Healthcare and Life Sciences 50 – 2017 – Irish America Irish America Magazine Sat, 20 Jul 2019 03:40:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 82361074 Eugene J. Sullivan Tue, 01 Aug 2017 05:49:50 +0000 Read more..]]> Dr. Eugene Sullivan is the chief product strategy officer at Insmed. Promoted to this position earlier this year, Eugene is also the first to hold the role. He joined Insmed in 2015 as chief medical and scientific officer. Most recently, Eugene helped complete the enrollment in a large, multi-national, Phase 3 clinical trial in a rare disease called refractory nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) lung disease caused by Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC), with Insmed’s lead product candidate, Amikacin Lipsomal Inhalation Suspension (ALIS), the results of which are expected later this year. If the trial is successful, “the trial will form the basis of a marketing application for our lead product,” he says.

A native of Washington, D.C., Eugene earned his medical degree at the University of Maryland and conducted his internship and residency in internal medicine at the Medical College of Virginia. He completed his fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and received a master’s in pulmonary vascular disease from the University of Bologna, Italy. Prior to joining Insmed, he was chief medical officer at United Therapeutics.

Eugene is a third-generation Irish American with paternal roots in Macroom and Ballyvourney, County Cork. He is married to fellow doctor Patricia M. Sullivan, with whom he has three children, Aidan, Darby, and Mae, and is currently based in Maryland.

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Patrick Smith Tue, 01 Aug 2017 05:48:20 +0000 Read more..]]> Patrick Smith serves as the chief scientific officer at Certara Strategic Consulting Services, assisting biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies in designing innovative drug development strategies. With 20 years of experience in the world of drug development, Patrick also co-founded the startup d3 Medicine, which was acquired by Certara in 2016.

Patrick obtained his Pharm.D. from the University of California, San Francisco, completed a clinical residency at Duke University Medical Center, and is the author of over 120 peer-reviewed publications in major medical and scientific journals, which include the Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine.

Patrick is a fourth-generation Irish-American on his mother’s side, having found records of his ancestor, Catherine Somers, who arrived in Virginia in 1772. “We are all a product of our past, and undoubtedly my independent spirit, adventurous personality, and restless nature come from my Irish heritage,” he says. “I have had the opportunity to visit Ireland multiple times, and have found the country and its people to be a source of pride and inspiration.”

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Diane Sirakovsky & Michele Teter Tue, 01 Aug 2017 05:47:10 +0000 Read more..]]> As co-founders of Alliance Homecare, Diane Sirakovsky (left) and Michele Teter (right) are committed to the vision of a future in which the loss of independence need not be a frightening experience for elderly individuals and their loved ones. Both were working as critical care nurses at the New York Columbia Presbyterian University (where they specialized in neurology) when, in 2006, they merged their wisdom as carers with the financial know-how of their now-colleague, Gregory Solomento, who was at the time acting as carer for his own grandmother, Val. Together, they set out on a mission to provide top-quality care for those in need, maintaining a strict code of confidentiality, respect, and integrity.

Alliance Homecare, which offers its services to individuals with conditions such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, diabetes, and COPD, as well as those in need of palliative end of life care, operates by the “Grandma Rule.” This means that all new carers are hired only after the interviewer has asked themselves whether they would trust this candidate to care for their own grandparent with competence and compassion, recognizing their individuality. In addition to this, the company applies a 360 degree approach to its aid services, including full-service home care delivery, emergency planning services, patient and family advocacy, food delivery programs, regular in-person case manager visits, networking opportunities for families, and physician and specialist coordination.

Beyond their shared vocation, Diane and Michele have much in common: both are first-generation Irish Americans born in the Bronx, and both were students of the Dominican College in New York, where they obtained their nursing degrees.

Diane serves as Alliance’s director of education, evaluating and selecting education and training material for Alliance’s homecare staff. Her knack for care work revealed itself early. “My very first job was in fifth grade, babysitting a three-month old baby,” she told Irish America. “An Irish family we were friends with were the superintendents of the building across the street from us. The wife was a nurse and worked nights. I would stay in the apartment and watch the baby while she slept and her husband was doing various jobs around the building. In retrospect, there was always an adult close by, but I remember feeling very proud of my responsibilities!”

