Who We Are

The traditional investment banking model and our healthcare system both exhibit breakdowns with respect to alignment of interests between stakeholders.  At HGP, we solve for this by strongly aligning with our clients through our engagement design, client transparency, and our fundamental desire to do right by those who put their trust in us.

Meet the Team

Christopher McCord


Christopher McCord, Managing Director

Since 2006, Christopher McCord has served as Managing Director and Partner at Healthcare Growth Partners. Prior to HGP, Christopher worked as a consultant for Mercury Fund, an early stage venture capital fund, where he evaluated new investments and worked closely with portfolio companies on strategic and operational initiatives. In this capacity, he served as CFO of Marval Biosciences, a biotechnology company developing innovative contrast agents for medical imaging, through three rounds of funding totaling over $30mm. Christopher previously worked at VMG Health, a strategic and financial advisor serving the healthcare providers sector, and KPMG, where he worked in the technology corporate finance group.

Christopher holds an undergraduate degree with honors in engineering from Vanderbilt University, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. He serves as Chair of the Advisory Council of the School of Biomedical Informatics and on the Development Board at the University of Texas Health Science Center. He is an active mentor, director and investor to emerging companies and is a regular speaker and writer on the topic of health informatics.

George Bailey


George Bailey, Analyst

George is an Analyst at Healthcare Growth Partners, where he is responsible for deal execution across the firm and supports HGP’s market research and industry trend analysis.  Prior to joining HGP, George interned with Boston Children's Hospital where he conducted statistical research to estimate readmission rates based on patients' diagnoses and risk factors.  George interned with the Harvard Law Review and is actively involved in public policy, having served in multiple positions within the U.S. Senate and in the Houston Mayor’s Office, with such efforts rewarded by the proclamation of April 20, 2010 as “George Bailey Day” by the City of Houston.  George graduated with honors from Harvard College with a major in Statistics and secondary major in Astrophysics.  There he completed his Senior Honors Thesis, Are Composite Scores for Hospital Quality Possible?, a statistical analysis of healthcare data quality measurement.

Ivo Nelson

Ivo Nelson, Executive Partner

Ivo Nelson is an Executive Partner at HGP. He currently serves as Chairman and CEO of Next Wave Health, an investment firm that works with start-ups and early stage companies that need more than money. These companies need access to experience that only comes from people who have done it before. Next Wave has the people who have the experience, tools, IP and relationships that allow its portfolio companies to quickly move through the early business steps that cause most companies to fail.

After a decade in the social services and construction industries, Ivo Nelson began his career in healthcare at Perot Systems and was an early proponent of clinical transformation. The idea that healthcare systems could use technology to improve patient care and outcomes led to the formation of Healthlink Corporation in 1992. Healthlink grew to be the largest privately held, provider-focused, healthcare technology consulting firm in the world when IBM acquired it in 2005.

In 2009, Ivo co-founded Encore Health Resources to assist healthcare organizations in mining the business intelligence accrued after decades of process and technology improvements. Since it’s founding, Encore was one of the fastest-growing health IT services companies in the industry, and it has been named one of Modern Healthcare’s “Best Places to Work in Healthcare” five years in a row. Encore was acquired by Quintiles in 2014.

Ivo now has three companies in his portfolio, Next Wave Connect, a virtual ecosystem of communities focused on current topics and challenges specific to the healthcare industry, enables meaningful collaboration among executives, care providers, associations, and solution companies to drive industry change and transformation. Global Healthcare Alliance, a value based reimbursement software and services company and Next Wave Advisors, a high-end boutique advisory firm. In the last two years, Ivo worked with MedSynergies, HealthPost, Encore, and Health Care Dataworks, all of whom had successful exits.

Ivo was named to the HIMSS “50 in 50” list, recognizing the top 50 contributors to the healthcare IT industry in the past 50 years. He also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from CHIME, the HIMSS Leadership Award, and the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. Ivo was named the first recipient of the John P. Glaser Health Informatics Innovator Award in January of 2016.

While not dreaming up new solutions for the healthcare industry, Ivo lives in Huntsville, Texas on a small lake in the Sam Houston National Forest surrounded by family – his wife, Sally, his Dad, two sisters and three grown children. He and Sally, are empty-nesters with two dogs, D.J. and Buckley, and one cat, Opie.