Our TEAM
With extensive experience in data assurance, privacy protection and cybersecurity, healthcare technology, intelligence, and national security, the ConfirmD™ team is uniquely positioned to tackle the challenge of creating a robust, reliable, and secure platform to verify COVID-19 test results.
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Karl Wagner
Co-Founder - Chief Executive Officer

An expert in foreign affairs and national security, Karl Wagner has 32 years of worldwide experience delivering success for complex projects and managing risk in emerging markets. He has worked and lived in Latin America, East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa.  Karl has planned and executed multi-million-dollar budgets and is an expert in delivering effect at the nexus of security, technology, and geopolitics in the world’s hardest operating environments. A global risk consultant specializing in crisis management and corporate resilience, Karl serves as a Strategic Advisor to several private sector organizations and is involved in non-profit work in the veterans advocacy and PTSD prevention space. Karl has an M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois.  Karl is fluent in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

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Ramsey Kilani, M.D.
Co-Founder - Chief Medical Officer and Chief Strategy Officer

A seasoned physician-executive and entrepreneur, Ramsey has been a founder, executive, or board member in numerous healthcare and technology startups, and is the founder of the Gliavent Group, a healthcare consulting firm that has performed work in numerous subsectors of healthcare.   Dr. Kilani also serves as Chief Medical Officer at Washington, D.C.-based Global Security Innovative Strategies, a global security consulting and business advisory firm, where he manages health security and technology projects. He is a board-certified physician, and previously served as a faculty member in Neuroradiology at Duke University. Ramsey has published extensively in the medical and scientific literature, and currently serves as a reviewer for multiple medical journals, including Medical Care, a leading health policy journal. Dr. Kilani holds diplomas from the University of Arizona, Northwestern University, and Duke University, and has served on advisory committees within national healthcare organizations.

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Alex Chatel
Co-Founder - Chief Operating Officer and International Development

Entrepreneur and Business Developer, Alexandre Chatel served as SVP Business Development of the US-based investment fund CDIC. He also served as Director for Strategic Cooperation at BORDERPOL, an international organization dedicated to border security matters. Previously, he was part of the leaders of the Desertec Foundation, an organization pursuing a global plan to harness solar power from desert regions and to transfer it to consumption centers. Alex also served as Director for International Development of a division of ENGIE, and for more than 10 years in the creation of start-up companies in the renewable energy and cleantech sectors.

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Bob Ramsey
Co-Founder - Strategic Advisor

An active business and community leader for over 40 years, Bob Ramsey is President of the Ramsey Social Justice Foundation (RSJF). He has founded companies in a variety of fields: ground and air ambulance services, medical supplies, air freight transportation, information technologies, management systems, and avionics. A national pioneer and entrepreneur in EMS, ambulance and fire services, Mr. Ramsey’s data and information systems have contributed to new evidence-based clinical practices worldwide. These include the first private/public partnership EMS models created in the early 1980s, many of which continue to this day, and comprehensive web-based electronic medical records for EMS and ambulance service networks. In 2010, he was awarded the US National Lifetime Achievement Award from the EMS “Eagles Coalition” for his many contributions to EMS.

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Dev Patel
Manager, Business Operations

A recent graduate of The George Washington University’s Master of Health Administration program, Dev spent the last year in a competitive one-year leadership development program learning health system strategy and operations first-hand from C-Suite & senior level hospital executives. Prior to this, Dev worked for a successful healthcare startup, where he conducted a Total Addressable Market (TAM) Analysis to inform executives on the company’s growth plan. Post-graduation, Dev will be working for the largest health care insurer in the Mid-Atlantic in their Population Health division.

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Ben Dlin
Manager, Marketing

Ben Dlin is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University with bachelors degrees in International Studies, Sociology, and Political Science, passionate about tackling challenging projects that threaten our global community. In that vein, Ben is pursuing a Masters in Natural Resources at Virginia Tech, hoping to meld his love for the outdoors with his need for socially conscious work. In the past, Ben has spent time as an independent consultant, working with companies in various stages of development to bolster their messaging, content, and digital presence.