Diane’s own parents are natives of County Clare (her maiden name is O’Dea), and her childhood was spent “in a home listening to ceili music, spending Sundays at Gaelic Park and summers in Ireland. My family moved to Ireland in 1984 and I lived in County Kildare. Although we ended up moving back to New York, it is a cherished memory for me.” She and her husband Henry continue to live there with their children, Ella Margaret, Tess Doran, and Henry John.

Michele, Alliance’s director of patient services, works with doctors and families to develop an appropriate care plan specific to the patient’s needs and is spearheading the initiative to incorporate tablet computers into the home life of all Alliance clients to better connect them with their families, doctors, and care managers.

Michele, whose father played hurling for Kilkenny, spent every summer in Ireland and every Sunday in the Bronx in Gaelic Park. Her paternal Leahy family comes from County Kilkenny, while her maternal ancestors, the Tevnans, are rooted in Galway. “I have been to 13 countries, and Ireland is by far the most beautiful to me,” she says. “It is important to me that my children know where their grandparents were from and visit often.” She and her husband Brian have twin boys, Jude Martin and Rory Brian.

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Brenton L. Saunders Tue, 01 Aug 2017 05:46:34 +0000 Read more..]]> Brent Saunders is chairman, president and CEO of Allergan plc, a Dublin-based global pharmaceutical company, having previously served as a director, CEO and president since July 2014. He was elected chairman in 2016.

Brent has significant healthcare industry expertise and a proven track record leading business transformations and integrations. Before joining Allergan, he was a director and later president and CEO of Forest Laboratories and prior to that CEO of Bausch + Lomb, in addition to holding several leadership positions at Schering-Plough, PwC, Coventry Health Care, Home Care Corporation of America, and the Thomas Jefferson University Health System, where he began his career as chief compliance officer.

Brent serves on the board of Cisco Systems and RWJBarnabas Health, and is a member of the Business Council and PhRMA. Raised in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley by Charles and Sheila Saunders, healthcare was an important aspect of his life from the beginning. His father,

a urologist, and mother co-founded Senior Solutions, the first geriatric-care agency in the area. Brent earned both his M.B.A. and J.D. from Temple University and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Moira A. Rynn Tue, 01 Aug 2017 05:45:26 +0000 Read more..]]> Dr. Moira A. Rynn has been the chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University since July 2017. Her previous positions include the Ruane Professor for the Implementation of Science for Child and Adolescent Mental Health at the College of Physicians and Surgeons and Columbia University and the director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Division at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital at New York Presbyterian.

Born in Islip, Long Island, Moira majored in biology at Goucher College and received her medical degree at Rutgers University. From her first jobs as a swimming instructor and lifeguard, she had an interest in keeping those around her happy and secure, something which she passed on to her five younger siblings, all of whom followed in the lifeguard tradition.

Moira is a second-generation Irish American with roots in counties Leitrim and Limerick on her father’s side. “My grandparents taught me how fortunate I was to be born and raised in the U.S.A. but at the same time taught me to be proud of my Irish heritage,” she says. Moira lives in North Carolina with her husband Alfred and ten-year-old fraternal twins, Ella and Aiden.

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Joe Riley Tue, 01 Aug 2017 05:44:33 +0000 Read more..]]> As co-founder and managing partner of Viribus Capital Management, a private equity firm specializing in growth investments in technology-enabled healthcare services companies, Joe Riley leads a mission dedicated to improving patient outcomes and reducing their overall healthcare costs.

Born in Darby, Pennsylvania, to third-generation Irish American parents with roots in County Limerick, Joe worked his first job cleaning pizza pans at a local pizzeria. “By the time I left that job, I was making the pizzas and their famous Philly cheesesteaks,” he remembers. “I like to think I’m still a connoisseur of both of those foods today.” He earned an undergraduate degree in accounting in Georgetown University and a master’s at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to co-founding Viribus, he spent nearly two decades in healthcare venture investing with Psilos Group as managing partner and chief administrative officer.

Joe and his wife Noreen have three children, Colin, Timmy, and Patrick.

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Joe Regan Tue, 01 Aug 2017 05:43:05 +0000 Read more..]]> As vice president of U.S. sales at Takeda Oncology, Joe Regan oversees the distribution of revolutionary drugs for conditions currently devoid of treatment. One such example is the NINLARO drug for the treatment of multiple myeloma, a blood cancer currently without any cure. Takeda acquired the group Ariad in 2015, and will soon initiate its launch of another new drug, Alunbrig, for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer.

Born to James Regan and his wife Marion (née Monaghan) in Charles City, Iowa, Joe earned his degree in finance from Indiana University while also working full-time as a laborer in an industrial pump assembly factory for seven years.

Joe is a fourth-generation Irish American, with the ancestors of both his parents originating in County Cork. “To me, being Irish means having and sharing a strong sense of family, culture and tradition,” he says, and shares these values with his own family, consisting of his wife, Vicki, and children, Patrick and Christina. Joe is based in Massachusetts.

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Trish O’Keefe Tue, 01 Aug 2017 05:42:19 +0000 Read more..]]> Trish O’Keefe is president of Morristown Medical Center and vice president of Atlantic Health System. Under her leadership, Morristown Medical Center was named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals two years in a row, in 2017 and 2016 – among many other national recognitions – by Healthgrades.

Raised in northern New Jersey, Trish received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Wilkes College in Wilkes-Barre, PA, and her Master of Science in nursing administration and Ph.D. from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ. Her first job was as an aide in a nursing home, where she developed a love for the stories that the patients from the “greatest generation” wanted to tell. This passion for patient care sparked her passion for building healthier communities.

Trish is a second-generation Irish American with all familial lines leading back to County Cork. She aspires to carry the Irish attributes of “strength, perseverance, love of family, loyalty, spirituality, and the ability to enjoy life” into both her professional and personal life, which she shares with her husband, Darren Siker.

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Rory O’Connor Tue, 01 Aug 2017 05:41:59 +0000 Read more..]]> Rory O’Connor is chief medical officer of Pfizer Innovative Health, where he is currently responsible for large-scale development programs which include novel treatment technologies and real-world data analyses. Most recently, he oversaw the release of Pfizer’s findings from an analysis of data from nearly 50,000 patients to compare the efficacy of oral anticoagulants versus warfarin for the risk of stroke and rate of major bleeding, showing that the oral anticoagulant Eliquis was associated with a significantly lower risk of both.

Born to an Irish immigrant family in Liverpool, Rory’s heritage is tied to the O’Connors of County Sligo and the Fieldings of County Waterford. He and his family visit the country frequently, and lived for five years in West Cork. He says, “I have lived and worked in many countries, but Ireland remains the home of my ancestors and my relatives.”

He received his medical qualifications from the University of Liverpool in 1978 and initially practiced in family and internal medicine. He is a fellow of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians. In 2000, Rory assumed responsibility for medical affairs in Pfizer European operations, connecting him with the company’s Dublin office.

Rory and his wife Catherine live in New York, where he is based at Pfizer’s global headquarters. Together, he and Catherine have five children, Mairéad, Ruairí, Ciara, Niamh, and Sinéad.

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Daniel J. O’Connor Tue, 01 Aug 2017 05:40:11 +0000 Read more..]]> Having led multiple biotech organization in the Garden State, Daniel J. O’Connor speaks from deep experience as vice chairman of BioNJ, the trade association that represents one of New Jersey’s most vibrant industries.

Born in Mineola, New York, Dan obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English and American literature from Boston College in 1987, and graduated from the Dickinson School of Law at Pennsylvania State University with his J.D. in 1995. Between college and law school, Dan graduated from the United States Marines Officers School and served as a captain with the first deployment of U.S. Marines in Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Shield after Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990.

A penchant for hard work came to him early when, at the age of 14, he did yard work for 85-year-old Mr. Carlebon and housework for a similarly-aged widow, Mrs. Tearse, both of whom he remembers with great fondness. Most recently, as president and CEO of Advaxis, Inc., for four years, he brought the company back from the brink of bankruptcy, raising more than $250 million in funding and launching multiple global clinical trials to treat patients with cancer. Before Advaxis, he has held positions with multiple healthcare groups, including a vice presidency with ImClone Systems from 2003 to 2008 and Bracco Diagnostics from 2009 to 2012.

Dan is a second-generation Irish American. His paternal grandfather, James Joseph O’Connor, was born in Bailieborough, County Cavan, and inspired Dan’s ability to embrace opportunity and hard work alike. That heritage, he says, “is the source of my love of home, family and of course, a cold beer when the day is done.” Daniel and his wife Kathleen are based in New Jersey and have three sons, John, James, and William.

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