Steven Tropello, MD, MS Founder, CMO

Steven Tropello, MD, MS

Founder, CMO

Dr. Tropello is an Emergency and Critical Care Physician with a master's in Systems and Computer Engineering.  Dr. Tropello worked briefly at JP Morgan as a business solutions IT consultant before refocusing on his other passion, medicine. He attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine for both medical school and a residency in Emergency Medicine where he functioned as Chief Resident. After residency, Dr. Tropello and his family moved to Baltimore where he completed a fellowship in Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Following medical training Dr. Tropello has continued to live in Baltimore City and work in both Emergency and Critical Care Medicine. He has faculty appointments at both the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where he continues research on medical devices and health IT systems respectively.

In 2013 while working clinically at the University of Maryland, Dr. Tropello became frustrated when he was unable to immediately treat a patient with a feeding tube malfunction, causing the patient to be admitted needlessly overnight - and leading to the birth of Coaptive Ultrasound.  Dr. Tropello is the inventor and primary developer of Coaptive Ultrasound platform applications, hoping to use the platform technology to help his patients in clinical practices as soon as possible. He will serve as founder and medical lead for CoapTech in order to help the company grow swiftly and deploy applications worldwide.

Howard Carolan,  MPH, MBA    Co-Founder, CEO

Howard Carolan,  MPH, MBA   

Co-Founder, CEO

Mr. Carolan has worked at the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality (“A.I.”) and at the Johns Hopkins Center for Innovation in Quality Patient Care.  At A.I. He served as lead Project Manager for development of “Emerge” in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. Emerge is a transdisciplinary program based on Systems Engineering principles that designed and developed computer applications with clinicians for improving medical care and patient experience.  Project Emerge recently launched a partnership with Microsoft for worldwide deployment.  

In his 8 years with Johns Hopkins, Mr. Carolan has been involved with a number of strategic and operational projects spanning the healthcare continuum, with a focus on patient safety, quality improvement, revenue enhancement, and information technology.   Howard’s interest in these areas was forged at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he earned his MPH, received an NIH grant for Public Health Informatics training, and served as President of the Anna Baetjer Society for Public Health.  Mr. Carolan also completed his MBA from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School with a focus in health care.  He has co-authored publications in the areas of computerized clinician decision support, pay-for-performance, Venous Thromboembolism prevention, and is currently pursuing research in trans-disciplinary approaches to quality and safety in health care.  Mr. Carolan is a graduate of Duke University where he received his Bachelor of Science in economics.