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docBeat® was conceived in 2010 when a Cardiologist, Dhiraj Narula MD met a Technology Executive, Sunny Tara at a social event and discussed the challenges of communication in health care. Dr. Narula was frustrated by the challenges of communicating with fellow healthcare professionals, which today still relies largely on answering services, faxes and pagers to connect clinicians to one another. Sunny was astounded that health care still leverages yesterday’s tools to communicate and collaborate among peers in today’s world where people want service and answers “real-time”.

“After having created solutions that transformed brands, I was compelled to think about this problem that affects me, my family and everyone I knew. Many people may think of this a communication problem but I think of this as quality of care problem. If my physician can’t get to the right doctor or a right nurse at the right time, me and my loved ones may not be around! This gave me a purpose, a purpose that I feel very passionate about leveraging disruptive technologies to transform how physicians collaborate and communicate to lead a better quality of care”. Sunny Tara Founder & CEO of docBeat®.

Leadership Team

Sunny-Tara

Sunny Tara

Founder, Chairman & CEO

Sunny Tara is Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer for docBeat since 2010. For more than 15 years, Tara has been driving business results and achieving measurable value from IT-enabled transformation. He has held leadership positions within Fortune 500 companies including direct responsibility in the major disciplines of Technology, Enterprise Strategy, Innovation, & Leadership. He was responsible for many award winning innovative solutions that have transformed brands.

Prior to docBeat® Tara was the former Chief Technology Officer at Cantor Gaming from 2008 to 2010. Cantor Gaming (an affiliate of Cantor Fitzgerald). In this role, he was responsible for directing the global technology functions, leading the efforts to innovate the mobile gaming and sports wagering platform. In 2009, Tara expanded his role by overseeing and managing Cantor’s mobile gaming operations, marketing, customer loyalty and business development. Tara led Cantor to be the first company to launch the mobile gaming solution approved by the Nevada Gaming Commission.

Prior to Cantor, Tara was Technology Executive with Harrah’s Entertainment for 7 years where he was responsible for executing large Enterprise initiative in the areas of Customer Loyalty (Total Rewards), Marketing Promotions, operational CRM, eCommerce, Personalization, Revenue Management and Profit optimization. These initiatives succeeded in enabling Harrah’s to become the largest casino entertainment company in the world.

Prior to Harrah’s, Tara was at AutoZone for 6 years where he held management positions in technology, product development and eCommerce. Tara is actively involved in vegasTech and entrepreneurial community in Las Vegas. He is the founding president for TiE Las Vegas (TiE, is the largest entrepreneurial organization in the world). He holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from University of Kentucky at Lexington and a Master’s degree (Summa Cum Laude) in Computer Science from the University of Memphis in Tennessee.

 

 

Spencer Kubo

Spencer H. Kubo, M.D.

Medical Director

Dr. Kubo has published more than 250 papers and abstracts, and is widely regarded as a leading researcher in heart failure.  He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, The Journal of Cardiac Failure, The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, Heart Failure and The Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine.  Dr. Kubo continues to maintain an appointment as Adjunct Professor of Medicine in the Cardiovascular Division at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Previously, Dr. Kubo was Senior Vice President and Global Medical Director for Acorn Cardiovascular which developed CorCap, a cardiac support device. Prior to that, Dr. Kubo was a member of the Cardiovascular Division of the University of Minnesota, where he was Professor of Medicine, Co-Director of Clinical Cardiology and Medical Director of the Heart Failure-Heart Transplantation Program, which achieved national recognition for excellence in patient care and research.

Dr. Kubo earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with highest distinction from Dartmouth College where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  He received his doctorate of medicine from Cornell University Medical College and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha.   He was awarded the Clarence Coryell Prize in Internal Medicine and the Weiss Prize for Excellence in Clinical Medicine.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

 

Michael-Leo

Michael Leo

Director of Technology

Michael Leo, Head of Technology, Oversees docBeat product development and technology. Mike has 14+ years of experience architecting and building scalable network-based applications for companies and clients such as Mattel, Nissan North America, Yahoo!, Disney, Sapient and Citadel Investment Group. Expertise in areas of content, commerce and building mobile solutions leveraging cutting edge technologies. Mike holds Computer Science and Electrical Engineering degrees from University of Pennsylvania.

