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Our 40 Under 40 Healthcare Innovators of 2015

32. John Henry Silva


John Henry Silva began his career as a Marine working with the protection division of the US Secret Service. It was during his international development assignments that he was introduced to the reality of healthcare challenges. Today, Silva’s desire to work in healthcare is both ethical and practical. “The economic opportunities are copious due to aging population and epidemic of chronic conditions,” he says. “Most importantly, science has shown ways to reduce morbidity and mortality that were inconceivable in the past.”

As a New Business Developer at Tufts Health Plan, Silva is focused on navigating through a tough insurance landscape. Health insurance firms face unique challenges and opportunities due to the shift towards consumerism in healthcare and preventative models, while also balancing technologies and privacy concerns.

Silva’s advice for founders: “Aim for the blue ocean, as healthcare solutions are needed for underserved and vulnerable populations, like helping veterans and seniors age independently and with dignity.”

In addition to his position at Tufts, Silva is Managing Partner at Genesis Capital Group, executing private placement investments in early-stage health technology companies, Advisor for Shanghai ReMed Life Sciences, and Director of Development for the Institute for Safety in Office-Based Surgery, based at Harvard Medical School.

Shreya Iyer

Shreya Iyer

    Shreya specializes in health communications and is a copywriter for an advertising agency. She was previously at Bayer Healthcare, Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide

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