About Us 2017-01-30T11:04:39+00:00

Our Mission….

To standardize referral network communication across the healthcare continuum to reduce costs, improve patient access to care, and increase quality for the communities we serve.


ReferralMD is a cloud-based patient access, referral management and collaboration platform that helps health systems reduce patient leakage, increase revenue and drive operational efficiency

referralMD was founded by Jonathan Govette, David Bongiovanni, Rick Hammer, and with the help of major hospitals around the country.

Executive Management

Jonathan Govette
Jonathan GovetteChief Executive Officer
Jonathan has a proven record of entrepreneurial success in the healthcare field. As the founder and CEO of referralMD, he is responsible for Architecting and programming the framework of referralMD, while managing enterprise sales, marketing, pipeline and channel development.
As a thought leader in the space, Jonathan’s 300+ publications have been syndicated on healthcare’s top websites and shared millions of times.
David Bongiovanni
David BongiovanniChief Technology Officer
Technology professional with expertise in designing, implementing, scaling, and promoting enterprise applications and web services. Developed enterprise network management and health monitoring software for Quest and other companies. Responsible for the development and architecture of referralMD’s servers and HIPAA mandates.
Rick Hammer
Rick HammerChief Product Officer
Former VP of Product Management and Corporate Development at SigmaCare. Over 20 years of experience in delivering the right products, partnerships and services that lead to the success of healthcare technology companies. Responsible for the product, sales and customer success strategies and ensuring alignment with management, customers and partners.
Ivan Nolasco
Ivan NolascoChief Engineering Architect
Designing, implementing and conducting performance tests, from both user and external system interface perspectives for Verizon. Responsible for developing and maintaining referralMD’s front/back-end systems and security protocols.
George Railean
George RaileanCreative Director
Over 10 years experience with UI/UX Design creation for different healthcare projects and start-ups across United States and Europe; with expertise user experience, user interface, covering sales, marketing, services and products. Solid knowledge of vertical markets, business processes and various enterprise BI applications. Former designer at Respira Health. Former CEO and creative director at Pixmania.

Advisory Board

Preet Judge
Preet JudgeMedical Practitioner/Advisor
Preet Judge is Respiratory Care Practitioner and early advisor with referralMD. His experience includes patient care at Valley Children’s Healthcare Fresno, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and currently with Stanford Children’s | Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital 
Frank Kurnik
Frank KurnikAdvisor
CEO of Integrity Business Solutions. Former Amgen executive. Former Pharmacia & Upjohn executive. Responsible for cross functional management of the largest Integrated Health Care Organization in the US. Account management included pricing, contracting, marketing, sales force pull through and exceeding sales forecasts.
Dave James
Dave JamesAdvisor
Values-driven, strategy-first biopharma pro with 20+ years of “rolling up my sleeves” building, leading and directing payer market and account coverage, access, and reimbursement through commercialization, formulary and portfolio pull-through. Personally negotiated, contracted and managed over $1.5B in bio-pharmaceuticals resulting in exceptional YOY growth. Delivered in excess of $300M+ annually with specific and deep Kaiser expertise; managed most influential payers including national and super-regionals Plans and PBMs for Genentech and Amgen.
Theodore Leng M.D.
Theodore Leng M.D.Medical Doctor/Advisor
Dr. Leng is a board-certified ophthalmologist and fellowship-trained vitreoretinal surgeon at Byers Eye Institute at Stanford, CA. He has a busy clinical practice at an academic medical center. He sees patients in clinic 6 half days a week and performs surgery one day per week. In addition to his clinical responsibilities, Dr. Leng also is heavily involved in translational clinical trials and research in biomedical data science.
Joseph N Macaluso Jr MD FACS
Joseph N Macaluso Jr MD FACSSenior Medical Advisor
Dr. Macaluso has a long history of accomplishment in medicine, research and surgery. He maintained one of the most active urological surgery practices in the nation for more than 22 years, serving as the Managing Director and Director of Research and Grants at the Urologic Institute of New Orleans for 15 years. He taught medical students and residents for many years as an Associate Professor of Clinical Urology at Louisiana State University Medical School and Charity Hospital in New Orleans and also held the rank of Assistant Professor of Clinical Urology at Tulane Medical School. Board certified by the American Board of Urology.


Jonathan Govette


David Bongiovanni


Rick Hammer


San Francisco CA




Personal experiences from the founder gave light to the major communication issues that cause frustration for millions of patients and doctors around the world. With the CEO’s mother consistently in the hospital for much of her life, he decided to help her and millions like her receive better care from healthcare facilities.


ReferralMD is a cloud-based, highly secure and scalable web application using cutting edge, modern code architecture. The core framework is JavaScript, AngularJS. The UI is built with Twitter Bootstrap and is responsive for use on tablets and mobile devices. The platform is hosted on AWS. The system is designed to be fully HIPAA-compliant and scalable.