Board of Directors

MDMA Board of Directors


Paul LaViolette, Executive Chairman, CardioFocus

Paul La Violette joined SV Health Investors in 2009 as a Venture Partner and in 2011 was made a Partner. Paul was promoted to Managing Partner & COO in 2014 and heads our medical device investments. Paul built and ran medical device businesses for 29 years. Before joining SV, he most recently was Chief Operating Officer at Boston Scientific (BSC), an $8 billion medical device leader. During his 15 years at BSC, Paul served as Chief Operating Officer; Group President, Cardiovascular; President, Cardiology; Group President, Endosurgery; and President, International. During his tenure, the company grew revenue over 20 times. Paul integrated two dozen acquisitions and led extensive product development, manufacturing and worldwide commercial organizations. Previously, Paul held marketing and general management positions at CR Bard and various marketing roles at Kendall (Medtronic).

Paul also serves as Vice Chairman of the Innovation Advisory Board for the Partners Health System. Paul also served on the board of Advamed for 10 years and is a routine speaker at industry meetings.

Paul received his BA in Psychology from Fairfield University and his MBA from Boston College. 



Scott Huennekens, President & CEO, Verb Surgical, Inc.

Scott Huennekens is the President & CEO of Verb Surgical, Google and J&J’s new Surgical Robotics company, starting there in August 2015. Previously, Scott was the President & CEO of Volcano from 2002 to 2015 and lead the company’s growth from a start up to sales over $400 million in revenue and a market cap that approached $2B prior to its sale to Philips in February 2015. He was the President & CEO of Digirad Corporation, a medical imaging company, Digirad grew from a pre-revenue start up when Scott joined in 1997 to a public company in 2004. Prior to Digirad, Scott progressed through leadership roles in marketing, sales, and general management while at Baxter Healthcare (Edwards Lifesciences) and Birtcher Medical Systems. He has served on the boards of numerous medical device companies and currently serves on the public boards of Viewray and Reva Medical and as the Past Chairman for the Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA). Scott received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Board Members


Wil Boren

President of Advanced Surgery, Baxter International

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Michael Carrel

President & CEO, Atricure

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Kevin Conroy

Chairman, President & CEO,Exact Sciences Corporation

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Carol Cox

Executive Vice President, External Affairs & Corporate Marketing, NuVasive, Inc.

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Joseph Damico

Founding Partner & Co-Chairman, RoundTable Healthcare Partners

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Ryan D. Drant

Partner, Questa Capital

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Thomas Frinzi

Worldwide President, Surgical, Johnson & Johnson Vision

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Doug Godshall

Chief Executive Officer, Shockwave Medical

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John Groetelaars

EVP & President, BD

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Chris Holmes

President & CEO, Smiths Medical

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Walter Humann

President & Chief Executive Officer, OsteoMed

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Jennifer Kerr

President, Cook Research, Inc.

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Joe E. Kiani

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Masimo Corporation

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George A. Leondis

President & CEO, Argon Medical Devices, Inc.

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James P. Mackin

President, CEO & Chairman, CryoLife, Inc.

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Eric Major

President, CEO & Co-Founder, K2M, Inc.

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James V. Mazzo

Global President Ophthalmic Devices for Carl Zeiss Meditec AG 

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J. Casey McGlynn

Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

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Jim Momtazee

Head of Health Care Industry Team, KKR

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Rick Packer

Chairman, ZOLL Medical Corporation

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Robert Perry

Senior Vice President, Device Research & Development, Allergan, plc

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David Pierce

Senior Vice President & President, Urology, Boston Scientific Corporation

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Jason Richey

President, North America, LivaNova PLC

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Walt Rosebrough

President & CEO, STERIS Corporation

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Benson Smith

Chairman, Teleflex, Inc.

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Spencer Stiles

President, Stryker Spine

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Non Voting Members


 Mark Gilreath