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InnerOptic Advisory Board

Company History

Special Advisors

Henry Fuchs, PhD - Co-Founder. Dr. Fuchs is a world-renowned pioneer in the field of medical Augmented Reality (AR), and his fundamental contributions to the field of computer graphics have earned him membership in the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He is the Federico Gil Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at UNC-Chapel Hill, and is an Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering. He led the research that resulted in UNC's Ultrasound-Guided Augmented-Reality Breast Biopsy System and the 3D Laparoscope, and is currently funded by the NIH to develop a similar AR guidance system for radiofrequency ablation of liver tumors. Dr. Fuchs is co-inventor on the 3D Laparoscope patents.

Sheila Mikhail, JD, MBA, CPA. Co-Founder and Legal Advisor. Ms. Mikhail has over 15 years of experience in the field of corporate and securities law and management consulting. She has completed over 300 licensing, technology transfer and other intellectual property agreements. She focuses on life science based startups with VC based transactions from $3 million to $600 million. Ms. Mikhail received an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago and a law degree from Northwestern University.

Michael Meehan, JD, PhD - IP Advisor. Dr. Meehan is a Patent Counsel in the Patent Strategy group at Google. Prior to joining Google, Dr. Meehan was a patent attorney at Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, where he helped InnerOptic develop their patent strategy and worked closely with the engineering team to submit numerous patent applications. Before joining Knobbe, Dr. Meehan was a judicial clerk for The Honorable Judge William Bryson at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the nation's patent appeals court. Dr. Meehan received his JD from Stanford University with distinction and his MS and PhD in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Medical Advisors

David Iannitti, MD, FACS - InnerOptic Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Iannitti is a pioneer in the field of microwave ablation treatment of liver cancer. He is Chief of Hepatopancreatobilliary Surgery at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. David is working to establish the Center as a leader in the field of liver, pancreatic and bile duct cancer treatment. He has produced many publications in prestigious journals and plays an active role in several professional societies, including the American Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association and the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons. A Fellow in the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Iannitti attended medical school at Brown University, where he also completed his surgical residency, and he additionally completed a fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Hepatobiliary and Transplant Surgery.

Jeremy Ackerman, PhD, MD. Dr. Ackerman is the assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Emory University. He is an expert in the area of medical Augmented Reality and is a co-inventor on the 3D Laparoscope patents. He received his MD and PhD degrees from UNC, where his dissertation topic was the 3D Laparoscope.

Paul Hansen, MD, FACS. Dr. Hansen is Director of the MIS and Liver Cancer Surgery, Oregon Clinic and the Director of New Liver Cancer Program at Providence Cancer Center. Hansen graduated from medical school at the University of Washington in 1988 and completed his residency in general surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. He completed many fellowships on minimally invasive surgery, including one at the Royal College of Medicine in London in 1997 that focused on liver and pancreatic surgery. Dr. Hansen is a leading liver and pancreatic surgeon, with numerous publications in his name.

Paul Lin, MD. Dr. Lin is a Partner and Medical Director of the Seattle Reproductive Medicine clinic, and Director of its associated surgical center. Dr. Lin has made key advancements to the field of fertility preservation and enhancement, including the first study that combined the use of laparoscopic ultrasound with laparoscopy for myomectomy. He is a Fellow in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, as well as a member of the American Association of Gynecological Laparoscopists, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the Society of Reproductive Surgeons, and a number of other esteemed professional organizations. He has served as an editor of a number of journals, including the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Human Reproduction, and Obstetrics & Gynecology.

John Martinie, MD, FACS. Dr. Martinie performs curring-edge research in radiofrequency ablation of liver cancer and is a Hepato Pancreatobilliary surgeon at the Carolina Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. He has held academic appointments at several research hospitals, including UNC-Chapel Hill (where he served as the Co-Director for the Center for Pancreatobiliary Disease), Brown University, McGill University, and the University of New Mexico. He has published and presented many studies related to hepatic and colorectal disease, and has received both civilian and military honors for his work in GI surgery; a member of the Air Force reserves for nine years, Dr. Martinie has received several Meritorious Ribbons from the Air Force and Armed Services, for each of teaching, medical and expeditionary services.

Allan Siperstein, MD, FACS. Dr. Siperstein is Director of Endocrine Surgery and vice Chairman of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and is one of the leading researchers in laparoscopic radiofrequency ablation of liver tumors. His research has focused on minimally-invasive techniques as well as intraoperative and laparoscopic sonography. He has published extensively in the areas of endocrine, hepatic and thyroid & parathyroid cancer management, and he is a member of many surgical professional societies, including the American Surgical Association, the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, and SAGES. He earned his MD degree at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas, and he completed his general surgical residency and endocrine surgical training at the University of California at San Francisco.

InnerOptic Technology, Inc.
106A N. Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278

Phone: 919 732-2090

InnerOptic surgery visualization products