Meet Our Team

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Marc Hixson

President & CEO

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Sankalp Shrivastava

VP, Technology

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Surya Singh, MD

Chief Medical Officer (Interim)

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Doug Brown

SVP, Value & Access

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Harry Vargo

Partner, Strategy & Outcomes

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Jim Clement

Partner, Strategy & Outcomes

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Heidi Toretto, MBA, MS

Executive Director, Value Access & Operations

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Laura Kitson

Senior Project Manager

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Kim Gwiazdzinski

VP, Outcomes & Value

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Marc Hixson

President & CEO

Marc Hixson began his life science career on the commercial side of the business in sales and marketing, realizing early on that the ever-changing managed care environment would have a greater impact on the way pharmaceutical products and medical services were delivered. Gaining knowledge and insight through experience, he has directed his efforts to the successful creation and execution of multiple market access strategies and teams for various clients.

At Coeus, Marc has brought together his own team of experienced managed care professionals ready to assist clients at any level of engagement.

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Sankalp Shrivastava

VP, Technology

Sankalp Shrivastava, Vice President of Technology, is an IT professional with more than 15 years of business and technology consulting experience in the life science and healthcare space. Sankalp drives innovation by leveraging technology to accomplish strategic and tactical business objectives. Seated at the cross section of business and technology, Sankalp has extensive knowledge in Product Development and Product Management building SaaS platforms for Data Science, Data Engineering, and Information Management. Sankalp has implemented and delivered Enterprise Information Management, Data and Application Integration, Data Governance, Data Warehouse, and Master Data Management solutions for customers ranging from small emerging biopharma clients to global pharmaceutical companies while leading the Engineering and Architecture teams.

Sankalp has extensive client management, product management, and leadership skills to provide Data Science, Data Engineering, and Platform development for Commercial Solutions and Managed Markets that result in innovative, solution-driven, creative, and tailored recommendations for our customers.

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Surya Singh, MD

Chief Medical Officer (Interim)

Since 2019, Surya Singh, MD, has become a senior advisor and consultant to non-profits, private corporations, and publicly traded companies. Surya provides expertise and guidance on healthcare issues with broad impact.

Previously, Surya was Corporate Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at CVS Health Specialty, where he played a key senior management role during a time of unprecedented business growth. Prior to that, he was Chief Medical Officer and Head of Product Development and Strategy at Proventys (now McKesson Corporation), Chief Medical Officer and SVP of Clinical Operations at D2Hawkeye (now Verisk Health), and he was a healthcare strategy consultant at McKinsey and Company.

Surya is licensed and board certified in internal medicine and is an adjunct instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

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Doug Brown

SVP, Value & Access

Doug Brown is Senior Vice President of Value and Access at COEUS. He has 30 years of pharmacy management experience, the last 18 years working with Magellan Rx where his focus was on government markets, working to address strategies that help improve operational efficiency and stakeholder value in Medicaid. Before becoming Chief Strategy Officer, he served as Vice President of both Account Management and Value Based Solutions. Doug provided subject matter expertise on federal and state government legislation that impacted state Medicaid programs and offered policymakers a national view of evolving events in Medicaid. He frequently met with CMS, NGA, and MACPAC as well as legislative officials to help shape Medicaid policy to benefit state Medicaid programs and the beneficiaries they serve. To that end, Doug developed the foundation for an Outcomes-Based Contracting program in Medicaid with the intent of pivoting the drug pricing discussion away from unit cost and toward reducing the total cost of care.

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Harry Vargo

Partner, Strategy & Outcomes

Harry Vargo, Partner, Strategy & Outcomes, is a key expert on the Coeus senior leadership team. He draws on over 20 years’ experience in managed care and biotechnology and specializes in value-based and innovative contracting, medical pharmacy management, and formulary management.

Prior to joining Coeus, Harry spent 14 years at Aetna Healthcare where he served various roles. In the last 6 years at Aetna, he was the Senior Director of Manufacturer Relations and Head of Aetna’s Value-Based Contract team. Harry is seen as a leading voice in value-based contracting, speaking at numerous national conferences and committees. 

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Jim Clement

Partner, Strategy & Outcomes

A former Aetna executive, Jim Clement is a key expert on the Coeus senior leadership team.

Most recently, Jim served as Executive Director, Value-Based Care and Supply Chain Strategy at Aetna Healthcare, where he focused largely on proving the value of pharmaceutical therapies. Jim was responsible for transforming the financing of the pharmacy benefit and leading Aetna’s enterprise relationships with pharmaceutical manufacturers. Jim was responsible for maintaining administrative oversight for pharmacy benefit strategy, actuarial services, client pricing, network administration, analytics, and vendor management (inclusive of Aetna Pharmacy’s outsourced services to CVS), in addition to innovative contracting models to help drive value-based care.

Jim also served as a board member for sPCMA, collaborated with the Bipartisan Policy Center on innovative and value-based market access approaches for gene therapies, and served as an advisor to the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation (NEHI) on the publication of “Value-Based Contracting for Oncology Drugs.”

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Heidi Toretto, MBA, MS

Executive Director, Value Access & Operations

Heidi Toretto has 15 years of success in national health-plan and life sciences companies’ value-based and outcomes-based internal operations development, contract drafting and negotiations, and rebate strategy development. Her attention to detail to concisely explain complicated concepts to executives within and outside the organization, her proven situational leadership skills, and her ability to motivate and generate enthusiasm with individuals across all levels of the organization and exemplary interpersonal skills translate into positive relationships with colleagues and clients.

Heidi joined the COEUS team from Alnylam Pharmaceuticals where she led value-based contract negotiation and operations. While there, she helped build their contracting operations approach for their newly approved product Onpattro and implemented 13 VBCs in the months following its approval. Prior to Alnylam, Heidi built a contracts administration department and internal operations at Aetna supporting the company’s efforts in value-based contracting. 

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Laura Kitson

Senior Project Manager

Laura Kitson, Senior Project Manager at COEUS, supports our consulting business so that our work surpasses our clients’ expectations. Laura has over 15 years of program management experience in the higher education industry working for the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard Business School, and Northwestern University. Her main responsibilities included strategic planning and execution of graduate and executive education programs while managing operations and administrative teams. Laura excels at relationship building, process improvement, strategic planning, leadership, and marketing.

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Kim Gwiazdzinski

VP, Outcomes & Value

Kim Gwiazdzinski, Vice President of Outcomes & Value at COEUS, is an experienced healthcare strategist who drives innovative solutions for clients. Her progressive mindset supports building market access strategies and taking them from development to execution. Kim interprets and applies emerging healthcare trends to payer-, provider-, and patient-directed initiatives. Known for her work in value-based contracting, Kim transforms complex clinical concepts into agreements that are operational and meet the objectives of all involved. Kim is a registered pharmacist with 20 years of managed markets experience that encompasses health plans (Cigna), PBMs (Prime), and pharma (Merck, AstraZeneca, Novo Nordisk). She specializes in managed markets strategy, value-based contracting, commercial innovation, pricing and contracting, and affordability.

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