Preferral's leadership team has deep roots in building and scaling healthcare technologies.
President & CEO
Mr. Aylward is the President of Preferral and has 25+ years of experience in healthcare. Prior to joining Preferral, he was President & CEO of MedCenterDisplay, LLC and successfully sold the company to PatientPoint.
Prior to joining MedCenterDisplay, he was the CEO of Sy.Med Development, Inc. a HealthStream, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSTM) company. He joined Sy.Med in February 1997 as VP, Sales & Marketing and was named Chairman of the Board, President, and CEO in May 1997. Aylward remained in that position until the sale of Sy.Med to HealthStream in October 2012. Under his leadership, Sy.Med won numerous business awards, including the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America three years in a row. Additionally, Sy.Med became an MGMA AdminiServe® Partner and a Microsoft® Gold Certified Partner.
Mr. Aylward has received numerous personal awards including the 2012 Health Care Hero Award and the 2012 Business Leader Top 50 Entrepreneurs.
Mr. Gautsch is the Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Preferral. He studied Computer Science at the University of Notre Dame, and while there, was a winner of the GE & Oschner Health Hospital Quest competition.
Mr. Gautsch has broad experience developing software solutions in healthcare and has developed applications used widely in healthcare settings such as hospitals, clinics, and SNF's across the country including population health platforms used in academic research, clinical workflow and analytics tools, and telemedicine platforms. Additionally, he has developed and licensed proprietary technology to some of the largest healthcare informatics companies.
Christopher Rand, CFA
Mr. Rand is the Co-founder and Managing Director of TriStar Technology Ventures in 2009. Through his role at TriStar, he serves on the Board of Directors for Angel Eye, Carrot Medical, Cobra Introducer, Evermind, InvisionHeart, MedCenterDisplay, Octovis, Preferral and Nashville Capital Network. Prior to co-founding TriStar, Mr. Rand was the Manager of New Venture Development in Vanderbilt’s Office of Technology Transfer and Enterprise Development. That responsibility included licensing Vanderbilt intellectual property, assisting in the formation of new start-up companies and working with existing start-ups. Since beginning as the Chancellor’s Fund in 2000, Vanderbilt has invested a significant amount of capital into 30 different Vanderbilt-related companies. Mr. Rand was responsible for managing this portfolio and represented Vanderbilt on the boards of five of these companies.
Prior to joining Vanderbilt, Mr. Rand worked in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ valuation group, providing consulting and transaction support services. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and his MBA from Vanderbilt.
Dr. Thomas Gautsch, MD
An expert in Shoulder and Knee Surgery, Dr. Gautsch is a graduate of the top ranked medical school in the world, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Gautsch is a Fellowship trained, Board Certified, Diplomate of The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is among only a handful of surgeons in the region honored with certificates in both Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine. A researcher and contributor to textbooks of Orthopaedic Surgery, he also spent six years with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the UCLA, in Surgical and Chief Residency. Dr. Gautsch has been distiguished as a Fellow of The American College of Surgeons, a Fellow of The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, as well as a Fellow of the National Institutes of Health, in addition to election to a number of other professional societies and organizations.
Dr. Gautsch is the founder of the Southern Sports Medicine Institute, where he has performed over 15,000 successful surgical procedures.
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