"In a dynamic healthcare environment, Alteon is constantly innovating and evolving to meet the needs of its providers, hospital partners, and the industry." Nadia Eltaki, MD
Emergency Medicine Physician
7 years with Alteon Health

Our Mission

Alteon Health partners with hospitals to deliver the highest quality patient care. We empower our physicians and staff to employ innovative and adaptable care-delivery models. We foster the growth of our team members through mentorship, education and professional development.

Our Vision

Alteon Health will advance healthcare through patient-focused care, physician-led innovation, data-driven practices, and best-in-class healthcare partnerships.

Our Core Values


We are a community of professionals who play different roles in achieving common goals. We learn from one another, encourage open dialogue, and use teamwork to enhance the experience of our patients, clinicians, support staff, and hospitals.


It’s at the heart of healthcare and Alteon. Our clinicians and staff are driven by empathy and an innate desire to help others live the healthiest life possible.


We relentlessly pursue excellence by focusing on continual improvement in quality outcomes, safety, patient engagement, employee recruitment and retention, business processes, and hospital operations. We believe exceeding the highest industry standards of care and operations will ensure the best possible patient outcomes.


We embrace accountability, honesty, transparency, and the responsibility we have to do what is right for our people, patients, and stakeholders.


We believe in taking the next step to advance every aspect of healthcare. We encourage and facilitate continuing education, exploring emerging technologies, and employing data-driven processes to improve efficiencies. We encourage each other to challenge the status quo if it leads to better outcomes for patients and partners.


People are at the center of everything we do. We view our patients, colleagues, and partners as family. We value our hospital partnerships and are invested in the communities we serve. We believe in providing resources, mentorship, and support to empower those dedicated to our mission to help them realize their career aspirations

Our Story

Today we deliver better outcomes by putting people at the center.

At Alteon Health, we’re advancing positive outcomes for hospitals, physicians, and patients—each and every day.

In 2017, we saw an opportunity to bring together the best in our industry to create an unrivaled network of partners and drive better outcomes for the people we serve.

To deliver on this opportunity, we brought together two leaders in our industry—Emergency Medicine Associates and Island Medical Management.

EMA, a physician-owned practice, has been a leader in emergency medical services since 1971, serving one million patients annually across Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.

IMM, also a physician-owned organization providing services in emergency medicine and hospitalist medicine, has over 20 years of experience in medical management and touches two million patients each year through its 80+ programs.

With common values and complementary strengths, these two organizations are uniquely suited to come together as Alteon Health, a name that signals our commitment to setting a higher standard in healthcare.

For hospitals, this means assembling a staff of the most engaged, loyal, and highly performing physicians in the industry—enhancing their departments and enabling the highest quality service.

For clinicians, this means creating an environment that promotes career development and ongoing clinical improvement. By leveraging leading data, we help physicians and APPs be their best, while the back-office and administrative support of the national organization allows them to concentrate on their patients.

Each day, we’re advancing towards better outcomes with a people-powered approach—and we’ve only just begun.

We began to chart a way to improve outcomes for hospitals and patients, while providing fulfilling careers our clinicians can take pride in.

For hospitals it means providing a staff of the most engaged, loyal, and highly performing clincians in the industry—enhancing their departments and enabling the highest quality performance.

For clinicians it means using data to improve the ecosystem and simplify processes, so they can concentrate on their patients. We co-create a career path that’s focused on their needs.

Physician Led Philosophy

Unlike other groups, Alteon Health is physician owned and physician led at every level of our organization, including the c-suite.

Our Team

Our national team exemplifies our focus on quality, new thinking and patient experience. Every one of our leaders brings both personal passion and deep medical expertise. It’s this hybrid approach that defines our organization and helps us improve patients’ lives.

