Michael Apkon

Michael Apkon, MBA, MD, PhD is the President of Sand Street Advisors, a healthcare management and strategy consultancy. He is currently developing, and will lead, Grow Health, a pediatric-focused technology and health services company that will deliver advanced pediatric into the home.

Dr. Apkon is a physician executive and physician scientist serving in C-level leadership roles at top academic hospitals in the United States and Canada as well as in advisory and governance roles for health and life sciences companies. He has a unique perspective on both the US system and the Canadian single payer system. He most recently served as the CEO at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. In that capacity, he led a 415 bed hospital staffed by 6,000 employees, scientists, medical staff, students and volunteers with a $1B budget. The Medical Center comprised subsidiaries including the New England Quality Care Alliance (NEQCA), a network of 1800 physicians, as well as the Tufts Physician Organization.

Prior to his role at Tufts Medical Center, Dr. Apkon was the President and CEO at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto Ontario. He has also held senior executive and academic roles at top academic health science centers including Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and the Chief Medical Officer for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) as well as roles at Yale University School of Medicine and Yale-New Haven Health System including being the Vice President for Performance Management at the Yale New Haven Health System and the Vice President/Executive Director leading Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. He has held faculty positions at the University of Toronto, the University of Pennsylvania and Yale University’s School of Medicine and School of Management.

Dr. Apkon has extensive international management and governance experience in both pediatric and adult-oriented healthcare including mental health, working with organizations and governments in the UK, Europe, China, Africa, and the Middle East as well as North America. He has consulted widely on business development, capacity development, and management systems as well as quality and safety improvement. He has served as a director for healthcare companies from early stage through exit to the public markets and acquisition including 7D Surgical (acquired by Seaspine Holding) and MindBeacon (acquired by CloudMD). Currently he serves as an advisor or director for health and life sciences companies including: Refactor Health, Homecare Hub, Transcend, Brain Space, Outro, and Guardian Lane as well as serving as an advisor to Continuum Health Ventures and Integrated Investment Partners.

Dr. Apkon is a board-certified pediatrician and intensive care specialist with a BSc degree in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University as well as MD and PhD degrees from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and an MBA from the Yale School of Management where he taught healthcare management.

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