Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Deshmukh most recently served as the senior medical director of clinical operations at BlueCross BlueShield of Florida, a position he held for almost six years. Prior to Florida Blue, he spent nearly seven years working at Cigna with his most recent position being national senior medical director for complex and specialty case management. While at both positions, Dr. Deshmukh focused on improving medical operations management and enhancing programs to provide patients with the highest quality of care.
Dr. Deshmukh is currently an assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Central Florida, a position he has held since February 2013. Additionally, he serves on the board of directors for the Duval County Medical Society in Jacksonville, Florida, and is a member of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s Advisory Panel on Rare Disease. He earned a medical degree from Delhi University and a Masters of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is board certified in internal medicine and is a Certified Physician Executive (CPE).
Medical Director of Cardiology
Board certified in cardiology, interventional cardiology, and internal medicine, Dr. DeFrance is fellowship director for cardiac CT at California Pacific Medical Center, medical director for the CVCTA Education Center, and director of cardiovascular imaging at Nevada Imaging Centers. He serves in leadership positions for the American College of Cardiology, the Society of Cardiovascular CT, and the Certification Board of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography. Dr. DeFrance completed a cardiology fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and an internal medicine residency and internship at the University of California, San Francisco, after earning his medical degree from the University of Southern California School of Medicine.
Medical Director of
Dr. Shanser is a diagnostic radiologist who practiced with Bay Area Radiologists in San Francisco from 1981 to 2009 and is now a diagnostic radiologist at the Reno Diagnostic Center in Reno, Nevada. Through his four-decade career, he served as an assistant clinical professor of radiology at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and has held leadership positions in both the American College of Radiology (ACR) and California Radiological Society (CRS). He was the chairman of the ACR Coding and Nomenclature Committee and its Regulatory Compliance Task Force and was President of the CRS, for which he still serves on the Executive Committee. Also, Dr. Shanser still serves as a Councilor to the ACR. Dr. Shanser completed a diagnostic radiology residency and fellowship at UCSF and an internship in medicine at UCLA Affiliated Hospitals after earning his medical degree from the State University of New York, Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.
Through Dr. Levin, HealthHelp has forged a partnership with the radiology department of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital of Philadelphia, which he previously chaired. Dr. Levin’s esteemed medical career has included faculty appointments and leadership roles at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center in New York City, Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, Harvard Medical School, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Levin has held chairmanships for various medical associations and committees and co-chaired a National Quality Forum steering committee that identified appropriateness and efficiency standards for outpatient diagnostic imaging. This widely published physician and educator has received life-time achievement recognition from the American College of Radiology and the Association of University Radiologists.
Medical Director for Pain and Orthopedics
Board certified in anesthesiology, Dr. Nassiri earned his medical degree and a master’s degree at the Boston University School of Medicine. He completed a surgical internship at UCLA Medical Center, a post-doctorate fellowship in pain management at UCLA, and a residency in anesthesiology at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. While at Harbor UCLA, Dr. Nassiri was appointed the chief resident of the department of anesthesiology.
Dr. Nassiri has published and spoken widely about pain conditions, including presentations at the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine conferences and papers in the Anesthesiology News Journal.
Since 2007, Dr. Nassiri has reviewed cases and served as a medical expert witness. In 2011, Pasadena Magazine’s fourth annual “Top Doctors” issue named him one of the most esteemed physicians in anesthesiology in the San Gabriel Valley and Los Angeles areas.
Medical Director for Integrative Oncology
Dr. Mirhadi is a board-certified Radiation Oncologist and faculty physician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with offices in the Samuel Oschin Cancer Center and a member of the Saul and Joyce Brandman Breast Center - A Project of Women's Guild at Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Mirhadi's primary clinical and research interests include breast cancer, lung cancer, brain tumors and spine and lung radiosurgery (image-guided) as well as Gamma Knife Radiosurgery.
Dr. Mirhadi has published several articles in prestigious journals and has written three chapters for widely used textbooks. His chapter, Recent Advances in Radiation Oncology in the Management of Lung Cancer, was published in the Textbook of Pulmonary Diseases in 2009. At Cedars-Sinai, Dr. Mirhadi has focused his research and departmental development efforts on enhanced localization techniques, a sub-division of radiation oncology that allows for more precisely guided radiation therapy.
He completed his training at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles and performed an Internship in general surgery at the Santa Barbara Cottage Health System. He joined Cedars-Sinai in 2006.
Medical Director of Sleep Medicine
Dr. Aparajitha Verma is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in sleep medicine, neurology, and clinical neurophysiology. She is a neurologist and practices sleep medicine at Houston Methodist Hospital. She is an assistant professor of clinical neurology at Weill Cornell Medical College and was the medical director for the Houston Methodist Sleep Disorders Program and the Houston Methodist San Jacinto Sleep Center from 2007 to 2014. She is currently in private practice.
Her primary clinical and research interests are in the management of patients with sleep disorders, including sleep apnea and narcolepsy. She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Texas Neurological Society, Texas Medical Association, and Harris County Medical Society. Dr. Verma is committed to improving awareness among public and medical personnel about the importance the role of sleep has on general health and medical and neurological conditions. She has published several articles in the field of sleep medicine.
Dr. Verma received her medical degree from Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute in Chennai, India. She completed two years of internal medicine residency at the Marshfield Clinic, Wisconsin and a residency in neurology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, where she served as chief resident in her final year. She completed a year of fellowship in sleep medicine followed by a year of fellowship in clinical neurophysiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.