Meet Our Team

Steve Marsh

Steve Marsh — CEO Academic Medicine, Acute Care, Health Plan

Steve is recognized as an expert in healthcare executive & physician/nursing executive recruitment. One of the original founders of The Medicus Firm, M3 Executive Search originated in 2017 as a division of The Medicus Firm, and then became a separate subsidiary of the parent company, M3 USA, Inc.

Steve has been involved in the development of every aspect of M3 Executive Search, and during his 27 years of healthcare recruitment has led both recruiting and business development teams. A noted speaker, Mr. Marsh has been cited in numerous national media publications and serves as a keynote and guest speaker at nationwide conferences and healthcare forums several times per year.

Steve is well known for speaking on various topics related to healthcare recruiting process "Best Practices", maintaining a positive workplace culture, diversity/inclusion, and contract negotiation.

Steve has completed numerous adult and pediatric physician executive searches at every level for academic institutions and health systems across the United States. His ability to screen healthcare executives for the appropriate soft skillsets and cultural fit has been honed by representing healthcare clients for his entire career, and he has developed a large network of leaders throughout every region of the country and every sector of healthcare.

Steve lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife, Lynn, and four children. Outside of work he enjoys coaching youth softball and being involved in his children's high school and college activities. Steve enjoys golf, is an avid fly-fisherman, and loves traveling the country in pursuit of either of those activities.

We have built M3 Executive Search on an attractive business model for our clients coupled with a fanatical commitment to client service and result. We are completely focused on existing and emerging healthcare leaders, and due to our parent company's resources have developed the nation's largest community of both clinical and healthcare executives. ~ Steve Marsh
David Ballard

David J. Ballard — MD, FACP, MSPH, PhD, MBA Chief Clinical Advisor

David J. Ballard, M.D., F.A.C.P., M.S.P.H., Ph.D., M.B.A., serves as Chief Clinical Advisor for M3 Executive Search. Dr. Ballard is a global healthcare executive with proven expertise in improving healthcare value and organizational financial performance, while providing international thought leadership. Dr. Ballard was recognized by Becker's four consecutive years as one of the top 50 experts leading the field of Patient Safety, is the past President of the International Society for Quality in Healthcare and received in 2008 and 2019 the Distinguished Alumnus awards from the University of North Carolina Schools of Medicine and Public Health, respectively. Widely recognized as a global scholar in healthcare quality and value, his two books on healthcare quality leadership received Shingo Awards for their contributions to operational excellence.

Dr. Ballard previously served as Chief Quality Officer of Baylor Scott & White Health, the largest healthcare system in Texas (1999-2018), during which time under his leadership the organization received both the Leapfrog Patient-Centered Care Award and the National Quality Forum Healthcare Award. Previously, David served in leadership roles at Emory University (1994-1999), University of Virginia (1991-1994) and Mayo Clinic (1986-1991), after completing degrees in economics, epidemiology and medicine at the University of North Carolina where he was a John Motley Morehead Scholar and training in internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Ballard continues to serve as Healthcare Policy Section Editor for the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, completed in 2021 an MBA with Honors (Beta Gamma Sigma) from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School and serves on the boards of several global health care companies, including as a Director and Audit Committee member for Mentice (MNTC.ST), the world's leading endovascular simulation performance solutions company.

I accepted this role because I am passionate about companies dedicated to improving value in healthcare. M3 Executive Search has an incredible team that executes at a high level, while providing executive search firm services at a much more reasonable cost to healthcare clients than other companies in this sector. I have been a candidate and a client over my career as a physician executive, and I am impressed with the M3 Executive accomplishments. ~ David J. Ballard
Darci Adams

Darci Adams, MBA Sr. Executive Consultant

Darci Adams, MBA, is a healthcare executive with 15 years of experience in Practice Plan and School of Medicine administration, finance, and human resources and operations. She previously served as the Division Administrative Director at the University of Colorado, Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy.

