About the top 50 in digital health

Each year, to kickoff the JP Morgan Health Conference in San Francisco, we draw special attention to those who have made exceptional progress in driving resources, attention, and innovation towards the burgeoning digital health industry. From writing healthcare policy to steering corporate acquisitions to moving technology from the bench to the bedside, we want to honor the people and organizations making this sector thrive. 

The Selection Process

  • Initial nominations are open to the public from October 7 to October 20, 2019.

  • The Top 50 committee—composed of digital health visionaries from diverse backgrounds—select the finalists.

  • Award winners are chosen in an online vote by the public from November 11 to 24, 2019.

  • Honorees will be announced on December 9 and are celebrated at the Top 50 in Digital Health Awards Dinner on January 12, 2020.

Past Awards 

We're honored to recognize the changemakers of healthcare—meet the past honorees.

Top 50 Committee

Michael Esquivel, Partner, Fenwick & West

Michael is the Industry Co-Chair for Digital Health at Fenwick & West. He provides strategic counseling to emerging and high-growth companies primarily in the digital health, consumer and enterprise tech, social networking, software and cloud computing industries.


JC Simbana, ‎Senior Vice President, Pacific Western Bank

JC cofounded Square 1 Bank (now Pacific Western Bank) and has more than 15 years of experience working with life science venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. Prior to Pacific Western Bank, he ran the early stage Life Sciences and Digital Health practice at Silicon Valley Bank.


Dr. Leslie Saxon, Executive Director, USC Center for Body Computing

Dr. Leslie Saxon is a professor of clinical medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. In addition, Dr. Saxon serves as the executive director of the internationally acclaimed USC Center for Body Computing and newly formed USC Virtual Care Clinic. She was awarded the 2019 Woman of the Year by The Muses of the California Science Center Foundation for her distinguished career in medicine.


James Sinclair, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

Jim is a managing director in the Consumer Retail and Healthcare Group at Goldman Sachs, covering healthcare services and technology companies. Jim serves as a member of the Advisory Board for Ben’s Friends, a nonprofit focused on building online communities for patients with rare diseases. 

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Leah Sparks, Co-founder & CEO, Wildflower Health

Leah Sparks has more than 15 years experience building innovative healthcare businesses in both venture-backed companies and Fortune 50 corporations. Prior to starting Wildflower Health, Leah led business development for a personalized medicine startup acquired by Medco and held a variety of leadership roles at McKesson.

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Bill Evans, CEO & Managing Director, Rock Health

Bill is the Managing Director of Rock Health. He has deep healthcare and technology expertise, leadership and management experience. Before Rock Health, he spent 13 years in technology/informatics leadership roles at Genentech/Roche, worked as a senior software engineer at Epinions and as an analyst at Goldman Sachs.

Past Attendees

Abhas Gupta, CEO, Mohr Davidow Ventures

Ambar Bhattacharyya, Managing Director, Maverick Capital

Ashley Reid, CEO, Wellist

Ashwin Pushpala, CEO, Sano

Anne Wojcicki, Co-Founder & CEO, 23andme

Bill Moschella, CEO, eVariant

Bill Romeo, Managing Director, Danforth Advisors

Billy Boyle, CEO, Owlstone Medical

Beth Seidenberg, General Partner, KPCB

BJ Fogg, Social Scientist, Stanford

Bob Kocher, Partner, Venrock

Brook Byers, Partner, KPCB

Bryan Roberts, Partner, Venrock

Casper de Clercq, Founding Member, Norwest Venture Partners

Chris Coburn, VP, Partners HealthCare

Christina Farr, Reporter, CNBC.com

Christine Lemke, Co-Founder, Evidation Health

Darren Hite, Partner, Aberdare Ventures

Dan Burton, CEO, Health Catalyst

Daniel Kraft, Medicine & Neuroscience Chair, Singularity University

David Van Sickle, Co-Founder & CEO, Propeller Health

Eric Topol, Scripps Translational Science Institute

Frank Williams, CEO, Evolent Health

Francisco Rausua, Sr. Principal Research Scientist, AbbVie

Giovanni Colella, Co-Founder & CEO, Castlight

Heather Mack, Reporter, The Wall Street Journal

Hong Truong, Director, Summation Health Ventures

Hosain Rahman, CEO, Jawbone

Ian Shakil, CEO, Augmedix

James Lu, Co-founder, Helix

James Park, CEO, Fitbit

Jason Jacobs, Founder & CEO, RunKeeper

JC Simbana, Co-Founder & SVP, Pacific Western Bank (formerly Square 1 Bank)

Jeff Tangney, Co-Founder & CEO, Doximity

Jim Sinclair, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

John Noonan, Founder, LifeForce Capital

John Mattison, Chief Medical Information Officer, Kaiser Permanente

Jordan Shlain, Co-Founder, HealthLoop

Julie Cheek, CEO, EverlyWell

Kunal Sarkar, Founder & CEO, Lumosity

Kate Jhaveri, Board of Directors, Planned Parenthood

Kevin MacDonald, Founder & CEO, Kit Check

Larry Brooks, Director, Business Innovation, Boehringer Ingelheim

Leslie Saxon, Executive Director, USC Center for Body Computing

Liz Rockett, Parnter, Kaiser Permanente Ventures

Michael Dillhyon, Founder, YouBase, Inc.

Nick Ganju, Founder & CTO, ZocDoc

Owen Tripp, CEO, Grand Rounds

Piraye Yurttas Beim MD, CEO, Celmatix

Peter Van der Goes, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

Ramji Srinivasan, CEO, Counsyl

Ryan Beckland, Co-Founder & President, Validic

Sam Brasch, Sr. Managing Director, Kaiser Permanente Ventures

Sami Inkinen, CEO, Virta Health

Shannon Griffin, Co-Founder and CEO, Loop Med

Sean Duffy, Co-Founder and CEO, Omada Health

Skip Fleshman, Managing Partner, Asset Management Ventures

Sonny Vu, Founder and CEO, Misfit Wearables

Stephanie Lee, Reporter, BuzzFeed

Steve Kraus, Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners

Sue Siegal, CEO, GE Healthcare

Susannah Fox, Former CTO, HHS

Thomas Goetz, CEO, Iodine

Tim Lee, Partner, Sequoia Capital

Tim Chang, Partner, Mayfield

Tom Lee, Founder & CEO, One Medical

Walter De Brouwer, CEO, Scanadu

Ulili Onovakpuri, Principal, Kapor Capital

Zal Bilimoria, Co-Founder, Refactor Capital