Clinical Advisors

The following is a subset of the gynecologists whose advice we routinely seek, either formally or informally, regarding surgeons' needs and how we can ensure that our solutions meet their needs. This list is far from comprehensive; we have met with more than 90 gynecologists to understand their needs and to obtain their feedback about Zip-stitch.

Michael Diamond

Michael Diamond, M.D., is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Augusta University Medical Center, and a practicing gynecologist. Dr. Diamond is a world-renowned expert in soft tissue adhesions, and has been a part of almost every published clinical or pre-clinical adhesion barrier study in the last two decades.

David Holtz

David Holtz, M.D., is a board-certified gynecologic oncologist in practice since 1998. He has been a Clinical Assistant Professor with Jefferson Medical College (Philadelphia, PA) since 2006, and practices as part of the Main Line Health System in suburban Philadelphia, PA. As a gynecologic oncologist, Dr. Holtz conducts more than 50 laparoscopic hysterectomies per year.

Jeff Levy

Jeff Levy, M.D., is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist, and the president of CaseNetwork, a company that produces and distributes medical education tools that are delivered on mobile devices for location-independent learning. Dr. Levy has been involved in educating physicians about laparoscopic hysterectomies for over 20 years. He was one of the earliest adopters of laparoscopic hysterectomies in 1990, and has taught courses across the country. He has developed award-winning videos on laparoscopic hysterectomy and laparoscopic anatomy. Dr. Levy has educated over 400,000 physicians worldwide.

Alexander Anthopoulos

Alexander Anthopoulos, M.D., is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist in private practice since 1992 with the Main Line Health System in suburban Philadelphia, PA. As a member of a busy group practice, Dr. Anthopoulos has had extensive experience caring for low and high risk pregnant patients in both the office setting and in the labor and delivery suite, as well as performing major and minor gynecologic surgical procedures in the operating room. He also has been involved with the training of Ob-Gyn and Family Medicine residents and medical students.

Scientific Advisors

In addition to clinical experts, we rely on technical experts in a variety of specialties. here is a list of some of those experts.

Rao Bezwada

Rao Bezwada, Ph.D., is the President of Bezwada Biomedical, LLC. Dr. Bezwada is a world-renowned expert in absorbable biomaterials. He has invented entire classes of absorbable biomaterials. While working at Ethicon, Dr. Bezwada invented Monocryl®, an absorbable suture that is currently distributed all over the world. He is named inventor on 71 issued U.S. patents and sixteen published articles and eight presentations on polyurethane chemistry and absorbable polymers.

Bob Cargill

Bob Cargill, Ph.D., P.E., is a Principal at Cargill Bioengineering, LLC., in Thorofare, NJ. Dr. Cargill is an expert in the conceptualization, design, analysis, and evaluation of tissue engineered products and related devices. Dr. Cargill has lectured in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University and the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Orthopaedics at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Cargill was on the academic faculty at the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Mark Nicosia

Mark Nicosia, Ph.D., is the chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department in the Widener University School of Engineering (Chester, PA). Dr. Nicosia’s expertise is in soft tissue biomechanics. He has published research on the biomechanics of such varied tissues as esophageal, heart valve, oral, and aortic, among others. He has also conducted research in computer modeling of wound closure by sutures. Prior to his professorship at Widener University, Dr. Nicosia had been an engineering consultant at Exponent, Inc., and, prior to that, an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at University of Minnesota.

David Wiseman

David Wiseman, Ph.D., is the principal at Synechion, Inc., a consulting and pre-clinical testing company. Dr. Wiseman is an accomplished and recognized expert in the science and business of prevention of surgical adhesions with general expertise in preclinical, clinical, regulatory, and marketing aspects of medical products.