MG Elder Granger, M.D., USA Ret.
Founder and Chairman
As Founder and Chairman of CTIS, Raj Shah’s responsibilities extend to a team of professionals situated across the U.S. and India. As the leader of a major health IT company, Mr. Shah measures success through our firm’s lasting contributions to health innovation. Mr. Shah is a visionary. He is committed to finding health solutions for chronic disease and promoting global health equity. His vision is to provide integration of processes for better collaboration and performance at the point of care. Mr. Shah’s strategy is to integrate information technology best practices and standards with health informatics. He is committed to helping providers and physicians support the patient need for prevention, early disease detection, care management, and research. With Mr. Shah serving as CEO, CTIS has received awards from the National Institutes of Health, CIO Magazine, Computerworld, The British Medical Journal, and the Office of Management and Budget. In addition, Mr. Shah served as a member of the National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities from 2010 to 2014. In 2010, he was invited to the G20 Health Summit for his publication on global health and information and communication technology. As a non-profit supporter, Mr. Shah is also committed to corporate citizenship. He has been a member of governing boards, leadership boards, institutional review boards, trustee boards, boards of directors, and advisory boards for more than 25 organizations. Mr. Shah has given more than 100 lectures, talks, and panel discussions at workshops, conferences, and seminars. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and physics from Bombay University; a master’s degree in chemistry from University of Detroit; and advanced training from the University of Chicago and Harvard Business School.
Chief Executive Officer
As Chief Executive Officer of CTIS, Bharti continues to providing leadership, coordination and day-to-day management for business operations. Mrs. Shah has been an integral part of CTIS’ business operations and an investor, supporting new initiatives and growth opportunities at CTIS. Mrs. Shah has more than 20 years of professional experience in the field of education, having served as vice president, director, and teacher at Montessori Children’s House of Loudoun (MCHL). Although she has retired from teaching, she continues her philanthropic journey and believes it is important to give back to those in need globally and locally. Mrs. Shah has been committed to corporate citizenship through support of the healthcare needs of local and global communities, facilitating services in the areas of children’s health and education. She is actively involved in sponsoring more than 50 schools in India, providing management, strategy planning, and informatics support to the Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation. With the Arogya Foundation, she has worked to develop a pilot project that involves the use of handheld devices for the advancement of rural health. Mrs. Shah has been involved with many global health projects including the International Spirit of Healing, the Art of Living Foundation, Health Related Information Dissemination Amongst Youth (HRIDAY) & Student Health Action Network (SHAN), International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research (INCTR), International Spirit of Life Foundation, and Sri Sri University. Mrs. Shah has a bachelor’s degree in commerce and economics from Mumbai University and has a Montessori teacher training and certification from the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies’ Barrie School.
Member of the Board of Directors
Major General Elder Granger M.D. USA, Retired, serves as a member of the Board of Directors of CTIS, and is also the President and CEO of The 5Ps, LLC, a healthcare, education, and leadership consultancy. He served as the Deputy Director and Program Executive Officer of the TRICARE Management Activity, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), Washington, D.C. In this role, he was the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) on the Department of Defense (DoD) health plan policy and performance. He oversaw the acquisition, operation, and integration of DoD's managed care program within the Military Health System for 9.4 million beneficiaries with a staff of 1,800 and a budget of $22.5 billion.
Prior to joining TRICARE Management Activity, MG Granger led the largest U.S. and multi-national battlefield health system in recent history while serving as Commander, Task Force 44th Medical Command and Command Surgeon for the Multinational Corps Iraq. He has led at every level of the Army Medical Department with previous assignments as Commander, 44th Medical Command, XVIII Airborne Corps Command Surgeon and Director of Health Services, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
MG Granger earned his bachelor’s degree from Arkansas State University in 1976 and was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps. He earned his doctor of medicine degree from the University of Arkansas School of Medicine in 1980. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine in 1983 and a fellowship in Hematology-Oncology in 1986 at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center. He was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree from Meharry Medical College in 2009. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine with sub-specialty boards in Hematology and Medical Oncology, certified in Medical Quality, as a Physician Executive, and Healthcare Executive.
