LEADERSHIP

Apovia's leadership has a

broad and in-depth healthcare expertise...

 

in pharmaceutical care services and other allied healthcare areas. Apovia's leadership provides strategic guidance and an oversight function that supports  its operations and strategic business growth.

 

BOARD

 
 The Honorable
David J. Shulkin, MD

The Honorable Dr. David J. Shulkin was the ninth Secretary of the US Department of Veterans Affairs.  Nominated by President Trump to serve in his Cabinet, Secretary Shulkin was confirmed by the US Senate by a vote of 100-0.  Secretary Shulkin previously served as Under Secretary for Health having been appointed by President Obama and confirmed unanimously by the US Senate.   

 

As Secretary, Dr. Shulkin represented the 21 million American veterans and was responsible for the nation’s largest integrated health care system with over 1,200 sites of care, serving over 9 million Veterans. VA is also the nation’s largest provider of graduate medical education and major contributor of medical research and provides veterans with disability payments, education through the GI bill, home loans, and runs a national cemetery system. 

 

Prior to coming to VA, Secretary Shulkin was a widely respected healthcare executive having served as chief executive of leading hospitals and health systems including Beth Israel in New York City and Morristown Medical Center in Northern NJ.  Secretary Shulkin has also held numerous physician leadership roles including the Chief Medical Officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University Hospital, and the Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital. Secretary Shulkin has held academic positions including the Chairman of Medicine and Vice Dean at Drexel University School of Medicine.  As an entrepreneur, Secretary Shulkin founded and served as the Chairman and CEO of DoctorQuality one of the first consumer orientated sources of information for quality and safety in healthcare.  He has served on boards of managed care companies, technology companies, and health care organizations.  

Secretary Shulkin is the 2018 University of Pennsylvania Leonard Davis Institute Distinguished Health Policy Fellow and Professor in the Jefferson University College of Population Health.  He is board-certified internist. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, his internship at Yale University School of Medicine, and a residency and Fellowship in General Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Presbyterian Medical Center. He received advanced training in outcomes research and economics as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Over his career Secretary Shulkin has been named as one of the Top 100 Physician Leaders of Hospitals and Health Systems by Becker’s Hospital Review and one of the “50 Most Influential Physician Executives in the Country” by Modern Healthcare and Modern Physician.   He has also previously been named, “One Hundred Most Influential People in American Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare.   

Michael A. Rashid
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” Mr. Rashid has made it his life’s work to ensure those most in need have access to one of the most basic of human rights -- health care. He was inspired to a lifetime of service by accompanying his father on his rounds on behalf of the Negro Health and Tuberculosis Association during his youth in Birmingham, Alabama. Later, when Dr. King called for many to march in the name of justice, Mr. Rashid answered the call, marching with Dr. King in the name of civil rights for African Americans and ultimately, all people.

 

Early in his career, Mr. Rashid became a pioneer in the managed care industry, serving as CEO of Total Health Care in Baltimore, Md., one of the nation’s first managed care plans. A proven and savvy business leader, he has held numerous leadership positions of increasing responsibility over the years, including serving as executive vice president and chief operating officer for 15 years before becoming President and CEO of AmeriHealth Caritas, a national leader in Medicaid managed care and other health care solutions for those most in need, in January 2010.

 

As CEO of the Amerihealth Caritas Family of Companies, Mr. Rashid was responsible for the leadership, strategic direction, business development and operations of the company.  That portfolio included nine Medicaid full risk managed care plans, three TPA businesses, national pharmaceutical benefits management company, national behavioral health business, five D-SNPS and two MAPD (Medicare Advantage Plans with Prescription Coverage) businesses that, combined, served 5.3 million members in 16 states and the District of Columbia. Under Mr. Rashid's leadership, the company doubled the size and scope of its full-risk Medicaid health business from four health plans to nine and expanded its employee base from 2,400 to approximately 4,000.

 

Mr. Rashid’s entrepreneurial passion is blossoming through innovative ventures he has started in early child development and international health.Most recently he led the turnaround of a mid-west insurance company, doubling its size and tripling its profits in just 18 months.

