Leadership Team

Our leadership team provides medical and business expertise spanning decades of clinical success resulting in significant reduction in human suffering and medical expense.
Jeffrey L. Tredwell DPM

Jeffrey L. Tredwell DPM

Chairman of the Board and Founder

Founder XLHealth, over 35 years practice of podiatric medicine, recognized leader in prevention of devastating lower extremity disease complications in the diabetic population.

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Dr Tredwell is founder of XL Health, formerly a leading disease management company and the largest C-SNP in the unique chronic disease space. He is past Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer and until the sale of the firm to United Health Care for $2.5 billion, served on the Board of Directors with additional responsibilities attached to the compliance and quality oversight committee of the board. He also served as a member of the medical advisory board of XL Health.

Dr. Tredwell pioneered the Diabetic Foot Center Concept and founded Diabetic Foot Centers of America where he developed the core of its diabetic lower extremity complication treatment protocols. He established the screening methodology for co-morbidity rate surveillance of complications associated with diabetes. The clinical and financial outcomes from these methodologies have received national and international recognition. Dr. Tredwell’s protocols and methodology for prediction and prevention of diabetic lower extremity disease leading to multiple hospitalizations, surgeries and amputation and linkages to other concurrent co-morbid conditions, and diabetes disease management are now practiced in populations throughout North America and Europe.

Dr. Tredwell graduated from the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago and completed his residency in podiatric medicine and foot surgery at Monsignor Clement Kern Hospital for Special Surgery in Warren, Michigan. He had additional training at the National Hansen’s Disease Center in Carville, La with Dr. Paul Brand where he learned the mechanisms of injury to destruction of tissue leading to ulceration and amputation in people suffering from neuropathic limb disease. He later created the science of temperature trending to help predict and prevent tissue breakdown in the diabetic neuropathic foot.

Dr. Tredwell has earned a Fellow of the American College of Foot Surgeons and a Diplomat of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. He is nationally and internationally recognized for his work in limb salvage and in the conservative management of foot problems associated with diabetes and its linkages to concurrent co-morbid conditions of diabetes. Dr. Tredwell has delivered numerous lectures and papers on prediction and prevention of diabetes-related complications. He is best known for his work in primary prevention of devastating lower extremity disease complications in the diabetic population.

Metamorphosis to a New Model of Care

Joel E. Schlesinger

Joel E. Schlesinger

Partner

Dr. Joel Schlesinger is an award-winning organizational leader. Specialized in start-up, change management, and turnaround ventures, he brings to DAPS Health extensive leadership experience in private, public, and non-governmental organizations in the United States and internationally.

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Dr. Schlesinger served as Vice President and Senior Director for Creative Associates, an international consulting firm where he doubled his division’s revenue over a three-year period, launched a new international health practice, and directed a change management exercise that transformed technical service delivery. He served as President of IBI International, a woman-owned consulting business implementing organizational development and financial reform initiatives. He also served seven years as Director for Africa at Chemonics International and launched new offices for non-governmental organizations in the Caribbean, North Africa, and Southern Africa.

Prior to joining the private sector Dr. Schlesinger, a Senior career diplomat, served as the USAID Mission Director in Mali. Under his leadership, Vice President Al Gore rewarded the Mali Mission for the most innovative strategic planning and managerial re-engineering in the Agency’s more than 100 country offices. He also served as a Deputy Assistant Administrator representing the agency before Congress. Dr. Schlesinger recently completed an organizational streamlining exercise at the request of the Top Executive of a major foreign affairs organization aimed at speeding up processes and increasing results. Last year he led a management assessment for the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene in a large African country to improve national health care service delivery. He also conducted a full-scale change management assessment for a U.S. government foreign affairs organization in Nepal. For another division of that agency he provided extensive executive coaching, facilitated a targeted strategic plan and new business practices, and established a high performing team.

Dr. Schlesinger earned a doctorate in Organizational Leadership, a Master’s degree in International Administration, and Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Economics (equivalent). He has taught doctoral and MBA-level courses at Washington D.C. area universities on business leadership, organizational behavior, change management, business strategy, and leadership in multi-cultural and global organizations. He has also lectured at Harvard and Princeton Universities. Dr. Schlesinger currently holds the position of Assistant Professor in the Jack Welch Management Institute.

Stephen M Weinstein

Stephen M Weinstein

Partner

Mr. Weinstein has vast experience as a senior executive in health care management with expertise in strategic planning, business development, workforce initiatives and overall operations.

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Mr. Weinstein previously served as President and CEO for major hospital health systems including Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago; Cancer Treatment Centers of America; Doctors Hospital of Hyde Park; Chicago Osteopathic Health System; National Medical Enterprises; and American Medical International. In those roles, he was honored to be the recipient of the Martin Luther King award for community service

In Washington, DC he served as CEO of CommunityCare, the District of Columbia’s health care system.

Mr. Weinstein is internationally known for work in alternative medicine where he built a large global network.

