Leadership Team

Doug Thompson, M.P.P.
Founder, President & CEO
Father, caregiver, health policy leader, Doug Thompson is a proven health care innovator with more than 20 years experience that has taken him from direct service at a homeless shelter in San Francisco to shaping state and national health policy. Most recently, he was part of the leadership team at Cambridge Health Alliance, where he led their Accountable Care Organization development. Previously he was Chief Financial Officer for Network Health and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Office of Medicaid, where he oversaw the $9 billion MassHealth Budget. Doug has been an entrepreneur and a business consultant, with a focus on developing innovative healthcare strategies. Doug is a graduate of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and of Boston University. He lives in Cambridge with his wife and their very active daughter.
Harold Picken, M.D., M.P.H.
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Picken is an experienced healthcare innovator who has worked in leadership positions in multi-specialty medical groups, health plans, and early stage healthcare companies. He received his undergraduate degree from Oberlin College, and M.D. from Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. Harold did his Internal Medicine training at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and Fellowship in Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine at Tufts-New England Medical Center. After completing a Masters in Public Health in Health Policy and Management at Harvard School of Public Health, he has had diverse career serving in leadership positions in community hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, large medical groups, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of both Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Harold lives in Newton with his wife and triplet teenagers.
Somava Stout, M.D.
Primary Care Innovation Advisor
Dr. Stout is that rare combination of nationally recognized healthcare transformation expert and beloved frontline primary care doctor. Born in Koklata, India, she received her undergraduate degree from Harvard College, cum laude, then completed joint M.D./ M.S. in Health and Medical Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. She did her postdoctoral training at Harvard, with appointments at Mass General Hospital, Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital. Soma serves as a Clinical Instructor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School, as the Director of the Innovation Fellows Program at the Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care, as Lead Transformation Adviser at Cambridge Health Alliance and as the Executive External Lead for Health Improvement at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Soma lives in Lexington with her husband and daughter.
Roy Perlis, M.D., M.P.H.
Chief Clinical Innovation Advisor
Dr. Perlis leads Perfect Health’s efforts to develop a comprehensive approach to mental health care that will become the cost and quality gold standard for behavioral health practices everywhere. As a physician at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, Roy is an internationally-recognized expert in the treatment of mood and psychotic disorders. A gifted teacher, he has won awards for both clinical and research mentorship for residents and fellows. His research program at MGH focuses on developing better diagnostic tools and treatments - this contribution was recognized in 2011 by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance’s annual research award. He previously served as Medical Director of the MGH Bipolar Disorder Program, one of the largest of its kind in the world. Roy received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and a Masters from the Harvard School of Public Health. He did his undergraduate work at Brown University. Roy lives in Cambridge with his wife and two children.
Mike Bento
Chief Marketing Officer
Mike Bento is an accomplished strategic marketing executive, with a track record of results in a variety of organizations focused on health, education, and the environment. Most recently, he was the Executive Vice President for Marketing and Communication at Communities In Schools, the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization with operations in 26 states and the District of Columbia. Previously Mike was a Senior Vice President at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, directing the agency's work on behalf of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, Pfizer, NCQA, the American Speech Language Hearing Association, Miller Brewing Company, and Nestle among others. Mike received his B. A. in Philosophy from Georgetown University. Originally from Rhode Island, Mike lives in Washington, D.C.
Christopher Pilkington, Ed.M., M.C.P.
Chief Strategic Advisor
Chris Pilkington has a 30-year track record of success as a corporate executive and industry strategist in the intersecting domains of government-sponsored healthcare, service delivery for complex and vulnerable populations, and health IT and analytics. He is a recognized expert in managed Medicaid and Medicare, behavioral health and disability services, enterprise IT, and delivery system innovation. Earlier in his career he served under three governors, responsible for capital investment and for launch of new services for health and human services populations. Chris has a B.A. from Yale College and Masters degrees from Harvard University and MIT. Chris lives in Wayland with his family.

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