 

Mr. Rashid holds a Master of Business Administration in finance from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in marketing from the University of Southern California. He has served on numerous boards, including the National Association of Community Health Centers, the National Institutes of Health Institute on Minority Health, Drexel University and the Harrisburg University.  He lives in Ambler, Pa., with his wife and three children.

Ronald E. Heigler Sr. 
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Mr. Heigler is Senior Consultant at BHG Consultant Inc., and advisor to Scoutbird Investments.

 

Mr. Heigler is the past Chief Executive Officer/ Executive Director of
Greater Philadelphia Health Action (GPHA). Throughout his professional career, Mr. Heigler’s overriding mission has been the delivery of excellent, comprehensive healthcare services to those most in need to foster a healthier populace. Since 1989, Mr. Heigler has grown the organization to a healthcare network of 12 delivery sites for medical, behavioral and dental care serving an ethnically diverse population throughout Philadelphia and established an award winning child development and daycare center. Mr. Heigler has taken GPHA from a $4.3 million budget in 1989 to over $52 million budget (with over 290,000 visits) in 2017. GPHA offers services in Primary, Dental, and Behavioral Healthcare and Pharmacy. GPHA has received accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations in both ambulatory and behavioral healthcare.

 

Well-respected among his peers, Mr. Heigler presently serves as Vice Board Chair of the Health Federation of Philadelphia. Mr. Heigler is a member of the FQHC Advisory Board for United Health Group, the Board of AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies FQHC National and the John Marshall School Advisory Council. In addition, he is a member of the Robert W Sorrell Scholarship Fund, a board member of the Grace Temple Community Development Corporation and a member of the Grace Temple Deacon Board. In addition, he participates in a myriad of other activities and committees in an effort to provide the kind of care every citizen deserves. Without question, Mr. Heigler’s goal is to make a positive difference in the lives of others. The Boy Scouts of America awarded Mr. Heigler the Good Scout Award for his outstanding achievement in the field of healthcare.

 

Mr. Heigler has a bachelor degree in Business Administration, University of Pennsylvania – Wharton School.

Allen P. Langjahr
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Mr. Langjahr advises a number of start-up companies, and his practice is focused on providing transactional and regulatory legal services in the managed care pharmacy space. Mr. Langjahr's experience is extensive in representing pharmacies, PSAOs, PBMs and other payors, pharmaceutical companies, discount programs, benefit consultants, eHealth companies, chemical companies, startup companies and other entities. Mr. Langjahr represents industry stakeholders in accreditation, benefit consulting, network contracting, 340B, eHealth, ERISA, False Claims Act, fraud waste and abuse, licensing, life sciences, pharmaceutical development and distribution, payor reimbursement including DIR and transparency issues, HIPAA privacy and data security, rebate contracting and other matters.

Mr. Langjahr graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Walsh University and a Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt University School of Law. Mr. Langjahr is admitted to practice law in California, Florida and New Jersey. Mr. Langjahr is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA), the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP) and the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP), is former Chair of the New Jersey District X Fee Arbitration Committee, is a member of the New Jersey District XB Ethics Committee and is a member of the New Jersey Bar Association Privacy Law Committee.

Sajid Syed
MS, RPh
Chairman

Mr. Syed is the Chairman of the Board of Apovia. An industry entreprenuer, he has built a career around successfully launching and selling pharmaceutical service companies. 

 

In 1996, after earning his graduate degree in pharmaceutical marketing from St. John’s University in New York, Mr. Syed founded InfuRx, a specialty pharmacy in Delaware focusing on Medicaid Managed Care and then replicated this business model and opened a branch in Memphis, TN.  As a result, InfuRx gained the attention of larger specialty pharmacy organizations, and, in 2001, he sold InfuRx to Priority Healthcare Corporation (Nasdaq: PHCC) the largest national Specialty Pharmacy provider at the time.  Mr. Syed continued with Priority as Vice President, Managed Markets, soon recognizing the need to manage specialty pharmacy not as a provider, but as an organization whose goals and objectives were consistent with the payors. Priority was sold to Express Scripts (Nasdaq: ESRX) in 2005 after which he resigned from the company.

