Ronald J. Stoney, MD, Co-Founder
Ronald J. Stoney, MD is emeritus professor of surgery at UCSF. In 1982, he co-founded the Pacific Vascular Research Foundation, now Vascular Cures, to improve patient care and prevent death and disability from vascular disease. That same year, he and an engineer colleague began the development of a self-retaining surgical retractor, the Omni-Tract that is now being used in surgical operations around the world. He served as President of the International Society for Cardiovascular Surgery, North American Chapter, and the Western Vascular Society. Dr. Stoney has received numerous awards, including the Society for Vascular Surgery’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007, and Honorary Doctor of Science degrees from the University of Ferrara, Italy in 1996 and from Santa Clara University, CA in 2008. He has lectured around the world, has published more than 100 book chapters and over 150 peer-reviewed articles, and authored and co-authored nine books on vascular surgery: two manuals, six atlases, and another on vascular exposures.
Lilia M. Coburn
Lilia M. Coburn is Director of Product at 23andMe, Inc., where she is responsible for driving consumer engagement. She was President of MedHelp Intl., an online and mobile health community and Merck subsidiary, where she drove the vision to bring forth a condition management platform that combines behavioral science with health data to affect healthy habits in patients. The platform today powers Vascular Cures’ Project Voice. For 20 years she has led product and engineering teams in the development and commercialization of consumer web and mobile products in Silicon Valley, including brands Scribd, Verizon, hi5, and ranging from streaming video, to social networks, to e-commerce, and most recently, health-tech. Her personal mission is to combine her background in high-tech, with her expertise in user experience and consumer engagement, and her passion for health and behavioral design, to spur innovative and effective preventive healthcare solutions. She holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Miami, and an MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.
Michael S. Conte, MD, Chief Medical Officer
Michael S. Conte, MD is the Chief Medical Officer of Vascular Cures, Professor and Chief of the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at UCSF and Co-Director of the UCSF Heart and Vascular Center. Previously, he was the Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Director of Vascular Surgery Research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston. He was also Co-Director of the Clinical Trials Group at the Center for Surgery and Public Health, a joint initiative of Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Harvard School of Public Health. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, as well as numerous book chapters and reviews. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Vascular Surgery and has served on the scientific advisory board of several biotechnology/pharmaceutical companies. He served as an Associate Editor for Circulation, and is currently on the editorial boards of the Journal of Vascular Surgery, Vascular Medicine, Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, and Vascular.
Russell J. Cox
Russell J. Cox is Chief Executive Officer at Vital Therapies, Inc. Prior to joining Vital Therapies, he served in a variety of escalating senior management roles at Jazz Pharmaceuticals, most recently as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. From 2007 to 2009, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Ipsen Group and previously Vice President of Marketing at Tercica, Inc. (acquired by Ipsen Group), a biotechnology company. From 2003 to 2007, he was with Scios Inc. (acquired by Johnson & Johnson later in 2003), where he also held the role of Vice President, Marketing. Prior to 2003, Mr. Cox was with Genentech, Inc. for 12 years, where he was a Product Team Leader (PTL) responsible for the Growth Hormone franchise and led numerous product launches as a Group Product Manager. Mr. Cox received a B.S. in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University.
Julie A. Freischlag, MD
Julie Freischlag, MD became the CEO of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in 2017. Previously, she was Vice Chancellor for Human Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine at UC Davis. Dr. Freischlag served as Professor and Chair of the Surgery Department at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. She has led innovation initiatives to expand research and specialty clinical services, improve patient-centered care and patient safety, and enhance academic career paths for faculty. She has held many leadership roles, including past chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons and immediate past President of the Society for Vascular Surgery. Dr. Freischlag has published more than 225 manuscripts, abstracts, and book chapters, and has received numerous teaching awards, including an achievement award from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Freischlag has dedicated her career to serving as a role model for her students, a respected colleague across health professionals, a strong community leader, and a national voice for improving health and health care.
Douglas P. Grey, MD
Douglas P. Grey, MD is a retired thoracic and vascular surgeon who practiced with The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG) for 28 years. He was the Chief of Vascular and Thoracic Surgery at Kaiser San Francisco, Chief of Surgery, and had various leadership roles within Northern California for TPMG. He was a founding member of the Kaiser Permanente National Procurement Organization and Product Council in 1994 and was the Northern California Representative to the National Product Council and the Chairman of the Biomedical Device Integration Council. In 1992, he co-founded Operation Access, an organization providing free medical procedures to uninsured populations. He received awards from both the American College of Surgeons (Pfizer Surgical Volunteerism) in 2009 and the American College of Clinical Engineering Health Technology Management (HTM) Champion Award in 2013. He is on the Board of Trustees of MedShare International, an NGO providing medical supplies and equipment to underserved communities and foreign hospitals.
