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Julian Flannery

Founder & CEOSummus

New York, NY

Member Since October 2022


Julian Flannery is founder and CEO of Summus, a leading virtual specialty care company. Julian grew up in a family committed to medicine, and leveraging experience from a wide-ranging career in public policy, finance and information technology, founded Summus to combine service excellence with a tech-enabled marketplace model to change how patients and families access specialty care. Julian is dedicated to building a company committed to being of service to physicians and patients that supports better insights and decision making across all health questions. Prior to his work at Summus, Julian was a member of the management team and led Global Research at Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG), the world's largest membership-based platform for professional expertise. He oversaw GLG's service operation, products, and content, and directed management of its 400,000+ expert membership base. It was through this work and his understanding of the physician journey and experience that Julian arrived at the idea of creating a marketplace to attract leading physicians to solve the challenge of speed and access to high quality-medical expertise. Julian formerly worked at Morgan Stanley as Associate and Chief of Staff to the Chairman & CEO, and in special situations and investment banking. In 2001, he served in The White House as an aide to the Chief of Staff to the President. Julian received his MBA from Harvard Business School and AB in Economics from Duke University.

Published content

Value added: How virtual care drives down costs while improving health outcomes


Fast Company Executive Board member Julian Flannery, founder and CEO of Summus, explains that virtual care is an integral part of a value-based care model, connecting patients to the right specialists at the right time.

From abundance to efficiency: How virtual specialty care lowers costs and improves outcomes


Fast Company Executive Board member Julian Flannery of Summus Global explains that costs “live” in specialty care—but a robust virtual care platform can help drive them down while elevating outcomes.

Transformative connections: How elevating peer-to-peer consults can improve the physician experience


Fast Company Executive Board member Julian Flannery explains how Summus is on a mission to facilitate clinician-to-specialist interactions—and in doing so, transform access to healthcare.

This virtual specialty care platform uses technology to restore the human connection in healthcare


Fast Company Executive Board member Julian Flannery wants to accelerate access to specialty medical care.

Company details


Company bio

Summus is the leading virtual specialty care company, founded with a mission to restore human connection in healthcare. Our proprietary marketplace model attracts leading specialists who support better insights and decision making across all health questions. Summus serves as the clinical front door to access trusted, high quality healthcare expertise for millions of patients and families around the world and a powerful platform to reach more patients and physician peers for the world's leading health care providers and systems. With a curated network of leading specialists from top academic medical centers and health systems, Summus serves as a powerful navigator and trusted partner to our members in the moments that matter most. With more than 5,100 leading specialists from 50 top academic medical centers, and more than 2.1 million members around the world, Summus is the global hub of leading medical expertise accessible to all people.



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