K. James Ehlen, M.D.

CEO of Respirtech

Dr. Ehlen is a seasoned business executive with extensive experience in clinical medicine, managed healthcare, healthcare system management and the medical device industry.

Before RespirTech, Dr. Ehlen served as Chief Executive Officer of Epien Medical. Prior to that, he served as chairman for Halleland Health Consulting – a leading Minneapolis-based consulting group with expertise in regulatory and compliance affairs, clinical and health system integration, strategy and product positioning and matters of corporate accountability including governance, ethics, and healthcare policy.

Ehlen earned his medical degree at the University of Minnesota and subsequently became board certified in endocrinology. After service in the United States Army as Head of the Endocrinology Section at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas, he devoted several years to private practice before accepting leadership positions in managed care. Mr. Ehlen served as Chairman and CEO of Medica and Physicians Health Plan of Minnesota and was the founder and co-CEO of Allina Health System. Later, as Chief of Clinical Leadership at Humana, he was responsible for redesigning and restructuring clinical services at all levels throughout the six million member national managed care organization. He has served as a clinical professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota.