Mr. Melkus joined Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe in 1996 as a Senior Industry Executive. He focuses on investments in the healthcare industry. Prior to joining WCAS, Mr. Melkus served as Chairman and CEO of HealthWise of America, a publicly traded managed care company, until it was merged into UnitedHealth Group in 1996. From 1986 until assuming his position with HealthWise, Mr. Melkus served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Surgical Care Affiliates, an owner and operator of independent ambulatory surgery centers. He received both bachelor and master degrees in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.