Wendy R. Hitchcock, CEO
Wendy R. Hitchcock, CEO and Director of Vascular Cures has over two decades of executive leadership in innovative life science research and healthcare organizations. Prior to becoming CEO of Vascular Cures in 2009, she led both private and public life science companies developing innovative products to address critical unmet medical needs, including vascular disease. She has built significant enterprise value through collaborative partnering, strategic alliances, financing, and mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Hitchcock knows firsthand the importance of research to treat vascular disease. She was born with an arteriovenous malformation in her brain, which was successfully treated with surgery.
Julie Lawrence is Program Officer with the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s Patient Care Program, where she focuses on health system redesign, opportunities for technology to augment clinical care, and high-leverage strategies to improve patient safety. Before joining the foundation, Julie spent eight years at Stanford Healthcare. As a Design Fellow at the Clinical Excellence Research Center (CERC) at the Stanford School of Medicine, she researched and published a new model of cancer care delivery that improves quality and patient experience while dramatically reducing unnecessary healthcare spending. As a Director in Stanford’s Cancer Center, Julie used Lean performance improvement and Design Thinking innovations to improve care for patients, and was recognized by the FDA for outstanding contribution in promoting patient safety with medical devices. Julie served as Stanford’s representative to the National Comprehensive Cancer Network’s (NCCN) Best Practice Committee and Board Member of the National CyberKnife Coalition (CKC) addressing issues of advocacy and reimbursement parity for emerging cancer treatments. Julie is a speaker, author and advisor for digital health companies. Earlier in her career, Julie held positions at the University of California, San Francisco as Director of Strategic Planning, and as Managing Director of the Angara Group consultancy. In the 1990s, she worked for the International Finance Corporation in the former Soviet Union, advising government officials and entrepreneurs on economic transition. Julie received a B.S. in Russian from Georgetown University, an M.A. in International Studies from the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Lori C. McDougal, Vice Chair
Lori C. McDougal is an Executive Fellow in Healthcare Leadership at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is a former executive of UnitedHealth Group who served as Executive Vice President of Optum and Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans business segment. She served in numerous positions for UnitedHealth Group for nearly 30 years, engineering transformational market expansion across government, commercial and international sectors. Ms. McDougal has demonstrated industry thought leadership at aligning health policy, academic research and market trends to create clarity of insight on business direction. She is presently on the advisory board of Computype, on the American Red Cross National Philanthropic Board in Washington, D.C., Vice Chair, Minnesota Regional Red Cross Board, and program committee advisor for Global Health Administration Partners in Minneapolis, MN.
David M. Rae
David Rae is an Audit Partner in KPMG’s San Francisco Life Sciences practice. He has 16 years of experience providing financial statement audits, and audits of internal control to clients in the Life Sciences industry. Prior to studying accounting and joining KPMG, David earned his degree in life sciences, studying Biology and Biochemistry. David has provided professional audit services to several large multinational groups. He currently serves as the lead audit partner on a publicly traded, fully-integrated global medical device company. In addition, he serves and has served a number of biopharmaceutical companies ranging from early stage entities to fully-integrated commercial companies with global operations. David has extensive experience with SEC filings, including follow-on offerings, debt offerings, and carve-out financial statements. David has overseen dozens of acquisitions ranging in size from $20 million to more than $5 billion, and he has led complex global audits for clients in a variety of industries. He also serves as the lead recruiting partner for California State University, East Bay and UC Davis and delivers technical and industry presentations to the Universities’ students and faculty.
Edward K. Yu, Chair
After 30 years in corporate life and management consulting across technology and health industries, Ed is currently focused on improving societal health through innovation. Ed currently serves as the Chairman of Vascular Cures which is innovating patient-centric research, catalyzing breakthrough collaborations and empowering people in their vascular health journey. Ed is a retired PwC management consulting partner focused on strategy and business design. He has helped clients ranging from Fortune 50 conglomerates to early-stage companies. His expertise spans vision through execution including innovation strategy, product development and operations across the high-tech, medical device, diagnostics, genomics, therapeutics, payer, and provider sectors. Ed’s experience with senior executive coaching and facilitating cross-functional teams has earned him recognition for thought leadership and superior team performance. He has co-chaired PwC’s 180 Health Forum which convenes the c-suite to explore the new health economy and has spoken at many industry conferences, including talks for the Knowledge at Wharton program.