Merrick Axel joined Varsity Healthcare Partners as a Partner in 2022. Prior to joining Varsity, Mr. Axel was a Partner at Cressey & Company, a middle-market healthcare private equity firm, where he served on the Investment Committee. Previously, Mr. Axel was with Harvest Partners, a private equity firm based in New York, as well as J.W. Childs, a private equity firm based in Boston. Mr. Axel began his career as an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley in New York, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions. He graduated from Duke University with a BA in Economics, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.