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Carla Walby
Healthcare Community Manager

Carla Walby received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from George Mason University. She began her 13-year career as a registered nurse working for Inova Health System on the medical-surgical floor, and has experience with cardiac telemetry and renal oncology. Carla then worked for a private practice as a cosmetic aesthetics nurse with four years of dermatological experience performing laser treatments and facial injections. For the last five years, she worked as a Federal Occupational Health RN coordinator for the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs managing the building’s health clinic. During her tenure at DOJ, she was responsible for maintaining the personal medical records of federal employees, implementing quarterly employee health seminars, and providing walk-in triage. She was responsible for running the yearly “Fight the Flu” program every fall, managed the lactation center, and provided individual health counseling for hypertension and diabetes education. Prior to starting her career in nursing, Carla obtained a Bachelor of Art in History from the University of Mary Washington and worked in college admissions, and retirement banking.

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Dan Idhenga
Financial Analyst & Operations Specialist

An adaptive and globally-minded entrepreneur at heart, Dan Idhenga has lived in nine countries and founded his first startup as an undergraduate student in 2016. Dan graduated from Baruch College, City University of New York, where he earned a BBA majoring in Finance and minoring in Political Science. As a student, Dan Idhenga successfully completed internships at J.P. Morgan, AIG, and other firms. In addition to his Analyst role at ConfirmD™, Dan Idhenga has advised and helped manage a Namibian company’s international supply chain dynamics and risk mitigation for more than five years. Dan dedicates much of his time to making Namibia a better place to live by collaborating with German NGOs in his role as a Vice President at the Bonny Vainö Idhenga Foundation.

Our MEDICAL AND SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD
The Medical and Scientific Advisory Board at ConfirmD™ is composed of seasoned professionals with experience and expertise spanning multiple disciplines within the clinical medicine, life sciences, public health, and first responder communities.
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Cindy M. P. Duke, MD, PhD, FACOG
OBGYN, Virology & Immunology

Dr. Duke received her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, where she also earned a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology for her work on viral immunology and vaccine development. She then completed her Residency in Gynecology and Obstetrics at Johns Hopkins Hospital and her Clinical Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Yale New Haven Hospital, where she also served on the clinical faculty in the Yale University health system.  Cindy currently works in private clinical practice in Las Vegas, NV where she is the founding Physician, Medical Director, and Laboratory director of the Nevada Fertility Institute. She also serves as the Founding Clinical Director of The Trinidad and Tobago Centre for Comprehensive Women’s Health, a Telemedicine clinic in the West Indies.  Cindy also founded a non-profit organization dedicated to providing education and career advancement resources to girls and young women from resource-poor backgrounds, to foster advancement in STEM careers.

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Erik McLaughlin, MD, MPH
Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine

Dr. McLaughlin is a medical doctor and public health specialist who has delivered medical care on six continents, and has supported outbreaks and disaster relief missions globally. He is trained in both Emergency and Family Medicine. His specialties include healthcare system strengthening and medical intelligence. He currently serves as a Chief Medical Officer for a recruitment and practice management group.

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James J Augustine, M.D., FACEP
Emergency Physician and Fire EMS Medical Director

James J Augustine, M.D., FACEP is an emergency physician and Fire EMS Medical Director, and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He is Chair of the National Clinical Governance Board, for US Acute Care Solutions, based in Canton, Ohio.

Dr Augustine just completed his term as a member of the Board of Directors of the American College of Emergency Physicians, but continues to serve on the ACEP Epidemic Expert Panel. Dr Augustine served as Chair for The Joint Commission Hospital Professional Technical Advisory Committee, and on the Board of Commissioners. He has a role as the Vice President of the Emergency Department Benchmarking Alliance (EDBA). Jim is a national consultant, author, and speaker on EMS, emergency department operations, and design.

Dr. Augustine currently serves a Medical Director role with Fire Rescue agencies in Atlanta, Georgia, in Naples, Florida, and in Dayton, Ohio.