Board of Directors

Sunny-Tara

Sunny Tara

Founder, Chairman & CEO

Sunny Tara is Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer for docBeat since 2010. For more than 15 years, Tara has been driving business results and achieving measurable value from IT-enabled transformation. He has held leadership positions within Fortune 500 companies including direct responsibility in the major disciplines of Technology, Enterprise Strategy, Innovation, & Leadership. He was responsible for many award winning innovative solutions that have transformed brands.

Prior to docBeat® Tara was the former Chief Technology Officer at Cantor Gaming from 2008 to 2010. Cantor Gaming (an affiliate of Cantor Fitzgerald). In this role, he was responsible for directing the global technology functions, leading the efforts to innovate the mobile gaming and sports wagering platform. In 2009, Tara expanded his role by overseeing and managing Cantor’s mobile gaming operations, marketing, customer loyalty and business development. Tara led Cantor to be the first company to launch the mobile gaming solution approved by the Nevada Gaming Commission.

Prior to Cantor, Tara was Technology Executive with Harrah’s Entertainment for 7 years where he was responsible for executing large Enterprise initiative in the areas of Customer Loyalty (Total Rewards), Marketing Promotions, operational CRM, eCommerce, Personalization, Revenue Management and Profit optimization. These initiatives succeeded in enabling Harrah’s to become the largest casino entertainment company in the world.

Prior to Harrah’s, Tara was at AutoZone for 6 years where he held management positions in technology, product development and eCommerce. Tara is actively involved in vegasTech and entrepreneurial community in Las Vegas. He is the founding president for TiE Las Vegas (TiE, is the largest entrepreneurial organization in the world). He holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from University of Kentucky at Lexington and a Master’s degree (Summa Cum Laude) in Computer Science from the University of Memphis in Tennessee.

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Sanjay Gupta

EVP, Marketing, Innovation and Corporate Relations Allstate Insurance

Sanjay Gupta is Executive Vice President, Marketing, Innovation and Corporate Relations at Allstate Insurance Company, and a member of Allstate’s senior leadership team.

Prior to joining Allstate in 2012, Gupta was the chief marketing officer at Ally Financial, where he led the global re-branding efforts and the rapid growth of the consumer deposit business. Prior to Ally, he was the senior vice president, Global Consumer and Small Business Marketing at Bank of America, where he spent seven years in a variety of marketing roles. Gupta has also held key marketing roles at SciQuest.com, Inc. and Federal Express.

Gupta earned his bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Mumbai, India and his MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Mandeep R. Mehra MBBS, FACC, FACP

Professor of Medicine Harvard Medical School, Executive Director Brigham & Women’s Hospital

Mandeep R. Mehra is an internationally recognized cardiologist in advanced heart failure and cardiac transplantation, joined BWH as the executive director of the Center for Advanced Heart Disease in January 2012. He is also Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He also serves as editor-in-chief of The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation and has authored or published more than 400 book chapters, manuscripts, editorials and abstracts focusing on all aspects of advanced heart failure and cardiac transplantation, treatment modalities, medical therapies and alternatives to transplantation. On November 13, 2012, Dr. Mehra was appointed to co-lead the new Brigham and Women’s Hospital Integrated Cardiovascular Services with Dr. John Byrne, the newly appointed Chief of Cardiac Surgery.

Prior to joining BWH, Mehra was the Dr. Herbert Berger Endowed Professor of Medicine and Head of Cardiology, as well as assistant dean for Clinical Services at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He is a past-president of the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) and served as the 2004 Program Chairman for the ISHLT Annual Scientific Meeting. He serves on the Executive Council of the Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) as its treasurer, is a member of the HFSA Education Committee, Development Committee and co-chaired the 2007 and 2008 HFSA Annual Scientific Programs. He serves as a core member of the American Board of Internal Medicine’s testing committee on Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology. The American Association of Cardiologists of Indian Origin honored Dr. Mehra with the 2006 Distinguished Physician Award; in 2007 he was given the NRI Gold Award by the Indian Ambassador to the United States. In May 2012, he was conferred and honorary Master of Arts degree from Harvard University.

