Alexander Langerman's expertise and research interests are at the intersection of business, ethics, and data science in the operating room. He directed the Operative Performance Research Institute at the University of Chicago from 2012-2015 and was then recruited to Vanderbilt University to continue his clinical activities and research. While at OPRI, he directed lean process redesign of surgical supply workflow, developed new software for clinical settings, and adapted existing technology to function in the sterile environment of the operating room. Dr. Langerman has active collaborations with academic and industry experts from multiple disciplines, including mechanical engineering, product design, interaction design, computer science, informatics, and human organization. He holds a masters degree in clinical and administrative data science and is a fellowship trained head and neck surgeon and clinical medical ethicist. He is cofounder and Chief Medical Officer of ExplORer Surgical, and was the team leader for its successful Innovation Fund grant competition and the research lead for the NSF iCorps program. Dr. Langerman is a sought-after speaker on surgical efficiency, surgical data science, the business of medicine, and surgical ethics. He can be followed on Twitter via @langermology.
Andy Rapoport is the Operations Manager of ExplORer Surgical. He is a recent graduate of the University of Chicago with degrees in Biology (Neuroscience specialization) and Public Policy (Health Policy specialization). He aims to become a physician while also working to develop solutions to larger-scale issues in healthcare.
Brittany Genelin is the Director of Strategy and Business Development of ExplORer Surgical. Her primary role in the company is to build company strategy, focused on market segmentation and partnerships. Ms. Genelin is currently pursuing her MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, concentrating in Entrepreneurship and Finance. At Booth, Ms. Genelin previously served as a full-time investment associate for Hyde Park Angels, sourcing and performing diligence on early-stage businesses across industries as well as advising startups on growth strategy. Prior to business school, she most recently served as a Senior Manager on Best Buy's Growth, Innovation, and Strategy Team where she led large-scale efforts in corporate strategy and pioneered the company's engagement with startups. Additionally, she built her career with Deloitte Consulting where she advised healthcare companies of all types (payors, providers, and medical device companies) on everything from data analytics to product strategy.
Claire Liu was born and raised in China. She obtained her BA from Wuhan University and later traveled abroad to complete her MS in Chemistry at Illinois Institute of Technology. She attended Northwestern and UIC as a pre-med student while pursuing her dream of becoming a physician and researching healthcare delivery.
Elizabeth Ann Reuter (Liz) was born and raised in Tyler, Texas and is a graduate of Texas Woman’s University where she earned her BA in Dance. She currently attends DePaul University and is working on her Master’s in Nursing Practice. Elizabeth has a passion for the performing arts as well as science and medicine. Prior to her career in Nursing she performed, adjudicated and instructed dance across the USA and continues to teach and choreograph in the Chicagoland area. Ms. Reuter has many health care related interests including critical care, community health, health care administration, infectious diseases, forensic science and LGBT health. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, teaching dance classes, learning about the history of Chicago, visiting museums and volunteering as a student nurse.
Eugene Fine is the Chief Technology Officer of ExplORer Surgical. He is a seasoned technology executive, an expert in agile and lean startup methodologies, with more than 15 years of experience in all aspects of product development and management of information systems.
Prior to joining ExplORer Surgical, Eugene served as a Chief Technology Officer at Verie, security and mobile identity verification start-up company, and was responsible for the development of the software product that was chosen a finalist for 2015 South by South West Interactive Accelerator Award. Prior to that, Eugene served as Executive Vice President in charge of technology at Next Wave, a software company focused on web based solutions for the Direct Sales industry. Eugene is heavily engaged with start-up community and currently contributing his time as a technology mentor at 1871, a Chicago based accelerator.
Hannah Paul is currently pursuing a Master’s degree with a focus in Nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago and hopes to increase safety and reduce waste in the healthcare setting through her work with ExplORer Surgical.
Hannah Woodford is one of two Implementation Managers for ExplORer Surgical. Her main roles in the company are creating surgical workflows, collecting intraoperative data to identify opportunities for improvement, cultivating relationships with clients, and managing the Implementation Associates’ projects and schedules. Ms. Woodford is a student of Northwestern University in the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medicine certificate program, and a recent BA graduate of DePaul University, concentrating in Biological and Forensic Anthropology. Ms. Woodford spends her free time finding ways to change forensic medicine forever and training for her skydiving instruction licensure.
