Our Team

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Led by founder and chairman James Maisel, MD, the ZyDoc team compromises staff, board, and advisors with deep expertise in the fields of healthcare, business, legal, IT, R&D, QA, NLP, project management, analytics, and pharma.

Executive Team

James M. Maisel, M.D., Chairman and CEO of ZyDoc and Retina Group of NY

Dr. James M. Maisel, (Doctor of Medicine) is the Founder and Chairman of ZyDoc and The Retina Group of New York, USA. He is a Board Certified ophthalmologist who completed his Dyson Fellowship in vitreous and retinal surgery at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, Residency in Ophthalmology at Nassau University Medical Center, Internship in Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center, Doctor of Medicine at New York Medical College, B.A. with Honors Chemistry at Kenyon College.

Dr. Maisel is Chairman of ZyDoc, a medical informatics and transcription company whose MediSapien software was ranked as one of the top five applications in The Data Design Diabetes Sanofi US Innovation Challenge. In addition, he has been a clinical investigator, consultant, educator, and advisory board member for Pfizer, Novartis, EyeTech, TopCon, Genentech, Alimera, Regeneron and Allergan. He has pioneered the development of several innovations in medical informatics including one of the first prototypes of an EHR in 1993 that was sold to the Department of Defense. He served as Chairman of Healthcare Open Systems and Trials (HOST) prior to its merger with HIMSS and participated in development of standards and requirements for the medical informatics industry. ZyDoc speech recognition medical specialty language models were licensed to Dragon Systems in 1999 and ZyDoc created one of the first digital transcription systems in 2003. Under his leadership, ZyDoc has won numerous awards from the medical informatics, speech recognition, computing, transcription, and pharmaceutical industry. ZyDoc released its TrackDoc Connect Cloud based transcription platform with smartphone dictation app that allows doctors to dictate anywhere and automatically insert section level EHR data and derive structured data for document improvement, ICD-10 coding and analytics.

Dr. Maisel was Honored as the 2017 Humanitarian of the Year by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He has served as a Corporate Advisory Board member for the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Medical Advisory Board. He was also a member of the AAO Instrument and Device and Low Vision Committees and has received research grants from the U.S. Public Health Service and the National Institute of Health. Dr. Maisel represented the National Society to Prevent Blindness at the ANSI Z-80 committee where he helped establish many ophthalmic industry standards. He served as an editor of EyeCare Technology Magazine and Diabetes Technology Magazine, authored numerous professional journal articles, and lectures nationally on retina, medical informatics, and practice management topics.

LINKEDIN: www.linkedin.com/pub/james-maisel-md/5/525/356

Stan Esikoff, ZyDoc Chief Operating Officer

Stan Esikoff, ZyDoc Chief Operating Officer, and Member of ZyDoc Board of Directors, is a technology and business executive with extensive experience in Financial Services and Medical Informatics. A graduate of Brown University, Stan has helped create and manage complex technology environments in both spheres, serving in executive management and consulting capacities. His significant hands-on experience in planning, developing and implementing applications and systems architectures has been put to use in support of bringing the MediSapien product to market, and in the ongoing development of enhancements and new downstream applications. Stan also helps to orchestrate the requisite business processes within ZyDoc.

Matt Bouchard, Chief Information Officer

Matt Bouchard, Chief Information Officer, is a database expert and project manager specializing in analyzing complex business problems and assessing how systems can be implemented to solve them. As product manager of MediSapien Knowledge Management Platform, he manages overall coordination of all related projects from planning through implementation. Serving as ZyDoc Project Manager/ Application Engineer since 2007, he has been responsible for managing various IT related projects including datacenter development, developing billing solutions, and architecting the MediSapien Knowledge Management Platform. He has assisted in the development and management of numerous healthcare projects including system design and development, datacenter design and implementation, and application enhancements for business needs in accordance with HIPAA and HITECH standards. He has designed, implemented, and managed virtualized server environments in both VMWare vSphere and Virtual Iron. He has designed, managed, and maintained multiple SQL Server and MySQL databases for production, development, and testing. Matt also architected a system to translate medical concepts to various medical terminologies and classifications automatically. Matt holds a B.S. in Business Administration focused in Management Information Systems/Finance from University of Maine, and is currently pursuing a M.S. in Heath Informatics from University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
LINKEDIN:  www.linkedin.com/pub/matt-bouchard/12/11/a2b

Kevin Ross, Vice President of Sales
Mr. Ross leads the Sales Department for ZyDoc. Over a career spanning 20+ years in the Dictation & Transcription industry, Ross successfully delivered and integrated thousands of customers. Leveraging his vast Sales and Management experience, Kevin strives to provide efficient and practical solutions designed to ensure customer expectations are exceeded and corporate objectives are fulfilled. Prior to joining ZyDoc, Kevin held the positions of VP & General Manager at Norcom Electronics Corp, and Vice President Sales for iMedX. LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/kevin-ross/16/929/a92
Nick Hernandez, Information Technology Manager

Responsible for designing new systems to meet company needs. Responsible for the security of current systems as well as testing and evaluating new systems security before they enter the production environment. Responsible for training programmers on how to write secure code. Responsible for writing and documenting procedures for maintaining systems and Gould security. LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/nicholas-hernandez/4/839/181

Matthew Degen, Lead Applications Developer

Matthew Degen, [bio to come]

Laura Maisel, Esq., Corporate Secretary

Laura Maisel is Secretary of ZyDoc and has been with the company since its inception in 1993. Her responsibilities include company legal affairs, HIPAA compliance, press relations, and supervision of legal, Spanish and law enforcement transcription operations. She received her B.A. in English from Barnard College of Columbia University in 1974, her M.S.J. from Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University in 1975, and her J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law in 1978.