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Kendall Conger, MD
Emergency Medicine & Industry

Dr. Conger is a practicing ER physician in the Duke University Health System.  Kendall enjoys 20 years of experience in clinical and pharmaceutical medicine.  Previously, he has held clinical trials and drug safety positions in pharma, working at Glaxo and Schwarz Pharma.  He has also assisted multiple startup healthcare businesses as an investor, board member, and advisor.

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Lori Strazdas, MPH, T-CHEST
Epidemiology, Environmental Health

Lori serves as Public Health Liaison for the Clorox Services Company, in Pleasanton, CA. She earned her master’s degree in Public Health(MPH) in Epidemiology from the University of Arizona and previously served as Communicable Disease Investigator and Epidemiologist for the Pima County Health Department, Office of Disease Control, in Tucson, Arizona.  Lori is also a Fullbright Fellow and completed her fellowship work in Lithuania studying community risk factors for gastric cancer.

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Mari Ricker, MD
Family Medicine, Integrative Medicine

Dr. Ricker graduated from the University of Arizona College of Medicine and completed her Family Medicine Residency at Oregon Health and Science University, in Portland Oregon. After residency, Dr. Ricker served as Chief Resident and Faculty Development Fellow.  During her fellowship year, Dr. Ricker also completed the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine through the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. She worked for 8 years as core faculty at the Providence Oregon Family Medicine Residency Program, a community-based residency in Milwaukie, Oregon.  Her clinical work has included obstetrics and maternal health, hospital-based adult and pediatric medicine, and outpatient Family Medicine and Integrative Medicine. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at University of Arizona, College of Medicine Tucson (UACOM-T). Dr. Ricker has served as the Associate Program Director of the University of Arizona Family Medicine Residency, was the founding Director of the UA COM-T Program for Resident and Fellow Wellbeing and is currently the Director of the Integrative Medicine in Residency Program at the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine. She teaches medical students at the UA COM-T, Family Medicine residents, and sees patients in her own personal practice at Banner University Medical Group.

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Mariana Casal, MD, MPH, MBA
Public Health & Emergency Medicine

Dr. Mariana Casal received her Medical Doctor degree from the School of Medicine, University of Valparaiso, Chile. She subsequently completed the required residencies at the Naval Hospital there. She then worked as an attending physician in emergency departments in Chile and in Germany.  After moving to the U.S. Dr. Casal served as the Arizona Border Infectious Disease Surveillance Officer at the Arizona Department of Health Services, Office of Border Health in Tucson.  She currently serves as the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Surveillance Division Manager at Pinal County Public Health Services District.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology, and a Master in Business Administration; both from the University of Arizona.

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Michael A. Sucher, MD, DFASAM
Emergency Medicine and Addiction Medicine

Dr. Sucher was educated at Wayne State University where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1968 and a Medical Degree in 1972.  Dr. Sucher’s internship was at Sinai Hospital of Detroit and he underwent residency training at Indiana University Medical Center.  Dr. Sucher practiced emergency medicine and served as emergency department director at two Honor Health facilities in Scottsdale – Osborn and Shea (1974-1994).  He also served as President of the Medical Staff of Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn. He practices addiction medicine and served as the medical director of the physician health program/professional health programs for the Arizona Medical Board and the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners (1992-2019).  He was also President of the California Physicians Health Program (2008-2020).  He has served as the President of the Nevada Professional Assistance Program since August 2017.  Additionally, he serves as a consultant in addiction medicine to most other healthcare regulatory agencies and boards in Arizona.

He has served as the Acting Medical Director of the Division of Behavioral Health at the Department of Health Services, State of Arizona (2005-2006).  Additionally, he served as the Acting Medical Director of the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services at the Department of Health Services, State of Arizona (2002-2004).  He served as the Chief Medical Officer for Community Bridges Inc. which is a community substance abuse and mental health treatment program throughout the state of Arizona. He also served as the medical director for Community Medical Services (2011-2016), which is the largest opioid treatment program in Arizona and also has programs in Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Texas, and Alaska.

