About VEP Healthcare
VEP understands that our patients deserve expert medical care delivered with efficiency and compassion. We also understand that our physicians and advanced practice providers deserve to work within a high-quality organization that puts a premium on the success of their careers as well as their physical and emotional well-being. We exist to deliver quality, compassionate healthcare to those in need, within a culture supportive of our healthcare providers and to be recognized as the premier provider of health services in emergent and inpatient settings.
VEP Healthcare (VEP) began providing emergency medical management services in 1981. In the years since, our expertise has expanded into hospitalist services, intensive care, clinical decision units, telehealth, and surgicalist services. Today, the owners of VEP – our physicians, advanced practice clinicians, and corporate personnel – deliver clinical staffing and management services to major urban, smaller community, and rural hospitals nationwide. Our partner hospitals call our positive impact on quality, efficiency, and patient satisfaction “the VEP Effect.”
Mitesh Patel, MD, MBA, FACHE, CPE – Chief Operations Officer
Dr. Patel received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry from University of California, Berkeley. He received his medical degree from University of Health Sciences/the Chicago Medical School; and completed his Emergency Medicine Residency at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Patel also holds a Master of Business Administration/Health Care Management from University of Phoenix. In addition to being board certified in emergency medicine, he is also a certified physician executive and a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Dr. Patel’s oversight responsibilities include: operations management, business development, marketing, strategic planning, and program development, legal and corporate counsel, and new clinical service offerings. He will also help provide contract start-up support and assist with driving performance at VEP’s sites. Dr. Patel enjoys books on tape, travel, and golf.
Rob Wyman, MD – Chief Quality Officer
Marc Hudock, PA-C – Vice President of Clinical Services
Kelly Danna – Chief Financial Officer
Gary Tamkin, MD, FACEP – Vice President of Provider Development
Harneet Singh Bath, MD, MBA, FACP – Vice President of Inpatient Services
Brian Dawson, MD, MBA, FACEP, CPE – Regional Vice President
Dr. Dawson and his wife, Mary, a family medicine physician, have two boys, Evan and Blaine, who keep life active and interesting in Abingdon, Virginia, which is where they call home. The Dawsons are passionate about active outdoor activities, running, biking, swimming, mountain biking, skiing, and many more. They enjoy being a part of the VEP family because VEP chooses to put the patients first and prioritize quality medical care with respect and value for people, both those who serve and those who are served.
K. Kevin Park, MD, FCCP – Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Services
Dr. Park lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons. In his free time enjoys cycling, running, and swimming.
View Board of Directors
Marc Futernick, MD – Chairman
Justin Chatten-Brown, MD – Board Member
Walid Ghurabi, DO – Ex Officio Member
Larry Halem, MD – Board Member
Dr. Larry Halem grew up in Thousand Oaks, California. He graduated with a Bachelors degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of California, Riverside, and earned his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. He completed his emergency medicine residency at Harbor UCLA in Torrance, California. Dr. Halem lives in Manhattan Beach with his wife and two children, Max and Elle.
Adin Levine, MD – Board Member
At VEP, Dr. Levine has served in multiple clinic and corporate positions. He has been medical director at several sites, most recently in Stockton at Dameron Hospital, where he also served as Chief of Staff. At the corporate level, Dr. Levine served as regional director as well as company VP and CFO. He has also served on the BOD almost continuously since 2000.
Dr. Levine attended the Universities of California and London, and went to medical school at UCSF. He lives in Berkeley with his wife, Ella, the founder of a non-profit of a Math School, and their youngest, Benjamin. Three older kids have spread themselves around the world and still come home occasionally.
Stephen Pratt – Board Member
Shayne Smith – Board Member
Shayne believes that true fulfillment comes with developing and working with highly effective teams that are passionate about what they do but are willing to undertake the difficult and challenging decisions that maximize performance. Welcoming diversity, seeking to understand stakeholder perspectives, sharing the benefits of success, and being authentic are leadership traits that he values and tries to inspire in others. Shayne is active within the business community and serves on various non-profit boards. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Canada (since 2008), serves as a member of EWB-USA’s Corporate Leadership Council, and is actively supporting the reformation of EWB-International. Past roles include serving on the board of directors of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (2009-2011), and Chair of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce board (for Canada’s largest province 2008/2009). Prior to that, positions also included membership on the Conference Board of Canada’s Innovation Council and on the University of Ontario Institute for Technology’s Industry Liaison Committee. Shayne received a B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 1988 and is a professional engineer in Canada. Subsequent studies include nuclear engineering programs at the University of Toronto and various management seminars at Harvard University and MIT/Sloan. He lives in Pasadena, California, with his wife Pam and teenage son Tyber. Together, the family shares a passion for traveling the world. Shayne’s wife has been active in the medical field for her entire career, working as a neurosurgical intensive care nurse for 10 years, then as a consultant for pharmaceutical drug trials and related studies/conferences in the US, Canada, and internationally.
Ivan Ventura, PA-C – Board Member