 

In 2005, Mr. Syed founded Sanovia Corporation, a technology company automating prior authorization processes for high costs drugs managed by health plans and PBM’s- serving as President and CEO. He closed a Venture Capital round and brought in professional management to run the company. He resigned in 2007, but remained as chairman of the board. Sanovia was sold to Health Information Design LLC in 2012.

 

Later that year, in 2007, Mr. Syed founded and became President of Acro Pharmaceutical Services, a boutique Specialty Pharmacy providing next generation management solutions to its payer and pharmaceutical manufacturer clients. Mr. Syed sold Acro to Lincare in February 2011, and continued as its President until the completion of his contract in March 2014. He then served as a board member of  Acro, to join its corporate owner, Lincare Holdings – a subsidiary of Linde Group AG (LIN: XETRA)  till August 2014. In June, 2019, Acro was sold to CVS Health Corporation.

 

Mr. Syed is also very actively involved in community activities and serves on numerous non-profit boards. 

 

MANAGEMENT

Emmanuel Nyarko
MS, RPh
Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Nyarko is the Chief Executive Officer at Apovia. He is responsible for the continued growth and development of pharmacy operations, ensuring the delivery of the highest level of service to the patients we serve. Prior to this role, Mr. Nyarko served as the Pharmacy Director for Acro Pharmaceutical Services and Synergy Rx Express Pharmacy where he had oversight for the planning, implementing and overseeing the day to day operations of the pharmacies.

 

Mr. Nyarko received his BS in Pharmacy from SUNY at Buffalo, N.Y and his M.S in Industrial Pharmacy from Long Island University in New York.

Dr. David Coury
PharmD, RPh
President

As President of Apovia, Dr. Coury is leveraging over 20 years of professional pharmacy experience to lead the company’s continued vertical and horizontal business expansion. Notably, Dr. Coury has over nine years in heading the business development activities of a specialty pharmacy and 18 years in fostering business collaborations with pharmaceutical manufacturers, payers and specialty pharmacy. Prior to his current position Dr. Coury was the Vice President of Business Development at Acro Pharmaceutical Services (Acro) where he managed the business development initiatives for nine years. Before working at Acro, Dr. Coury worked as a Medical Science Liaison for Jerini US, a biotech company that specialized in peptide-based medications. He also worked eight and a half years for the pharmacy benefit manager, PerformRx with his last role serving as the Manager of Specialty Drug Clinical Programs where he was primarily responsible for managing the formulary and medical coverage policies for specialty medications. Other positions have included working four years as a clinical and ICU hospital pharmacist and 3 years in providing long-term care pharmacy consulting services.

Education: Temple University School of Pharmacy - Doctor of Pharmacy Degree; Philadelphia College of Pharmacy - Bachelor of Science Pharmacy; Alvernia College - Bachelor of Science in Bio-chemistry

Dr. Aamir A. Rehman
Ed.D, MBA, AM
Chief Financial Officer

Dr. Aamir A. Rehman is Apovia’s Chief Financial Officer, contributing finance and strategy expertise to the business. Dr. Rehman’s background is in private equity, investment banking, and strategy consulting.

 

Dr. Rehman was previously a co-founder and managing director of Fajr Capital, a private equity firm which successfully invested over $700 million in capital across a range of sectors. Prior to Fajr Capital, he was an executive with the HSBC Group. Dr. Rehman was previously a strategy consultant with the Boston Consulting Group.

 

In addition to his work at Apovia, Dr. Rehman is an advisor to several institutions and serves on corporate boards of directors. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy at Columbia University.

 

Dr. Rehman is author of two books on finance and corporate strategy and has written articles in journals including the Harvard Business Review. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College, a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He further holds a doctor of education (Ed.D.) degree in organization and leadership from Columbia University.

Dr. Stacy Cruz 
PharmD, RPh
Director, Specialty Pharmacy
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Dr. Cruz is the Director of Specialty Pharmacy at Apovia. She is also the Pharmacist-in-Charge for Apovia's Specialty Pharmacy. Prior to this position, she spent her first ten years of her pharmacy career at Wegmans growing with management and leadership at a pharmacy that was named by Forbes America’s Best Employers, FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For, and JD Powers #1 Pharmacy Patient Satisfaction. Dr. Cruz is a Board-Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP) and certified HIV Pharmacist (AAHIVP). She received her Doctor of Pharmacy at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at the University of the Sciences. Her passions include continuously learning, eating, spending time with family and friends, walking her dogs, watching movies, reading books, traveling around the world, singing, and dancing!

 
Trang Tran
MSHA
Director, Quality and Compliance

Ms. Tran is the Director of Quality and Compliance at Apovia.  Ms. Tran has over 20 years of experience in managed care and health care administration. After earning her degree in Health & Society (Public Health) from University of Rochester (1996), she received her dual Master of Science in Health Administration and Health Education from St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, in 1998. She began her career working in Managed Care and health administration. At Health Partners Plans (formerly Health Partners), she was the Director of Medicare and Clinical Services and designed and developed management tools to track inpatient census and medically complex patients.  In addition, she implemented programs and initiatives to manage Medicare patients and their utilization of services. Ms. Tran also worked for AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies (formerly Keystone Mercy Health Plan) where she improved and streamlined operations and processes with claims automation.  She developed data marts for cost savings and identified overpayment and underpayment opportunities across all claim types. She further worked in Quality Management to improve access of health care services and developed initiatives that would measure performance and improve the health outcomes of members. She was also a Senior Project Manager at Data Pharm Analytics, LLC and worked with several pharmacy benefit management (PBM) companies to develop pharmacy data marts, dashboards and analytics reporting to identify trends and opportunities to lower costs and improve process efficiencies.

Dr. Yuriy Sapir
PharmD, RPh
Director, Pharmacy Operations
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Dr. Sapir is the Director of Pharmacy Operations at Apovia. Dr. Sapir manages all of Apovia's retail operations and ensures the pharmacies are focusing on company priorities, policies, and procedures. In addition, he assists the Pharmacists-in-Charge with the implementation of its clinical and claims processing systems to meet URAC accreditation standards for Specialty Pharmacy. Dr. Sapir continues to be a vital leader in the Specialty Pharmacy day to day operations. Dr. Sapir comes from a rich independent pharmacy background stemming from New York City. Dr. Sapir is impassioned with forward thinking about new solutions that can improve the workflow and ultimate success of a thriving pharmacy. Dr. Sapir received his Doctor of Pharmacy in 2011 at the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy, Long Island University and has received an American Academy of HIV Medicine Pharmacist certification (AAHIVP) in 2018. Dr. Sapir has also  become a 340B Apexus Certified Expert (ACE) by completing the Apexus Advanced 340B Operations Certificate Program in March 2021. 

Dr. David Kennedy
PharmD, RPh
 
Manager, Clinical Programs
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Dr. Kennedy is the Manager of Clinical Programs at Apovia, Specialty Pharmacy. His primary role involves assessing patients at their physician appointments and educating them about the services provided by our Specialty Pharmacy. He also educates Healthcare Providers about our pharmacy services through client in-services and involvement in various clinic provider meetings. Dr. Kennedy has been working in the independent retail pharmacy setting for about 6 years and became a licensed Pharmacist in November 2018. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy.  Dr. Kennedy has strong passion and interest in developing strong provider and patient relationships to provide excellent collaborative pharmaceutical patient care. 

Dr. Mindy Au
PharmD
 
Manager, Specialty Pharmacy

Dr. Au is the Manager of Apovia Specialty Pharmacy. Currently, she works along side with Dr. Cruz to assist in workflow and internal operations of Specialty Pharmacy. Prior to this position, she was a Pharmacist-in-Charge from July 2018 to February 2020. Dr. Au has a strong background working in retail pharmacy from her 2 years of experience as a pharmacy technician at Parkway Pharmacy and 5 years of experience with CVS pharmacy as an intern, staff pharmacist, and Pharmacist-in-Charge. She obtained her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 2016.

Dr. Erik Ojeda
PharmD
Pharmacist-in-Charge

Dr. Ojeda is a Pharmacist-in-Charge at Apovia.  As a Pharmacist-in-Charge, he oversees the pharmacy team providing services to patients located around Northeast Philadelphia.  Prior to this position, he worked at CVS throughout pharmacy school and after graduation. He obtained a Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 2016.

Dr. Robert Ramsey
PharmD, RPh
Pharmacist-in-Charge

As a Pharmacist-in-Charge, Dr. Ramsey is responsible for the daily pharmacy operations and for serving clients. A native of  Philadelphia, he is a 2006 graduate of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science at USP. Dr. Ramsey brings over 20 years of pharmacy experience to Apovia as he has fulfilled various roles within the pharmacy profession since 1996. Prior to this position Dr. Ramseywas a staff pharmacist with Cardinal Health in New Jersey. Additionally Dr. Ramsey worked as a pharmacy manger for Rite Aid Corporation for 11 years. His passions including traveling, guitar, and an almost unhealthy obsession with the game show Jeopardy. His lifelong goal is to appear on the show and win enough money to retire at a young age. 

Dr. Anthony Aggrey
PharmD
Pharmacist-in-Charge

Dr. Aggrey graduated from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy in 2018. He is currently a Pharmacist-in-Charge at Apovia. With this career he seeks to make sure that patients receive safe, appropriate, and effective drug therapy.

Dr. Meg Short
PharmD
Pharmacist-in-Charge

Dr. Short comes to Apovia with nearly 5 years' experience working with Walgreens. She started her pharmacy career as a staff pharmacist for Walgreens in the underserved patient population of North Philadelphia, then eventually transitioned into a Specialty-trained floater pharmacist for the company. She is now a Pharmacist-in-Charge at Apovia. She graduated from Temple University School of Pharmacy in 2015 with a focus in HIV care and infectious disease. She brings with her the empathy and understanding of the needs of the patient population in the North Philadelphia area, and will be focusing on medication therapy management while working alongside the clinicians to ensure adherence . Outside of work, Dr Short finds solace in music and the arts, cooking, camping, hiking, and traveling, especially to Japan.

Dr. Christina Kobeski
PharmD
Pharmacist-in-Charge

Dr. Kobeski graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy in December of 2007.  While in school she worked as an intern at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and continued to practice as a staff pharmacist after graduation.  She then went on to become the Pharmacist in Charge at a pharmacy in Virginia caring for the patients of her local community services board specializing in mental health care and serving several local group homes for over 5 years.  Her primary focuses in her practice are community outreach, provider relationships, and medication adherence.  Outside of pharmacy, Dr. Kobeski enjoys spending time with her family exploring outdoor trails, watching movies, and trying new cuisines. 

Dr. Alan Lu
PharmD
Pharmacist-in-Charge

Dr. Lu joined Apovia as a Pharmacist-in-Charge after staffing and managing at an independent pharmacy in South Philadelphia for 3 years. He interned at Rite Aid and upon graduating Temple University in 2016, he staffed in Camden to begin passionately serving underserved communities. Dr. Lu is an avid Philadelphia 76ers fan with season tickets since 2014 and enjoys studying chess in his free time.

Dr. Melat Debela
PharmD, RPh
Pharmacist-in-Charge

Dr. Melat Debela is a certified immunizing pharmacist licensed in Washington, DC. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Temple University in Philadelphia in 2010. Prior to joining Apovia as a Pharmacist in charge, Dr. Debela managed retail pharmacies across Philadelphia and Washington, DC, where she oversaw the hiring and training of all pharmacy staff, streamlined medication dispensing processes, and developed effective pharmacy-wide budgets.

Dr. Shawn Frampton
PharmD
Pharmacist-in-Charge

Dr. Frampton joined Apovia as a Pharmacist-in-Charge after working for CVS for 4 years as an intern and 2 years as a pharmacist. He received his Doctorate of Pharmacy from Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy in 2018. Dr. Frampton plans to utilize his lengthy retail experience in his position at Apovia by optimizing patient care and medication therapy.