In 2019, he became the Executive Medical Director of Meadows Behavioral Healthcare which is a nationally known treatment facility for substance use disorders, sexual compulsivity, and trauma.  In that role he also is the medical director of Broad Beach Recovery Center, in Malibu.  He also currently serves as an attending addiction medicine physician with Community Medical Services.  In 2019 he was appointed to the Advisory Board of True Mobile Health, Inc. headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Dr. Sucher is a member of the medical staffs of Honor Health Osborn, Shea, and Thompson Peak as well as Banner Behavior Health Hospital all in Scottsdale, Arizona.  He is the medical director of physician health for Honor Health and the consultant for physician health for the Banner Health system.  He holds teaching positions throughout the greater Phoenix metropolitan area.

Dr. Sucher is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.  He was granted Diplomate Status by the American Board of Addiction Medicine in 2009.  He is also certified as a Medical Review Officer by ASAM.  Additionally, he is a Past President of the Arizona Society of Addiction Medicine.  He is a nationally known speaker on addiction medicine and professional health issues.

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Nas Rafi, MD
Emergency Medicine and Medical Ethics

Dr. Nas Rafi is an Emergency Medicine physician with a graduate degree in Biomedical Ethics.  She has authored numerous publications in various journals and book chapters in the fields of medicine and bioethics.  She completed her residency training at UCSD in Emergency Medicine and was the inaugural fellow of Biomedical Ethics at UCSD. Dr. Rafi has integrated medical ethics into her practice since becoming an Emergency Medicine attending at the San Diego Veterans Hospital, where she continues to serve our country’s veterans.  Dr. Rafi has been active throughout her career in providing medical and emergency care to the underserved, including work on Indian Reservations and in San Diego County’s correctional system.

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Raj Parikh, MD
Emergency Medicine and Data Analytics

Dr. Parikh completed his medical degree at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, TX. He has been practicing emergency medicine since 1994, currently serving as an attending physician in the Duke University Health System. Previously, Dr. Parikh served as Chief Medical Officer at Omnition Analytics (formerly Metaanalytx), a healthcare data analytics and business intelligence startup. In his free time, he likes to travel, drink wine, and eat at fine restaurants with his wife.

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Susan Cheng, PhD, MPH
Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Dr. Susan Cheng is a trained infectious disease epidemiologist, with a MPH and PhD in Epidemiology from the University of California, San Diego/San Diego State University joint program. She joined Benedictine University’s Department of Public Health in 2013 and currently serves as Associate Professor and Chair. Prior to joining the faculty, she served as PI and epidemiologist for the Native American Alliance for Emergency Preparedness where she worked with the state of California, the federal Indian Health Service, 52 local health departments, and 105 tribes and reservations on infectious disease outbreaks, pandemic preparedness, and all-hazards emergency preparedness. Prior to the role, she researched HIV and STI infection and response at the Antiviral Research Center at UCSD and focused on HIV risk behaviors and methamphetamine use for her dissertation. Dr. Cheng has advised on infectious disease identification, surveillance, and response, as well as managed teams and mentored students in research and public health practice. She has several publications in peer-reviewed journals and has presented locally and nationally at a variety of public health conferences, including the American Public Health Association, Illinois Public Health Association, the World Conference on Disaster Management, and the National Rural Health Association Conference.

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Tyler Southwell, MD
Family Medicine

Dr. Tyler Southwell is a Board Certified MD in Family Medicine practicing in the Phoenix area now for the past eight years.  He is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine and completed his Family Medicine Residency at the University of Michigan.  Since coming to Arizona Dr. Southwell has been very busy with primary care medicine and eventually moved to become a private physician full time, practicing precision medicine outside the mainstream insurance-based model.  He continues to push the envelope combining the latest research and technology with innovative care delivery systems.  During the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Southwell has started a nonprofit ProtectAZ.org which has sought to fight to test and equip our most vulnerable against the threat with amazing effect and reach.

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