He received a Masters in Healthcare Administration from Trinity University, San Antonio, TX; A Bachelors of Science in Economics from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Fla; A Bachelors in Business Administration from Loyola University, Montréal, Quebec.

Steve Rome

Steve Rome

Partner

Steve has more than 40 years in engineering (technical and managerial) roles, focused on electronic communications security, cyber and IT in both Government and private sectors.

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Steve began his technical career as a mechanical engineer designing mechanical and electrical solutions for high rise condominiums, and eventually in the mechanical packaging and design for electronic communications for the National Security Agency.

Steve led numerous major IT Security development programs transitioning from development into high volume production. He published the Information Assurance Technical Framework (IATF) and chaired the Government and Industry Forum of Information Assurance experts to create a DoD IT Security standard and published security protection profiles based on the International Common Criteria. In his 12 years with Booz Allen Hamilton, he managed multi-million dollar commercial and government programs with accountability for program revenue and growth. Steve was director of the Booz Allen Common Criteria Testing Laboratory.

He has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, a Master of Business Administration in Management and Engineering from Central Michigan University, and Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University. He completed the Carnegie Mellon Program for Technical Managers. Steve served for more than 19 years as President or Chair on numerous positions with the international Applied Computer Security Associates and its conferences and workshops. He was a member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association for more than 20 years.

Mark D. Sussman, DPM

Mark D. Sussman, DPM

Partner, Chief Clinical Officer

Dr. Sussman is an experienced foot and ankle surgeon with over thirty years of clinical practice. He developed a strong interest and passion for high risk individuals suffering from complications of diabetes, and was an early proponent of predictive methodologies as a way to reduce medical expense and complications of diabetes.

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Dr Sussman is a prevention and wellbeing fan who does healthcare, in that order.

Dr Mark Sussman is an experienced foot and ankle surgeon in the Maryland area with over thirty years of clinical practice. He developed a strong interest and passion for high risk individuals suffering from complications of diabetes after seeing too many clinical failures resulting in amputation and death.

Dr. Sussman was an early proponent of predictive methodologies as a way to reduce medical expense and complications of diabetes. He was the first medical director in the Midwest of the “Save a Limb Save a Life program” created by Dr Jeffrey Tredwell. His role was to educate patients; caregivers; physicians; and diabetes educators on the risks of diabetes and how these risks can be reduced.

Dr Sussman is also a wellness consultant educating people on self-care and prevention through healthy living and balanced life styles.

A best-selling author, Dr Sussman has written or co-created six books. His Latest published book, “The 10 Most Common Foot Problems We See”, provides education, prevention and self-care suggestions (as well as when to see a doctor) for the general public. He has lectured and written extensively on self-care and prevention.

Dr Sussman received his degree in Podiatric Medicine (DPM) from the Kent State College of Podiatric Medicine, formerly the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. His residency was in foot and ankle surgery at the Civic/Kern Hospital for Special Surgery in Detroit, Michigan.

Dr. Sussman is a Diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

Shekar Subramaniam

Shekar Subramaniam

Senior Advisor for Business Development

Shekar Subramaniam recently retired from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield as the Vice President of Sales, Small Medium Strategic Business Unit. Shekar has more than 35 years of sales, management, marketing and health care financing at various positions in the healthcare insurance area. He has experience in the wellness arena, understands disease management, and was instrumental in the launch of the Healthy Blue program developed by the CEO.

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He brings extensive experience to DAP-Health in areas including claims operations, sales and service, account management, broker and agent management, distribution systems. His deep domain knowledge and understanding of the US healthcare industry will add significant value to DAP-Health and help provide the highest quality of service to its clients.

Shekar received his Bachelor’s Degree in Advanced Accounting from the University of New Delhi and received his MBA from Morehead State University in Kentucky. While doing his MBA he received various industry awards including The Wall Street Award. He has received American Banker’s Life Award for Outstanding National Leadership in Sales Management. Shekar is fluent in English and also speaks German and Hindi.

Laurie Russell

Laurie Russell

Senior Advisor for Quality Strategy, Improvement, and Outcomes

Ms. Russell has been a Principal at L Russell Consulting, LLC. She has more than 30 years of health care experience including 15 years in managed care. She advises health plans on quality improvement; Medicare star ratings; compliance; and operations around ODAG/SNP, NCQA and medical management.

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Laurie was Vice President, Government Affairs at United Healthcare providing clinical expertise for the Medicare and Retirement Division in working with CMS on clinical quality improvement and Medicare star ratings.

Working at XLHealth Corporation from startup to its acquisition by United Healthcare, Laurie held various positions including Senior Director of Health Solutions, Vice President for Medical Affairs and Vice President for Quality Strategy and Outcomes. As Senior Director of Health Solutions, Laurie drove development of XLHealth’s disease management programs. She wrote policies, developed clinical content for care management software, initiated training programs and staffed the department. As the company expanded into the Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plan (SNP) business, Laurie served on the executive leadership team as Vice President for Medical Affairs. In this role she directed all medical management programs and built the quality improvement infrastructure for the company. As CMS increased its quality oversight, Laurie then assumed the role of Vice President Quality Strategy and Outcomes. She drove strategies to comply with CMS requirements and enhance outcomes including Medicare Star ratings, NCQA, HEDIS, CAHPS, HOS, SNP Model of Care, CCIP and QIP.

