As a neurosurgeon turned serial entrepreneur, Jeffrey J. Segal has literally been in both business and medicine. Jeff was a neurosurgeon in private practice before beginning the second phase of his career as a serial entrepreneur in the healthcare field. Jeff then founded or co-founded four separate healthcare startups. Jeff lives and breathes healthcare and understands it viscerally.
Jeff was perfectly happy practicing as a neurosurgeon. In 1996, his wife gave birth to twins, and at age 3 his son Josh was diagnosed with autism and epilepsy. Jeff took a year off to focus on Josh, intending to go back to practicing neurosurgery. In that year, he became convinced that a certain pharmaceutical compound might help Josh, and that compound was sitting on a shelf at the University of North Carolina. Jeff approached the scientists who created this drug, and collectively they founded a biotechnology company to move their compounds from “bench to bed.” Jeff never went back to the practice of neurosurgery. His son is now 24, and has improved by leaps and bounds. Jeff never misses the opportunity when sharing this powerful story to give a shout out to his wife, Shelley, and Josh’s twin sister, Jordan, who have been great “partners” for this unexpected ride in life.
Next, Jeff founded Medical Justice which touched on so many medico-legal issues. While Jeff was working with many talented attorneys, it became clear that better understanding the law and becoming an attorney would allow him to be more effective in running Medical Justice. Jeff’s philosophy is simple – solve a client’s problem. Law is just one tool in the toolkit to achieve this goal.
Jeff also runs eMerit, which helps doctors control their online reputation through patient feedback. While Jeff remains busy running Medical Justice and eMerit, he also needed a home for his law practice. Clients of ByrdAdatto, Medical Justice and eMerit now have, using Jeff’s words, more tools in the toolkit. Outside of work, Jeff loves being outdoors. He is an avid road cyclist, scuba diver, and climber. He also enjoys reading history and spending time with his wife and children.
University of Texas, B.A. (1980)
Baylor College of Medicine, MD (1984)
Baylor College of Medicine, General Surgical Internship (1985)
Baylor College of Medicine, Neurosurgical Residency (1990)
University of South Florida, Spinal Surgery Fellowship (1991)
Concord Law School, J.D., Highest Honors (2009)
California State Bar
Phi Beta Kappa
AOA Medical Honor Society
American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Fellow
American College Legal Medicine, Fellow
American College of Surgeons, Fellow
North American Spine Society
Board Certified, Neurological Surgery
AMA, North Carolina Medical Society
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