Experts and innovators in clinical services, healthcare systems management, quality of care, and healthcare IT.
John D. Golenski, EdD
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. John Golenski cofounded Kairoi Health in 2014 and has guided its growth and evolution from a services group to a company creating products that target the most urgent issues in healthcare. His depth of experience spans clinical services management, health policy, physician leader training, and primary care redesign. Over his long career of industry leadership, he has worked in 49 of the 50 United States, in widely varied regional medical cultures and both inpatient and outpatient settings, on key issues from benefits design to personnel management, and from patient bedsides to forums of national and international health policy.
A native of New Bedford, Massachusetts, Dr. Golenski earned his doctorate in human development at Harvard University. Early in his career he was executive director of the Shanti Project, and chaplain and director of psychological services for the PICU and NICU at Children’s Hospital, Oakland. In 1982, he founded PediatriCare, one of the nation’s first pediatric home care hospices. The Bioethics Consultation Group, which he founded in 1985, trained the institutional ethics committees of 300-plus hospitals, health systems and health plans, and worked with large corporations to design health benefits.
In 1986, he founded Health Priorities Group, a multidisciplinary healthcare and health policy consulting group. HPG advised community hospitals, university medical centers, hospital systems, armed services hospitals, medical groups, health plans and insurers, large employers, and every level of government in the United States, as well as foreign insurers and governments, in the areas of healthcare delivery and health policy. Dr. Golenski helped design and facilitate the pilot project for the Oregon Health Plan, the Blue Shield of California Foundation’s proposal for universal access, and the Ryan White Care Act prioritization process for San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties. HPG also worked with the California Institute for Nursing and Healthcare and for Kaiser Permanente, where they created a still-ongoing Situation Management program in all twelve Kaiser regions and the national program office.
From 1999–2001, Dr. Golenski was founding executive director of RxHealthValue in Washington, DC, a national coalition of major stakeholders formed to improve Americans’ access to prescription drugs. For more than a decade, he served as Ethicist on the CVSCaremark and RxSolutions national Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committees. From 2004 to 2009, he returned to pediatric care as executive director of the George Mark Children’s House in San Leandro, California, the nation’s first residential pediatric end-of-life facility. At the time of Kairoi’s inception, he was engaged in a long-term project with California Pacific Medical Center, advising on internal management and community relations. A former member of the Jesuits for 25 years, he was received as a priest of the Episcopal Church in 2003.
Joseph E. Addiego, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Through his extensive clinical experience and various academic and business roles, Dr. Joe Addiego has forged an exceptional and diverse skill set. His clinical career includes 20 years of practice as a board-certified pediatric hematologist and oncologist. In subsequent roles, he was responsible for developing and implementing guidelines and clinical programs to assist practicing physicians in the prescribing of medicines , improving patient safety, and managing pharmacy costs. Prior to joining Kairoi, he served as Chief Medical Officer for Caremark Rx, Prescription Solutions; when the latter was acquired by UnitedHealthcare it became OptumRx, where Dr. Addiego also was CMO.
With Prescription Solutions, he spearheaded the company’s efforts to provide clients with a quality, cost-effective formulary and results-driven clinical programs. He also led other key strategies, including advancement of quality initiatives, clinical analytics and clinical sales support. As executive consultant for Medicare reform at-risk programs at PacifiCare Health Systems, he led company-wide efforts aimed at evaluating the impact of emerging healthcare legislation, and helped to establish guidelines for Part D drug plan support for seniors.
During his academic and clinical career, Dr. Addiego served as medical director of the Hematology/Oncology department and Associate Medical Director at Children’s Hospital and Research Center in Oakland, California. He has also devoted time to teaching medical students, interns, residents and specialty fellows; conducting clinical and basic science research; and publishing articles in prominent national and international medical journals. He has testified before Congress on healthcare issues and served on multiple advisory panels, executive committees, foundations and task forces.
Dr. Addiego earned his medical degree at the University of California School of Medicine in San Francisco, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha national honor medical society. He currently serves as Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at his alma mater.
Chief Operating Officer
Dave Flanagan joins Kairoi after a long entrepreneurial career, which began when, as an undergraduate, he created a business model for the Boston College newspaper that made it independent of the school. During high school and college he worked as a freelance photographer. For much of his career, he served in various roles within one company, which grew from a typesetting operation to a major supplier of print and electronic production and marketing services nationwide. Holding the responsibilities of president, he was active in developing new products and reorganizing production to take full advantage of new technology. He participated in developing the next generations of hardware and software products for companies marketing to the graphic arts industry, and consulted with publishers and graphic arts companies on three continents. Over the past 30 years, he has lent his operational skills to the boards of several Boston-area independent schools.
