Our Leadership Team: Changing the Practice of Medicine

Each member of the leadership team at Specialists On Call is dedicated to a healthcare vision—access to the best emergency specialty care for every patient at every hospital. This forward-thinking group of clinicians and entrepreneurs draws upon a great depth of experience to deliver innovative, cost-effective solutions.

Hammad M. Shah, Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Shah oversees the corporate direction and strategy for SOC, and has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare leadership, serving in senior administrative, strategic and operational roles. His expertise crosses many disciplines including product development, sales, process improvement, and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Shah’s work spanned the globe during a time when countries in Asia and Europe, such as China, Singapore, Germany and the United Kingdom, were undergoing significant efforts to reform their healthcare systems. This has given him the deep understanding required to aid organizations in assessing how to operate in rapidly changing healthcare markets.

As the former president of FreseniusRx, Mr. Shah championed the company’s vision to change the practice of pharmacy from simply dispensing medications to playing an integral role in patient care. He created a growth strategy that transformed the full-service pharmacy into a renal specialty pharmacy, providing health care expertise to patients living with kidney disease. Under his leadership this pharmacy saw significant growth, positioning the division as one of the largest renal specialty pharmacies in the country. In his role, Mr. Shah also served as a senior vice president for Fresenius Medical Care North America, to bridge the company’s pharmacy services with the larger renal division. 

Previously, he served as vice president and general manager for emerging markets at Express Scripts. He was responsible for managing a portfolio of companies, as well as supporting an acquisition strategy designed to meet inorganic, domestic health care growth goals.

Since 2008, he has served on the board of directors for ZYTO™, a digital health company that produces software and equipment to facilitate decision-making about health care and wellness. He is also a member of the board of directors for Remedi Senior Care, which provides pharmacy solutions that enable long-term care facilities to reduce medication costs, improve efficiency and increase medication administration safety and accuracy.

Mr. Shah attended Arizona State University, where he earned a master’s degree in business administration and completed coursework toward a master’s degree in health sector management. He holds a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Temple University.

Hai Tran, Chief Financial and Operations Officer

Mr. Tran has over 20 years of experience as a financial executive with both public and private companies, focusing on building growth-oriented finance organizations. He contributed to the growth of the Home Infusion business at BioScrip, which yielded double-digit revenue growth during his tenure. He also has significant healthcare and technology experience. Prior to BioScrip, he served as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President International of Harris Healthcare Solutions, which is the healthcare subsidiary of Harris Corporation, a $6 billion diversified technology company. From 2008 to 2011 he served as Chief Financial Officer of Catalyst Health Solutions, Inc., a publicly traded Pharmacy Benefits Management company. He also served as Vice President and Treasurer of Hanger Orthopedic Group, a public healthcare services, products, and distribution company, from 2006 to 2008. Mr. Tran holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Richmond.

B. Tilman Jolly, M.D., FACEP, Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Jolly is a board certified emergency physician with 20 years of experience practicing in the Washington, D.C. area at both The George Washington University Hospital and Inova Fairfax Hospital.  He has a wide range of academic, clinical, private sector and government experience.  He has served as a senior official in the United States Department of Homeland Security, held academic appointments at The George Washington University and Virginia Commonwealth University, and directed medical preparedness planning for eleven Super Bowls for the National Football League.  Dr. Jolly is a graduate of the University of North Carolina where he was a Morehead Scholar and the Wake Forest University School of Medicine.  He completed his residency training in emergency medicine at the combined Georgetown/George Washington University Residency Program.

Sean Banerjee, Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Banerjee is a technologist and a healthcare product simplification evangelist with 20 years of IT leadership experience in leading large IT software engineering shops in multiple successful healthcare tech startups. He joins SOC from Evolent Health, a value based service management startup company that partners with hospitals systems to transform them from fee-for-service to value based revenue model. There he was the VP of Engineering leading a purpose-built end-to-end-integrated cloud-based big data SAAS platform that went to an IPO within three years with a $1B market cap. Prior to Evolent Health, he was leading the IT eBusiness division, being in charge of all the web application assets of Anthem, the largest health insurance company in the nation. Prior to Anthem, he was leading the application engineering at Lumenos, another pioneering healthcare startup company offering simple consumer-friendly Consumer Driven Healthcare Plans. Lumenos launched the nation’s first Consumer Driven Healthcare products like HSA, HRA, HIA, and was later acquired by Anthem. He holds an MS in engineering from University of Cincinnati, and an MTech in engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India.

