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Tamara Elias

Becton, Dickinson & Co.

Tamara Elias has been avidly involved with healthcare for over 25 years, beginning with medical school, extending into surgical residency, and followed by healthcare strategic consulting and investing.

Tamara recently joined Becton, Dickson & Co. (BD) as Head of Corporate Strategy and Business Development to further the growth of the company since the $12B acquisition of Carefusion. BD is a medical technology company that manufactures and sells a broad range of medical supplies, devices, laboratory equipment and diagnostic products. Tamara is a member of the Leadership Team and works to advance the overall strategic direction and growth for the medical segment, identify and execute key strategic initiatives, and pursue targets for business development.

Tamara was previously a Partner with Essex Woodlands Health Ventures, where she co-led the firm's healthcare services and healthcare IT growth equity practice and assisted with the strategic management of the medical device growth equity portfolio and practice. She served on the boards of Millennium Pharmacy Systems, BreatheAmerica, Medseek, and ATS Medical. Tamara joined Essex Woodlands as a Principal in the New York office in 2007, and was appointed Partner in 2013.

Tamara is a personal and professional advocate for the participation and advancement of women in the healthcare industry. She has been on the Core Committee for MedtechWomen since its founding in 2010. The organization gathers women leaders in the industry and hosts an annual MedtechVision conference to discuss and propose solutions to the most challenging issues facing the medtech sector.

Prior to Essex Woodlands, Tamara leveraged her medical training while at McKinsey &Co., where she advised large pharmaceutical, diagnostic, and device companies in product commercialization and M&A.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Tamara graduated from Yale with a Bachelor of Arts degree with dual majors in biology and anthropology, with summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors. She obtained her MD degree, with AOA Honors, from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Tamara was a general surgery resident at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and was awarded one of four national grants in plastic and reconstructive surgery during a research fellowship at New York University in the lab of Dr. Joseph McCarthy.

Tamara resides in the suburbs of NY with her husband Rick and two children, Isaac and Emily.

Tamara is a member of Kauffman Fellows Class 13 and served her fellowship under mentor Immanuel Thangaraj at Essex Woodlands.

For her fellowship research project, Tamara interviewed 25 LPs about the venture capital asset class and what that meant for the future of the industry. The work was published in several journals including Venture Capital Journal and Venture Capital Review, and the Kauffman Fellows Report.