Amin Kassam, M.D.

Founder & CEO

Over the past two decades, Dr. Kassam has been the Chairman or led four separate Neurosurgery programs; created and globally scaled three novel surgical procedures; founded or held leadership roles in six technology start-up companies constructed for the purpose of creating the underlying platforms for these procedural innovations; and, has held executive health care administration leadership roles needed to translate these innovations through his Technology-Enabled Services model (T-E S). He currently serves as the Chief Scientific Strategist for AdvocateAurora Health Care, Founder and CEO of Neeka Enterprises.  Grounded on a singularly unique active clinical practice, Dr. Kassam has amassed an exceptional experience in minimally invasive Neurosurgery. Having performed many of the first-in-man procedures, he remains a destination surgeon for some of the most challenging procedures from across the globe. 

The Neeka Team

Amin Kassam, MD

Founder & CEO

Bio

Over the past two decades, Dr. Kassam has been the Chairman or led four separate Neurosurgery programs; created and globally scaled three novel surgical procedures; founded or held leadership roles in six technology start-up companies constructed for the purpose of creating the underlying platforms for these procedural innovations; and, has held executive health care administration leadership roles needed to translate these innovations through his Technology-Enabled Services model (T-E S). He currently serves as the Chief Scientific Strategist for AdvocateAurora Health Care, Founder and CEO of Neeka Enterprises. 

As a result, Dr. Kassam has emerged as an academic, serial innovator and entrepreneur with a track record of extending across the strategic, operational, and tactical continuum. Innovation coupled with a specific focus on developing purpose-built econometric enhanced service delivery models has established him as an effective transformation agent across the continuum of stakeholders (academia, IDNs/payers, innovation, medtech, and financial sectors) seeking to leverage innovation to create disruptive market differentiation. 

Grounded on a singularly unique active clinical practice, Dr. Kassam has amassed an exceptional experience in minimally invasive Neurosurgery. Having performed many of the first-in-man procedures, he remains a destination surgeon for some of the most challenging procedures from across the globe. 

The process of serial innovation has consisted of cyclically developing procedural innovations that improve clinical outcomes, and then, purpose-building and commercializing the required technology through integrated service delivery models to capture the enhanced econometrics. He has iterated this “T-E S” paradigm four times over two decades, pioneering access to the brain and skull base through the nostril (1998-2005), accessing deep subcortical regions of the brain through minimally invasive corridors (2005-2012), and the development of Robotic Optical micro-neurosurgery (ROVOT-m) (2012-current). Implementing this paradigm, across diverse health care systems ranging from large to small, academic and non-academic, Canadian and American institutions, he has either taken already successful programs and grown them at unprecedented rates or restructured distressed ones. 

Dr. Kassam, as an active surgeon and health care executive has leveraged his distinctive understanding of the health care economy, creating truly disruptive transformation ahead of the market to fuel the academic mission. 

His most recent transformation delivered operating margins exceeding 50% each of the past two years. 

Dr. Kassam has published over 300 peer-reviewed articles, 2 textbooks, 80 book chapters, given over 250 lectures globally and served as a distinguished guest for multiple international meetings and societies. He has an H-index of 66, RG-impact score of 47 (98th percentile), and his work has been cited over 16,000 times. He authored the 1st and 3rd most cited article in his field over the past decade and recently published a sentinel atlas of the human subcortical network; “The White Matter Chassis” which was placed on the 2017 Pantheon list. 

Remaining concurrently engaged across the continuum of stakeholders provides Dr. Kassam with a unique range across a broad network, including being appointed as the National Hockey League Alumni Association CMO, as well as, econometrics and optics consultant for Stryker Corporation, and recently partnered with JLL Property Investments to create the next generation life sciences ecosystem. This broad and deep range combined with a track record of implementing his econometric paradigm across diverse ecosystems, positions him to be uniquely capable of providing data-driven, predictive economic insights as a strategic health care transformation agent in the pursuit of scalable patient services and academia.

Chris Rovin

Head of Product

Bio

Chris oversees the Neeka Life mobile platform. Chris started his career in brain tumor research before founding the first crowdfunding charity for medical research.  He then joined Emerge Enterprises as a Partner and Head of Product, focusing on the company’s growth into the medical technology space.  Chris oversaw the development of MyStory and Compass for Aurora Health Care, and led the winning submission for the FDA’s Challenge.gov contest to address opioid overdose with mobile technology.  Outside of work, you can find Chris riding his bike around Los Angeles or playing guitar in various bands around town.

Ben Dukes

Data Scientist

Bio

Ben leads the company’s data and analytics work. Before joining Neeka, Ben was a Manager in Deloitte’s Social Impact practice with experience on social and environmental sustainability engagements. His project expertise centered on analytics, data driven storytelling, and strategy development. Ben is passionate about delivering clean water and sanitation to everyone and cooking.

Hobson Bryan

Senior Data Strategist

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Hobson is focused on the agile design, development and delivery of data management, analytics, visualization, automation, machine learning and artificial intelligence solutions that improve human health as well as the bottom line. Prior to joining Neeka Health, he spent three years with the federal government conducting statistical and economic analysis, two years earning graduate degrees in business, operations management, and engineering, and then five years with Deloitte Consulting in the Strategy and Analytics group.

Nihith Gudi

Data Scientist

Bio

Nihith is a data scientist for Neeka Health’s finance and econometrics projects.  Prior to joining Neeka, Nihith worked as a consultant for Verizon, and has worked for Amazon and Deloitte Consulting previously.

Adrian Patenaude

Head UX Designer

Bio

Coming soon…

Courtney Crockett

UI / UX Designer

Bio

Prior to joining Neeka, Courtney attended Long Beach City College where he majored in human psychology. His passion for football earned him a full scholarship to play for Idaho State University. 3 torn ACLs later, Courtney immersed himself back to into psychology. He started as a research assistant and is now a proud user interface designer at Neeka.

Jared Sheehan

Strategy

Bio

Jared is a strategist for Neeka and serves as the CEO of PwrdBy, a social impact technology company. Before joining Neeka, Jared was a Senior Consultant in Deloitte’s Sustainability practice with experience on social and environmental sustainability engagements. His project expertise centered on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy, social impact operating model design, funding strategy, financial analytics, and improving partner engagement programs. Jared is passionate about helping children receive medical services, blood donation and awareness, increasing cycling-as-transportation globally, affordable housing, and providing food safety.

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