Darci has extensive experience partnering with physician leaders to build and transform teams, drive change, lead process improvement, operational efficiency. During her time at the University of Colorado she was involved in a variety of physician leadership searches, and she has an extensive network of academic physician executives.

Prior to her roles in Division Administration, Darci worked both as a Project Manager for University Physicians, Inc. & as a CME/Clinical Education Coordinator. She has experience with construction project management building freestanding clinics, developing clinical programs, enhancing the patient, provider and staff experiences through clinical workflow improvements, revenue cycle efficiencies and EMR implementation. Her experience has allowed her to understand what it takes to be successful within academic institutions.

In addition to her work experience, Ms. Adams has most recently served on the Association of Academic Surgical Administrators (AASA) educational committee and is an active member of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

Darci lives in Denver, Colorado, with her husband, six children, an English Mastiff, Barkley, and a Great Dane, Luna. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree from Fort Hays State University and a Master's in Business Administration from Regis University.

Darci's expertise is conducting executive searches within academic medicine, including Dean's office positions, Department Chair & Division Chief positions, and Basic Science / Research leadership positions (MD, MD/PhD, & PhD).

I have a true passion for academic medicine and working with academic leaders. Executive search within that vertical is very rewarding to me, and I love finding the right culture fit for the institution, Department, or Division I am representing. M3 Executive Search specializes in this area, and all resources revolve around existing and emerging leaders in healthcare. ~ Darci Adams
Maggie Cuningham

Maggie Cuningham Sr. Executive Consultant Academic Medicine / Public Health

Maggie Cunningham is a Senior Executive Consultant at M3 Executive Search in the Health and Academic Health sector. Maggie's career spans 18 years of senior-level executive in-house search experience for healthcare systems, academic medical centers, community hospitals, not-for-profit healthcare organizations, and physician practices.

Maggie joined M3 Executive Search from Korn Ferry where she was a Managing Consultant in their Professional Academic Health practice. Prior to Korn Ferry she worked for almost a decade as the Director of Academic Executive and Faculty Recruitment Services for the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She has a demonstrated track record in identifying, accessing, and attracting top talent executives across a range of academic functions to include Vice Chancellor, Dean, Associate Dean, Department Chairs, Center Directors and Division Chiefs. Her experience principally centers on Academic leaders in Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Public Health, and Health Sciences.

During her time at the University of Mississippi, Maggie was a key principal in the development and implementation of a comprehensive recruitment search model for academic executives; this model was recognized at a national level by the AAMC as a best practice for recruiting leaders in academic medicine.

Maggie is a professional and results-oriented search partner with the highest commitment to excellence in process and outcomes for both clients and candidates. Maggie provides seamless solutions to virtually every position in academic health centers with expertise tailored to her client's needs.

Maggie holds a bachelor's degree in business from Faulkner University.

Megan Berlinger

Megan Berlinger, MHA Academic Medicine/ Public Health, Sr. Executive Consultant

Megan Berlinger, MHA, is a healthcare executive with 16 years of experience in school of medicine and hospital administration. She worked for over 13 years at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, serving in key administration roles as the Heart & Vascular Service Line Administrator, Department Administrator, and Associate Director of Clinical Operations for Wake Forest University Physicians.

Megan has been involved nationally in academic administrative circles, serving on the board of the Association of Academic Surgical Administrators (AASA) as Education Chair (2013), Secretary (2014,2015), and President (2018). She currently serves as an Editorial Advisor for the Cardiovascular Business Magazine.

Prior to working at Wake Forest, Megan completed her Administrative Fellowship with Johns Hopkins Health System. Megan holds both her Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree and Master of Healthcare Administration degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Megan is certified in Six Sigma Green Belt as well as Executive Coaching. Megan is also an adjunct assistant professor at the University of North Carolina teaching finance courses within the MHA program in Chapel Hill.