Russell D. Lee, PhD
Russ Lee’s special expertise is in applying transportation logistics to improve workflow in clinical settings. This was the core insight that led to the development of KairoiSuite. He has been program development manager at the University of California Berkeley School of Public Health, Director of Health Systems Innovation at Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center, and senior business analyst at Dignity Health, along with a decade of experience in managing outpatient clinics. Previously he was a high-level planner for an international transportation company. Dr. Lee holds a PhD in Sociology from Harvard University.
Alide Chase, MS
Alide Chase served as Senior Vice President of Quality and Service for the national Kaiser Permanente program. During her nearly 20-year career at Kaiser, she held various operations positions and directed key clinical initiatives designed to support the organization’s goal to transform healthcare, including its groundbreaking Care Management Institute. Chase is also an internationally recognized consultant and speaker, frequently addressing international audiences on health care dynamics and global trends. As a Senior Fellow with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, she works in the areas of population health and community well-being. Her consulting focuses on optimizing health system performance.
John E. McDonough, DrPH, MPA
John E. McDonough is Professor of the Practice of Public Health in the Department of Health Policy & Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Director of the school’s Center for Executive and Continuing Professional Education. In 2010, he was the Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellow in Public Health at Hunter College in New York City. Between 2008 and 2010, he served as a Senior Advisor on National Health Reform to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions where he worked on the development and passage of the Affordable Care Act.
Between 2003 and 2008, he served as Executive Director of Health Care for All, Massachusetts’ leading consumer health advocacy organization, where he played a key role in passage and implementation of the 2006 Massachusetts health reform law. Between 1998 and 2003, he was an Associate Professor at the Heller School at Brandeis University and a Senior Associate at the Schneider Institute for Health Policy. From 1985 to 1997, he served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives where he co-chaired the Joint Committee on Health Care.
His articles have appeared in Health Affairs, the New England Journal of Medicine and other journals. He has written three books, Inside National Health Reform, published in September 2011 by the University of California Press and the Milbank Fund, Experiencing Politics: A Legislator’s Stories of Government and Health Care by the University of California Press and the Milbank Fund in 2000, and Interests, Ideas, and Deregulation: The Fate of Hospital Rate Setting by the University of Michigan Press in 1998.
Born in Waltham, Massachusetts, John received a doctorate in public health in 1996 from the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan and a master’s in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard in 1990.
Mindy Mount, MBA
Mindy Mount brings to Kairoi her expertise in strategy development, business development, business process improvement, operations, and finance. She is the former president of Jawbone, a company that develops wearable technology; prior to that role she was at Microsoft, where she was corporate vice president and CFO for the Online Services division (Bing, MSN, and the global data centers) as well as the Entertainment and Device division (Xbox, Windows phone, and Mediaroom). Before her time at Microsoft, Mount spent nine years at Time Warner in various leadership roles and was an investment banker with Morgan Stanley. She serves on the boards of Technicolor, the Learning Care Group, and the University of Wisconsin Foundation, and advises a variety of start-ups on business strategy, business models, and rapidly scaling operations. Mount holds an MBA with distinction from the Harvard Business School and is a member of its Dean’s Advisory Board.
Stanley B. Watson, MA, JD
Stan Watson has unparalleled knowledge of healthcare law as applied in clinical settings. He spent many years as an attorney and litigator with major San Francisco Bay Area law firms, eventually focusing on healthcare issues. He served as Senior Consultant with the Bioethics Consultation Group and as Senior Counsel with the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan (1993–2006). He was also Vice President and Director of Kaiser Foundation Research Institute (2006–2013), advising the Kaiser Permanente board on all the legal dimensions of research. Watson earned his law degree at Harvard Law School and an MA in ethics from the Pacific School of Religion/Graduate Theological Union. Among his community service roles, he is board president at Openhouse, which serves LGBT seniors in San Francisco.
Jed Weissberg, MD, FACP
A nationally recognized leader in quality of healthcare, Dr. Jed Weissberg held a variety of executive positions over his 30-year career at Kaiser Permanente from 1984–2014, most recently as Medical Director of Medicare Advantage, Cost and Prescription Drug Plans, as well as Senior Vice President of Hospitals, Quality and Care Delivery Excellence. Following his KP career, Dr. Weissberg was a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review. He continues to consult for a variety of life science organizations and healthcare start-ups. Dr. Weissberg is a graduate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania. He trained in internal medicine at Boston City Hospital (now Boston Medical Center).
Marj Wolf is an innovative leader, consultant, and teacher with deep experience in healthcare strategic planning, organizing, fundraising, financial management, construction, and clinical operations. As a senior manager for Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics, she designed and implemented new facilities at Kaiser Oakland Hospital & Medical Center, and later as hospital Administrator at Kaiser Martinez Hospital, overseeing the computerizing of operations and innovations in cost-saving, quality management, and community health. She has also been CEO of the Sierra Pacific Network–Veterans Administration, where her accomplishments spanned governance, strategic planning, decreased costs, and increases in services. Wolf has also taught widely and served with community organizations in the U.S. and overseas.