Bob Smouse, MD
Founder, CEO, and CMO
Dr. Smouse has over 20 years of experience in interventional radiology, endovascular surgery, clinical research, scientific advisory boards, and advising industry participants. Dr. Smouse is currently a Professor of Radiology & Surgery and the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Dr. Smouse is also CEO of ELGCO, LLC, a medical device incubator.
VP R&D and Operations
Mr. Stalker has over 25 years of experience in medical device R&D and manufacturing, including 17 years with Guidant Corporation. He is a named inventor on 50 patents and managed the successful development of 26 medical technology products, including multiple market leading cardiovascular devices.
VP Marketing and Business Development
Mr. Heilbrunn has over 20 years of strategic marketing and business development experience in the healthcare industry, including senior management positions with Nexeon MedSystems and CeloNova BioSciences and 8 years with Guidant Corporation. Prior to BrightWater, Mr. Heilbrunn launched and managed multiple products spanning coronary, peripheral, and neurovascular therapy areas. He has a proven expertise developing and managing novel technologies in established and emerging therapy areas.
Mr. Karmon has over 25 years of experience in medical device sales, including multiple senior management positions with start-ups and larger corporations. Throughout his career he has focused on new technology and new therapy areas. Mr. Karmon’s sales management successes include recruiting and leading teams at St. Jude Medical, Avinger, Fox Hollow Technologies, and Guidant Corporation.
Board of Directors
Bob Smouse, MD
BrightWater Medical, Founder, CEO, and CMO. University of Illinois College of Medicine, Professor of Radiology & Surgery.
Stanley Lynall, CPA
OSF HealthCare System, Vice President of Venture Investments. Central Illinois Angels, Co-founder and Board Member.
Sonoma Medical Consultants, President. Past CEO of Crux Biomedical (acquired by Volcano Corporation). Past President and CEO of Bacchus Vascular (acquired by Covidien).
Veryan Medical, CEO. Novate Medical, Founder and Director. Past Co-founder of MedNova (acquired by Abbott Laboratories).
BrightWater Medical, VP Marketing and Business Development.
Medical Advisory Board
Barry Katzen, MD
Founder and Medical Director of Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute. At the Institute since 1987, Dr. Katzen has been a leader in the development of interventional radiology and multi-disciplinary models for delivering cardiovascular care.
Lindsay Machan, MD
Associate Professor Department of Radiology, University of British Columbia, Associate Member, Division of Vascular Surgery, Associate Member, Department of Urologic Sciences.
Alan Matsumoto, MD
Chairman, University of Virginia Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging. Past president of the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR).
Rod Raabe, MD
Director of Radiology at Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane, Washington. Dr. Raabe was a founder of Sapheon, Inc., recently acquired by Covidien plc.
Saher Sabri, MD
Professor of Radiology at Georgetown University School of Medicine.
Michael Treanor, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine (Gastroenterology), University of Illinois College of Medicine, Peoria.
Bret Wiechmann, MD
Medical Director, Vascular & Interventional Physicians, Gainesville, Florida. Chief of Staff and Chief of Interventional Radiology, North Florida Regional Medical Center, Gainesville, Florida.