Brown & Toland's Leadership Team
Being a leader in providing quality patient care starts with a strong foundation. Our healthcare industry experience and insights have helped Brown & Toland create solutions that allow our doctors to do what they do best — care for patients.
Meet the Brown & Toland leadership team.
Neal Birnbaum, M.D.,
Chairman of the Board
Chairman Neal Birnbaum, M.D., is chief of rheumatology at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), where he was twice-elected chief of staff. Dr. Birnbaum is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and a past president of the American College of Rheumatology. A graduate of the Ohio State University College of Medicine, Dr. Birnbaum completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowship in rheumatology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Joel Klompus, M.D.,
Dr. Klompus took the helm as president of Brown & Toland after serving on the company’s board of directors for 17 years. Previously, he was vice chairman of the Department of Medicine at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) and head of the CPMC outpatient teaching clinic. Dr. Klompus has been in private practice with Pacific Internal Medicine Associates Medical Group for 30 years. Dr. Klompus earned his undergraduate degree from Brown University, his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed his residency at CPMC, where he was the chief resident in internal medicine his last year. Dr. Klompus also serves on the executive committee of Pan Med Physicians in San Francisco.
Chief Executive Officer
Kelly Robison was named chief executive officer of Brown & Toland in January 2018. A healthcare executive with 25 years’ industry experience, Robison worked in leadership and executive roles with Brown & Toland from 1995 to 2013. Most recently, she was OptumCare’s chief development officer and worked to successfully build, acquire and transform large physician groups, growing to more than 30 markets and over 20,000 employed and contracted physicians in various medical groups and independent practice association (IPA) settings. Robison also held previous positions at John Muir Health System and Alameda Alliance for Health. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Francisco State University and a Master of Public Administration, Health Care Administration from California State University, Hayward.
Chief Information Officer
Soma Bulusu was named chief information officer at Brown & Toland in March, 2013. A information technology veteran with close to 20 years’ experience in the healthcare sector, he previously was vice president, chief information officer for Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae, Calif., a director at Covansys, and a senior principal with Oracle Corporation. He earned a bachelor’s in engineering in India and a master’s in environmental engineering from the University of Arizona. Bulusu previously received the CIO Innovators of the Year award from Frost & Sullivan for his outstanding work and contribution in pioneering care management solutions at Marin General Hospital.
Chief Strategy Officer
Ryan Faulkner joined Brown & Toland in April 2018. Faulkner previously held leadership positions in business development, integration and human capital for OptumCare and OptumHealth, most recently as Senior Vice President, Business Integration. He also served as Senior Vice President, Human Resources/Chief Human Resources Officer, and Vice President, Workforce Planning, for St. Joseph Health in Orange, California. He has executive and consulting experience across multiple industries, and has focused more recently on helping physician-led organizations address the reimbursement, clinical, and population health opportunities that are driving change across the healthcare industry.
Lynn Schneider Grennan, CPA/ABV,
Chief Financial Officer
Lynn Grennan joined Brown & Toland as Chief Financial Officer in August 2018. She has more than 20 years’ healthcare experience in finance and operations, including physician practice management, medical group and independent practice association affiliation and growth, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic and business planning. She has held senior leadership and/or consulting positions with a number of organizations, including University of Arizona Physicians, Sutter Health, Dignity Health, and Huron Consulting Group. She is a Certified Public Accountant and Accredited in Business Valuation and is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and American Institute of CPAs.
Vice President, Human Capital
Elisa Johnson joined Brown & Toland Physicians as Vice President, Human Capital in August 2018. A veteran with more than 20 years’ experience leading global Human Capital teams in such locations as Singapore, China, South Korea, Japan, and France, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 20 companies across a variety of industries. In health care, Johnson held Human Capital leadership roles in UnitedHealthcare and in Enterprise Talent Development for UnitedHealth Group leading physician and senior executive development programs providing world class differentiated learning solutions.
John B. Long, M.D. ,
Vice President, External Relations
John B. Long, M.D., is a vascular surgeon in private practice in San Francisco. He is one of the founding partners of the San Francisco Vein and Vascular Institute. He is a native of San Francisco and a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and UCLA Medical School. Dr. Long previously served Brown & Toland as medical director, and as a member of the Board of Directors. As Vice President, External Relations, he leads Brown & Toland’s external outreach programs around quality and clinical outcomes.
Chief Operations Officer
A healthcare professional with more than 20 years’ experience in the industry, Delia Peterson first joined Brown & Toland in 2001 and has held a number of positions within the organization, including Director of Physician Services and Performance Improvement, and Vice President of Network Contracting and Physician Services, before being named Chief Operations Officer in February 2017. The San Francisco native studied locally at San Francisco State University and is active in several industry initiatives designed to support the independent practice model of care.
Fiona Wilson, M.D.,
Chief Medical and Transformation Officer
An advocate for transforming primary care, Dr. Wilson was a member of the Brown & Toland Board of Directors from 1996 to 2007. She joined the organization as vice president of quality in July 2007. Dr. Wilson earned her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed her residency and chief residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. A former leadership fellow with the California HealthCare Foundation, she practiced Internal Medicine at UCSF for 19 years before joining the executive team at Brown & Toland.