Irena Haghighi is a graduate from the UC Davis with a degree in Biology with a Medical Microbiology emphasis and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Nursing at DePaul University. She looks forward to pursuing a nursing career in acute pediatric care.
Dr. James Stiehl is a Clinical Advisor for ExplORer Surgical. He is internationally-recognized for his research and surgical expertise in the field of adult reconstructive orthopedic surgery. Dr. Stiehl offers 35 years of outstanding clinical experience and is at the forefront of new technologies such as computer assisted navigation, minimally-invasive surgery, and new biomaterials in total joint reconstruction. Dr. Stiehl has also founded a medical technology company called Surgivisio NA, LLC that will market and service an new 3D/CT arm that has an integrated computer navigation system.
Jayma Smith is the Director of Finance at ExplORer Surgical. Her primary role is managing the daily financial operations of the company. She holds a BS in Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management from the University of Alabama, as well as an MBA from The University of Texas McCombs School of Business. She has extensive experience in creating and implementing financial workflows and procedures for venture backed startup companies.
Jennifer Fried is the CEO and Co-Founder of ExplORer Surgical. Jennifer founded the company with Dr. Alex Langerman as an MBA student at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where she received her degree with honors in Finance and Entrepreneurship.
Previously, Jennifer was a Vice President at Park Lane Ventures, a healthcare-focused venture capital fund spun out of Essex Woodlands. Jennifer began her career as a consultant at Bain & Company in Chicago after graduating from Northwestern University.
Nina Kocko holds a Bachelor's of Science in Biological Sciences and is currently pursuing a Master's of Science in Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Nina aims to increase the bandwidth of communication between patients, healthcare providers, and administrators. In her free time, she is a dancer in the Chicago-based Ukrainian ensemble, Hromovytsia, and enjoys traveling the world.
Patrick Burkhart is the Director of Sales at ExplORer Surgical, where his primary roles are leading the Sales and Account Management teams and focusing on the development of strategic industry partnerships. Patrick comes to ExplORer with over a decade of business experience and many successes in both OR-based medical sales and the promotion of SaaS model software applications. Most recently, he led the sales team at King-Devick Technologies, and before that, managed the Chicago market for Synthes CMF.
Outside of work, you will find Patrick in his kitchen adding to his recipe repertoire, exploring Chicago’s different neighborhoods via bike, or working with students at North Lawndale College Prep as a founding member of the school’s Associate Board. Patrick received his BS from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Precious Witherspoon is the Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer at ExplORer Surgical. With over a decade of experience supporting top level executives, her primary role includes providing executive support and logistics to the CEO and management team. She also serves as the liaison to the Board of Directors and staff; organizes and coordinates special projects, ensures the installation of appropriate systems and tools for the success of the team. She also serves as the point of contact for internal and external constituencies for all matters related to the CEO. Precious attended the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign majoring in Community Health with a concentration in Wellness Promotion. Precious likes to invest her free time coordinating events, cooking and donating her energy and resources to nonprofit organizations….and she loves Beyonce!
Tom Knight is the Chief Operating Officer of ExplORer Surgical. His main roles in the company are leading Operations, Sales, and Account Management. He is a graduate of Washington & Lee University, with a BS in Commerce and minor in Ethics and Religion. Tom earned his MBA at Loyola Chicago's Graduate School of Business, with a concentration in Marketing and Operations. Tom most recently served as the CEO of a SaaS based care coordination company. He also serves as an adviser to the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the University of Chicago and several fin-tech and healthcare ventures. Across his career, Tom has focused on creating and implementing go-to-market and growth plans for tech-driven companies inside and outside of healthcare, as a Sales leader, Partner, Managing Director, and C-level executive. Tom is also a non-profit leader where he focuses on closing the divide for Chicago's opportunity youth. Tom enjoys building high performing teams and solving complex problems.
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