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Israel Villanueva, MD, MBA, Joins Intercept TeleMed as Chief Medical Officer

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Israel Villanueva, MD, MBA, has been named Chief Medical Officer for Intercept TeleMed, which offers comprehensive and affordable tele-ICU services for hospitals across the country, in addition to tele-ED/ER, tele-psych and tele-trauma surgery support and other services.

Dr. Villanueva is board-certified in both internal medicine and critical care medicine and has extensive bedside clinical experience as an internist, hospitalist and intensivist. He has also worked as a tele-critical care physician, developing an intimate knowledge of tele-critical care processes and benefits. Dr. Villanueva will oversee all clinical aspects of Intercept TeleMed’s services and work with the company’s client hospitals to help them achieve the highest standards of patient care in their ICUs.

Dr. Villanueva came to Intercept TeleMed from Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, where he served as Intensivist Medical Director, developing an intensivist program for the hospital and gaining valuable insight into the challenges of rural medicine. Before that, he was an intensivist at Ventura County Medical Center in Ventura, California, and served as an associate ICU Director at St. John’s Hospitals of Oxnard and Camarillo, California, where he led a multidisciplinary team that instituted best practices for critical care in a newly established intensivist program. In conjunction with his bedside clinical duties, Dr. Villanueva has been a tele-critical care physician for Banner Health.

After completing a bachelor of arts degree in biology at Harvard University, Dr. Villanueva earned his medical degree at the NYU School of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and his fellowship in critical care medicine at Stanford University. Additionally, he earned a Healthcare Executive MBA at the University of California at Irvine.

“I am pleased to welcome Dr. Villanueva to our executive team. He brings a broad range of bedside clinical experience to our company as well as extensive, hands-on experience in tele-critical care as a practicing clinician. His knowledge of how tele-medicine can improve patient outcomes and reduce inefficiencies in the ICU will be invaluable to our client hospitals,” said Diego C. Reino, MD, President and CEO of Intercept TeleMed.

“I’m excited at the opportunity to join this dynamic, growing company and contribute my experience as we work together to further develop and expand Intercept TeleMed’s cutting-edge tele-ICU and other tele-health consult services, such as neurology, emergency department, and psychiatry,” said Dr. Villanueva.


Intercept TeleMed provides tele-critical care using predictive analytics, AI and a centralized team of specialists to deliver superior care and transform the economics of care in hospitals. Intercept offers remote critical care from a centralized location where it has scale, can be staffed efficiently 24/7 by ICU specialists, and powered by the latest technology and AI. Intercept’s software optimizes the number of patients an intensivist or ICU nurse is able to manage through all-live streams of data. Intercept’s ICU specialists have the tools to direct attention where it is needed and provide real-time access to hospital telemetry, EMR, labs, and two-way audio/video into the ICU, allowing for predictive analytics and proactive care, in collaboration with bedside care providers. This service is proven to save lives, improve outcomes, reduce patient length of stay, pay back its startup costs in only a few months and save millions of dollars for its hospital customers. Intercept also provides tele-ED/ER, tele-psych and tele-trauma surgery support and other services. For more information, please visit