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.