Tara Butler is a Managing Director at Ascension Ventures where she came in 2002 after completing a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Washington University in St. Louis. She primarily focuses on investments in the medical device and diagnostics sector.

Tara has been a board member or observer at several Ascension Ventures portfolio companies, including Apama Medical, Augmenix, CHF Solutions, Confluent Surgical, CSA Medical, HemoSphere, Interventional Spine, ISTO Technologies, Ivantis, MindFrame, Neurolutions, Novasys, Ocular Therapeutix, OptiScan Biomedical, PathoGenetix, Stereotaxis (NASD:STXS), and TomoTherapy (NASD:TOMO). Prior to attending medical school, she held positions in business development at Medtronic, in finance at Honeywell and as a laboratory research assistant at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She holds a BS in Economics and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Tara keeps busy with her three children, but enjoys skiing and traveling whenever possible.

Fund's investment verticals: healthcare sector which includes medical devices, diagnostics, medical information and technology and various other healthcare services.