Steve Holtzclaw, MD, FACEP, MBA

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Steve Holtzclaw serves as Chief Executive Officer of Alteon Health. As an accomplished physician and veteran leader in the physician services industry, Dr. Holtzclaw has led the transformation of hundreds of emergency medicine, acute care, ambulatory care, and anesthesiology programs nationwide. Prior to joining Alteon, he served most recently as President of Hospital-Based services for TeamHealth. In this role Dr. Holtzclaw was responsible for leading the expansion and progress of healthy business relationships with hospital clients, financial solvency and revenue generation, clinician relations, and organizational development.

Dr. Holtzclaw has an extensive clinical background, beginning his career as an EMT/Paramedic at Helene Fuld Hospital in New Jersey from 1979-1990. He received undergraduate degrees in business administration and biology before attending medical school at the University of Maryland, where he graduated in 1990. He completed his emergency medicine residency training at Johns Hopkins University and pursued an Executive MBA at the University of Tennessee.

Dr. Holtzclaw was named Chairman of the Emergency Department at The Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, in 2001. He has over 20 years of practice history at Johns Hopkins University, where he is currently responsible teaching medical students and residents at the bedside as a member of the emergency medicine program faculty. An esteemed mentor and colleague, Dr. Holtzclaw continues to practice clinically.

John Mulligan, MD, MBA, FACEP

Chief Clinical Officer

John Mulligan, MD, MBA, FACEP is Chief Clinical Officer for Alteon Health. Prior to joining Alteon Health, Dr. Mulligan served as Senior Vice President of Envision Healthcare, where he was responsible for the implementation of many quality initiatives and enhancements to the patient experience, including integration of electronic medical record systems in various emergency departments. Prior to joining Envision in 2015, he was an active Board member and Managing Partner of Emergency Physicians Medical Group (EMPG) for over 15 years.

Dr. Mulligan earned his undergraduate degree at Loyola University Chicago before attending medical school at the Loyola Stritch School of Medicine, where he graduated in 1995. He completed his emergency medicine residency at Johns Hopkins University and later went on to receive an MBA from the Northwestern Kellogg School of Business.

Additionally, Dr. Mulligan dedicated eight years of active duty service to the Army Medical Corps where he received advanced training in the medical management of WMDs and served as the Chief Surety Officer of Aberdeen Proving Grounds and the United States Army Military Research of Chemical Defense (USAMRCD).

Dr. Mulligan serves on the faculty of Loyola University Medical Center as an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and is an active Board member of the Emergency Department Practice Management Association (EDPMA). He is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and licensed in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Virginia, and Delaware. He continues to practice clinically throughout the Midwest.
Dr. Holtzclaw has an extensive clinical background, beginning his career as an EMT/Paramedic at Helene Fuld Hospital in New Jersey from 1979-1990. He received undergraduate degrees in business administration and biology before attending medical school at the University of Maryland, where he graduated in 1990. He completed his emergency medicine residency training at Johns Hopkins University and pursued an Executive MBA at the University of Tennessee.

Wolf Schynoll, MD, FACEP

Chief Performance Officer

Wolf Schynoll, MD, FACEP, serves as Chief Performance Officer of Alteon Health. Dr. Schynoll is a board-certified emergency medicine physician and has served in a multitude of leadership roles, including 10 years of service as the President of his Wisconsin-based emergency medicine practice, and five years with the Studer Group as the firm’s first Physician Performance Coach.

During his time with Studer Wolf worked with medical practices of all specialties, sizes, and scope to assist them in achieving measurable performance improvement. Throughout his 11-year career as a performance coach, he has worked with hundreds of medical practices and personally educated, coached, or collaborated with over 15,000 physicians and physician leaders. He joined TeamHealth as Vice President for Performance Improvement in 2013.

Dr. Schynoll attended medical school at the University of Minnesota and completed his residency at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan.

Amy Charley, JD

Chief Legal & Administrative Officer

Amy Charley, JD, serves as Chief Legal & Administrative Officer of Alteon Health. Amy is a corporate attorney with twenty years of experience collaborating with leadership teams to create strategic, efficient, and cost-effective business solutions. Prior to joining Alteon, she served as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Office of Advanced Recovery Systems, a Fort Lauderdale-based integrated behavioral healthcare company, where she was responsible for overseeing the departments of legal, compliance, licensing, internal audit, and human resources for over four years. Previously, Amy spent almost ten years with Sheridan Healthcare (now Envision Healthcare), one of the nation’s largest providers of hospital-based physician services, serving first as Assistant General Counsel and later assuming the role of Deputy General Counsel.