Member of the Board of Directors
Robert Pincus serves as a member of the Board of Directors of CTIS. He has an extensive, 45-year long history working in the commercial banking community, most recently for EagleBank and Eagle Bancorp, Inc., as vice chairman of the board and director until December 2016. In addition to previous appointments as president of the Washington Area Bankers Association and vice chairman of WETA public television, Mr. Pincus has served on the boards of numerous other nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, cancer centers, and foundations. He has been honored by many local organizations and publications, including recognition as one of Washingtonian’s 1998 “Washingtonians of the Year” and election to the Washington Business Hall of Fame in 2004. Mr. Pincus is a true local having received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and his MBA from American University.
Member of the Board of Directors
Geoffrey Grosvenor, a former President of and current consultant to CTIS, serves as a member of the Board of Directors. In addition, Mr. Grosvenor, as Corporate Secretary, is the primary interface at the executive level with the Board of Directors. Prior to re-joining CTIS, Mr. Grosvenor had over 25 years of financial experience in the corporate lending side of banking with Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and PNC Bank. He is a past Director and Secretary of a private nonprofit organization that has placed over 2,000 children in permanent homes since 1981, and is currently a Court-Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children in Fairfax County, Virginia. Mr. Grosvenor is a former CFO of CTIS, and has had many years of experience with the company both from the inside and the outside. He earned his Master’s of Business Administration at Northwest Missouri State University and his bachelor’s degree in international business at Virginia Commonwealth University
Member of the Board of Directors
Steven Meltzer serves as a member of the Board of Directors of CTIS. He is a partner at the law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, where he represents privately and publicly held companies in a wide range of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, international and domestic marketing and distribution agreements, venture capital financings, and securities offerings. Mr. Meltzer focuses his activities in the information technology, biotechnology, healthcare, defense and intelligence industries. He chairs the Board of Trustees of the New England Institute of Technology and serves as a director or advisory board member of several companies. He serves as Secretary and is a member of the executive committee and legal counsel for the Technology Council of Maryland. Mr. Meltzer is also a member of the MdBio board and is founder and legal counsel of the Maryland Angels Council. He has been honored as one of the Best Lawyers in America (2006-2015) and has served as a member of the board of the Maryland Healthcare Product Development Corporation since 2009. Mr. Meltzer received his bachelor’s degree from Brown University and both his JD and MBA degrees from Harvard University.
Teresa S. Sligh, MD
President and Chief Operating Officer
Sudhir Raju serves as President and Chief Operating Officer at CTIS and brings over 20+ years of wealth of experience in the health IT industry. He oversees CTIS’s client projects for health informatics solutions including operations, information technology, best practices and account growth. In addition, he serves as the Principal Investigator for the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI’s) Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program’s Enterprise System (CTEP-ESYS) program, developing cancer clinical trials informatics solutions for NCI, National Institutes of Health (NIH).
He has led the development of innovative and effective solutions for the health industry. Under his leadership, the company has received numerous awards from the NIH and NCI Directors, and recognition from the Office of Management and Budget and project officers. He has led projects that involve process re-engineering, stakeholder management, architecture, analysis, design, development, and implementation of software solutions for the health informatics industry that have provided high outcome and return on investment to the clients.
Mr. Raju earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, India. He holds a master’s degree in computer systems management from University of Maryland University College and an MBA from Cornell University. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and SAFe® Agilist.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Dushyant Lowe serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at CTIS and is responsible for planning, organizing, controlling, directing, and administering the successful implementation of business operations. He also administers financial plans and budgets, and assures related compliance with established standards, requirements, internal controls, laws, codes, regulations, policies, and procedures. Mr. Lowe oversees and manages day-to-day financial and business operations, including financial planning and analysis, accounting, risk management, and general support services. He previously served as a manager in Aronson LLC’s Government Contract Services group. He has more than twelve years of experience in public accounting with a significant focus on income tax planning and compliance, specialized government contract consulting, and outsourced CFO/Corporate Controller services. Mr. Lowe received his bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration from the University of Delhi. He is a licensed certified public accountant in the state of Maryland and a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI); he also received the designation of Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) from the American Institutes of CPAs (AICPA).
Executive Vice President & Chief Medical Officer
Teresa S. Sligh, MD served for 15 years as the founder and president of Translational Research Group, Inc., a special populations CRO and all-phase research center in Los Angeles conducting research across all out-patient indications. Dr. Sligh is board eligible in Internal Medicine Research Path, having trained in Internal Medicine at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, Texas, and received her M.D. degree from Texas A&M College of Medicine. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from the University of New Mexico. A seasoned researcher in both basic and clinical research, Dr. Sligh has served as principal investigator on more than 450 clinical trials. Dr. Sligh dedicates her efforts to evangelizing and improving clinical research as well as to providing free medical care to underserved populations.
