Kristian is the CEO and Founder of Meru Health, an online healthcare provider setting the new standard in mental healthcare. With Meru Health, Kristian is on a mission to empower 10 million people suffering from mental health challenges by 2027. This mission is more than business, it's personal: Kristian lost his brother Peter to depression, and since then he has been committed to building better solutions to help people with depression, anxiety, burnout, and stress. Prior to founding Meru Health, Kristian co-founded and ran a diabetes technology company, Mendor, which developed glucose monitors and glucose data analytics for improving diabetes care. The glucose monitoring business was acquired by a Korean public company in 2015. Even earlier, Kristian was a Universal Music artist as the lead guitarist & songwriter of an internationally known heavy metal band called Norther.
Chief Medical Officer – Behavioral Health, Evernorth
Dr. Doug Nemecek is the chief medical executive for behavioral health quality, integration, and clinical operations. He helps ensure network access and availability, patient safety, compliance with clinical guidelines, customer and provider satisfaction, and utilization management. Additionally, he works directly with customers and clients to mold operations and provides clinical expertise in new and existing behavioral health and integrated program development. Dr. Nemecek has helped establish workflows, protocols, and collaborative procedures to create a unified medical management team across the company. He leads clinical initiatives and provides thought leadership to key issues such as the national opioid epidemic, and loneliness. Additionally, he continues to develop unique relationships with our network providers to ensure our customers and providers achieve optimal total health outcomes. Dr. Nemecek previously served as Executive Medical Director for Allina Behavioral Health Services in Minneapolis, overseeing five outpatient clinics and four inpatient mental health units with over 80 mental health providers. He also has 10 years of clinical experience with an inpatient and outpatient psychiatric practice in Minneapolis. Dr. Nemecek received his M.D. and completed his psychiatric residency at Washington University in St. Louis. He is recognized as a Distinguished Fellow with the American Psychiatric Association, is board certified by the America Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians and holds an M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. Dr. Nemecek currently serves on the Board of the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness. He also serves on the Scientific Board for Shatterproof, a national non-profit organization dedicated to ending the devastation that addiction causes families.
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