Our Leadership

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

Kurt Skifstad, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Skifstad 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.

Tom Shehab, M.D., M.M.M., FACPE

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Shehab is a physician-executive with extensive experience in a variety of healthcare leadership, clinical, and operational roles. Tom has extensive experience in healthcare quality initiatives, managing physician performance and physician engagement. In addition to serving as ArborMetrix’s Chief Medical Officer, Tom is a Principal at Arboretum Ventures. Prior to his current roles, Tom spent 13 years as a physician executive and practicing physician specializing in gastroenterology/hepatology. He was involved in a number of entrepreneurial healthcare-related ventures and held multiple senior leadership roles. Most recently, Tom served as Chief of Staff for more than 1,000 physicians at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor and as the Chair of Medicine for Integrated Health Associates (IHA), a multi-specialty group consisting of 300+ providers. Both St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and IHA are part of Trinity Health. Tom earned an M.D. from Wayne State University, performed his residency and fellowship training at the University of Michigan Medical Center, and earned his Master’s in Medical Management from the Heinz School of Management at Carnegie Mellon University.

Christian Birkmeyer, M.S.

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Birkmeyer 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

Mr. Richvalsky joined ArborMetrix as its Chief Financial Officer in 2013. Steve 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

Mr. Li 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

Mr. Paszek has over 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 

Mr. Steinort brings over 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.