Board of Directors

  • Lishan Aklog, M.D.

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    Dr. Aklog co-founded and has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of our parent company, PAVmed Inc. (Nasdaq: PAVM), since its inception in June 2014, and as Executive Chairman of its two other majority-owned subsidiaries, Solys Diagnostics Inc. and Veris Health Inc., since their inceptions in October 2019 and May 2021, respectively. He also has served as a co-founding Partner of both Pavilion Holdings Group (PHG), a medical device holding company, since its inception in 2007 and Pavilion Medical Innovations, a venture-backed medical device incubator, since its inception in 2009. He has served on the Board of Directors and the Audit Committee of Contrafect Inc. (Nasdaq: CFRX) since June 2020, and on the Board of Directors of the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), the world’s leading medical technology trade association since February 2021. He previously served on the Board of Directors and as Chair of the Audit Committee of Viveon Health Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: VHAQ) from September 2020 to April 2021, and as Chairman and Chief Technology Officer of Vortex Medical Inc., a PHG portfolio company, from its inception in 2008 until it was acquired by AngioDynamics Inc. (Nasdaq: ANGO) in October 2012. Dr. Aklog has served as a consultant to numerous medical technology companies including Biomet Inc., now Zimmer Biomet (NYSE: ZBH), from 2009 to 2017, AngioDynamics, from 2012 to 2016, Edward Lifesciences Corp. (NYSE: EW), from 2007 to 2012, On-X Life Technologies Inc., now CryoLife Inc. (NYSE: CRY), from 2009 to 2012 and Atricure Inc. (Nasdaq: ATRC) from 2007 to 2016. He also previously served on the Scientific Advisory Boards of numerous leading medical device companies, including Medtronic Inc. (NYSE: MDT), St. Jude Medical Inc., now Abbott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT), Guidant Cardiac Surgery, now, Getinge AB, and Cardiovations, then, a division of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ). Dr. Aklog is an inventor on 35 issued patents and dozens of patent applications, including the patents of Vortex Medical’s AngioVac system and the majority of the PAVmed’s products. His patents have been honored by the Boston Museum of Science and the Boston Patent Lawyers Association. Prior to transitioning to a full-time career as an entrepreneur and executive in the life sciences industry in 2012, Dr. Aklog had a distinguished academic and clinical career as a technological innovator in cardiac surgery serving as Associate Professor of Surgery, Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery and Chair of The Cardiovascular Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center’s Heart and Lung Institute in Phoenix, Arizona from 2006 to 2012, Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Associate Chief of Cardiac Surgery, Director of Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery, Surgical Director of the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit, and Associate Director of the Thoracic Surgery Residency Program at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, from 2006 to 2012, and Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Director of the Cardiac Surgery Research Laboratory and an attending cardiac surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston from 1999 to 2002. Dr. Aklog received his clinical training in general and cardiothoracic surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital, during which he spent two years as the Medtronic Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School’s Cardiac Surgery Research Laboratory. He was awarded the American Association of Thoracic Surgery Traveling Fellowship pursuant to which he received advanced training in heart valve surgery under renowned cardiac surgeons Sir Magdi Yacoub at Harefield Hospital in London and Professor Alain Carpentier at L’Hopital Broussais in Paris. Dr. Aklog is a co-author on 38 peer-reviewed articles and 10 book chapters and has served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery since 2006. He is a member of numerous professional societies and was elected to the American Association of Thoracic Surgery in 2011. He served on the Board of Directors of the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery from 2006 to 2009 and as President of the 21st Century Cardiothoracic Surgery Society in 2011. Dr. Aklog was recognized as one the Top Healthcare Technology CEOs of 2021 by Healthcare Technology Report and as one of America’s Top Doctors in the Castle Connolly Guide from 2002 to 2013. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Boston ECG Project Charitable Foundation, and on the International Board of Directors and New York Executive Committee of Human Rights Watch. Dr. Aklog received his A.B. degree, magna cum laude, in Physics from Harvard University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and his M.D. degree, cum laude with a dissertation in the field of molecular genetics, from Harvard Medical School.

