Our Leadership

Executing strategies that optimize the quality and cost-efficiency of care

Kurt Skifstad, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer

Kurt has more than 25 years of experience founding and leading successful early- and growth-stage enterprise and SaaS software ventures. In addition to his domestic and international operating roles, Kurt was Entrepreneur in Residence at RPM Ventures – a seed- and early-stage venture firm that invests in information technology – and he also taught a course on Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan. Kurt holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and he attended the Executive Education Program at Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

Spencer Heaton, M.D., M.B.A.

Chief Medical Officer

Spencer is an experienced physician-executive with a valuable perspective that helps him lead ArborMetrix in its delivery of clinical analytics and registry solutions for medical specialty societies, hospital associations, and hospitals and health systems. He provides strategic guidance to ArborMetrix’s team and clients to help them support quality improvement and optimize success with quality reporting. Spencer earned his M.D. and M.B.A. at the University of Michigan, and completed residency training in anesthesiology at the University of Michigan Health System. Following residency, he completed subspecialty fellowship training in pain medicine at Johns Hopkins. He has experience in private medical practice, including founding a comprehensive sports medicine, spine, and pain management clinic. In addition to his clinical roles, Spencer has experience in medical device and pharmaceutical development, as well as life science venture capital. He most recently functioned as the healthcare team lead for the University of Michigan Wolverine Venture Fund.

Christian Birkmeyer, M.S.

Chief Operating Officer

Chris has more than 15 years of experience in health services research, outcomes analysis, and software development. Prior to joining ArborMetrix, Chris was Executive Vice President at SCIOinspire responsible for software development, delivery and sales, and practice lead for analytics and actuarial services. Previously, he directed the informatics department at Health Dialog, managed the Data Center for the Department of Surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and consulted for The Leapfrog Group. He holds a B.S. in accounting from the University of Connecticut and a M.S. in epidemiology/biostatistics from Dartmouth.

Steve Richvalsky

Chief Financial Officer

Steve joined ArborMetrix as its Chief Financial Officer in 2013. He is a seasoned executive with nearly 30 years of financial management, fundraising, and operating experience. Prior to joining ArborMetrix, Steve served as CFO of HandyLab, Inc. an Ann Arbor-based clinical diagnostic company. At HandyLab, he participated with the executive management team in the growth and venture financing of the company, ultimately resulting in its sale for $275M. Previously, Steve served as CFO of Ardesta, LLC, an industry accelerator dedicated to the development of microsystems and other small technologies. Before joining Ardesta, Steve was CFO of Genomic Solutions Inc., a life science products company. He led Genomic Solutions through a period of rapid growth including an IPO and merger with Harvard Biosciences, Inc. Steve has also held various financial management positions at US Robotics and Comshare. Steve was an audit manager at Ernst & Young and earned a B.S.B.A. in accounting from John Carroll University.

Hang Li, M.S.

Senior Vice President, Technology

Hang has 17 years of technology industry experience as a software architect with a focus on Web-based Enterprise Software. Hang was most recently the Senior Architect at ForeSee Results Inc. for their enterprise-level online survey system and web based analytic platform. Prior to that, he led the technical teams at CareerSite Inc., where he developed solution architecture and managed implementation for an Internet e-recruiting site utilized by over 200 newspapers nationwide. He holds a B.S. in Biophysics from Peking University and a M.S. in pharmaceutics/information system from University of Cincinnati.

Lukasz Paszek, M.B.A.

Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Business Development

Lukasz has more than 15 years of experience in strategy, finance, and analytics in healthcare and other industries. Lukasz joined ArborMetrix from McKinsey & Company where he most recently was the Head of Consumer Solutions within MAHA (McKinsey Advanced Healthcare Analytics) and previously was a consultant focused on the healthcare industry. Prior to his time at McKinsey, Lukasz worked on venture capital investments with Ardesta in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and before that he was an investment banking analyst within Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette’s Financial Institutions Group in Los Angeles. Lukasz holds an M.B.A. with high honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a B.B.A. with high distinction from the University of Michigan.

Klaus Steinort

Data Scientist 

Klaus brings more than 30 years of experience within software development and providing research analytic services, working in a host of environments from control systems for industry to the health services environment. Previously employed by Health Dialog, he led a team of developers to create analytic systems tools for the management of large data systems involving health care and predictive models. Klaus was also the primary architect and developer of a series of tools in order to predict readmission risks and to stratify different segments of the population for collaborative care and community nurse intervention. Klaus holds a B.A. in Computer Science and Psychology from the University of Maine.