Scientific & Business Advisors
Michael Mack, MD, FACC
Dr. Michael Mack is Medical Director of Cardiovascular Surgery for the Baylor Health Care System in Texas. He is Chairman of The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano Research Center. His areas of specialty include cardiothoracic surgery, heart valve replacement and repair and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Dr. Mack is Board certified in cardiothoracic surgery and internal medicine. Dr. Mack completed medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine and performed his general surgery and thoracic surgery residencies at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.
Vinod Thourani, MD
Dr. Vinod Thourani is Chairman of the Department of Cardiac Surgery at MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute in Washington, DC, which includes the cardiac surgery programs at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and Union Memorial Hospital. Dr. Thourani specializes in the treatment of adult cardiac disease, such as valve disease, coronary artery disease, aortic aneurysm, and arrhythmia surgery. He is unique in that he is able to perform these procedures using traditional open surgical, minimally invasive, and transcatheter techniques.
Dr. Thourani is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, and the American College of Cardiology. He completed medical school at Emory University School of Medicine and performed his surgical residency and fellowship training at Emory University Hospital. Dr. Thourani is Board Certified with the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Congenital Cardiac Surgery.
Ms. Sainz has over 20 years of experience in the medical device industry having held commercial and general management positions in the US and Europe with small companies and large corporations. Ms. Sainz served as the President and CEO of Concentric Medical, Inc. since April 2008. In October 2011, Concentric Medical was acquired by Stryker Corporation, where she was named General Manager of the business unit of Stryker Neurovascular. From 2006 to 2008, Maria led integration activities following the acquisition of Guidant by Boston Scientific. From February 2003 through July 2006, Ms. Sainz served as President of the Cardiac Surgery division of Guidant Corporation/Boston Scientific. From January 2001 through February 2003, Ms. Sainz served as Vice President, Global Marketing for the Vascular Intervention division of Guidant Corporation. From late 1998 through early 2001, Ms. Sainz served as Vice President of the Intermedics Cardiac Rhythm Management business of Guidant Corporation in Europe. Prior to that Ms. Sainz held several sales and marketing assignments of increasing responsibility in Guidant’s European operations. Ms. Sainz received an M.A. in Languages from the University Complutense in Madrid, Spain and a Masters in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management.