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Desmond Ebanks, MD

West Hartford, Connecticut Area

I am an Internist with nearly 3 decades of clinical experience. In 2008 I founded Alternity Healthcare, a concierge style practice focused on keeping executives and individuals healthy, vital and productive . Outside of clinical medicine, I have worked within the insurance industry as a healthcare executive with management and P&L responsibility. I have also served as an industry consultant across a broad span of healthcare and have been regarded as a thought leader sought after to evaluate new technologies and procedures.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Concierge or Direct Pay practices

    I understand the benefits and difficulties eschewing third party payers in favor of a direct pay model, the variations on the model, and the mindset necessary for success in the model.

    • Healthcare Delivery
    • Physician Practice
    • concierge medicine
    • Medical director
    • care coordination
    • voice of customer
    • Cardiovascular
    • Aging
    • Diabetes
    • obesity

Reviews

  • KC
    Dr. Ebanks provided a 1-hour talk on "Successful Aging: strategies for a vital future". Desmond was timely with pre-meeting deadlines and his presentation was well-received by attendees, scoring 'Excellent/Strongly Agree' on most marks from the 240 attendees that rated him. I would definitely invite and work with Dr. Ebanks again.
    Kevin Chamberlin
  • BS
    Only if you are looking for somebody caring, committed, patient and willing to share his point of view with you on a professional level. Thoughtful, sensitive to your agenda, goals or needs, Dr. Ebanks speaks with terms you can understand and embrace. If you want to get to a better place for yourself, physically and mentally, it will amaze you. A genuine well of knowledge awaits you!
    Brigitte Soucy
  • DD
    Dr. Ebanks is a knowledgeable, thorough and detailed-oriented care provider. I learned things about my health and well-being that my other primary care provider could not provide. I will continue to use his services in the future.
    Derrick Diggs
  • DW
    I used Dr. Desmond Ebanks' services at Alternity Healthcare in 2010. I was extremely pleased with his extensive, advanced medical knowledge and expertise in proactive, preventive care based upon scientifically-driven evidence. Through comprehensive analyses and the use of state of the art diagnostic equipment, Dr. Ebanks takes you through a complete and thorough analysis of your total health picture. The result is a personal action plan and roadmap to improve the quality of your health. You owe it to yourself...a longer, healthier life. I highly recommend the services of Dr. Desmond Ebanks at Alternity Healthcare!
    Dennis Williams, MBA
  • CE
    Dr, Ebanks is outstanding doctor. He is very knowledgeable in his practice and demonstrates excellent results. He is committed to enhancing his patients health and well being.
    Cynthia Ebanks
  • PB
    Desmond took me through a very thorough process to shed light on ways I can improve my health through a balanced approach of exercise, nutrition, and selected vitamins/supplements. He has a unique way of pulling it all together for you. I feel better, sleep better and am sure I'm on a better path to a long, healthier life after going through this process. It was well worth the cost.
    Peter Begin

My Interests

Health Sectors
Medical Devices, Digital Health, Biotech, Health IT, Healthcare Delivery, Pharmaceuticals, Diagnostics, Payers

Experience

  • Healthcare and Biomedical Consultant

    GLG - Gerson Lehrman Group | December 2008 - Current

    Expert consultative services in executive health, preventive medicine, telomere biology, healthcare economics and medical technology inclusive of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and medical devices

  • Consultant

    University Disability Consortium | December 2007 - Current

    Provide independent medical consultation, disability evaluation & management and medical file review

  • Keynote Speaker

    Alternity Healthcare, LLC | December 2009 - Current

    As a professional speaker, my presentations revolve around prevention and optimizing health. I have spoken to senior level executives, non-profits, individual business owners and to the public at integrative health seminars. Topics include "Your Executive Health", "Managing Your Health Like Your Balance Sheet", "Successful Aging", "Achieving Optimal Health", Finding the Fountain of Youth", among others.

  • Founder & Medical Director

    Alternity Healthcare, LLC | December 2008 - Current

    Alternity Healthcare is dedicated to a proactive, preventive approach to healthcare designed to help individuals, executives and business owners prevent degenerative diseases that could impact the quality of life, restore vitality and acheive optimal health.

  • Medical Director

    Take Care Health Systems | December 2008 - Current 2009

    Provided consultation and medical management services for the development and implementation of an employee wellness programs at Aetna’s corporate headquarters in Hartford, CT.

  • Medical Director

    MetLife | December 2006 - Current 2007

    Primarily responsible for the company’s single largest client, Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), with nearly 300,000 covered lives. Provided medical consultation and review of STD and LTD claims for optimal claims adjudication. Enhanced medical expertise of the claims team through development of clinical guidelines, didactic lectures and ad hoc training. Provided medical leadership for the Risk Management and Product Development teams. Analyzed medical claims data and presented recommendations based on customer specific metrics.

  • Center Medical Director

    Concentra | December 1999 - Current 2006

    Directed the delivery of a full spectrum of Occupational Healthcare services including an aggressive sports medicine model of injury management, outcomes-based indemnity and disability management, client company education programs and Medical Review Officer services. Oversaw the design and clinical implementation of a comprehensive NFPA-based Firefighter Physical Assessment program for the Waterbury Fire Department and surrounding volunteer departments. Served as Consultant for the Connecticut United Parcel Service DOT-certified driver Diabetes Waiver Program

  • Conecticut Area Medical Director

    HealthSouth | December 1997 - Current 1998

    Directed overall medical operations and provided medical leadership of physicians, physician extenders and staff of the Occupational Healthcare division within the State of Connecticut. Promoted growth of the division through medical integration of existing facilities and implemented corporate vision and strategy for the region. Reported to the Vice President and National Medical Director. Served as Corporate Medical Director of a major client company, First Brands Corporation (NYSE: FBR), and managed their executive wellness program. Assisted corporate management as medical liaison to contain healthcare, indemnity and disability costs. Also served as Chairman of the Professional Advisory Committee of Olsten Health Services

  • Medical Director

    MV Rehabilitation Associates | December 1992 - Current 1995

    Managed the delivery of comprehensive outpatient rehabilitative and occupational healthcare services. Researched, designed and implemented outcomes based utilization management reviews and established several clinical protocols promoting more efficient care. Practiced clinical occupational and rehabilitation medicine, and performed independent medical examinations in accordance with the AMA Guide to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment.

  • Attending Physician, Emergency Services

    Lenox Hill Hospital | December 1987 - Current 1992

    Practiced clinical emergency medicine.

  • resident physician

    Kings County Hospital | December 1985 - Current 1987

Education

  • Temple University School of Medicine

    MD | Medicine | 1980 - 1984

  • Syracuse University

    BS and BA | Biology and Psychology | 1976 - 1980