Board of Directors
Thomas Clement, CEO (Chair)
Samuel Browd, MD, PhD
Barry Lutz, PhD (Observer)
Ky Calder, MSTC – Mr. Calder is an active angel investor with significant experience in the medical technology industry and advising start-ups. Previously Mr. Calder held various product management roles with Cadwell Corporation, a neurophysiology company with products that are used in the IOM, EEG, EMG, PSG, and ICU environments.
Sonya Erickson, JD (Corporate Legal Counsel) – Ms. Erickson is a partner at Cooley LLP. Ms. Erickson has significant experience in private financing, collaborations, acquisitions for emerging tech, biotech and medical device companies. Ms. Erickson has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America (2015-16).
Susan Preston, JD – Ms. Preston is a seasoned corporate officer, angel investor, author and speaker. She is a globally recognized expert in startup financing and growth. Ms. Preston is manager of the Seattle Angel Fund, General Partner for the CalCEF Clean Energy Angel Fund, and is the Buerk Endowed Fellow for Entrepreneurship at the University of Washington.
Richard Wohns, MD, JD, MBA – Dr. Wohns is a practicing neurosurgeon at NeoSpine, an outpatient neurosurgery center for treating spine problems. In addition to his expertise in the field of outpatient spine surgery, Dr. Wohns is an experienced entrepreneur, having started two companies in the field with successful exits. Dr. Wohns advises multiple companies.
Medical and Scientific Advisory Board
Richard G. Ellenbogen, MD – Dr. Ellenbogen is a University of Washington School of Medicine professor and chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery. In addition, he is chief of neurological surgery at Harborview Medical Center and attending neurosurgeon at Seattle Children’s. Dr. Ellenbogen is an adjunct professor in the Department of Global Health and the Department of Radiology. He is co-chair of the National Football League (NFL) Head, Neck and Spine Medicine Committee. Dr. Ellenbogen is currently an officer with the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons and past-president of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.
Sarah Fouke, MD – Dr. Fouke is a neurosurgeon at The Orthwein Brain and Spine Center at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, MO. Board-certified in Neurological Surgery, Dr. Fouke’s interests include working with patients closely to treat a broad spectrum of cranial and spinal neuro-surgical diseases including a focus in the surgical and radiosurgical treatment of tumors, the treatment of degenerative spinal conditions and management of adult hydrocephalus.
Mark Hamilton, MDCM, FRCSC – Dr. Hamilton is Professor of Neurosurgery in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Calgary, Neurosurgical Oncology Director and the Adult Hydrocephalus Program Director. Dr. Hamilton is past-president of the Canadian Neurosurgical Society, and past-president of the Canadian Neurological Sciences Federation. Dr. Hamilton is a well-known expert in the treatment of hydrocephalus.
Michel Kliot, MD – Dr. Kliot is Clinical Professor and Co-Director of the Peripheral Nerve Center at Stanford University School of Medicine, Professor of Neurosurgery and Director of the Peripheral Nerve Center at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Professor at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Previously, Dr. Kliot was at the Department of Neurological Surgery at UCSF, and at the University of Washington. He also served as chief of neurosurgery at the Seattle Puget Sound Veterans Affairs Health Care Center.
James P. (Pat) McAllister II, PhD – Dr. McAllister is Research Professor of Neurosurgery at Washington University School of Medicine, a professor emeritus and former Director of Basic Hydrocephalus Research at the University of Utah. His research specialties include the pathophysiology of hydrocephalus and brain injury, neural prostheses and implantable intracranial devices, and biocompatibility.
Michael A. Williams, MD – Dr. Williams is the Director of Adult and Transitional Hydrocephalus and CSF Disorders and a Professor of Neurology and Neurological Surgery at University of Washington School of Medicine. He serves on the Medical Advisory Board of the Hydrocephalus Association, the largest patient advocacy group for hydrocephalus in the U.S. Dr. Williams is one of the founding members of the adult Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network (AHCRN). He helped to create and is a past-president of the International Society for Hydrocephalus and CSF Disorders (ISHCSF).