Adele Field, Director Marketing and Communications

For ZyDoc, Adele Field is responsible for marketing communications, advertising, and press relations. Adele's career in publications, marketing communications, and media relations spans more than 25 years in the business and arts sectors. She holds an MFA in Film/TV (UCLA) and a BA in Linguistics (UCLA). As publications manager at the Directors Guild of America, she facilitated the editing and publishing of a series of trade press titles; oversaw creation of a new DGA proprietary imprint; and supervised production of the annual DGA Directory of Members, along with other special member publications. Subsequently, she served as editor-in-chief of Design/Build Business, an award-winning national trade magazine for the building industry; and Director of Marketing and Public Relations for California State University's multi-venue regional arts center, the Luckman Fine Arts Complex.

Ashish Bhatt, Management Consultant

Ashish Bhatt, Management Consultant, collaborates on ZyDoc's strategic initiatives in the areas of R&D, marketing, and operations. Ashish is President of Pico Ventures, a fundless sponsor that completes full-company acquisitions and invests in very early-stage start-ups.  The firm wholly owns Proven Powersports (an online scooter seller), Next Bridge Advisors (an M&A advisor), and Killer Tux (an online tuxedo rental store).  Start-ups in which Pico Ventures has invested are in the areas of health care, e-commerce, finance, and real estate.

Ashish holds a BA in mathematics and economics from Amherst College and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.
Joseph R. Degenfelder, Investor Relations and Member ZyDoc Board of Directors

After being graduated from Chemical Engineering at Cornell in 1961, Joseph served two years in the First Armored Division, including the advance party in 1962 for the invasion of Cuba in the Russian Missile Crisis. In 1965-1972 Joseph developed durable vinyl siding, and advanced reinforced polypropylene formulations for the appliance and auto industries, notably for GE Appliance Park. Later advanced coatings were the most durable against outdoor degradation, presented with Ford Research at special conference at Cornell in February 1999.

These technical modelling techniques were applied as co-founder of an online DNA sequencing company in 1983, sold to E,G &G Inc in 1986. In 1984 he installed a medical utilization program for Kaiser Permanente using Revelation DBMS, (later sold to Cosmos, then to IBM Analytics). In 1986 working with Dr. Edward Sivak, to effectively monitor patients at the ICU at the Cleveland Clinic, he arranged for the use of software based on the QNX real-time operating system. In 1990 he introduced Donald Simborg and HL-7 to the board of the Cleveland Clinic. In a special conference in 2002 he reported on 1,000 EMR companies who had initially succeeded, and then were bankrupt.

In 2003 he became an advisor to Dr. James Maisel of ZyDoc, and in 2006 advised on licensing of ZyDoc Medical Transcription software to Transcend. For early versions of MediSapien, converting unstructured text into fully coded structured data, accepting dictation or text from transcription vendors, legacy data and EHRs, were introduced to potential partners. Current interest is in 'big data' for health analytics, coordinating with Charles Boicey of Clearsense and his network of early adopters.

Pauline Degenfelder, FACHE, Sales Advisor

Advisor on sales activities for ZyDoc, and Member, ZyDoc Advisory Board.

A veteran health care executive, Pauline Degenfelder has 33 years of progressive management experience in strategy and business generation for managed care companies. Ms. Degenfelder's immediate past position was as Vice President, Medicare Strategic Accounts, for Coventry Health Care, Inc., a national managed health care company. She previously was in business development for UnitedHealth Group's national nurse practitioner program for nursing home residents; and as the vice president for post-acute services and ancillary services for The MetroHealth System In Cleveland, OH. As principal in AR Associates Services, LLC she is advisor for MediSapien's natural language processing as input to generate SNOMED output including ICD-10 codes. A current project is structuring an early adopters program for Big Data in healthcare, focused on NE Ohio.

Full bio: http://www.zydoc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Pauline-Degenfelder-FACHE.pdf

LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pauline-degenfelder-ph-d-b028942b/

Board of Directors

James M. Maisel, M.D., Chairman

James M. Maisel, M.D., Chairman (See Executive Team)

Stan Esikoff, Board Member

Stan Esikoff, Board Member (See Executive Team)


Richard Barna, Board Member

Richard Barna, Board Member
Chairman, RAB Lighting Inc.
Richard brings significant strategic, financial and marketing expertise to ZyDoc’s board.  As CEO, he built RAB Lighting into one of the largest LED lighting companies in the US over 38 years. The fastest growing company in the state of New Jersey for the last 3 years, RAB is headquartered in Northvale, New Jersey with over a million square feet of manufacturing and distribution facilities nationwide.  With degrees from Harvard Business School and Brown University, Richard was named “Manufacturer of the Year” by the Electrical Industry and has won over 50 awards from industry groups for marketing, product innovation and service/product quality.

