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Anita Waxman on The Franciska Show


Anita Waxman, co-founder and director of Ceras Health, has been involved with healthcare technology and the development of new modalities that have changed the course of medicine over the past thirty-five years.

In 1975, Anita founded and served as CEO and Chairman of Howe-Lewis International, a management consulting and executive search firm. Howe-Lewis serves the biotechnology, medical electronics, and healthcare communities. It is dedicated to healthcare and not-for-profit communities and is retained by its clients to recruit the entire range of executive-level talent. From its founding, Howe-Lewis has demonstrated its commitment to partnering with both major, established institutions and with emerging, growing organizations to identify and attract the very best leaders.

In 1977, Anita was the co-founder of Diasonics Inc., the company that introduced both diagnostic ultrasound and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to market. Diasonics was at the forefront in changing the way that medical imaging could diagnose disease.

In 1984, Anita along with Dr. Nicholas Cummings founded American Biodyne Inc. She served on the board of directors through its growth and sale to Medco Containment Services (later acquired by Merck). Along with KKR, Merck Behavioral went through a leveraged buyout and as a freestanding company (known as Merit Behavioral) its revenues grew to over $800 million. The company was later sold to Magellan Behavioral Care.

Ms. Waxman served on the Board of Directors of SOS International, a worldwide medical service company that, working in some of the most inhospitable places on earth, offered international standards of medical care where it was otherwise not available, or where cultural or language barriers prevented its proper implementation. Through her involvement with SOS International, Ms. Waxman became a Director and Co-Founder of International Medical Care, Ltd., which is a rapidly growing Geneva based company that staffs and operates family practice outpatient clinics and provides emergency room health services throughout the world.

Currently, Anita is a cofounder, director, and consultant to Ceras Health, which is dedicated to reducing the cost of healthcare. Ceras Health, Inc.TM (Ceras Health) has developed a patent pending SaaS platform, I’M HOME!®, that supports patients’ adherence to pre-and post-discharge care plans, provides patients and care team members with the ability to measure and track patient health data, and enables individuals to get better and stay better by providing access to condition specific health information.

In addition to her work in the healthcare industry, Anita has spent many years following her passion in the world of live theater. Anita Waxman is a multiple Tony Award-winning producer. As CEO of Alexis Productions, she has garnered seventy-one Tony nominations and sixteen Tony awards. Anita is currently working with Jimmy Buffett, Frank Marshall, and Grove Entertainment to bring Escape To Margaritaville, a musical based on the music of Jimmy Buffett, to the world’s stage. Anita is also producing Little Dancer, a musical based on the story of Edward Degas. Through Alexis Productions, Anita produced and won multiple Tonys for The Real Thing written by Sir Tom Stoppard, and the successful revival of Cabaret starring Natasha Richardson and Alan Cumming. Other productions include Jesus Christ Superstar, Becoming Chaplin, Rocky, the Tony Award winning Best Revival of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Music Man, A Moon for the Misbegotten starring Gabriel Byrne, The Wild Party, The Waverly Gallery, Electra, A Night in November, A Little Night Music, Enron, American Idiot, Love Never Dies, Present Laughter starring Frank Langella, Mrs. Klein starring Uta Hagen, Wild Honey starring Sir Ian McKellen, The Vertical Hour, Bombay Dreams, Gypsy, the West End productions of Ragtime, the Broadway revival of Rodger and Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song, the hit revival of Noises Off, The Elephant Man starring Billy Crudup, and many more. Two of her shows have won Pulitzer prizes: The Young Man from Atlanta and Top Dog/Underdog. She is a member of the Broadway League.

Ms. Waxman founded two theatrical investment funds, Alexis Fund I and Alexis Fund II. Some investments include Kinky Boots (NYC, London & Tour), Escape to Margaritaville, Hello Dolly, The Front Page, Glass Menagerie, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Jersey Boys (AUS), Book of Mormon (AUS), Verso Truth in Deception, and Joan of Arc. She is currently producing Little Dancer, a new musical by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens staring Tiler Peck and Terrence Mann, and Directed by Susan Stroman. Other upcoming projects include a new musical based on the music of Diane Warren, The Library, Terra Firma and more. She has served on the boards of the Donmar Warehouse in London, 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, The Magic Theatre in San Francisco, The Roundabout Theatre Company New York City, the Human Rights watch, SOS International, and American Biodyne.

Anita Waxman has also worked with orphanages around the world. Through her foundation NOAH’S ARK, she established a home for orphaned children in Russia: the Passin-Waxman Center for Children, which is known today as Anita’s Kids, which has helped to educate and care for several hundred children in the past eighteen years.


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