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Digital Health Firm Supported by Multidisciplinary Board in Providing Artificial Intelligence Tools for Clinical Workflow Optimization in the Operating Suite

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Leap Rail’s use of artificial intelligence offers the potential to improve efficiency in the operating suite which can lead to improved quality of care for patients, lower costs, and increased physician and staff satisfaction.

Leap Rail, a developer of artificial intelligence and predictive analytic tools for the operating suite, announced that several nationally respected healthcare industry thought leaders have joined the company’s advisory board, whose membership now includes: Jeffrey Rivest, former president and CEO of University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC); Thomas Krummel, MD, professor and chair emeritus at Department of Surgery at Stanford; Gary Goldman, DDS, MD, Sutter Health anesthesiologist and EHR physician informaticist; Bauback Safa, MD, MBA, president of the American Society of Gender Surgeons; and Adam Schlifke, MD, MBA, health IT leader and staff anesthesiologist at Kaiser Permanente.

“We are honored and humbled to bring together and have the support of such a distinguished and forward-thinking group of industry leaders,” said Shayan Zadeh, founder and CEO of Leap Rail. “By assembling a multidisciplinary advisory board and combining their clinical and business insights with the technical capabilities of the founding team, we are well-positioned to deliver on the promise of artificial intelligence for clinical workflow optimization.”

Underutilized operating time can have substantial, negative financial impact on a hospital's or surgery center's financial performance. Losses can be thousands of dollars per room.  Because operating rooms are dynamic environments, clinicians must respond to many changes, such as intraoperative delays, late patients, delayed starts, emergent cases, and cancellations. Meticulous in-advance planning is required, but not sufficient for running an efficient operating room. Leap Rail applies artificial intelligence and predictive analytic models to this complex and dynamic environment and empowers the operating room administrators to better manage the unpredictability with real time actionable recommendations.

“Operating rooms are such an integral part of a hospital’s operations that every executive I know pays close attention to the operational efficiency in their suites.” Said Jeffrey Rivest, former president and CEO of University of Maryland Medical Center. “Leap Rail’s use of artificial intelligence offers the potential to improve efficiency in the operating suite which can lead to improved quality of care for patients, lower costs, and increased physician and staff satisfaction.”

Following are full biographies of Leap Rail’s advisory board members:

  • Jeffrey Rivest

Jeffrey Rivest is a nationally recognized healthcare executive who has played a key role in the growth and success of several leading academic medical centers for more than 40 years. He most recently served as the president and CEO of the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) from 2004 to 2015. Under his leadership, UMMC grew to a $1.6 billion organization with over 8,000 employees and 1,000 medical staff and elevated its national profile while receiving numerous, prestigious awards including the Leapfrog Group’s Top Hospital of the Decade for Quality and Patient Safety. Prior to his role at UMMC, Jeff served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

  • Thomas Krummel, MD

Dr. Krummel has served in leadership positions in many important surgical societies including the American College of Surgeons, the American Surgical Association, the American Board of Surgery, the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and was the president of the American Pediatric Surgical Association from 2013 to 2014. Dr. Krummel has lectured throughout the world, is author or co-author of over 300 publications, chapters, abstracts and books, and he has mentored over 200 students, residents and post doctorates.

  • Gary Goldman, DDS, MD

Dr. Goldman has been a practicing anesthesiologist and innovation-focused business leader for over 25 years. He is fellowship-trained in obstetric anesthesia at Harvard Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and in neurosurgical anesthesia at State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Goldman is one of Sutter Healthcare’s Enterprise Physician Informatics Leads who oversaw Sutter’s 27 hospital Enterprise Epic EHR implementation project for anesthesiology and OpTIme-related perioperative services.

  • Bauback Safa, MD, MBA

Dr. Safa is a reconstructive microsurgeon and hand surgeon at the Buncke Clinic in San Francisco, Calif. He also serves as clinical assistant of professor of plastic surgery at both Stanford and University of California, San Francisco departments of surgery/plastic surgery. Dr. Safa serves as a member of the executive council of the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, and also as the president of the American Society of Gender Surgeons. Dr. Safa is co-founder and chief medical officer of Mozart Medical, a health data aggregation platform. He is also chief medical officer of Zipline Medical. Dr. Safa obtained his MD from the Stanford University School of Medicine and his MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. He completed his residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Stanford, followed by a fellowship in hand and microsurgery at the Buncke Clinic.

  • Adam Schlifke, MD, MBA

Dr. Schlifke is a board-certified anesthesiologist throughout the Bay Area with a particular interest in improving the delivery of healthcare through the proper use of technology. Dr. Schlifke serves as an advisor to several digital healthcare accelerators and both early and later-stage health technology startups throughout the United States. Dr. Schlifke is excited to use technology to positively impact clinical workflow.

About Leap Rail:

Leap Rail, Inc. offers a suite of artificial intelligence and predictive analytics powered products that enable hospital and surgery center administrators to run a more profitable, efficient, and streamlined operating suite. For more information, please visit

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