Richard brings ZyDoc expertise in high tech startups as a member of New York Angels, founder of Armonk Angels and as an angel investor in Birchbox Inc. plus many other startups. Richard is a mentor at the NYU Urban Futures Lab and a pro bono consultant to NY area charities with Harvard Business School Community Partners.

Joseph R. Degenfelder, Board Member / Corporate Relations

Joseph R. Degenfelder, Board Member / Corporate Relations


(See bio under "Executive Team")

Board of Advisors

David Carnow, M.D., ZyDoc Advisory Board

Chairman, FACPM, Vice President and Director Carnow, Conibear, & Associates, Ltd. ZyDoc Advisory Board Member and head of the ZyDoc Medical Advisory Board. Board Certified Occupational Medicine, Licensed physician now in MD, CA, NY & NJ. Federal, State & Insurance case reviews: FMLA, ADA - Reasonable Accommodation, Fitness for Duty & Return To Work; 15+ years assisting Corporate Management re: Worker Health Cases & Policies; Substance Abuse Deterrence Programs; Audit & Evaluation of Corporate & Government Occupational Health Depts; Public Safety Workers Expert, both Firefighter & Law Enforcement (Federal & Local); Multidisciplinary environmental projects with IH, CSP & CHMM, etc / Indoor Air Quality Determination; Medico-legal Case Merit & Prep; currently in General Occupational Medicine Practice in Maryland & Consultant to Government and Corporate Clients nation wide. LINKEDIN: www.linkedin.com/pub/david-carnow/31/a0b/873 

Bill Rhodes, ZyDoc Advisory Board

Bill Rhodes, ZyDoc Advisory Board
Seton Hall University, MS International Business, Business 1994 – 1996, recipient of W. Paul Stillman School of Business Leadership Award, graduated with a 4.0 GPA and Academic Distinction Honors. Cornell University, BS, Entomology 1972 – 1975. I retired from Becton Dickinson and Co., a global medical device company, as an Executive Officer and Worldwide President of BD Biosciences, a US$1.4 billion division with 3000 associates. I am now an Operating Partner for a Chicago-based healthcare private equity firm, and sit on the Boards of both public and private medical and healthcare companies in the US and the UK. I also work closely with my alma mater, Cornell University, and the Weill Cornell Medical College, as a Clinical Instructor and Senior Executive in Residence. I have led and managed diverse teams of senior executives to achieve outstanding revenue and earnings growth in highly competitive markets, am skilled in understanding complex scientific technologies used in clinical diagnostics, medical devices and life sciences research, and have successfully valued, structured, negotiated and closed numerous large and small mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/bill-rhodes/1/245/7a3



John Odden, ZyDoc Advisory Board

John Odden, Architect for big data predictive health analytics
Early health care work includes the design and delivery of the first call center solutions with skill-based routing for Kaiser Permanente.  As a partner/VP with First Consulting Group, John developed the solution design and funding model for Patient Safety Institute, which, in 2002, demonstrated successful proof of concept for health information exchange and cross-continuum community data integration. With Stephen Carson, MD he is co-director Collaborative for Universal Health (www.C4UH.org), a 501C3 founded to make open source Health IT breakthroughs accessible to rural and underserved providers John combined the ability of MediSapien to derive essential medical ontologies from clinical notes with MINERVA open-source bulk-data ingestion to define a breakthrough in generating measures and registries for population health management.  As advisor with A R Associates Services, LLC, Mr. Odden conceived the solution architecture for MediSapien's diabetes research informatics platform, combining patient and trials data to enable innovations in risk stratification and treatment intervention design. John’s current consulting practice focuses on guiding the deployment of a leading big data predictive analytics solution for complex healthcare providers, Explorys (now an IBM Watson Health company.) LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnodden


Bruce Rich, ZyDoc Advisory Board

Bruce Rich, ZyDoc Advisory Board.
Counsel at Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP. Greater New York City Area Law Practice. Education, New York University School of Law. LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/bruce-rich/10/16a/a55

Eric Sacstein, ZyDoc Advisory Board

Eric Sacstein is a member of the ZyDoc Advisory Board.

Pauline Degenfelder, FACHE, ZyDoc Advisory Board


(See bio under "Executive Team")

Fred Aabedi, ZyDoc Advisory Board

Fred Aabedi, Founder and CEO of LogiCoy, Inc., has 31 years’ experience in technical design, engineering and platform operation. Prior to LogiCoy, he was the Senior Engineering Director at Sun Microsystems for Middleware products and held Chief Technical Advisor role for healthcare and financial and government sectors at Sun. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fredaabedi