Meet Our Team.
Meet Our Team.
Karthik Ganesh is the CEO at EmpiRx Health, a category creator and the industry’s only value-based PBM, with a clinically-focused and tech-enabled approach to bending the Rx cost curve. Karthik has built EmpiRx Health into an Inc. 5000 company and certified Great Place To Work, while transforming it into a high-growth and high-innovation engine.
Karthik is a senior healthcare executive with a solid track record of comprehensively growing, transforming, and maximizing value at tech-enabled health service companies while driving dramatic before-and-after results across all facets of the organization – growth and retention, financials, business operations, technology, and culture.
Prior to EmpiRx Health, Karthik was the founding operations leader of CareAllies, a Cigna subsidiary focused on value-based care enablement. As EVP and COO of QualCare, Karthik transformed a large provider-sponsored third-party administrator into a tech-enabled health services powerhouse, that specialized in powering and operating health plans, value-based shared savings models, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), and joint payer-provider strategies. Karthik’s background includes leadership roles at Aetna and Express Scripts, and senior management consulting roles at Deloitte and EY. He is recognized as a thought leader on healthcare, leadership, and resilience. Karthik is a published author and has been featured in leading industry journals.
Polina Kogan is the Chief Pharmacy Officer at EmpiRx Health, driving clinical strategy-through-execution at the industry’s only value-based PBM, with a clinically-focused and tech-enabled approach to bending the Rx cost curve. In her role, Polina is revolutionizing PBM-based care management by directing the industry’s only Rx-driven population health model, that includes AI-based risk profiling and predictive modeling, deep physician engagement, and white-glove complex case management.
Polina has an outstanding track record of transforming clinical operations and building clinical strategies from the ground-up. Her 25-year career spans across PBM, health plan, hospital, and retail pharmacy. Prior to EmpiRx Health, Polina built and led the pharmacy unit at VNSNY, a leading provider of managed services for Medicare and Medicaid plans. Polina has held leadership roles at major New York teaching hospitals and is an active member of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) serving multiple terms on AMCP Committees within her 15-year tenure.
She holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Long Island University.
Cathy Ioannidis is the Chief Customer Officer at EmpiRx Health with responsibility for orchestrating a white-glove service experience across members, clients, and benefit advisors, at the industry’s only value-based PBM, with a clinically-focused and tech-enabled approach to bending the Rx cost curve.
At EmpiRx Health, Cathy has comprehensively enhanced every facet of what it means to deliver a data-enabled, high-touch, and concierge service experience, while also ensuring a flawless transition of care and service. On her watch, EmpiRx Health has recorded stellar results across retention, customer satisfaction, and client installation quality, while also building a culture of service innovation and high-performance.
Cathy is a senior healthcare executive with 20+ years of experience across PBM ecosystems with a proven track record of building, transforming, and delivering differentiated client engagement strategies. She has led teams that have serviced both integrated (carved-in) and standalone (carved-out) plan sponsors giving her a unique perspective in an industry that continues to be conflicted by the virtues of one versus the other. Prior to EmpiRx Health, Cathy held client-facing leadership roles at Cigna and Express Scripts (formerly Medco Health Solutions). She has a bachelor’s in psychology from Muhlenberg College.
Vivek Dabke is the Chief Information Officer at EmpiRx Health, responsible for technology strategy-through-execution and digital innovation, at the industry’s only value-based PBM, with a clinically-focused and tech-enabled approach to bending the Rx cost curve.
Vivek is a senior IT leader with extensive experience in managing technology organizations and large-scale digital transformations across Fortune 500 and mid-sized organizations, while significantly improving the customer experience across external and internal stakeholders. Vivek’s background includes senior technology leadership roles at Cigna, QualCare (a Cigna Co.), and Pfizer. Vivek has also successfully built and led a boutique IT consulting firm specializing in Big Data analytics, technology delivery, digital transformation, and cloud migrations, that provided solutions and services across a broad spectrum of industries.
Lisa Mast is the Senior Vice President of Go-To-Market Operations and leads the delivery of EmpiRx Health’s market-readiness strategies including solution development, brand awareness and all growth-related operations. With a deep understanding of healthcare ecosystems, Lisa propels EmpiRx Health’s overall business success by connecting the market-facing dots from strategy through execution, in keeping with EmpiRx Health’s mission as an innovative healthcare company.
Prior to EmpiRx Health, Lisa held extensive leadership roles at CareCentrix, Conversio Health, Anthem, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Her business operations acumen across clinical product management, business development, and operational execution yielded significant and sustainable outcomes across these organizations. Lisa holds a BS from Johnson & Wales University and an MBA from the University of Delaware.
Brylee Tashman is Chief People Officer at EmpiRx Health, where she leads the company’s efforts to attract, develop, and retain the best talent, in addition to being responsible for employee engagement, compensation and benefits, and facilities. Brylee’s overarching goal is to create an environment and culture that promotes diversity, inclusion, innovation, and support.
Brylee is an accomplished HR leader, with a proven track record of recruiting top talent, streamlining HR processes, and driving the creation of an engaged workforce, with the analytics discipline to ensure any people-oriented transformation can be measured. While Brylee’s experience in HR stems from having worked with successful small- and mid-sized organizations across multiple industries, she has a broad background that includes marketing, advertising and communications. Brylee holds a Bachelor of Communications and is PHR certified.
Hope Gong is the Vice President of Strategic Operations at EmpiRx Health, responsible for enterprise risk management, analytics, and operating governance, at the industry’s only value-based PBM, with a clinically-focused and tech-enabled approach to bending the Rx cost curve. Hope also operates in a Chief of Staff capacity, supporting the CEO with overall organizational effectiveness and strategic initiatives.
Hope has over 10 years of experience in the healthcare industry, serving in product management, sales, client management, and operational roles at high-growth companies. Hope’s functional breadth in addition to her deep understanding of the pharmacy benefits ecosystem allow her to seamlessly connect the dots between organizational strategy and execution. She has a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Barnard College, Columbia University.
Sheit Dhaon is the Chief Financial Officer at EmpiRx Heath, responsible for all aspects of financial strategy-through-execution, at the industry’s only value-based PBM, with a clinically-focused and tech-enabled approach to bending the Rx cost curve. Sheit is also responsible for partnering with the senior management team to set the company’s strategic direction and priorities.
Sheit is a strategic healthcare finance leader with extensive experience as CFO for $100M to $1B businesses owned by both private equity and divisions of large corporations. His track record includes transforming businesses for long-term growth and sustained profitability across healthcare services and high-growth health-tech companies. His key prior roles include CFO of Aetna’s Consumer Health Products division, SVP and CFO at Change Healthcare for their Technology Enabled Services division, CFO for the Commercial division at Truven Health Analytics (acquired by Veritas Capital and divested to IBM Watson), and VP of Finance at Emblem Health. Sheit has an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA in Finance.
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