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12 Best Telemedicine Companies Healthline

Healthcare Startup Sesame Bucks Rising Inflation, Lowering Costs Up To 67% Forbes - November 30, 2021

Sesame Membership Model Brings 'Radically Normal Healthcare' to Millions of US, November 18, 2021 PYMNTS - November 18, 2021

How to Reduce the Screen Time Your Children Built Up Over the COVID-19 Pandemic Healthline -Nov 3, 2021

How to Get Through a Nursing Strike Verywell Family -Oct 27, 2021

American Healthcare Costs Have Dropped Up To 67% Since 2020 PR Newswire -Oct 21, 2021

The Direct Effect Sesame Care’s radically simple health care model puts control back into the hands of patients and their physicians. Read Maverick -October 9, 2021

Breaking up is hard to do. Especially with your therapist. USA Today -October 8, 2021

The importance of finding a good therapist – and why it's so difficult USA Today -October 7, 2021

Sesame Offers Free Healthcare To Hourly Wage Workers Across The Country PR Newswire -Sep 15, 2021

Sesame, Truepill bring $5 medications to consumers nationwide eMarketer -Aug 31, 2021

This Entrepreneur Wants to Help the Uninsured and Underinsured Find Affordable Medical Care More Easily Entrepreneur -August 17, 2021

Investors are betting on Zocdoc-like mental health startups eMarketer -Jul 30, 2021

Minimum wage and health care Fox News Houston -July 19, 2021

Cash-Pay Healthcare Startup Sesame Raises $24 Million To Support Explosive Growth Forbes -Apr 27, 2021

I’m a Doctor and Here’s How to Not Catch COVID Yahoo News -February 17, 2021

Sesame, a Direct-to-Patient Platform, Expands Video Doctor Visits to Houston, Texas Yahoo Finance -February 2, 2021

Sesame, a Direct-to-Patient Platform, Makes Healthcare More Accessible, Affordable, and Transparent for Millions of Americans Bloomberg -September 9, 2020

How Sesame pivoted during COVID-19 to support local healthcare providers Google Cloud -May 7, 2020

Open Sesame: A First Step in Fixing American Health Care Medium -Feb 19, 2019


The Sesame effect

By giving patients and providers tools to manage their care directly - Sesame has reduced overall health care costs for over 100,000 Americans.

As the only superstore for great doctors, specialists, labs, prescriptions, and more, Sesame's dynamic marketplace has saved patients over $3 million in 2021 alone.


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"Best Price Per Visit"
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NYC Digital Health 100

Saving people money on doctors and specialists every day.


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From our co-founder
Only radical simplicity will fix a complex system like healthcare. Sesame makes accessing high-quality care simple and straightforward so that patients and clinicians can spend less time on bureaucracy and more time where it matters most.
David Goldhill
Co-founder, CEO

Who we are

Meet the real people behind our mission to make quality care affordable for everyone.

David Goldhill

Co-founder, CEO
Through his writing and advocacy, David is a leading national voice for market-based health care reform. Prior to founding Sesame, David served as President and CEO of the Game Show Network, President of TV at Universal Studios, Founder and CEO of INTH, and CFO of Act III Communications. He is the author of the Atlantic cover story "How American Healthcare Killed My Father" and the follow-up book, “Catastrophic Care: Why Everything We Think We Know about Health Care Is Wrong.” David is chair of The Leapfrog Group, the nation’s leading advocate for health care transparency.

Michael Botta

Michael oversees all sales, partnerships, and clinician relationships at Sesame. Prior to co-founding Sesame, Michael spent 5 years at McKinsey & Co., working to find solutions to healthcare’s biggest problems including health care prices, quality measurement, and competition in the US and abroad. Michael received his PhD in Health Economics and Policy from Harvard and has advised The White House Office of Management and Budget, Brookings Institution, and the State of Massachusetts on health reform legislation and implementation.

John Fontein

John oversees operations at Sesame. Prior to co-founding Sesame, John held VP and GM roles at GoEuro where he helped scale revenue from 0 to $100M+. John previously founded and sold his music production company, Relabel, and began his career at Goldman Sachs.

Dr. Marty Makary, MD, MPH

Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Makary is a surgeon and professor of health policy at Johns Hopkins. Named one of the most influential people in healthcare by HealthLeaders Magazine, Dr. Makary regularly appears on Fox News and NBC and has contributed to The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, TIME, Newsweek, CNN, and more. He is also a New York Times best-selling author whose latest book, “The Price We Pay,” ignited a national dialogue around America’s broken healthcare system.

Michael DiLorenzo

VP of Marketing
Michael has a strong record leading marketing at emerging growth, direct-to-consumer e-commerce companies. He is best known for building the go-to-market strategy for alcohol delivery service Drizly (acquired by Uber), and launching that company to the public. He has also held leadership roles at the National Hockey League, e-retailer Rue La La and popular mobile app GasBuddy. For his work at the NHL, Michael was named to PR Week Magazine’s prestigious “40 Under 40” list.

Kris Hoffman

VP - Provider & Customer Success
Kris oversees the clinician accounts and customer service teams at Sesame. Kris has led operations in the health tech and care delivery space, and most recently spent time launching primary care facilities for the Medicaid population at CareMore Health. Prior to CareMore, Kris worked on operations at Flatiron Health and was an early team member at Oscar, where she helped scale the member services and clinical operations teams. Kris received her MPH from New York University.

Dr. Allison Edwards, MD

Medical Director
Dr. Edwards is Sesame’s Medical Director and founder of Kansas City Direct Primary Care, a primary care facility that aims to build stronger relationships between doctors and patients and make healthcare easier for all involved.
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Gerard Murphy

VP of Product + Design
Gerard is a progressive leader with a proven record of entrepreneurial success. Prior to Sesame, Gerard led the Tripadvisor Restaurants B2B and B2C product and design teams which was used by hundreds of millions of hungry diners a month. He helped build a restaurant's B2B business from zero to millions of dollars in monthly revenue. Before Tripadvisor, Gerard was the co-founder and CEO of a popular photo management mobile app and cloud storage service.

Chase Knight

VP Sales & Partnerships
Prior to joining Sesame, Chase led BD deals for Caremore & Aspire Health, building care models for the most vulnerable patients in the Medicaid & Medicare spaces. Chase began his career with 7 years at Abbott Labs leading sales teams to drive exponential growth, before attending Columbia Business School for his MBA.

Dr. Alice Shepard

Regional medical advisor
Alice Shepard is a clinical psychologist and Director of Mirielle Therapy Practice, PLLC, a group practice that focuses on the success of women. Alice holds a BA from Brown University and a Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center. She completed additional training at Barnard, Columbia University, and Columbia Medical Center.
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