Ann Kessinger, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Ms. Kessinger is a highly skilled and effective sales leader specializing in maintaining and expanding client accounts and exceeding annual revenue goals. She brings to Specialists On Call over 15 years of experience in strategic sales, account management, and marketing, primarily working with preeminent national hospitals and health systems across the country. Prior to joining SOC, Ms. Kessinger served as the Executive Director of Sales and Marketing with The Advisory Board Company, where she was responsible for an annual new business development goal of $40M. Ms. Kessinger has held a number of additional key management roles throughout her career, previously serving as the Associate Vice President of Strategic Accounts with Executive Health Resources (EHR), an Optum Company, where she had direct P&L responsibility for over $300M of renewal business across 900 client hospitals. Prior to her work with EHR, Ms. Kessinger cultivated her sales, account management, and marketing expertise at The Advisory Board Company, where she quickly rose through a variety of Sales and Account Management positions within their Research & Insights and Performance Technologies Divisions.  Ms. Kessinger holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Georgetown University.

Michael J. Vecchione, D.O., Chief, Neurology

Getting his start in medicine as a radiologic technologist with the United States Navy, Dr. Vecchione has been dedicated to healthcare for more than 20 years. Following his service, he received his medical degree from the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1997.  He completed his internal medicine Internship and an additional year of Internal Medicine residency at the Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital residency program. Dr. Vecchione then transferred into the Neurology residency program, completing the program in 2002. He is board certified in adult General Neurology with a subspecialty board certification in Vascular Neurology. He is an active member of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Stroke Association. Prior to his work with Specialists On Call, Dr. Vecchione operated a private solo practice for four years before joining Newport Hospital Medical Group in 2006, serving as a physician for nearly a decade. Since joining Specialists On Call in September 2014, he has been appointed Chief of Neurology, and continues to regularly engage in clinical teleneurology services. He has authored and co-authored several journal articles, including “Primary Prevention and Community Education of Stroke” published in the December 2010 issue of Medicine and Health/Rhode Island Journal.

Alberto Peñalver, M.D., Chief, Psychiatry

Dr. Peñalver is a Board Certified psychiatrist with over 30 years of experience in the field.  He was Medical Director of the busiest psychiatric emergency room in the country at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center for over 20 years. During that time, he had an outpatient practice as well as serving as Director of the ECT Services at Jackson Memorial and University of Miami Hospitals.  He earned his medical degree from the University of Miami in 1985 and completed the four year residency in Psychiatry at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, where he served as Chief Resident.  Following his residency, he completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Massachusetts, Worcester. Following his tenure at University of Miami, he had a private practice in Coral Gables, Florida for five years and performed psychiatric consults at local area hospitals. He served at Guantanamo Naval Base in 1994 as a volunteer for the Miami Medical Team Joint Task Force, in “Operation Sea Signal”.  Dr. Peñalver saw the very first telepsychiatry patient for SOC in February 2011 and continues to consult with patients daily.

William S. Krimsky, M.D., FCCP, Chief, Critical Care

Dr. Krimsky is triple board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease and critical care medicine.  He works in the field of critical care and internal chest medicine and has published several peer-reviewed articles in these areas including that of patient safety issues in the intensive care unit.  He is a frequent speaker at various national meetings and he is a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians.  He also co-chaired the State of Maryland Patient Safety Centers ICU collaborative involving over 40 hospitals statewide.  Dr. Krimsky is a graduate of Middlebury College, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, the Johns Hopkins University/Sinai Hospital Program in internal medicine where he served as Chief Resident, and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine fellowship training program.