Board Of Directors

Lishan Aklog, MD - Chairman

Dr. Aklog is an adult cardiac surgeon/entrepreneur and Chairman & CEO of PAVmed Inc. (Nasdaq: PAVM), a multi‐product medical device company which he co‐founded based in 2014 on a portfolio of five of his own inventions. He previously co‐founded Pavilion Holdings Group LLC which created four medical device companies including Vortex Medical, based on his invention AngioVac® and was sold in 2012 to Angiodynamics (Nasdaq: ANGO). He practiced academic cardiac surgery for 15 years, with a focus on innovation & medical technologies, serving on advisory boards for major medical device companies and startups.

Dr. Aklog received his AB from Harvard College, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude in Physics and his MD, cum laude, from Harvard Medical School. He completed his general and cardiothoracic surgical training, under Dr. Lawrence H. Cohn, along with a laboratory research fellowship at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and at Boston Children’s Hospital, serving as Chief Resident in Cardiac Surgery at both institutions. He was awarded a traveling fellowship by the American Association of Thoracic Surgery to receive advanced training in heart valve surgery under Sir Magdi Yacoub of Harefield Hospital, London and Professor Alain Carpentier of L’Hôpital Broussais, Paris.

Dr. Aklog joined the Harvard faculty and Brigham and Women’s Hospital as an Assistant Professor of Surgery in 1999. In 2002 he moved to Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City where he served as Associate Chief of Cardiac Surgery, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Director of Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery and Associate Thoracic Surgery Residency Program Director. In 2006, he was recruited to Phoenix, Arizona to serve as Chair of the Cardiovascular Center and Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center’s Heart and Lung Institute where he initiated one of the first patient focused‐disease centered Valve and Atrial Fibrillation Clinics in the country and a regional mitral valve repair Center of Excellence and training program.

During his academic and clinical career, Dr. Aklog was active in innovative approaches to heart surgery — including mitral valve repair, off‐pump bypass surgery using arterial grafts, minimally‐invasive and robotic surgery and pulmonary embolectomy. He has published 38 peer‐reviewed articles and 10 book chapters, and has been invited to lecture and operate throughout the world. He has held leadership positions in national and international organizations, including the Board of Directors of the International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery and on several governmental committees, including a Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee.

Throughout his career Dr. Aklog has been deeply involved in medical device innovation, serving on the advisory boards of many leading medical device companies and startups. This led to his evolution into an entrepreneur as a founding partner of Pavilion Holdings Group (PHG). PHG’s first company, Vortex Medical, was sold Angiodynamics in 2012. Dr. Aklog invented its AngioVac® system and served as its Chairman and Chief Technology Officer. He has 13 issued patents and several dozen pending patent applications. In 2014, Dr. Aklog co‐founded PAVmed Inc. and has served as Chairman and CEO since its inception. PAVmed was built on a proven business model, honed at the PHG companies, focusing on capital efficiency and speed to market. He is also the lead inventor on most of PAVmed’s diversified pipeline of products which encompass a broad spectrum of clinical areas including carpal tunnel syndrome, medical infusions, interventional radiology and pediatric ENT. PAVmed went public on Nasdaq in 2016 and has a series of lead products moving towards commercialization including the much‐anticipated CarpX™ device, a minimally invasive device that seeks to revolutionize the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Kimberly Carlozzi - Treasurer

Kim is a Manager in the PwC Health Industries Advisory Practice based in Boston, MA. She joined the firm in 2010 and is focused on Rate Navigation (Strategic Pricing) and Managed Care Operations and Contracting for top Academic Medical Centers, Children’s Hospitals and Community Hospitals. 

Kim has 16 years of experience in Managed Care Contracting. Prior to joining PwC, Kim was the Manager, Managed Care and Provider Unit Operations at Boston Medical Center. Her responsibilities included contract modelling for all managed care contracts and contract negotiations with secondary payers. She developed denial management and underpayment identification/management systems. 

Kim is active in the MA-RI Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), participating as the Co-Chair of the Managed Care Committee for the past three years. She is also on the HFMA MA-RI Board of Directors (2017-2019). She has a Bachelor of Arts in Managerial Economics from Stonehill College, Easton, MA, graduating Magna Cum Laude.

James R. Cox III,MD

Dr. Cox is a Board Certified Pediatrician from South Shore Medical Center(SSMC) Norwell and Kingston,MA.  He practiced Pediatrics for 44 years until recent retirement in 2017. He received his education at Brown University and University of Virginia School of Medicine. He was an active staff member of South Shore Hospital (Weymouth,MA), Assistant in Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital and Clinical Instructor in Pediatrics at Boston Floating Hospital. His numerous appointments included Harvard University School of Medicine Clinical Instructor Pediatrics, Tufts University School of Medicine Clinical Instructor Pediatrics, SSMC Chief Department of Pediatrics, SSMC Board of Directors, President SSMC Board of Directors, South Shore Hospital Chief of Pediatrics. 

