014 the Sun Sentinel announced that Daniel earned the title of Excalibur Awards Palm Beach Small Business Leader of the Year for 2013. Most recently he was named to the inaugural ‘South Florida Ultimate CEO’ list by the South Florida Business Journal in 2016.
Since founding the company in 2010, Daniel has led his team to raise over $318 million in funding and to employ over 550 employees.
Daniel has led the company through two acquisitions. In 2015, the company acquired gMed, Inc. to offer a full suite of gastroenterology-specific products and services, and in 2014 acquired Aesyntix Health, Inc., enabling Modernizing Medicine to provide revenue cycle management and inventory management to its customers.
Frequently invited to speak at various forums around the State of Florida and across the country, Daniel had the honor to present with co-founder Michael Sherling at IBM Impact 2014 during the keynote “IBM Watson and the Art of Possible – Combining Cognitive Systems with Mobile.” He was the keynote speaker at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Technology Leaders of the Year awards and participated in the first TEDxDelrayBeach event “The Human Experience” in 2013. At the United Nations (U.N.) headquarters in New York, he served as a panelist at the Economic and Social Council Civil Society Forum: “Building Partnerships in the Field of Education through Science, Technology and Innovation.” Daniel has also spoken on South Florida Technology Alliance CEO panels and at other local technology and business events.
An entrepreneur, Daniel has a BS in Applied Economics from Cornell University, where, as an undergraduate, he co-founded Blackboard Inc., raised over $100 million in venture capital and in 2004 helped take the company public on the NASDAQ (BBBB). In 2011, Blackboard was sold for $1.6 billion.
Active in the local community, Daniel serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Board at the South Florida Science Center and is on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Palm Beach County. Additionally, Governor Rick Scott appointed Daniel to the Florida Atlantic University Board of Trustees for a term beginning August 2013 and ending January 2018; in 2015 he was elected as vice chair. He is an active mentor to entrepreneurs, and a member of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, the Boca Chamber of Commerce and several local advisory boards.
Michael Sherling, MD, MBA
Chief Medical and Strategy Officer
Dr. Michael Sherling is the Chief Medical and Strategy Officer and Co-founder of Modernizing Medicine. In 2014, Michael, along with his co-founder, Dan Cane, received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership in Healthcare Award.
Michael is responsible for the development and growth of Modernizing Medicine’s dermatology, gastroenterology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, plastic surgery, otolaryngology, urology and rheumatology verticals. He oversees product management in electronic medical records, practice management, analytics, telemedicine and pathology. With Dan Cane, he has developed novel software solutions in ICD-10 and PQRS automation. Additionally, he is developing new products in real world effectiveness research, including disease-based registries, and retrospective and prospective studies.
Under his leadership, Modernizing Medicine has established a user base of over 10,000 providers and raised over $318 million in capital.
Michael is a dynamic speaker and has had the honor of speaking at the 2015 Health 2.0 Conference’s “Tools to Fix the Clinical User Experience” and the 2016 Dermatology Entrepreneurship Conference.
Michael has been a practicing dermatologist since 2006. He is currently practicing in a comprehensive skin care dermatology group in Palm Beach County, Florida. Michael is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology. Prior to relocating to Florida, he was the Associate Director of Laser Medicine and Skin Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and served as the Associate Residency Program Director for Harvard Medical School’s Department of Dermatology. He has several publications in peer reviewed medical literature.
Michael obtained his BS in Biology at Brown University with honors in 1996, his MD from Yale School of Medicine with honors in 2002, and his MBA from Yale School of Management in 2002. He received his clinical training at Harvard Medical School, where he served as chief resident in dermatology.
Chief Financial and Operating Officer
Karen serves as Chief Financial and Operating Officer. She oversees all financial, human resources and operations for Modernizing Medicine, and focuses on corporate strategy and planning. Karen brings more than twenty years of financial, accounting and operational experience to Modernizing Medicine. She has broad financial experience in technology-based organizations including enterprise software, B2C technology, systems integration, web hosting and managed services. She is strategically minded with a proven record of driving profit improvement, leading business growth, establishing and scaling operations and building operationally-focused teams.
Prior to Modernizing Medicine, Karen served as the Chief Financial Officer for Campus Management Corp, a software development company that provides post-secondary education institutions with administrative and academic solutions. Karen also served as Senior Director of Business Planning and Finance for Verio, Inc., an NTT America company that provides global web hosting and managed services. Karen began her career in public accounting with nine years of advisory and attestation management experience serving both public and privately-held companies across a wide range of industries.
Karen is a certified public accountant and a certified global management accountant. She holds an MBA with honors and a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, both from the University of Florida.
Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Mark serves as Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel. Mark has over fifteen years of experience of providing legal representation to technology companies. Prior to joining Modernizing Medicine, Mark was a partner with K&L Gates LLP, an international law firm. Prior to K&L Gates, Mark served as Of Counsel with the firm Broad and Cassel and as an associate in the Silicon Valley offices of Latham & Watkins LLP and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C. Mark also previously served as Director, Legal—North America for Avanex Corporation, which was a Silicon Valley based provider of photonic processing solutions. Mark received an A.B. degree from Duke University and a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School.
Rick Von Pusch
Chief Revenue Officer
Rick Von Pusch is the Chief Revenue Officer and is responsible for all sales, marketing and business development activities. Rick brings extensive experience from his over 20 year career with four business to business software technology companies all focused on helping customers increase revenue and operational efficiencies.
Rick has a record of success growing software and services companies by implementing creative yet scalable sales and marketing strategies, maintaining an intense focus on customer success and a ensuring a strong operational focus when building successful sales and marketing teams.
Prior to joining the Modernizing Medicine team, Rick was Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Operations at Dealertrack, a leading SaaS provider for the Automotive and Automotive Lending industries. As a member of the leadership team, Rick held various positions including responsibilities for sales, marketing, service and operations.
During his tenure he also lead three different business units including Dealertrack Canada. Preceding Dealertrack, Rick was Vice President of Sales and Marketing for 5square.com, a venture-backed CRM company, and Vice President of US Retail Sales for Reynolds and Reynolds, a leading software solution provider in the retail automotive industry.
Rick started his career in sales with NCR Corporation. He holds a BA in Management Information Systems from the University of South Florida.
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