Additional prior roles include serving as a Judicial Clerk for the United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, as a Senior Attorney of Burger King Corporation, and as an Associate of Holland & Knight, where she worked on multi-district litigation for large international clients.

Amy earned her BA at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado, and is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, Florida. She is active in her local community and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and as Executive Officer of the Association of Corporate Counsel of South Florida.

Chris Pizzi, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Chris Pizzi, CPA, serves as Chief Financial Officer of Alteon Health. Chris brings over 20 years of experience to his position. He held prior roles at Cross Country Healthcare, Inc. (NASDAQ: CCRN) where he served as Vice President of Finance & Corporate Controller, Senior Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer, and Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer. As a key member of the finance and executive teams from 2014 to 2020, Chris oversaw financial planning and analysis, internal and external reporting, accounting, income taxes, internal audit, internal controls compliance, procurement, treasury, and banking relationships.

Additionally, Chris has held several senior-level financial and accounting positions in the healthcare, financial and business services, and technology industries over his career. Prior to Cross Country Healthcare, Inc., he served Health Management Associates, Inc. (NYSE: HMA) from 2006 to 2014. As Assistant Vice President of Corporate Finance & Accounting, Chris was responsible for enterprise-wide accounting, management reporting, external reporting preparation, internal controls compliance, and acquisition accounting and integration.

Earlier in his career, Chris held positions with Pitney Bowes, Inc. and PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Central Connecticut State University and holds his CPA certification from the State of Connecticut.

Mano Kalathil

Chief Technology Officer

Mano Kalathil serves as Chief Technology Officer of Alteon Health. Mr. Kalathil’s expertise is building teams, designing solutions, and scaling both. His career has afforded him the opportunity to do this within healthcare companies both as an operational leader and as a trusted advisor.

Prior to joining Alteon, Mano served as Chief Technology Officer, or in similar leadership roles, at healthcare-focused companies including CareSync, Crankfrog, and ActiveHealth Management (Aetna). At ActiveHealth he was responsible building and scaling their population health management products for large payers, employers, and provider organizations.

Mano earned his Bachelor of Engineering degree at Bangalore University and is a graduate of the CIO Pathways Program from the CIO Executive Council. He is an active member of industry forums in the DC area, an advisor to healthcare startups, and served on the Board of Directors of Tampa Bay Tech from 2016-2017.

Bryan Carey, MBA


Bryan Carey, MBA, serves as President of Alteon Health. Bryan is a veteran financial executive in the healthcare sector. He joined our practice in March 2020 as Chief Financial Officer and assumed the role of President in December of the same year.

Bryan previously served as Managing Director of Operating Partner Consultants, a firm dedicated to providing private equity groups with strategy, finance, performance improvement, and acquisition guidance related to various healthcare services, including physician management, oncology, behavioral medicine, and revenue cycle management. He also serves as Director and Audit Committee Chair of AAPC, the leading global provider of healthcare credentialing and education, and as Director of PierianDx, a leading genomics knowledgebase provider.

Bryan earned his Economics degree at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, where he graduated with distinction in 1982, and completed his MBA at the Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1987.

We understand that each organization’s needs and goals are unique. Each of our regional leaders has a special connection to their community and customizes our best-in-class approach for their partners, physicians, and ultimately their patients.

