Our Team

Richard Smalling, MD, PhD

Richard Smalling, MD, PhD

CEO

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.

Douglas E Godshall, MBA

Douglas E Godshall, MBA

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Mr Godshall is currently Chief Executive Officer of Shockwave Medical Inc., a private company that develops and commercializes interventional devices utilizing lithotripsy technology for the treatment of complex vascular calcification. Previously, he was the Chief Executive Officer of HeartWare International, Inc., a developer of a range of implantable mechanical circulatory assist devices, starting in September 2006 and a director since October 2006, until the company was acquired by Medtronic in August 2016. Mr. Godshall earned a B.A. in business from Lafayette College and an M.B.A from Northeastern University.

Raul Longoria, PhD

Raul Longoria, PhD

CTO

Dr. Longoria overseas 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.

Mark Kurusz

Mark Kurusz

President

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, MSME

Jeff Gohean, MSME

Director of Engineering

Mr. 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

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.