Dr. Mark McKenna, licensed in surgery and medicine in both Georgia and Florida, started his real estate business while working for his father’s family practice after receiving his medical degree from Tulane University of New Orleans. McKenna is what can be described as a “doctorpreneur”, a term coined to describe physicians who are also entrepreneurs. After making millions in real estate, Dr. Mark McKenna certainly deserves this distinction.
McKenna not only founded and acted as chief executive officer of McKenna Venture Institute, but also founded or acquired supporting companies Uptown Title, Inc. and as well as Universal Mortgage. The combination of these companies made sure consumers were supported through their real estate purchases from start to finish within Dr. Mark McKenna’s personal network.
Tragically, when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans it cost the community human lives and millions in financial damage. Dr. Mark McKenna’s business was not immune to the losses. His businesses faced millions in damages and after helping the city rebuild affordable housing developments he made the decision to move to Atlants and try his hand at medicine again.
Launching in late 2007, McKenna’s company ShapeMed offered elective, non-surgical aesthetic procedures and is seen as one of the best practices in the area. In 2014, McKenna sold his company for an offer that included being Medical Director for Life Time Fitness.
In July 2015 he left Life Time Fitness and focused on a new project known as OVME. OVME offers similar services as ShapeMed, but with a vision to offer patients procedures in a luxury environment that does not feel like a medical office in both his retail locations and where the patient chooses. McKenna wants OVME to be seen as the Uber of aesthetics with an app in the works and video conferencing already being offered to patients and potential patients. McKenna was able to raise over four million in capital to finance his vision and already has two offices in both Atlanta and Nashville with plans to expand to Las Vegas and beyond.
McKenna is part of the Entrepreneurs Organization as well as serving the New Orleans Jazz Festival as a board member before relocating.
Few medical experts are as renowned in the respective fields as Dr. David Samadi. He is the big man on campus at the Lenox Hill Hospital in New York serving as the Chairman of Urology and the Chief of Robotic Surgery. Dr. Samadi is truly a jack of all trades. He specializes in treating a variety of illnesses including urologic diseases, kidney cancer, and bladder cancer. He is particularly known for the countless minimally invasive procedures he’s done for prostate cancer. He has practiced at multiple medical institutions including Mt. Sinai School of Medicine where he served as the Vice Chair of the Department of Urology for a short time.
Though he is based in the U.S. Dr. Samadi is a bit of a journeyman. He has been the lead surgeon on numerous operations abroad spanning close to 50 countries in total. He even went to France and started a robotic radical prostatectomy fellowship at Henri Mondor Hospital Creteil.
Dr. Samadi is a marvelous surgeon but he does have other interests as well. He hosted a medical advice TV show for 5 years on the Fox network and has since began voicing a radio program and website dedicated to sharing health related news. He is also very interested in the new medical breakthroughs paying close attention to the latest medical technologies. He follows alternative medicine as well.
Though Dr. Samadi is known as a talented physician who is known for performing robotic prostate surgeries, for a long time he only focused on performing conventional prostate surgeries. It wasn’t until 2000 that he discovered doctors were using laparoscopic methods for similar procedures. He then traveled to France to gain experience using robots in the operating room he brought back his new techniques to the U.S. and the rest is history.
For as long as Dr. Samadi can remember he’s always wanted to be a doctor. He attributes this to his strong desire to help others in need. His passion for improving the lives of his fellow man truly shows in his practice. Dr. Samadi just hopes every one of his patients leave the hospital in significantly less pain than they came in with.
Eric Lefkofsky is passionate about helping those who are in this war on cancer, battle it with the latest technology. Arming companies devoted to fighting cancer with tools advanced in molecular sequencing, he helps by providing more knowledge in the way machines work, and assists with the growth in updated artificial intelligence to meet the needs of Doctors and Scientist looking to discover more on how to keep the human body healthy and more on what causes it to become sick.
Eric lives his life with empathy in his heart towards the world. This is what made him so successful. To understand where the other side is coming from will give you a clear path on how to show people a better way of doing things. He does not accept barriers when it comes to helping those win the battle of cancer. He knows first hand how it feels to be going through that battle and has no limit in giving what it takes to help build better technology for the world to progress in the knowledge for fighting cancer. He is a successful businessman, and knows what it takes to build a successful business with integrity and through empathy, along with knowledge and passion. Money was never the aim or motive in helping those defeat cancer.
Eric Lefkofsky also gives back to the community by teaching ‘young in the business world‘ entrepreneurs that are in the field of technology. Teaching them how to better their business. He does this at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He also teaches at a few other Universities as well. He is passing the knowledge that made him so successful, to others who have the potential to innovate and change the world for the better.
Eric Lefkofsky had to learn the language of cancer and healthcare in order to better help the world fight against cancer. He did so by talking to as many people as he could. By doing this he learned more and more, helping him in his goals to help the nation with winning the world wide battle against cancer.
Dr. Jennifer Walden is one of the most sought-after plastic surgeons in the country. She is based in Austin, Texas and can also be identified as an academic as well as a media commentator. Dr. Walden has her cosmetic surgery practice in Austin which is also her hometown where she has been since 2011. She is a certified by American Board of Plastic Surgery and has formal fellowship training in Cosmetic Surgery.
She is an active member of both the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and American Society of Plastic Surgeons. On top of this, she has fellowship with American College of Surgeons. Dr. Walden is also a distinguished media spokesperson for the two societies in which she holds membership. In the earlier mentioned society, she is also a board member, serving on the board of directors of the society. She is also the Vice Commissioner of Communications of the same.
Dr. Walden received her education in her hometown at the University of Texas. She graduated with Honors in Biology before moving to the university’s medical campus. Here, she obtained her Medical Doctorate with the Highest Honors and was also the Salutatorian during the graduation. She went on to pursue a successful career and has been decorated with several awards. The Mavis Kelsey and Janet Glasgow Memorial Award are among these awards; both received in 1998. Click here to know more about her.
Soon after finishing her residency training, Dr. Walden moved to New York where she specialized in aesthetic surgery. In New York, she worked with the best in the discipline and accrued invaluable skills. These skills have seen her develop into the great cosmetic surgeon that she is today. She was able to establish a successful practice in New York before relocating to Austin. It didn’t take long for her to become successful in Austin given her great reputation.