John E. Ferris - Vice Chairman

Jack started his career as a certified public accountant with Deloitte & Touche for three years. He became manager of financial reporting with Commercial Union Assurance in Boston, where he worked from 1978 to 1980. He received a bachelor of science/bachelor of arts degree in business and finance from Boston University. He served as President of Fidelity Accounting and Custody Services and Ferris has been president of Fidelity Accounting and Custody Services (FACS) since 1994. FACS provides fund pricing, bookkeeping and custody services for the Fidelity group of mutual funds. He joined Fidelity in 1980 as chief administrative officer for Fidelity Brokerage Services, Inc. (now Fidelity Brokerage Group). He was treasurer of Fidelity funds for Fidelity Management & Research Company from 1989 to 1991, when he was named president of Fidelity-Wide Processing, responsible for a variety of operations functions across the company. 

Jennifer Garb-Palumbo, MS,RN - Secretary

  

Jennifer currently works in the public schools as a school nurse. She provides health services to the high school population and believes strongly in supporting the social emotional, well-being and academic success of all students. She is also an advocate in advancing the specialized practice of school nursing through standards of care, education and research. She has been a driving force in bringing heart health awareness to the schools and communities where she has worked. As an advocate for children's public health policy she is committed to data driven research.

Jennifer earned a BSN degree from Georgetown University and a Masters in Health Care Administration from Simmons College. She began her nursing career at Massachusetts General Hospital and practiced on the vascular surgical unit. It was there that she developed a passion about caring for multi-system failure patients in the acute care setting and developed expertise in ventilator and telemetry. In 1992, she was awarded the Staff Nurse Conference Award for professional contributions. She also co-founded the Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses, Local Chapter, and was co-editor for the quarterly newsletter. In 1995, she transitioned to community health setting at the Visiting Nurse Association of Boston and administered skilled care to patients in underserved communities. Her journey through nursing continued with a brief opportunity at Meditech, where she was part of a team that developed future software products for bedside nursing documentation. Jennifer continued to gain experience while raising a young family and working part-time, at other Boston area hospitals with specialties in orthopedic-neurological, med-surg and oncology nursing. 

Jennifer currently works in School Health Services where she has been for the past 14 years. While working in the Millis Public School district, she managed the health services program for both the middle and high school student population. Jennifer co-wrote a grant to become funded under the Essential School Health Services program which was directed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The grant enabled the district to purchase school nursing specific software for improved documentation and data collection. The data ultimately shared with the State was collected for purposes of advancing the specialized practice of school nursing. 

No doubt, the most recent experience in the public schools combined with the past 30 years of nursing practice in a variety of settings, has led Jennifer to further expand her passion for health care to include interests for preventative services in the public health community. She has organized local programming over the past several years to offer cardiac screenings for students in the school setting. For purposes of identifying unknown cardiac abnormalities that could lead to problems or even death over one’s lifetime, Jennifer believes strongly in the mission of preventing sudden cardiac death by offering cardiac screens to students.

Hobbies of Jennifer include travel, playing tennis year round and bike riding on the Cape Cod Canal with her husband and two grown daughters. She also volunteers in the Summertime at the Sagamore Beach Colony Club as the Safety Coordinator and director for the AED Program. 

Scott P. Stephens

Scott Stephens is the Founder of the Cody Stephens Go Big or Go Home Memorial Foundation, which was formed in 2012 after the death of their son Cody to sudden cardiac arrest. The Foundation offers free ECG screening to Texas student athletes in collaboration with Who We Play For. Scott is Chair of the Board of Directors for Parent Heart Watch a national advocacy organization focused solely on protecting youth from sudden cardiac arrest.   Scott is a full time real estate appraiser and owner of Scott Stephens and Associates, Inc., a real estate lending and investment firm in Houston, Texas.  With his wife Melody, Scott introduced Texas House Bill 767, which would have required ECGs to be included in sports physicals twice in an athlete’s career, unless the athlete declined to be tested. 

John B. Cadigan IV

Jack is a national advocate committed to the screening of children for cardiac arrythmias and anomalies. In August 2012 he was found to have an abnormal screening ECG while on a mission trip to Haiti with his father, Dr. Jack Cadigan. Upon his return to Boston, the doctors discovered he had a hole in his heart and leaky valves for which he underwent open heart surgery. As an active athletic teenager he was asymptomatic. He feels so forunate and blessed to have been diagnosed and treated that it has become Jack's passion to speak up for children's heart health. Jack has presented at The American College of Cardiology Meetings in Washington D.C. ( March 2017). He has spoken at National  Conferences and has testified on behalf of an ECG screening bill in the State of Texas before the House and Senate legislature. He is currently a junior at Boston College. He plans to attend Medical School and is interested in Pediatric Cardiology.