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Meet the Coltrain Team

Our Story

Gautam is a cardiologist in Wenatchee, Washington. Sanjay is a cardiothoracic surgeon in Wichita, Kansas. Best friends since medical school, we have been obsessed with the dated technology used by HCPs to communicate and connect, driven by pagers, fax machines, and clunky EMRs.

As physicians in fragmented, semi-rural healthcare systems, we found ourselves increasingly frustrated and on an island, unable to effectively communicate with our colleagues. After we both had bad outcomes directly attributable to delays in communication, we invested our own time and money to solve the problem.

In 2020, after 18 months of development, Coltrain was created. It was our best attempt, within our limited budget and technical expertise, to begin fixing this problem with a mobile tool designed to optimize the way we, as HCPs, think and work.

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Innovative and effective

Coltrain embodies the idea that when clinicians effectively communicate, with modern digital tools, everyone wins. From the day we launched, Coltrain has had a positive impact on countless patient lives.

For us, this is only the beginning

We are going directly to HCPs with tools that make our lives better, connect us seamlessly with colleagues, and empower us to be better clinicians.

Join us, as we change the way HCPs approach health tech and empower all of us to better connect with modern digital tools. Get on the Coltrain!


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Gautam Nayak, MD FACC

Co-founder, CEO

Gautam has been a cardiologist in Wenatchee, WA since 2009.  He is the current Governor of the Washington American College of Cardiology chapter, representing all cardiovascular professionals in the state, and is also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington. Prior to coming to Wenatchee, Gautam served 10 years in the US Navy, completing his medical training and serving as a staff cardiologist at the National Naval Medical Center (now Walter Reed Military Medical Center) in Bethesda, MD. During this time, he deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Gautam grew up outside of Kansas City, MO, completing his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN and his Doctorate of Medicine (MD) at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA.


Sanjay Khicha, MD FACS

Co-Founder, Chief Medical Officer

Sanjay has been a cardiothoracic surgeon in Wichita, Kansas since 2012. He currently serves as Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Program Director of ECMO and Surgical Director of the Structural Heart Program at HCA Wesley Medical Center. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Kansas. Originally from Wichita, Sanjay completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in English, medical school at Tulane University, general surgery residency at Boston University Medical Center and cardiothoracic surgical fellowships at the Ochsner Clinic and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Our Team

Gautam and Sanjay share how Coltrain
aims to innovate and disrupt healthcare.

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