Previous to her time at XLHealth, Laurie worked at Johns Hopkins HealthCare as Senior Director of Care Management. She worked with a team of Johns Hopkins clinicians to develop and then direct case management, utilization management and twelve specialty disease management programs for its Medicaid and retired military health plans. During her time at Johns Hopkins, she was also a faculty associate at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and participated in several research initiatives with the Schools of Nursing, Medicine and Public Health and the Robert Wood Johnson funded Centers for Health Care Strategies.

Laurie has worked directly with private foundations and trade associations such as AHIP and the SNP Alliance and was an invited presenter on Capitol Hill. She participated, at CMS request, in quality improvement initiatives led by the RAND Corporation and served as a Subject Matter Expert for the Commission for Care Management Certification (CCMC).

Laurie held several hospital positions prior to specializing in managed care. She served as Assistant Vice President for Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Maryland and as Nurse Manager for its Intensive Care, Cardiac Care and Dialysis Units. Her clinical practice focused on critical care. She is a licensed RN and certified case manager (CCM).

Karen Wauchope

Karen Wauchope

Senior Advisor for Staff Training and Education

Karen Wauchope, a registered nurse over 40 years, has a passion for educating individuals with diabetes. She has been a Diabetes Educator for over 20 years, with extensive experience in developing and implementing multiple diabetes programs.

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A graduate of Boston University School of Nursing, Karen Wauchope has been a registered nurse over 40 years. Her passion for educating individuals with diabetes started very early in her career. She has worked in the field of diabetes since 1983 and has been a Diabetes Educator for over 20 years.

Ms. Wauchope has extensive experience in developing and implementing multiple diabetes programs. Her programs have been recognized by the American Diabetes Programs certifying the quality of these diabetes programs.

In 2005 she joined XL Health. Working with the protocols developed by Dr. Jeff Tredwell, she assisted in implementing the “Prevention of Lower Extremity Amputation” and reduction of cardiovascular risk reduction for a major New York City health plan. Here she provided staff training and oversight ensuring all protocols were properly implemented.

Throughout her career, Ms. Wauchope educated and trained other health professionals at different educational levels including nurses, pharmacists, registered dieticians and health coaches on the all aspects of diabetes.

She presented, “Integrating Diabetes Education for the Visually Impaired” at the American Association of Diabetes Educators and her CDC Diabetes Prevention Program proved so successful that she was selected to present with the US health and Human Services Department at their “Healthy People 2020 Program” in September 2014.

Ms. Wauchope served as President of the NY Diabetes Educators of the Lower Hudson Valley from 2006 to 2007 and has remained active in her local chapter of the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

Paul Serini

Paul Serini

Senior Advisor and Consultant

Paul Serini has over 35 years of healthcare and law experience. Starting his career on Wall Street, Serini later became a partner at the Venable Law Firm in Washington, DC, and Baltimore, Maryland, and subsequently a founder and senior executive of multiple healthcare operating companies and a Washington, DC- based health policy consulting firm.

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Mr. Serini is a 1980 honors graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park. He received his jurist doctor (JD) degree from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America in 1983, where he continues to serve as an adjunct faculty member and lecturer.

Most recently Serini co-founded and served as Executive Vice President of XL Health Corporation, a $2.5 billion Baltimore based Medicare Advantage insurance plan focused on improving clinical care and reducing wasteful spending on chronically ill seniors.

After XL Health was acquired by United Health Group (for $2.5 billion), Serini served as Chief of Government Relations & Health Policy for United Healthcare’s Medicare and Retirement division, until retiring in early 2013 to pursue blue water sailing, private investing and asset management, and a personal passion for philanthropy through the Helen J. Serini Foundation, a private non-profit organization focused on children’s issues and healthcare.

William Bossin

William Bossin

Senior Advisor and Consultant

Over his years of law practice in the real estate industry in New York City, William has been a member of top-rated practices and has received individual recognition, having been listed in Super Lawyers magazine as a New York Metro Super Lawyers “Rising Star” from 2015-2017.  At the University of Virginia School of Law, he served on the Editorial Board of the Virginia Journal of International Law.

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William L. Bossin graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2007 and received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2010.

Mr. Bossin currently serves as a senior consultant and advisor to the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the company with additional responsibilities as advisor to the officers of the board.

Following graduation from law school, he became an associate in the New York City office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.  Mr. Bossin has been an attorney in the commercial real estate practice of Greenberg Traurig, LLP in New York City since 2014.

Prior to joining Greenberg Traurig, Mr. Bossin worked extensively with Dr. Jeff Tredwell in the predictive methodology of diabetes disease management where he became an early proponent of eliminating suffering for people with diabetes.