Tim-Stanley

Tim Stanley

SVP – Strategy & Innovation, Salesforce.com

Tim Stanley is currently the SVP of Enterprise Strategy and Innovation and leads the Travel/Hospitality/Entertainment industry verticals at Salesforce.com. He is also actively involved in several public and private company board of directors and advisory roles, and as an angel and venture capital investor in a variety of innovative companies. Tim is also a Professor at the Merage School of Business at the University of California Irvine (UCI). Prior to joining Salesforce, Tim was the President of Tekexecs – an executive advisory service and consultancy, and CXO of Innovatects – a business innovation and technology incubator. Previously, Tim was the Chief Innovation Officer, CIO/CTO and the Senior Vice President of Innovation, Gaming & Technology for Caesars / Harrah’s Entertainment, responsible for many of the award winning innovations and initiatives that enabled the company to grow into the largest casino, hospitality and entertainment company in the world.

Before joining Harrah’s, Tim was a partner with consulting firms USWeb and marchFIRST, where he developed and led the Travel & Entertainment practice for the firms, working with several leading airline, hospitality, travel and gaming clients around the world. Prior to that role, he was the startup CIO for jetBlue Airways and National Airlines, where he launched the companies on innovative platforms of Internet / Cloud based IT applications, infrastructure and operations. He has also held various leadership positions in the U.S. and overseas in the areas of marketing, operations, IT, R&D and consulting with Intel Corporation, Optima/KPMG, and Kimberly-Clark Corporation. Tim began his career as a U.S. Air Force officer, responsible for the first Global Positioning System (GPS) integration efforts in the US and abroad, and as a program manager for the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) ‘Star Wars’ programs.

Tim was named Information Week’s “Chief of the Year” for his unique Innovation, Business and IT roles and achievements. He has also been recognized as one of InfoWorld’s “Top 25 CTOs,” Interactive Week’s “Top 25 Unsung Heroes of the Internet”, received CIO’s “100 Innovators Award” and CIO Insight’s “Partners in Alignment” award for his successful linkage of business strategy and technology. Tim has also led Harrah’s to achieve the “CIO 100” award; Computerworld’s “Best Places to Work in IT” for nine consecutive years; and the American Business Awards “Best MIS & IT Organization”. He holds an MBA in International Business and Technology Management from Thunderbird GSM and Arizona State University, and a BS degree in Engineering from the University of Washington.

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Dhiraj Narula MD, FACC

Founder of docBeat®, Cardiac Electrophysiologist with Healthcare Partners

Dr Narula is the co-founder of docBeat® and member of the board since 2010. Dhiraj is A Columbia University trained Electrophysiologist, he has multiple publications and awards, and helped develop a start-up ECG core laboratory into a multi-million dollar venture, now in the top three world-wide.

Dr. Narula is Cardiac Electrophysiologist with Health Care Partners of Nevada. He is currently Medical Director at Quintiles ECG Research Lab and Cardiac Rhythm Management Chair at Mountain View(HCA) hospital.

Alan-Sklar

Alan Sklar

Principal of Sklar Williams PLLC

Alan C. Sklar is a principal in Sklar Williams PLLC, which he founded in 1995. Mr. Sklar has practiced corporate, securities, real estate, commercial, and healthcare law for approximately 30 years. He has represented clients in numerous highly-publicized matters, including hostile corporate takeovers, developments and acquisitions of “landmark” real properties, recapitalizations through the securities markets of major hotel-casinos, numerous public offerings and private placements, venture capital and development-stage corporate fundings, large secured and unsecured debt financings, and multinational joint ventures. While he has worked for large prominent clients, such as AIG, Bank of America, the Beverly Hills Hotel, E.F. Hutton, International Lease Finance, Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy, Mirage Resorts, Morgan Stanley, Sprint, and Warner Bros., he has also represented many start-ups and development stage companies in capital formation and other corporate and commercial matters.

Mr. Sklar was selected as Nevada’s leading business lawyer by the Nevada Business Journal and has been recognized by numerous other publications, including Best Lawyers, Chambers USA, Martindale-Hubbell, the Nevada Business Press, and Super Lawyers. He has published articles on a wide range of corporate, securities, and commercial law subjects for the Practicing Law Institute and other publications. He is a past or present member of: the Board of Directors of numerous private for-profit corporations

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Arts & Science (Summa Cum Laude) and School of Law, Mr. Sklar is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa and various other honorary societies. He is admitted to the state bars of Nevada and California.