  • Stanley N. Lapidus

    Vice-Chairman and Director

    Stanley N. Lapidus has served as our lead Strategic Advisor since June 2020 and as our Vice-Chairman and a member of our Board of Directors since July 2021. Mr. Lapidus is a medical diagnostics pioneer and prominent medical technology advisor who brings more than three decades of experience founding, leading, and advising breakthrough diagnostic companies. He founded and led two noteworthy cancer early detection startup companies, Exact Sciences Corp. (Nasdaq: EXAS) and Cytyc Corp. (Nasdaq: CYTC, acquired by Hologic, Nasdaq: HOLX). Cytyc revolutionized early detection in cervical cancer, preventing countless deaths through its ThinPrep pap test which he invented. Exact Sciences, whose Cologuard test revolutionized early detection in colon cancer, became the fastest growing start-up medical diagnostics company in the history of the industry. Mr. Lapidus serves as Chairman of the boards of directors of Binx Health, a provider of point-of-care diagnostics tests, since January 2018 and Mirvie, a maternal-fetal health diagnostic company, since June 2018. He serves as a member of the boards of directors of Glympse Bio, a biotechnology company which uses bioengineered sensors to track disease activity since September 2018 and he serves on the board of PathAI, an AI-based pathology company, since November 2017. He currently serves as Chairman of Mercy Bioanalytics, a company developing early detection tests for cancer based on exosomes and serves as a director of Droplet Biosciences, a company developing technology for detecting early recurrence of cancer. He has served as an Executive-in-Residence at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus since November 2017, and as a Co-Founding Pillar of Pillar VC since March 2016. Mr. Lapidus previously served as co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of SynapDx, a diagnostic company focused on laboratory tests for autism, from June 2009 to December 2016, and Helicos BioSciences Corp., a DNA sequencing company, from 2003 to 2010. He founded Exact Sciences and served as President & Chief Executive Officer and then Chairman from 1995 to 2006. He founded Cytyc Corp. and served as President from 1987 to 1994. Mr. Lapidus received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Cooper Union in New York City. He served as an instructor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 2002 to 2017, was elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering in 2014 and is an inventor on 37 US patents. The original prototypes of his ThinPrep invention are part of the collection of historically significant objects at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

  • James L. Cox, M.D.


    James L. Cox, M.D. has served as a member of our Board of Directors since our inception. Dr. Cox also has served as a member of the Board of Directors of our parent company, PAVmed Inc. (Nasdaq: PAVM), since January 2015. Dr. Cox is a cardiac surgeon, scientific investigator and medical device entrepreneur who pioneered the field of surgical intervention for cardiac arrhythmias, including the eponymous Cox-Maze procedure for the treatment of atrial fibrillation. He has served as Surgical Director of the Center for Heart Rhythm Disorders at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute since January 2017, and Professor of Surgery at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University since September 2018 (having served as Visiting Professor of Surgery since January 2017. From 1983 to 1997, Dr. Cox served as Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine and Cardiothoracic Surgeon-in-Chief at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. During this tenure, he became the first Evarts A. Graham Professor of Surgery and Vice-Chair of the Department of Surgery. From 2005 to December 2016, Dr. Cox was the Emeritus Evarts A. Graham Professor of Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Cox was also previously Professor and Chairman of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at Georgetown University Medical Center and Associate Professor of Surgery at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Cox has had a distinguished and highly productive academic career. He has published over 380 peer-reviewed scientific articles and has served on the editorial boards of numerous journals, including Circulation, the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, the Annals of Surgery, and the Journal of Electrophysiology. His laboratory has received continuous NIH funding for its research on the surgical treatment of cardiac arrhythmias. Dr. Cox has served in leadership positions at numerous professional organizations. He was the 81st President of the American Association of Thoracic Surgery and a director of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He has been invited to lecture and perform surgery as a visiting professor at hundreds of institutions around the world. He has received numerous awards and honors for his clinical and scientific work, most notably as one of 30 “Pioneers in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery” at a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the specialty. He is the only person to ever receive the Distinguished Scientist Awards from the Heart Rhythm Society, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and the American Society for Thoracic Surgery. He was the 2020 recipient of the American College of Surgeons’ Jacobson Innovation Award. Dr. Cox holds over 30 issued patents. He has been instrumental in the development of six medical device companies, including Epicor Medical, which was acquired by St. Jude Medical in 2004 for $200 million, and 3F Therapeutics (co-founder and board member), which was acquired in 2006 by ATS Medical for $40 million, ATS Medical (Medical Director), which was acquired by Medtronic in 2010 for $370 million, and Harpoon Medical (board member), which was acquired by Edwards LifeSciences in 2017 for $250 million. Dr. Cox has served on numerous scientific advisory boards, including Medtronic, St. Jude Medical, Atricure, SentreHEART and CorMatrix, and has served on the Board of Directors of 5 different companies. He is also the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the World Heart Foundation, a not-for-profit organization devoted to improving access to cardiac surgery, which was active in over 75 developing countries around the world from 2000 to 2012. Dr. Cox received his general and cardiothoracic surgical training at Duke University School of Medicine, during which time he spent two years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. Dr. Cox received his M.D. from the University of Tennessee, where he received the Alpha Omega Alpha Distinguished Graduate Award as the outstanding student in his class.