Megan resides in Winston Salem, NC with her husband and two daughters. She has served as Board Chair for the local YMCA. Megan enjoys spending time with her family, supporting her kids' activities, and cheering the Carolina Tar Heels in any sporting event.

Megan's expertise is conducting executive searches within academic medicine, including Dean's office positions, Department Chair & Division Chief positions, and Basic Science / Research leadership positions (MD, MD/PhD, & PhD). In addition, she leads our academic administrative searches.

Since training at Johns Hopkins and throughout my career at Wake Forest, I have always loved working with physician leaders. I love my role because I impact multiple AMC clients now, helping them secure the very best leaders for the various levels of executive recruitment at academic institutions. ~ Megan Berlinger
Courtney Brown

Courtney D. Brown Sr. Executive Consultant

Courtney Brown has more than 25 years of executive search experience. Most recently Courtney was Director of Recruitment at Universal Health Services, Inc (UHS) and a member of the Human Resources Leadership team. UHS is a $10B, fortune 500 company with 89,000+ employees which owns and operates more than 350 Acute Care and Behavioral Health facilities, in the US and the UK.

Courtney was charged with leading the Corporate Recruitment function for UHS, identifying & executing the recruitment strategies for all C-level employees across both business lines. She implemented effective sourcing strategies and metrics, developing a strong team to improve the quality of hires.

Courtney had operational responsibility for developing the company's branding strategy, recruitment infrastructure, and the implementation of a new Applicant tracking system.

Courtney's success has come from linking clients' business goals with appropriate and efficient recruiting, hiring, and retention strategies tailored to her client's business initiatives and company culture.

Prior to working at UHS, Courtney held recruitment leadership roles with Penn Medicine, and Cigna. Her career began with an executive search firm in global search across multiple verticals. Courtney resides in Philadelphia with her two daughters and is active in physical fitness and coaching.

Due to the extensive experience mentioned above with UHS, Penn Medicine, and Cigna, Courtney's expertise is broad-based and has spanned nearly every healthcare vertical. Courtney executes at a high level for M3 Executive Search's clients on all C-suite searches as well as those physician executive roles in academic medicine or health plans.

I have a true passion for executive search and matching executive candidates' career goals with clients' leadership strategies. It is gratifying to me personally to help fulfill the career aspirations of key executives who then assist healthcare clients with improving outcomes. M3 Executive Search has deep roots and knowledge in this space and I am proud to be a part of such a reputable firm. ~ Courtney D. Brown
Nadajalah Dean

Nadajalah Dean Sr. Executive Search Consultant Diversity (DEI) Consultant

Nadajalah Dean, Sr. Executive Consultant, has nearly 30 years of executive search experience, primarily specializing in healthcare and healthcare Information technology. Her functional expertise includes all C-suite healthcare executive roles, human resources, strategy, and supply chain. Nadajalah also has experience as a search consultant in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion searches and DEI best practices.

Prior to joining M3 Executive Search, Nadajalah served as a Director for Executive Search for Tenet Health, one of the largest healthcare services/hospital companies in the United States. She worked for Tenet for 18 years on a variety of executive search positions during her tenure, developing a nationwide network of healthcare executives that respect and trust Nadajalah's thorough, detailed approach.

Prior to Tenet, Nadajalah worked for nearly a decade as an executive recruiter for EDS, a multinational information technology equipment and services company. She partnered with top-level Executive Search firms to assist EDS as they built their Management Consulting Services subsidiary that subsequently acquired A.T. Kearney consulting firm.

Nadajalah received a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. She resides in Frisco, Texas, with her family and their seven-year-old cockapoo named San Marie. She is an active member of the Greater Frisco Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc.

