John de Souza

Co-founder and President, Ample, Inc.

Dignity Health Foundation board member John DeSouza.

John de Souza is the co-founder and president of Ample, Inc. Prior to that, he was president and CEO of MedHelp, the largest online health community and health application site.  Founded in 1994, MedHelp connects people with the leading medical experts and others who have similar health experiences. A serial entrepreneur, Mr. de Souza co-founded Flash Communications, an Internet startup company that developed real-time two-way messaging systems acquired by Microsoft. He was a co-founder and director of Smartleaf, a financial software company, and was the vice president of business development and marketing at DESoFT, an internet startup company acquired by Merrill Lynch.

Born in Ethiopia, Souza started his career in healthcare performing research on guidance systems for robotic surgery at IBM’s T. J. Watson Research Center. He also conducted research on virtual reality systems for NASA's Neurolab Space Project and on tools for laparoscopic surgery at the University of Tokyo. He received a B.S. and an M.S. in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from College des Ingenieurs in France.