Richard Smalling, MD, PhD
Dr. Smalling, MD, PhD, FACC, is the Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Medicine, Division of Cardiology at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston and the Memorial Hermann Heart and Vascular Institute-Texas Medical Center. He has 35 years of experience in research in left ventricular assist devices including the original basic and clinical studies with the Hemopump. He is also been a pioneer in the development of optimal treatment of myocardial infarction and the repair of structural heart defects. He has helped in the development of the TORVAD which started from a simple two-piston pumping concept.
Raul Longoria, PhD
Dr. Longoria oversees the technical development of the TORVAD. He is a full professor at the University of Texas at Austin, Department of Mechanical Engineering. Prototypes of the first toroidal pump were constructed in his research lab and formed the basis of the TORVAD pumping platform.
Mr. Kuruz worked as a clinical perfusionist for 40 years, and is an expert in cardiopulmonary bypass, intra-aortic balloon pumps, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, and ventricular assist devices. He brings a clinical perspective to the development of the TORVAD and oversees day to day operations.
Jeff Gohean, PhD
Director of Engineering
Dr. Gohean oversees the engineering and testing of the TORVAD. He is a mechanical engineer with extensive experience in medical device design and cardiovascular system modeling.
Erik Larson, PhD
Principal Electrical Engineer
Dr. Larson designs and tests the TORVAD electronics and software. He has a background in biomedical instrumentation and embedded systems. He received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012.
Carlo Bartoli, MD, PhD
Director of Hemocompatibility
Dr. Bartoli is a cardiac surgeon-scientist with 15 years experience in the field of mechanical circulatory support. He is the Principal Investigator of a translational biophysics laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania that focuses on pathophysiology and hemocompatibility of artificial circulatory support devices. Dr. Bartoli attended Cornell University, Harvard University, and The University of Louisville School of Medicine. He completed I-6 cardiac surgical training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he is an Instructor of Surgery.