As a dedicated Executive Search Recruiter, I have a strong commitment to excellence and forming strong partnerships with my clients, providing professional representation and thorough vetting of candidates while executing at the highest level. I am excited to be part of the M3 Executive Search team based on their resources and commitment to providing the highest level of service using a different business model that will benefit our healthcare clients. ~ Nadajalah Dean
Angela Henry

Angela Henry, MBA, FACHE Vice-President, Business Development

Angela Henry, MBA, FACHE, has a unique and thorough background in healthcare including patient care, owning/operating a private surgical practice, recruiting clinical providers, and consulting with clients nationwide for healthcare executives.

Prior to joining M3 Executive Search, Angela started and led an executive search division for a national healthcare recruiting firm. In her role, she works with large healthcare organizations, medical schools, and academic medical enterprises to analyze strategic plans, recruitment and retention, and succession planning.

Angela's passion for healthcare started at a very young age while serving on medical mission trips throughout the United States, Mexico and Ukraine. She entered nursing school at Baptist Nursing School in Little Rock, Arkansas, then completed her Bachelor's in Business and Mathematics at the University of Arkansas while working for an acute tertiary care hospital.

After starting, owning, and managing a surgery private practice in Oklahoma, she found her calling in clinical provider recruitment. She joined The Medicus Firm in Dallas, and was then asked to relocate to Atlanta to help develop the regional team in 2016. Angela directed two regions while obtaining her Master's in Business Administration with an emphasis in Statistics from the University of Georgia and a Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma.

Angela earned her Fellowship in the American College of Healthcare Executives in 2019, and is a board member-at-large for the Georgia Association of Healthcare Executives. She is also the Chair of the Programs Committee for the Georgia chapter of ACHE.

Angela's thirst for continued education & extensive experience in both clinical & executive search, consulting, private practice administration, and hospital employment has combined to provide clients the expertise needed to be a collaborative partner and asset to both academic medicine and acute care clients throughout the country.

When Angela isn't on the road consulting with clients or presenting at speaking engagements, she can be found in Atlanta, Georgia with her dog, Copper, enjoying the city with friends and planning her next travel adventure somewhere in the world.

I love working with clients to understand what they are searching for in a physician executive, and providing the market data and expertise to assist them in positioning the search correctly in the market. I am thrilled to share with clients our business model at M3 Executive Search, and to be part of such a well-qualified team as we disrupt the market with our innovative approach. ~ Angela Henry
Dan Bruey

Dan Bruey, MBA Director, Research

Dan Bruey has over 20 years of healthcare administrative and operational experience. He has held management positions at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Temple University School of Medicine, and most recently as the Division Administrative Director, Division of Pediatric Surgery at the University of Colorado.

Dan plays a key role in leading the Research team at M3 Executive Search, and his understanding and expertise in academic medicine & healthcare operations provides excellent insight for our executive search team.

Dan obtained his bachelor's degree from Millersville University, a Master of Business Administration from Temple University, and a certificate in Lean Six Sigma from Villanova University. He recently returned to Flagstaff, Arizona, with his partner and their two West Highland terriers. His personal interests include playing tennis, reading, real estate investing, and exploring Arizona's unique landscapes.

I have enjoyed my career in healthcare administration, especially in academic medicine. My focus now centers on supporting our dynamic team of Healthcare Executive Recruiters with their administrative and research needs. I am excited to utilize my process improvement expertise to help M3 Executive Search provide the very best service and diverse candidate slates to our healthcare clients. ~ Dan Bruey

M3 Executive Search — Our Team

The M3 Executive Search team is comprised of veterans of healthcare with decades of healthcare experience. Our executive recruiters each have unique healthcare leadership backgrounds, having worked for either academic medicine departments or hospital companies prior to joining the firm. Depending on the assignment, each client is paired with the M3 executive recruiter whose experience is most well-suited for each national search we conduct.

In addition to the expertise of our highly specialized and experienced team, M3 Executive Search clients benefit from the invaluable resources of all M3 companies, including a global healthcare network, up to date market research, thought leadership, cutting edge technology and software, and multi-media resources. Our combination of recruiting talent and global resources is unmatched, and helps us secure the most exceptional healthcare executive talent for our clients.