Aloke Mandal, M.D., Ph. D. is a partner in the Healthcare practice of Hardesty, LLC. Aloke leads our Medical & Physician Consulting Practice initiative. Prior to joining Hardesty, Aloke was a medical director at Optum, a leading healthcare services company, and a nationally renowned academic transplant surgeon, general surgeon, and surgical oncologist. He provides a unique blend of clinical and healthcare business acumen required for developing population health management and value-based contracting. His recent paper on alternative payment models in Medicare Advantage has received considerable attention in Congress and among healthcare industry leaders. Dr. Mandal was part of the team that pioneered laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy, a procedure that greatly has reduced the disincentives for live kidney donation. Because of that role, he has appeared on the cover of U.S. News & World Report. He has over 40 peer-reviewed research articles, conference papers, and book chapters. Hence, he also provides clinical input and clinical research oversight when working with venture capital, medical device, biopharmaceutical, and life sciences firms for emerging biomedical technologies.