  • Dennis Matheis


    Dennis Matheis brings over three decades of experience in healthcare industry leadership, including in healthcare delivery and health insurance across large national and regional health plans. Mr. Matheis currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Virginia-based Sentara Health, one of the twenty largest not-for-profit integrated health systems in the country with nearly $13 billion in annual revenue and over 32,000 employees. Sentara encompasses twelve acute care hospitals in the Mid-Atlantic region with over 120,000 admissions per year, a medical group with over 1,500 clinicians and more than 2.8 million patient visits per year, and an affiliated health plan, Sentara Health Plans (SHP), with over one million covered lives. Before becoming CEO, he was the Executive Vice President of Sentara and the President of SHP. Prior to joining Sentara, Mr. Matheis spent 13 years in leadership roles at Anthem, Inc., one of the largest health insurance plans in the United States. He served as President of Anthem's Central Region and Exchanges encompassing six states and representing $12 billion in annual revenue. Mr. Matheis previously served in senior leadership roles at Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Missouri, CIGNA Healthcare and Humana Health Plan, as well as Advocate Health Care in Chicago.

    Mr. Matheis earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Kentucky and practiced as a Certified Public Accountant before entering the healthcare industry. He serves as Co-Chair of the Hampton Roads Executive Roundtable. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce – Team Virginia, DarioHealth (Nasdaq: DRIO), and on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP).

  • Ronald M. Sparks


    Ronald M. Sparks has served as a member of PAVmed’s board of directors since January 2015. Mr. Sparks has more than 42 years of executive experience in the medical device industry and has launched over 50 products across a wide spectrum of specialties, including orthopedics, endoscopy, wound management, cardiology, interventional radiology, diagnostic imaging, ophthalmology, and otology. From 2007 to October 2013, he served as a Healthcare Industry Executive at Avista Capital Partners, a private equity firm. Mr. Sparks served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Navilyst Medical Inc., which was formed by Avista Capital to acquire the fluid management and venous access business units of Boston Scientific, from its inception in 2008 until its acquisition in May 2012 by AngioDynamics for $372.0 million. From 2003 to 2007, he served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and a director of Accellent, a market-leading provider of outsourced precision manufacturing and engineering services to the medical device industry. Accellent was a portfolio company of DLJ Merchant Banking Partners and was acquired in 2005 by KKR and Bain Capital. During his tenure at Accellent, he was recognized as the Credit Suisse/DLJ Merchant Bank 2005 CEO of The Year. From 1986 to 2003, he served in various leadership roles at Smith & Nephew as a member of the Group Executive Committee, President of the Endoscopy Division, President of the Wound Management Division and Vice President of Finance. Earlier in his career, he served in various finance roles at Richards Medical, Dyonics and Union Carbide Imaging. Mr. Sparks is a fellow of the American Sports Medicine Institute, a Trustee of the Arthroscopy Association of North America Education Foundation and Honorary Lifetime Member of the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopedic Sports Medicine. He has previously served on numerous boards and industry councils, including AdvaMed, the National Subacute Care Association, the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, the American Council of Orthopedic Surgeons, and the Society of Interventional Radiology. Mr. Sparks received his B.S. in Finance and Accounting from the University of Massachusetts and attended the INSEAD Advanced Management Program at the European Institute of Business Administration in Fontainebleau, France.

  • Jacque J. Sokolov, M.D.


    Jacque J. Sokolov, M.D. has served as a member of our Board of Directors since April 2021. He co-founded and has served Chairman and Chief executive Officer of SSB Solutions, Inc., a diversified healthcare management, development, and financial services company, since its inception in 1997. Following his formal training as an academic cardiologist, Dr. Sokolov has had the opportunity to serve as board director, corporate officer, and advisor, in multiple healthcare sectors including health plans, large employers, hospitals and hospital systems, physician practice management organizations, group practices, clinically integrated and accountable care organizations (CIOs/ACOs), life sciences companies, as well as private equity and venture capital firms. He started his career as Vice President for Healthcare and Chief Medical Officer for Southern California Edison Corporation (NYSE: EIX). Dr. Sokolov currently serves or has served in multiple board capacities for public and private companies, including Hospira (NYSE: HSP), MedCath (Nasdaq: MDTH), and PhyAmerica (NYSE: ERDR), Veterans Accountable Care Group (VACG), GlobalMed, SMG Holding Company, MyHealthDirect, NeuLife Neurological Services LLC (NeuLife), IntelaTrak, PCA Holdings, Calviri and SSB Solutions/HCDG, as well as non-profit organizations, including Phoenix Children’s Hospital, The Health Futures Council at ASU, The National Health Foundation, the American College of Medical Quality, the National Fund for Medical Education, the National Business Group on Health and the White House Health Project.

  • Debra J. White


    Debra J. White has served as a director since April 2021. Ms. White is a prominent UK-based global industry executive with broad business leadership experience, including as a chief executive, financial executive, public company director and strategic consultant, in multiple sectors in Europe and the United States, including the healthcare services, molecular genetics and biopharmaceutical industries. She has served on the board of directors of Howden Joinery Group PLC (LSE: HWDN), a UK-headquartered FTSE250 multinational building trade supplier with 10,000 employees and over $2 billion in revenue since February 2017, and sits on its Audit, Renumeration and Nominating Committees. She has served as a trustee of Wellbeing of Women, a UK charity which invests in medical research and development of specialist clinicians in women’s health, since March 2013. From September 2020 to March 2021, Ms. White served as a strategic consultant to Oxford Nanopore Technologies Ltd., a UK-based biotechnology company which develops and commercializes DNA/RNA sequencing technologies, advising it on product and go-to-market strategy for its emerging Oxford Nanopore Diagnostics business unit. Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, from March 2020 to July 2020, Ms. White worked with the UK Department of Health and Social Care to help establish COVID-19 testing facilities across the nation. From September 2017 to December 2019, Ms. White served as Group CEO of Interserve Group (LSE: IRV), a UK-headquartered multinational group of support services and construction companies with 75,000 employees and over $4 billion in revenue, during a challenging period which required her to implement complex strategic financing and operational programs prior to its restructuring and sale to its creditors. From January 2004 to August 2017, Ms. White served in various senior executive roles at Sodexo SA (Euronext: SW), a Paris-headquartered multinational diversified services company with 440,000 employees and over $20 billion in revenue, including as Chief Financial Officer and later Chief Executive Officer – Sodexo UK & Ireland, Group Senior VP Strategic Projects, Senior VP and Chief Financial Officer – Sodexo North America, an $8 billion revenue subsidiary, and finally as Executive Board member and Global Chief Executive Officer – Healthcare and Government, two global businesses with a combined 100,000 employees and over $7 billion in revenue. While at Sodexo, she served on its global body that promoted the development of women across the company and was inducted into the Women 1st Top 100 Club, a network of the most influential women in the industry, which highlights the role models and leaders who have achieved success at the highest levels. From 2000 to 2003 she served as a Director at PWC Consulting advising a range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, on integration, financial performance improvement and post-merger integration. From 1987 to 2000, Ms. White served in various financial and strategic roles at AstraZeneca (LSE: AZN) a UK-headquartered, multinational pharmaceutical and biotechnology company, including Head of Finance – Manufacturing, Head of Internal Audit – Zeneca Pharmaceuticals, Controller – Specialty Chemicals, Controller – Corporate Operations and Senior VP Global Merger Integration. She began her career as a senior tax advisor at Arthur Andersen & Co. Ms. White received her master’s degree in Economics from Cambridge University, Cambridge UK. The Company believes Ms. White is well-qualified to serve on the Board due to her extensive executive leadership experience, including financial and strategic roles at numerous global companies, including in healthcare services the life sciences industry, her experience as a public company director, her relationships with financial firms active in Europe and the U.S, her commitment to promoting health during the Covid-19 pandemic and her role as a champion and role model for women executives.