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Executive Leadership

Team

Robert G. Rupard

CEO and Founder

 

In 2014, Robert founded Pro-GeneX, LLC., a private company based at the Georgia Tech Advanced Technology Development Center in Atlanta, GA.

 

A serial entrepreneur, from 2010 until early 2014 he served as Chief Operating Officer for Sensiotec, Inc., a Georgia Tech-based medical device firm. He was responsible for managing all research, implementation, deployment and training services for beta sites, clinical trials and managing day-to-day operations.

 

Prior to that, he was Founder and Chief Executive Officer / Director of Operations for Wings Air, a 75-employee, regional commuter airline that operated 10 aircraft in five states, provided scheduled service into Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, and conducted over 125 daily operations seven days a week. He was responsible for initiating gate operations at Hartsfield Jackson Airport, successfully negotiating changes in the airport security plan and establishing a new record for regulatory approval and airline conversion in the commuter industry, achieving commuter airline status with the Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation in less than 100 days.

 

He is an active participant in entrepreneurship programs at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega and an invitee for regional Small Business Administration roundtables.

 

He has served on the board of directors for a number of non-profit agencies including One World Adoption Services, a non-profit focused on the needs of children in developing nations and currently is on the board of directors for Aurora Day Camp, a non-profit daycamp for children and their siblings with cancer.

 

He lives in Dahlonega, Georgia and has 4 children.

 

He is an avid sailor, aviator and golfer.

 

Brett L. Grauss, BSIE, MBA

Sr. VP of Business Development

 

Brett Grauss is a widely recognized healthcare executive with over thirty years experience in the field.  Currently serving as our SVP, Business Development, Mr. Grauss has held executive level positions within Baxter Healthcare, Sorin Biomedica, and AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation.  Mr. Grauss was also the co-founder and COO at MedCenterDirect and the SVP, Business Development at MedSelect Inc. where he successfully lead both businesses from startup through maturity.  Mr Grauss received his BS in Industrial Engineering from San Jose State where he was a four-year scholar athlete (football) and his MBA from Pepperdine University.

 

 

Brad L. Ward, MD – Medical Director

 

 

Brad L. Ward, MD is a resident of Taylorsville, GA. He graduated from Cartersville High School as valedictorian, graduated Magna cum Laude  from the University of Georgia, then graduated from Duke University School of Medicine. He then completed a residency in family medicine at Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center in Anniston, Al.  He became board certified in family medicine and has been certified as a Certified Medical Director (CMD) in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care. Dr. Ward is married to Dr. Ann Ward, an endocrinologist practicing in Taylorsville. They are the parents of three children: Joseph, Eric, and Casey.

 

Jiten Chhabra, MD

Director of Healthcare Data Informatics

 

Dr. Chhabra is a uniquely qualified healthtech researcher because of his medical

and technical background. His research is broadly focused in the areas of

personal health and wellness informatics and health-focused user interface

technology and software. Featured multiple times on CNN, Chhabra’s work has

made it much easier to translate evidence-based guidelines into real-world

decisions. His portfolio includes research in nutrition interventions, games for

health, non-contact cardiorespiratory sensing, digital doctor-patient

communication, health information technology, stress monitoring, digital

pharmacogenetics and tools for care effectiveness.

 

He has developed novel methods to design and execute clinical and economic

utility studies that enable the collection of insights into the biological,

environmental, and behavioral factors that drive multiple diseases, many of

whom do not have proven preventions or treatments as of today. Chhabra’s

work has been funded by agencies like the National Science Foundation, Centers

for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute on Disability and

Rehabilitation Research, Google Research, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. His projects have received several

prestigious awards including one from the American Heart Association and he

has been an invited expert speaker at forums like the American Academy of

Nutrition and Dietetics, Health 2.0 and Ted Med.

Pennye Westbrook

Facility Clinical Operations Coordinator/Communications Director

 

 

Pennye is a veteral medical professional with experience that spans more than 25 years in the healthcare industry. Her time spend in all aspects of the healthcare continuum from primary care through acute care and post-acute provides strong value for Pro-GeneX as well as the client facilities we serve.

 

Advisory Board

Lt. Gen. E. Ratcliffe “Andy” Anderson, Jr., MD

 

Former U.S. Air Force Surgeon General Andy Anderson is currently CEO of Veteran’s Health Medical Supplies in Austin, Texas. Formerly he was a professor of medicine at Loyola University’s School of Medicine in Chicago and interim chair of the Department of Dermatology. He was also president and CEO of Anderson Medical Consulting and was from 1998-2000 executive vice president and CEO of the American Medical Association.

Dr. Anderson earned his bachelor’s degree from LSU and his M.D. from the LSU School of Medicine in 1964. He was commissioned by the U.S. Air Force in 1965.

A decorated pilot, Dr. Anderson took “Top Gun” honors in his flight class and flew five tours of duty in Vietnam. In 1973, he was assigned to MacDill Air Force Base as chief of aeromedical services and began his move up the command ladder. He served as Command Surgeon at bases in Virginia, Hawaii, and U.S. Air Force Surgeon General in 1994. He retired from the military in 1996.

Among his nearly two dozen military awards are the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm.