About St. Teresa Medical, Inc.
We are focused on treating surgical bleeding.
St. Teresa was founded in 2010 to commercialize an innovative technology developed at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in collaboration with the Henry Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine. St. Teresa Medical licensed the invention from VCU and added substantial additional intellectual property to the portfolio. We have 11 patents issued or allowed in the US, EU, Japan, Israel, Australia, and Mexico. We also have over 30 patents pending throughout the world. The technology was originally developed for treating battlefield trauma.
CEO & Chairman of the Board
Mr. Rock co-founded NeuroSpine Ventures in 2003. NeuroSpine Ventures invests in early stage medical technology companies. It has made nine prior investments and has achieved six exits with returns on investment ranging from 85% to 3,200%. Two of its investments have had successful IPOs and are listed on NASDAQ and the NYSE. Mr. Rock is also Executive Director of DP Enterprises Group, Inc., a consulting company in medical product development and marketing/distribution, both in the U.S. and overseas. He was formerly Sr. Vice President of Strategic Development/Mergers & Acquisitions for K2M, Inc., a spine technology manufacturer. Mr. Rock holds 17 patents, primarily in medical devices. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Motion Intelligence, Inc. and the Board of Trustees of The Linsly School in Wheeling, West Virginia.
Philip A. Messina
Chief Operating Officer, Director, and Chairman Emeritus
Mr. Messina co-founded St. Teresa Medical in 2010. During his more than twenty-five years of management and operating experience in early-stage medical device and life science businesses, Mr. Messina has acquired broad experience in regulatory matters, licensing, royalty and distribution agreements, acquisitions and company sales. Previously, Mr. Messina was the President/COO of Martell Biosystems, COO of Gel-Del Technologies/Cosmeta Corp, President/COO of UroMetrics, Inc., CEO of Life Signs Corporation, and President/CEO of Pulse Trend, Inc,. Additionally, Mr. Messina has held sales management positions at several healthcare-related companies. Mr. Messina earned a B.S. from Northeastern Illinois University.
Brian J. Jackson
Director and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Jackson co-founded St. Teresa Medical in 2010. Mr. Jackson has a strong background in early-stage medical technology finance and governance. He has helped raise growth capital in a variety of transactions including public offerings, private placements, venture placements, strategic partnerships, limited partnerships and traditional bank financings. Mr. Jackson co-founded PepTx, a bio-pharmaceutical firm and served as Chairman, President and CEO and later as VP and CFO. Mr. Jackson also served as CFO and Controller for Everest Medical Corporation. Mr. Jackson holds a B.S.B. from the University of Minnesota. Mr. Jackson is the co-inventor on one U.S. patent in cardiovascular technology and another in hemostasis technology.
Alexandros Powers, M.D.
Dr. Powers is a practicing Neurosurgeon in Washington DC at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital. He has a wealth of practical experience in our initial market focus on Orthopaedic and Spine procedures.
Tim Floyd, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Floyd is a practicing Orthopaedic Surgeon and joined St. Teresa Medical in 2011 as its Chief Scientific Officer and Chairman of its Scientific Advisory Board. He is currently practicing at St. Lukes Regional Medical Center and St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, ID. Dr. Floyd is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Washington, Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine and an Instructor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He previously was Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, President of the Idaho Orthopaedic Society, President of the Medical Staff at the Wood River Medical Center in Sun Valley, ID and Chief of Surgery at the Wood River Medical Center. Dr. Floyd served as a Major in the U.S. Army Reserve from 2002 to 2006. He deployed in 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 30th Medical Brigade, Third Infantry Division and Fifth Special Forces. Dr. Floyd frequently lectures and publishes professional articles. Dr. Floyd earned his M.D. from the University of Florida.
Rodolfo Padua, Ph.D.
Vice-President of Clinical Affairs and R&D
Dr. Padua, joined St. Teresa Medical as Director of Clinical Affairs in March 2014. He has over seventeen years of medical device industry experience ranging from early stage R&D projects focused on development of the next generation biologics/medical device products to conducting and managing preclinical studies and pre- and post- market clinical studies. Prior to joining St. Teresa Medical, Dr. Padua held leadership positions in R&D and clinical research teams with Bard Lutonix, American Medical systems and Medtronic. Dr. Padua earned his Ph.D. in Neurophysiology and a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Manitoba.
Jean-Jacques Abitbol, M.D., F.R.C.S.(C)
Dr. Jean-Jacques Abitbol is founder of California Spine Group located in San Diego California. A past president of North American Spine Society and the Federation of Spine Associates and has served on the board of the Cervical Spine Research Society. Dr. Abitbol has also served as examiner for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons as well as an editorial reviewer for The Spine Journal and Spine. He currently serves as Medical Director of the Spine Education Research Center of the North American Spine Society in Burr Ridge, Illinois.
Dr. Abitbols interests include minimally invasive spine surgery, motion preservation spinal technologies, spinal biologics, as well as complex cervical spine surgery. He was a national lead investigator for a cervical arthroplasty device from 2004 to 2012 and has authored more than 70 original articles and abstracts. Additionally, he has authored more than 30 book chapters in spine and is the current holder of numerous spinal patents.
Dr. Abitbol has received numerous awards for his research including the Orthopaedic Research Society, Young Investigator Award. He twice received the North American Spine Society award for Outstanding Spine Research, and the Cervical Spine Research Society award for Outstanding Spine Research. He was also the recipient of the Best Resident Research award at McGill University. He has presented his research and is invited to speak worldwide on a regular basis.
Dr. Abitbol is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons-Orthopaedics. He completed his spine fellowship being mentored by Dr. John Kostuik at Mount Sinai and Toronto General Hospital in Toronto, Canada.
Robert G. Watkins, III, M.D.
Dr. Watkins is a spine surgeon and co-director of the Marina Spine Center with his son, Robert, at the Cedars Sinai-Marina Del Rey Hospital in Marina del Rey, California. His expertise ranges from innovative spine surgeries to treatment of sports spine related injuries. His practice includes the successful treatment of professional athletes from all over the country as well as college level and Olympic athletes.
He has served over 30 years as a spine consultant to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Los Angeles Kings, the Los Angeles Angels, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, and the PGA Tour. He has extensive experience in spinal surgery and post-operative rehabilitation of professional athletes and returning athletes to full performance. He has also been a consultant for the Cirque du Soleil performers, Olympic athletes, NBA, NHL, NFL and the Galaxy Soccer Team.
He is a Professor of Clinical Orthopedics at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine where he evaluates spinal problems in their athletes and participates in the teaching program and has published several manuscripts on the subject. He is the author of “Surgical Approaches to the Spine” published by Springer/Verlag with a third edition recently printed in 2015, and “The Spine in Sports”, by C.V. Mosby Yearbook, which describes the treatment of spine problems in every major sport by the top experts in that field, from wrestling to soccer to weightlifting to gymnastics to ballet. He has lectured in cities all over the world, including Moscow and Taipei as well as numerous lectures all over the United States and Europe.
He is among the founding members of the North American Spine Society and served as the society Secretary. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Cervical Spine Research Society, International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine and the NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committee.
Richard Guyer, M.D.
Dr. Richard Guyer is a board certified orthopaedic spine surgeon and is one of the founders of Texas Back Institute and served as its President. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Texas Back Institute Research Foundation and has been Director of the Spine Surgery Fellowship program since its inception in 1986.
Dr. Guyer did his medical school and residency training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and completed two spine fellowships, one at Case Western Reserve University with Henry Bohlman, MD in Cleveland, Ohio and the other with Leon Wiltse, MD in Long Beach, California. He holds many patents in spine surgery and has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and 45 chapters presenting his research at national and international spine conferences. While the majority of the research work has dealt with the diagnosis and treatment of painful degenerative spinal conditions, he is also one of the pioneers in early minimally invasive surgery and lumbar and cervical disc replacement. In the early 1980s he worked with his former mentor Parviz Kambin who pioneered endoscopic discectomy. In 2000 he performed one of the first disc lumbar disc replacements in the USA and has been an investigator in nearly a dozen US IDE studies of both cervical and lumbar disc replacements. He continues to research and publish in this area as well as in motion preservation and minimally invasive treatments.
Dr. Guyer has been very active with various spine societies including NASS, CSRS, ISSLS, and ISASS serving as President of NASS during the 2006-2007 year and various committees of the ISASS. He was recently appointed to the board of directors of the American Board of Spinal Surgery.
Dr. John Ferguson, FRACS
Dr John Ferguson is a Consultant Spine Surgeon. He practices surgery at the Starship Children's Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand, and has a senior lecturer title at the Auckland University Medical School. He also performs adult spinal surgery at Ascot Integrated Hospital. His areas of special interest are spinal deformity surgery and minimally invasive surgery. John is an active member and a committee member of the Scoliosis Research Society, the New Zealand Orthopaedic Association and the New Zealand Spine Society. He contributes regularly and has given lectures at the SRS annual meeting and IMAST meetings. He is the author of several peer reviewed articles.
John continues to remain interested in ways to make spinal surgery more effective, less invasive and safer.
Dr. of Medicine Specialist Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology, Hirslanden Private Hospital Group Bern Switzerland.
Max Aebi, born 1948 and raised in Switzerland. Graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Bern in 1974/75. After work as a young surgeon in Ethiopia he completed residency and fellowships for Board certification as General Surgeon FMH 1982 and Orthopedic Surgeon FMH 1983 in Switzerland, FRCSC Board certification in Canada from the Royal College 1993, and AMP Diploma from INSEAD, Fontaine- bleau, Paris in 1999.
Founder and Chief of the first Swiss University Spine Unit, at the University Hospital in Bern, Switzerland from1983 till 1991. Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at McGill University and Orthopedic Surgeon-in-Chief at McGill University Health Center (MUHC) in Montreal, Canada from 1991 to 2002. Founder, Professor and Co-Director Emeritus of the MEM Orthopedic Research Center, University of Bern 2002 - 2011. Doctor honoris causa 2003, Ministry of Education and Science, Republic of France granted through the Universite Mediteranee, Marseilles, France. Lifetime achievement award of the AO Foundation (Spine) 2014 ISSLS-Wiltse - Lifetime Achievement Award in Spine Sciences (most prestigious award in the field), 2016
Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief of the European Spine Journal for 23 years, now Deputy Editor for online education
Co-founder and past Chair AOSpine
Past President of Eurospine the Spine Society of Europe
Past President of the Canadian Orthopedic Research Society
Past President of the Quebec Scoliosis Society.
Co-Founder and past Chair of the European Spine Foundation which
Co-founder with D. Grob of Spine Tango, a European Spine Registry
President of the SIRIS Foundation, the Swiss Implant Registry (Public/Private partnership)
Co-inventor of a significant number of spinal implants and surgical technologies for the MedTech Industry.
Active reviewer and board member of different Scientific Journals, Societies and Foundations
Author/Co-author of more than 400 publications and book chapters
Active spine surgeon and senior consultant at Das Ruckenzentrum, Bern, Switzerland.
Visiting Surgeon and Professor at National Armed Force Medical College, Rawalpindi (Pak) and Children Hospital, Yervan,Armenia
Instructor at the Medstar Union Memorial Hospital in the Orthopaedic Residency Program and Spine Fellowship Program
Dr. Asdourian is a Board Certified orthopedic surgeon who graduated from SUNY Stony Brook with a major in Biochemistry. He graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical School, and did a general surgery residency at Lenox Hill Hospital in NYC before completing my orthopedic surgery residency at Boston University. His spine surgery fellowship was completed at Rush-Presbyterian-St Luke's Medical Center and the Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children in Chicago under the direction of Dr. Ronald DeWald.
In 1987 he started his career at Medstar Union Hospital as their Chief of Spinal Surgery. In 2015 he became Regional Director of Spine Surgery at Medstar North. He is a full time instructor at the Medstar Union Memorial Hospital in the Orthopaedic Residency Program and Spine Fellowship Program. Dr. Asdourian is a member of the Scoliosis Research Society, North American Spine Society, ISASS, AAOS, and Maryland Orthopaedic Association.
Jeffrey A. Goldstein, MD
Chief of Spine Service for Education, Director of Spine Fellowship at NYU Langone Medical Center Department of Orthopedics, and Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the NYU School of Medicine.
Jeffrey A. Goldstein also serves on the editorial and advisory boards of several peer reviewed journals. His spine surgery practice includes a focus on minimally invasive spine surgery and artificial disc replacement. He also serves in an advisory capacity to the news media and several medically oriented companies.
Dr. Goldstein is President of the International Society for Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS). He is a member of the North American Spine Society, the Cervical Spine Research Society, the International Society for Study of the Lumbar Spine, the Scoliosis Research Society, the American Orthopaedic Association, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery and the Lumbar Spine Research Society.
He has been regularly recognized by New York Magazine and Superdoctors as one of New Yorks Best Doctors and by Castle Connolly as one of Americas Top Doctors.
Dr. Goldstein earned his undergraduate degree from Colgate University. He attended medical school at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center at Brooklyn where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with Distinction in Research. He was trained in Orthopedic Surgery at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. Goldstein completed spine fellowship training in Baltimore, Maryland at the Maryland Spine Fellowship.
Robert Borrego, M.D. P.A.
Dr. Borrego has extensive experience in surgical and trauma critical care. Robert is currently the Chief of Staff, Director Trauma Critical Care (a trauma level II facility), Director Trauma ICU at St Marys Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida and also has a solo practice in General/Vascular Surgery. He is active on many hospital committees, such as: Board of Governors, Credentials Committee, Critical Care Committee, Infection Control Committee, etc. Dr. Borrego also speaks frequently on Vascular Trauma, Twenty Years of Trauma, Trauma Team in Iraq / Lessons Learned and Bombs, Blasts & Burns.
John E. Buster, M.D.
Dr. Buster is an Obstetrician and Gynecologist specializing in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He currently serves in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Women & Infants Hospital in Providence, RI and also in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. He is engaged in private practice and clinical teaching at both institutions, and participates in clinical research programs. Previously, Dr. Buster has held positions as professor of obstetrics and gynecology and served as director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at UCLA School of Medicine, the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, and Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Buster earned his M.D. at UCLA.
Richard K. Freeman, M.D.
Dr. Freeman is a Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon. He is the Medical Director of Cancer Services, Vice-Chairman for Cardiothoracic Surgery, Surgical Director, and Attending Thoracic Surgeon at St. Vincent Health and Hospital System. Dr. Freeman has earned multiple honors and awards within his field and a distinguished military background in service with the United States Navy. He earned his M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine.
Jed Baron Gorlin, M.D.
Dr. Gorlin is the Medical Director of the Memorial Blood Center in Minneapolis, as well as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Gorlin received his medical degree from Yale University. He completed his internship and residency at the Boston Childrens Hospital, fellowship at the Dana-Farber Cancer Center, and research fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Gorlin is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics with subspecialty certification in pediatric hematology and oncology. He is also certified by the American Board of Pathology in Blood Bank/Transfusion medicine.