About Us

Organizations that use healthcare data struggle with the challenge of extracting actionable insights and value from the massive and growing amount of data being generated.  The sheer volume of structured and unstructured data offers substantial opportunities to develop breakthrough clinical and commercial solutions yet the data is not “answer-ready”. After years of working with healthcare data, our team of data scientists, engineers, statisticians, medical advisors, and domain experts, dedicated ourselves to finding solutions to efficiently collect, organize, standardize, improve, analyze, and transform data to enable those serving patients to confidently and consistently achieve the best outcomes.

Origin of the Kythera Name

Our name is adopted from the ancient Greek Antikythera mechanism,  a 2,000-year-old mechanism described as the first analog computer - the oldest known example of such a device used to predict astronomical positions and eclipses. Despite its advanced age, its sophisticated technology bridges antiquity and modernity.

Leadership Team

The team at Kythera Labs has deep expertise in health care and has been solving problems for decades using proven data science concepts and unique technologies. Our team understands that trust is at the heart of innovation and it is something we work at every day.

Jeff McDonaldLinkedIn

Jeff McDonald

CEO/Co-Founder

Jeff is a serial entrepreneur and growth leader with success in envisioning and developing analytical products and platform technologies to empower growth. He has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, combining his technology, innovation, and analytic product development experience with his conviction of the power of teamwork to help organizations succeed.

Jeremy EllisLinkedIn

Jeremy Ellis

Business Development

Jeremy leads the sales team and is responsible for sales, revenue generation, and customer relationship development. He is an accomplished sales executive who brings over a decade of experience at the intersection of healthcare and technology.

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Jason Wreath

Strategy & Partnerships

Jason looks after strategy and partnerships for Kythera. He has focused on digital healthcare and healthcare information for over 25 years. He has founded, launched, and grown industry-leading companies. Jason applies his experience with information-based decision products to improve business outcomes, accelerate innovation, and enhance commercialization.

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Jay Galbreath

Finance & Operations/Co-Founder

Jay leads the finance and operations of Kythera Labs. He is a Certified Public Accountant with over 15 years of experience in healthcare strategy, finance, and revenue cycle management. Jay is known for establishing strong partnerships with healthcare businesses, especially providers.

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Ryan Leurck

Product/Co-Founder

Ryan leads the Analytics and Products teams at Kythera Labs. He is an engineer and data scientist with over 13 years of experience in operations research, system-of-system design, and research and development portfolio valuation and analysis. Ryan received his start on the research faculty at The Georgia Institute of Technology Aerospace System Design Lab where he led researchers in the application of machine learning and big data technologies.

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Russ Sacks

Data Science & Operations Research/Co-Founder

Russ leads the Data Science and Operations Research team at Kythera. He has over 20 years of experience in operations research, process excellence, data science, and software development. He has implemented data science models and predictive analytics to manage diseases, utilization, and revenue cycles at numerous healthcare organizations. Russ is also a Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

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Matt Ryan

Engineering/Co-Founder

Matt leads the data engineering team and is responsible for architecture, engineering, and technical operations at Kythera labs. He has over 30 years of experience in software development and enterprise architecture, including big data environments for healthcare, finance, and telecommunications. Matt has been recognized by Databricks as one of their top 10 innovators.