OUR FOUNDING TEAM
We founded Summus to solve for two important and interconnected needs lacking in our health system: to make it easier for families to access insights and excellence on more complex health issues, and to create a more transparent market for specialist expertise.
In this mission, we celebrate exceptional physicians and have deep respect for expertise developed from years of training and practical experience. For families, we transform an existing referral system that is highly inefficient and opaque with a personalized healthcare experience that shortens the timeframe to access leading expertise.
We are a service-driven company that embraces those who have committed to excellence in medicine and enables people to speak with people to help solve important problems.
FOUNDER & CEO
Julian previously served on the management team and was Managing Director, Global Research at Gerson Lehrman Group, the world's largest membership-based platform for professional expertise. He oversaw GLG's service operation, products, and content, and directed management of its 400,000+ expert membership base. He formerly worked at Morgan Stanley as Associate and Chief of Staff to the Chairman & CEO and in Special Situations and Investment Banking. In 2001, he served in The White House as an aide to the Chief of Staff to the President. He received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and B.A. in Economics from Duke University.
FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN
Aftab Kherani, MD
Aftab is a Partner at Aisling Capital. Previously, he was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company in the pharmaceutical, medical product, and private equity practices. Prior to McKinsey, Aftab was a Chief Resident in Surgery at Duke University Medical Center, and completed residency in general surgery. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons as an organ procurement fellow. He received his M.D. from Duke University, and was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute research fellowship recipient. He earned his B.S. in Biology and A.B. in Economics from Duke, Magna Cum Laude, graduating Phi Beta Kappa.
Jennifer Kherani, MD, FACEP
Jennifer was previously an attending Emergency Medicine physician and Instructor of Medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/ Weill Cornell Medical College. She served as Chief Resident in her final year of training at the combined program of Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Kherani received her M.D. from the Duke University School of Medicine. She completed a year-long post-doctoral research fellowship at Columbia University and received her B.A. in neuroscience from Colgate University. Jennifer spent a pre-doctoral year at Columbia conducting cardiac physiology research in the laboratory of Dr. Mehmet Oz, Vice Chair of Surgery.