Meet Our Founders
David Berger, MD, MHCM
Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center; Professor of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine
Dr. David H. Berger, Chief Medical Officer of Synced Care, is a Surgical Oncologist. He is currently Professor of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and SVP/COO at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center (BSLMC). He was previously VP/Chief Clinical Officer at BSLMC. He attended medical school and completed a surgical residency at the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn. Subsequently Dr. Berger completed a fellowship in surgical oncology at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Berger obtained a Master’s in Health Care Management from Harvard University in 2007. Dr. Berger is a health services researcher who is expert in surgical patient flow, surgical readmissions, and patient education. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Perioperative Care and OR Management.
James Suliburk, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery Baylor College of Medicine
Dr. James Suliburk is a board certified and subspecialty fellowship trained surgeon. His clinical interests are in the field of endocrine treatment and surgery. Dr. Suliburk also performs acute care and trauma surgery at a major urban Level 1 trauma center. His work has been nationally recognized by the American College of Surgeons for outstanding research in the area of Quality, Safety, and Clinical Outcomes. His research interest currently focuses on leveraging mobile technology to improve surgical outcomes. He has received funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to support this effort. In addition he also investigates handoff practices to promote safe transitions of care during sign out of surgical patients.
Aanand D. Naik, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Health Policy, and Behavioral Medicine Baylor College of Medicine
Dr. Aanand D. Naik received his medical training at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School in Dallas including residency training in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. He completed his research training with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at Yale Medicine School. He has been on faculty at Baylor College of Medicine and the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Houston for the past 12 years. Dr. Naik has an active, research program developing and testing patient engagement interventions to improve health outcomes of older adults. He also directs the Coordinating Center for the VA Quality Scholars Program, a national training program from physicians and doctoral-prepared nurses across 9 sites in the US and Toronto, Canada.