We’ve quietly built a new health care system.

While no one was looking, we started from scratch and created the first half-price, whole you healthcare system. It’s a thriving marketplace where brilliant doctors get connected with our loyal and loving patients. We’ve saved them over $13 million dollars, and we’re just getting started.

Our leadership

Meet our team of healthcare experts, doctors, and visionaries defining the future of healthcare.

David Goldhill

Co-founder, CEO
In 2009 David wrote a cover story for the Atlantic titled "How American Healthcare Killed My Father." That turned into a book - “Catastrophic Care: Why Everything We Think We Know about Health Care Is Wrong” - which catapulted David to a leading voice for health care advocacy. Those transformative concepts then turned into Sesame, a company that is revolutionizing the delivery of health care to the millions who remain shut out of the system with a direct-pay marketplace that delivers half-priced health care from primary care to specialists. David is also chair of The Leapfrog Group, the nation’s leading advocate for health care transparency. Prior to reinventing a third of the U.S. economy, David served as President and CEO of the Game Show Network and President of TV at Universal Studios.

Michael Botta

Co-founder
Everything Michael has done in his career has led to the Sesame moment, where his role is to oversee all sales, partnerships and clinician relationships. Michael spent five years at McKinsey & Co, leading multi-million-dollar projects to find solutions to healthcare’s biggest problems: pricing; quality measurement; catalyzing competition in the U.S. and abroad to drive better results. 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

co-founder
John’s role as the operational leader at Sesame draws upon his proven ability to scale businesses while maintaining their entrepreneurial cultures. Prior to co-founding Sesame, John served as General Manager at GoEuro, where he drove revenue growth zero to over $100M. John founded and sold his music production company, Relabel, after starting his career at Goldman Sachs.

Dr. Marty Makary, MD, MPH

Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Makary is a pioneering pancreatic surgeon and professor of health policy at Johns Hopkins. Named one of the most influential people in healthcare by HealthLeaders Magazine, Dr. Makary contributes to The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, TIME, Newsweek, CNN, and is a sought-after interviewee on NBC, Fox News and other outlets. It is Dr. Makary’s vision to transform healthcare; as Wikipedia notes, he is “an advocate for disruptive innovation" such as The Surgical Checklist, which he developed at Johns Hopkins, and was later popularized in Atul Gawande best-selling book The Checklist Manifesto. Dr. Makary 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.

Suren Hiraman

Chief Technology Officer
Suren focuses on building highly effective and happy teams that deliver for our customers. He has led engineering teams for his own startups, as well as at large companies like Spotify and Salesforce. He enjoys helping to scale companies while maintaining an entrepreneurial environment and spirit. He also enjoys building highly scalable platforms and data-driven and ML-driven marketplaces. Suren has worked across a variety of industries in both B2B and B2C and brings a strong customer and strategic focus in all cases. Suren received a BS in Electrical Engineering from MIT.

Michael DiLorenzo

VP of Marketing
Michael has a keen understanding of how to communicate meaningfully with consumers to build market-defining ecommerce businesses. He is best known for launching and building the go-to-market strategy for alcohol delivery service Drizly (acquired by Uber). 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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Michelle Joseph

VP of Finance & Strategy
Michelle oversees all strategic finance operations at Sesame. Prior to joining Sesame, Michelle was a VP on the healthcare investment banking team at Evercore, where she advised on a range of M&A and equity financing transactions for leading healthcare services, technology, and pharmaceutical companies. Michelle previously held a number of strategic and operating roles at early-stage startups, including serving as COO of AstroLabs Dubai, the first Google Tech Hub in the Middle East. Michelle received a BA in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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.
I love Sesame because it lets me connect directly with the people I treat. No hoops to jump through. Just me and my patients, like it should be.
Philana Boyd, FNP
Family Medicine

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Providers on Sesame offer a range of health specialties so that you can build your perfect care team. Find quality doctors near you and see for yourself why people love Sesame.

Ursula White, NP

Family medicine
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Dr. Hazen Short, MD

Family Medicine
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Shante Hinson, MD

Family medicine, Rheumatology
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Dr. Vinay Julapalli, MD

Cardiology
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Dr. Annette Marin, MD

Family Medicine
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