Center for Digital Health

Rajiv Kumar, MD

Co-Founder, Brown Angel Group


Dr. Rajiv Kumar is the co-founder of Brown Angel Group, a global network of 750 angel investors who pool capital to support early-stage startups founded by Brown alumni. He previously served from 2016 to 2020 as President & Chief Medical Officer of Virgin Pulse, a private equity-backed software-as-a-service company in the enterprise digital health space, where he was a key member of the executive leadership team and worked closely with the Chief Executive Officer and board of directors on company vision, strategy, and M&A. During his tenure at Virgin Pulse, the company grew to be the dominant player in the employee health and wellbeing industry, reaching approximately $300 million in annual revenue in 2020 and executing on nine M&A transactions totaling nearly $1 billion in enterprise value. Prior to Virgin Pulse, from 2006 to 2016, he was the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at ShapeUp, a venture capital-backed software-as-a-service company acquired by Virgin Pulse in 2016. Dr. Kumar is a member of the board of directors of Providence Mutual, the nation’s fifth oldest insurance company, as well as Crossroads Rhode Island, the leading provider of housing and services to those experiencing homelessness in Rhode Island. He is also an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Cue Ball Capital, a venture capital firm based in Boston, MA. As an angel investor, Dr. Kumar primarily focuses on digital health companies, leveraging his extensive experience in healthcare and enterprise software. He holds an MD from the Brown University School of Medicine and a BA in business economics also from Brown University.