Senior Vice President of Integration
Vivek Pillai serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Partnership and Development Officer at CTIS and is responsible for maintaining, developing, and implementing new partnerships, and building the organizational capacity. He also focuses on developing integrated capabilities, facilitating technology growth, ensuring high bid performance standards, promoting CTIS’ qualifications and strengthening internal systems to further CTIS’ corporate mission and objectives. Mr. Pillai has a unique combination of business and technology skills, with over 17 years of experience providing program management and leadership, implementing solutions to a wide range of challenges in biomedical research, healthcare, health IT, system integration, federal health, academia, and commercial healthcare providers. Mr. Pillai received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Pune University, India and both his master’s and MBA degrees in technology management from University of Maryland University College. He is a certified Project Management Professional (Project Management Institute), Health Level Seven (HL7) Reference Information Model (RIM) specialist, HL7 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) Specialist, and Scrum Master.
Senior Vice President & Chief Business Operations
Chirag Shah began building his 19-year career with CTIS in clinical trials informatics solutions. He managed and led projects involving process re-engineering, stakeholder management, design, development, and implementation of software solutions for the health informatics industry, including the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Mr. Shah’s leadership on the Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program’s Enterprise System (CTEP-ESYS) applications resulted in recognition from the NCI Director for leading the National Clinical Trial Network (NCTN) transformation program. Later, while working with TISTA Science and Technology Corporation, he worked on projects for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) and NIH’s Office of Extramural Research Administration (eRA). Rejoining CTIS as Vice President and Technical Corporate Liaison, Mr. Shah now focuses on integrated capabilities and community health while developing and implementing new partnerships and global relations. He leads the expansion of CTIS’ clinical trial informatics solutions program in the global market, where he is responsible for providing technology development and best practices, as well as business development support to CTIS’ current clients to maintain the customer relations platform. Mr. Shah earned bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering from the Government Engineering College, India, and in information technology from Strayer University. He is a certified Project Management Professional (Project Management Institute), Six Sigma Green Belt, and Scrum Master.
Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO)
Blaze Mathew serves as Vice President and Chief Information Officer at CTIS, and is responsible for the information technology and infrastructure systems that support enterprise goals across client programs, projects, and the company. He formulates yearly infrastructure budgets and works with CTIS Corporate Officers and project teams to ensure information assurance for CTIS and its projects. He has more than 19 years of experience supporting IT infrastructure and operations, security, and risk management for the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program (CTEP). He manages a diverse IT team, supporting the full spectrum of IT services and appreciates the contributions of each member. He currently applies unified computing, hybrid infrastructure solutions, and cognitive technologies to augment business intelligence services.
His recent accomplishments include employing a hybrid AWS GovCloud to provide high availability for identity and access management solutions for CTEP. He pioneered implementation of infrastructure virtualization for CTIS and its clients, which has significantly improved infrastructure utilization, reduced costs, and improved disaster recovery of critical business services. He received the NCI Director’s Award for his support in implementing the NCI’s Experimental Therapeutics Clinical Trials Network (ETCTN).
Mr. Mathew holds Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) certifications. He received his master’s and MBA degrees in technology management from University of Maryland University College.
Vice President and Administrator of Corporate Services
Madhavi Rahman will serve as Vice President and Administrator of Corporate Services supporting the CEO office for CTIS. Reporting to both the Deputy CEO and the Chief of Staff, she is responsible for the developing, and facilitation, in partnership with business operation of company-wide administrative processes and policies. With over 20 years of experience in the fields of Administration, Human Resources, and Event Management, Ms. Rahman is a committed leader with significant experience in managing CTIS’s most critical resource: its people. While serving as Senior Director at the company, Ms. Rahman focused intensively on developing a positive corporate culture and nurturing work environment at CTIS, which has contributed significantly towards enhanced employee productivity, retention, and recruitment. Ms Rahman’s passion for giving back has led her to pioneer numerous CTIS Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, through which she regularly collaborates with local community groups and non-profit organizations to create and execute meaningful community service and volunteer events for the company.