Meet Our Team

 

THE FOUNDERS

Ron Vianu – Co-Founder and CEO

Ron is a serial entrepreneur and problem-solver by nature. He's spent the last 20+ years founding ventures in the healthcare, technology, and insurance spaces. Ron studied Chemistry and Philosophy at NYU.

Prior to Covera Health, Ron founded Spreemo in 2010. Under his leadership, Spreemo became the fastest growing referral management platform in the occupational medicine space, growing from six employees to a team of over 200 across offices in NYC and Dallas, and earning the company Deloitte's Fast 500 award two years in a row for the fastest growing technology businesses. Spreemo, which received venture funding from a multi-billion dollar institutional investor, successfully exited to a strategic acquirer in 2017.

In his spare time (and he has little), Ron enjoys biking down the East River and running up the West Side Highway, but rarely at the same time.

Raz Winiarsky, M.D. – Co-Founder and Medical Director

Raz is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Medical Director at Brooklyn Premier Orthopedics, and Director of Joint Reconstruction at Hudson Regional Hospital. Raz received his M.D. degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, underwent his orthopedic surgical training at University of Pennsylvania, and completed his fellowship in Joint Reconstruction at Hospital for Special Surgery, rated by U.S. News as the #1 Orthopedic Hospital in the U.S.

In addition to running one of the largest orthopedic groups in NYC, Raz is also a part-time chauffeur for his three children, transporting them to and from events all around the city.

 

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Daniel Elgort, Ph.D. – Chief Data Science Officer

Dan is responsible for Covera Health’s clinical analytics and data science infrastructure. Prior to joining the company, Dan served as the Director and Global Lead of Healthcare Big Data Analytics Research at Philips. He is the primary author of 50+ peer-reviewed journal articles and conference abstracts, and holds 40+ pending or granted patents. Dan studied at Johns Hopkins and Case Western Reserve University, and earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering.

Thanks to the help of his two year-old son, Dan can also identify 50+ Thomas The Train and Friends engines by sight.

Richard Herzog, M.D., FACR – Chief Medical Officer

In addition to serving as Chief Medical Officer of Covera Health, Dr. Herzog serves as Director of Spinal Imaging at Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC, rated by U.S. News as the #1 Orthopedic Hospital in the U.S. He is the co-author of 63 peer-reviewed journal articles and has contributed to 22 spine and musculoskeletal texts. Dr. Herzog is also Professor of Radiology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

While living in California, he collaborated with world-renowned photographer Ansel Adams, who “gently” recommended him to return to the medical profession.

Frank Jennings – Chief Commercial Officer

Frank brings 20+ years of experience in business development and sales centered around employee benefits. He helps devise go-to-market strategy and is passionate about scaling digital health and technology companies that are committed to delivering better healthcare outcomes. Prior to joining Covera Health, Frank led teams at SuccessFactors, Castlight Health, and most recently, Doctor On Demand. He holds his degree from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.

Frank married his best friend from high school, having four children and three dogs together to keep life interesting, exciting, and fun!

Daniel Mayer – Chief Financial Officer

In addition to finance, Danny spends his time on a variety of business functions at the company, including business development and strategic partnerships. He previously worked in investment banking and private equity, focusing on the healthcare industry during both roles. Danny earned his honors degree in Economics from Harvard.

Danny loves exploring the world in unique ways, including sandboarding in Chile… and skydiving in New Jersey!

John Peloquin – Chief Software Architect

John leads the company's engineering and technology efforts. He was previously the lead software architect of Covera Health's predecessor company, Spreemo, as well as its first employee. John studied math at UC Berkeley.

In his spare time, John enjoys creating screen-accurate reproductions of costumes from films of his youth.

Matanyah Seguev – Chief People Officer

Matanyah is responsible for all things people and culture at Covera Health. Her mission - and passion - revolves around cultivating a “people-first” atmosphere in the workplace to ensure all employees are empowered, engaged, and enriched. She previously held a number of positions at various healthcare and technology startups.

Matanyah grew up and attended school in Israel… but has fallen in love with NYC ever since arriving!

Akhil Shah – Chief Solutions Officer

Akhil oversees the design and launch of Covera's quality-focused programs, client operations, and other key strategic initiatives of Covera Health. He was previously a consultant and practice lead at Optimity Advisors, where he focused on payer and provider value-based care initiatives. He received his undergraduate degree and Masters in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan.

Akhil is an unapologetic Michigan Wolverines and long-suffering New York Mets fan.

Allon Yosha – Chief Product Officer

Allon leads the company’s quality-focused product and provider partnerships efforts. He previously co-founded and successfully exited an earlier startup, prior to joining Covera Health. Allon holds an Economics degree from McGill University.

Allon's passion doesn't stop with healthcare. He's the proud founder of Schnitz, a once Brooklyn Smorgasburg favorite, and a veritable guide for navigating restaurant menus across NYC.

Benjamin Odry, Ph.D. –

Vice President of Artificial Intelligence

Ben is responsible for defining and executing Covera Health's AI strategy as it relates to scaling its Radiology Quality Assessment Framework. Prior to Covera Health, he served as a Senior Key Expert in AI for Neuro-Imaging at Siemens Healthineers, with a focus on neuro-degenerative diseases, morphometry, and abnormality detection from both MR and CT. Ben has contributed to 40+ papers and abstracts in peer-reviewed journal articles, 45+ patents, and book chapters, and frequently travels to deliver Deep Learning lectures at conferences, healthcare provider sites, and universities. Ben holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Technology in Compiègne, France, in partnership with NYU Courant Institute of Applied Mathematics and NYU Medical Center.

His three daughters are his first fans whenever he gets to play with his Jazz band in the city.

Danielle Sykora – Vice President of Provider Partnerships Operations

Danielle oversees operational activities relative to engaging and supporting our provider partners. Prior to joining Covera Health, Danielle spent 10 years in healthcare strategy and operational transformation consulting. Danielle is a proud tar heel and holds a degree in Business Administration from The University of North Carolina.

Danielle is an avid runner and has completed 5 marathons and 8 half marathons - she loved them all, but nothing beats the spectators in NYC!

 

CLINICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE