Dedicated to Creating the Best Patient Experience
Our mission is to build the safest, friendliest, most accessible medical care platform that can be accessed on any device, any time.
Cofounder & CEO
Adam started his career as a software engineer and started his first company while studying Computer Science at Vanderbilt University. Doctor On Demand is his third venture-backed company. His first was acquired by Intuit (INTU) in 2006 and second by Advance Auto Parts (AAP) in 2011. At Doctor On Demand he obsesses over creating the best possible user experience for both patients and doctors.
Cofounder & Chairman
In addition to being cofounder and chairman of the Board of Doctor on Demand, Jay is also the CEO of Los Angeles-based Stage 29 Productions and the Emmy Award-winning creator and executive producer of The Doctors. Jay is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and has written six books throughout his career that focus on teens. Previously he was a contributor on the television show Dr. Phil and the executive producer of its CBS primetime specials. Jay holds a law degree from Southern Methodist University and a psychology degree from University of Texas.
Senator Tom Daschle
Member, Board of Directors
Senator Daschle has participated in the development and debate of almost every major public policy issue of the last three decades. In 1978, he was elected to the US House of Representatives, where he served for eight years. In 1986, he was elected to the US Senate and was chosen as Senate Democratic Leader in 1994. Senator Daschle is one of the longest serving Senate Democratic leaders in history and the only one to serve twice as both Majority and Minority Leader. During his tenure, Senator Daschle navigated the Senate through some of its most historic economic and national security challenges.
Since leaving the Senate, Senator Daschle has remained an active and learned voice among policy-makers. He has distinguished his experience in health care through the publication of Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis and Getting It Done: How Obama and Congress Finally Broke the Stalemate to Make Way for Health Care Reform.
Dr. Phil McGraw
Dr. Phil McGraw, perhaps the most well-known mental health professional in the world, is the host of the new leader in daytime talk, Dr. Phil. Launched in 2002, Dr. Phil provides the most comprehensive forum on mental health issues in the history of television. For 11 years, Dr. McGraw has used the Dr. Phil platform to make psychology accessible and understandable to the general public by addressing important personal and social issues. Using his top-rated show as a teaching tool, he takes aim at the critical issues of our time, including the “silent epidemics” of bullying, drug abuse, domestic violence, depression, child abuse, suicide and various forms of severe mental illness.
Board Member and Investor
Bryan Roberts, Ph.D. joined Venrock as a Kauffman Fellow in 1997. He is based in Venrock’s Palo Alto office and focuses on a broad range of healthcare investments. Bryan is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Achaogen (NASDAQ: AKAO), Castlight Health (NYSE: CSLT), and Ironwood Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: IRWD) and also serves on the Board of several other companies, including Ariosa Diagnostics, Doctor on Demand, Grand Rounds, Intarcia, Kyruus, and Zeltiq (NASDAQ: ZLTQ). Past investments include athenahealth (NASDAQ: ATHN), CodeRyte (acquired by 3M), Ikaria (acquired by Madison Dearborn), Illumina (NASDAQ: ILMN), Sirna Therapeutics (acquired by Merck) and Xenoport (NASDAQ: XNPT). Bryan was named a Henry Crown Fellow by the Aspen Institute in 2006 and is the only healthcare investor to rank on Forbes’ Midas List six times, 2008 – 2014.
Immediately prior to joining Venrock, Bryan received his Ph.D. in Chemistry & Chemical Biology from Harvard University. He previously held positions in corporate finance at Kidder, Peabody & Co and received his B.A. from Dartmouth College.
Investor & Advisor
Mr. Jonathan S. Bush founded athenahealth, Inc. in 1997 and serves as its Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President. In 1999, Mr. Bush raised more than $10M in funding from notable venture capital firms to support the effort. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Bush served as an EMT for the City of New Orleans, was trained as a medic in the U.S. Army. He served as a Consultant at Booz-Allen & Hamilton. He served as a Founding Member of Managed Care Strategy Group. He has been a Director of athenahealth, Inc. since 1997. Mr. Bush obtained a Bachelor of Arts in the College of Social Studies from Wesleyan University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Rob has always loved building things that go fast. He started his career as an aerospace engineer and automotive engine tester, then became an investor in early stage technology companies. In the depths of a tech downturn, Rob took a risk to launch a new venture firm, Shasta Ventures. Over the years Rob has supported more than 100 founders in their quests to build lasting businesses that deliver breakout products and services.
Rob is looking to work closely with entrepreneurs who are creating disruptive approaches to mobile and networked devices, as well as technology applications that leverage novel infrastructure technologies. He is particularly interested in high-risk startups that are rapidly scalable, impact the lives of millions of people and connect the “real world” to the Internet, whether via smart phones, low-cost sensors, or other devices.
Rob is passionate about anything with an engine, including robots, satellites, and new modes of transportation. He is particularly interested in smartphone-based businesses, collaborative consumption and The Internet of Things.
Before co-founding Shasta in 2004, Rob was a general partner at New Enterprise Associates, where he led 15 early-stage investments in companies spanning the semiconductor, software and networking industries, including Growth Networks (Cisco), Astral Point (Alcatel), Xros (Nortel) and Nest (Google). His current companies include Doctor on Demand, Survios, Mocana and RelayRides.
Earlier in his career, Rob served as a lead integration engineer in the Astro Space division of Martin Marietta, where he helped build the first EchoStar spacecraft. Rob earned an MS in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia. He also holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was named a Palmer Scholar.
Bob Kocher, MD is a Partner at Venrock and focuses on healthcare IT and services investments. He currently serves on the Boards of Aledade and Jiff, and is a Board Observer at Grand Rounds and Doctor on Demand. He is a former Director at Castlight Health (CSLT) and currently serves as an Advisor to Castlight.
Additionally, he is a Consulting Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, Senior Fellow and Advisory Board Member at the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at USC, and Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution Engleberg Center for Health Reform. He serves on the Advisory Boards of Harvard Medical School Health Care Policy Department, National Institute of Healthcare Management (NIHCM), and ChildObesity180. He is also a member of the Health Affairs Editorial Board.
Prior to Venrock, Bob served in the Obama Administration as Special Assistant to the President for Healthcare and Economic Policy on the National Economic Council. In the Obama Administration, Bob was one of the shapers of the Affordable Care Act focusing on cost, quality, and delivery system reform and health IT policy. He was one of the leaders of the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” childhood obesity initiative, led the formation of the Partnership for a Healthier America, and served on the Federal Advisory Panel charged with developing a national obesity strategy. He also co-founded the Health Data Initiative with Todd Park, a joint effort of HHS and the Institute of Medicine, to release healthcare data to spur private sector innovation to improve healthcare cost and quality. For the past five years, he has served as Co-Chair of the Health Datapalooza.
Before the White House, Bob was a Partner at McKinsey & Company where he led McKinsey Global Institute’s healthcare economics work and Center for United States Health System Reform. He has worked widely across the US and international healthcare systems to improve regulatory policy, economic performance, labor productivity, clinical outcomes, and patient experience.
Bob received undergraduate degrees from the University of Washington and a medical degree from George Washington University. He completed a research fellowship with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the National Institutes of Health, and went on to complete his internal medicine residency training at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Harvard Medical School.
Tod has partnered with entrepreneurs to help them build national consumer brands for more than 25 years. In 2004 Tod co-founded Shasta Ventures with the belief that the companies most likely to disrupt large industries and become big brands will be those led by founders who are intensely focused on the end user. He aims to team up with creative, independent thinkers who are passionate about leveraging new technologies to deliver superior consumer experiences.
Among his investments at Shasta are Mint.com, a free, personal finance website acquired by Intuit; Path, a private social network, and Turn, a digital marketing platform. His other companies include Caring.com, Liquidspace, Luminate, Smule, TaskRabbit, Threadflip and Zefr.
Prior to Shasta, Tod was a general partner at Trinity Ventures, where he supported and made early stage investments in multiple consumer companies that went on to become industry leaders, such as Blue Nile, the largest online retailer of diamonds and engagement rings; Jamba Juice smoothies and PF Chang’s China Bistro restaurants. His other investments include BabyCenter, FatBrain, LoopNet, NextCard and Wedding Channel.
Before becoming an investor and advisor, Tod spent a decade in marketing and management roles at Ram Group Marketing Management and Johnson & Johnson. Tod earned an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern and a BA in economics from Northwestern University.
Sheila P. Burke, RN, MPA, FAAN
Sheila P. Burke is a Faculty Research Fellow at the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy and a member of the faculty at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She is also a Senior Public Policy Advisor, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz. She is a Distinguished Visitor at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University Law Center and a Research Professor at Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute.
Alain Enthoven is the Marriner S. Eccles Professor of Public and Private Management, emeritus, at Stanford University, and a core faculty member at CHP/PCOR. Known as the “father of managed competition,” he was one of the founders of the Jackson Hole Group, a national think-tank on healthcare policy. His research focuses on the financing and delivery of health care in the United States and other industrialized nations, and cost-benefit analysis in medical care. In his numerous publications he has advocated a financially integrated healthcare delivery system that relies on market-based incentives to reduce medical costs and increase economic accountability and quality of care. He is currently working on a proposal for a “Market-based Universal Health Insurance System,” being developed for the Committee for Economic Development.