Rishi Sikka, M.D.

Rishi Sikka, MD is currently a venture partner at Lifeforce Capital.  Since 2016 he has served on the Board of Directors for Presbyterian Healthcare Services in New Mexico.

From 2017-2021, Dr. Sikka was President of System Enterprises at Sutter Health.  He had oversight of Sutter's future-facing operations in asset-light, non-clinical, and health plan lines of business. This included executive leadership over Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Home Health-Hospice-Infusion-DME, Walk-in-Care, Mental Health & Addiction Care, Health Plan Products, Shared Services, Population Health, Pharmacy, Lab, and Facility & Property Services.  

Prior, Dr. Sikka was at Advocate Health Care (Advocate Aurora Health) for almost 10 years where he served in several senior roles including senior vice president of clinical operations and President of the Advocate Insurance Segregated Portfolio company.  He previously held clinical and management positions in emergency medicine at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois, and at Boston University Medical Center, as well as faculty positions at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Medicine and Boston University School of Medicine.

Earlier in his career, Dr. Sikka co-founded Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Praxeon, Inc., which develops healthcare and life science semantic searching platforms to offer health information to patients, clinical practitioners and medical researchers. He also served as a medical correspondent for KTTC TV, an NBC affiliate in Minnesota. 

He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his medical degree from the Mayo Clinic Medical School.

His life outside of work reflects his professional commitment to continuously improve the patient experience. Dr. Sikka serves on the board of Presbyterian Healthcare Services, a not-for-profit healthcare system comprised of eight hospitals, a medical group, and a health plan founded in New Mexico. He is co-author of the book, “Leading Healthcare Transformation: A Primer for Clinical Leaders,” and has written for the Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review.  He was also recognized in 2021 as a Top 50 Clinical Executive by Modern Healthcare.