Martin Brown, MD, FACEP, FAAEM

Divisional President

Dr. Brown attended the George Washington University School of Medicine and completed residency training at The George Washington University Medical Center. He is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine. Dr. Brown has been on the faculties in the Departments of Emergency Medicine at The George Washington University Medical Center and Georgetown University Hospital. While chairing the Department of Emergency Medicine at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park Maryland, Dr. Brown opened the first Chest Pain Center in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Since 2000 Dr. Brown has been the Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Inova Alexandria Hospital. An expert in applying Lean process improvement strategies to improve Emergency Department operations, Dr. Brown has been supervising the application of those strategies across the EMA platform. Dr. Brown has been the Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Emergency Medicine Associates since 2007 and has been instrumental in the organic growth of the organization.

Vince Morra

Divisional President

Vincent Morra has over 26 years of healthcare experience. He served as CEO of NES Healthcare Group for over 10 years, and currently serves as President of the Midwest Region for Alteon. Mr. Morra’s leadership and industry experience have propelled him to lead multiple initiatives in business development, customer retention, and mergers/acquisitions in Emergency Medicine. In addition Mr. Morra serves on multiple community boards.

Dan Ferrara, DO, FACEP

President, Northeast Region

Dr. Dan Ferrara is President of Alteon Health’s Northeast Region. He previously served as founder, President, and Chairman of the Board of Island Medical Management (IMM).

Prior to founding IMM, Dr. Ferrara was Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at South Nassau Communities Hospital, New Island Hospital, and Massapequa General Hospital.

Dr. Ferrara is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He graduated from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and earned a bachelor’s in biology from Allegheny College.

Every day we continue to grow our network, enabling better outcomes in more places. We draw from the most talented and strategic minds to help us chart our course and engage where we need to be.

Tom Cooper, MD

Independent Director

Dr. Cooper is a nationally recognized healthcare entrepreneur who has used his medical training and business acumen to found several leading healthcare companies, including Spectrum Emergency Care, a national emergency physician company (acquired by Laidlaw, now a part of EmCare), Correctional Medical Services (Corizon), the largest correctional facility healthcare company in the U.S., MobileX USA, the largest provider of X-Ray/EKG to nursing homes (acquired by Integrated Health Services) (now TridentUSA), and Vericare, the largest provider of mental health services to patients in long term care facilities. He has also served on the boards of TridentUSA Health Services (acquired by Formation Capital) and Elements Behavioral Health, both Frazier portfolio companies. He is Chairman of Hanger, Inc., and served on the board of IPC, the Hospitalist Group, Kindred, Inc., and Community Health Systems, Inc. He is an adjunct professor at The Columbia Business School, where he taught courses on entrepreneurship for four years and continues to lecture at several MBA programs on healthcare entrepreneurship.

Chris Krubert, MD

Independent Director

Dr. Chris Krubert has led the transformation of over 125 emergency departments nationwide as both an active clinician and Medical Director. His experience has allowed him to become an innovator in the areas of patient flow, physician compensation incentive programs, customer service and patient satisfaction, financial management, and clinical strategies. He was CEO of ApolloMD from 2005-2013, and has consulted for many of the top medical systems in the U.S., lecturing on the topic of healthcare quality around the world. He currently teaches the Business of Healthcare course at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Dr. Krubert was an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year recipient for healthcare in 2010 and sits as a Board Director for 4 leading healthcare companies, providing him the insights of being able to deliver high quality, compassionate care in complex settings and to do so in a cost-effective and efficient manner. Dr. Krubert received his MD from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, trained in emergency medicine at the University of Chicago Hospitals, and attained his MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

Frederic Salerno

Independent Director

Frederic Salerno serves as an Independent Director of Alteon Health. Fred is a senior advisor, investor, and Board director in the healthcare, technology, and telecom industries. He most recently served as Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of Verizon, where he was responsible for leading strategic planning efforts, business development, and finance functions. Additional roles include serving as a current and former Director of Akamai Technologies, CBS Corp., Intercontinental Exchange, Consolidated Edison, and Stroz Friedberg.

Kent Wallace

Independent Director

Kent Wallace serves as an Independent Director of Alteon Health. Kent has deep experience in the healthcare industry, having previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Kindred Healthcare and Gentiva Health Services. He also serves as a Director for RCCH HealthCare Partners in addition to several other healthcare services organizations.

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