Jerry Katzman, MD - Chairman, President & CEO
Jerry Katzman, MD, is the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, President, and Chairman of the Board of Directors. Dr. Katzman has always been an entrepreneur, scientist, and pioneer in medical science. His focus has targeted various biotechnology companies, biopharma, and Wall Street. Upon completion of his medical training, Dr. Katzman joined a multi-specialty group practice in Brandon, FL where he founded and established the group’s department of ophthalmology.
He then entered into a private practice where he designed and built one of the first state-licensed in office freestanding ambulatory surgical centers. The center also provided a multitude of services, including pharmacy, audiology, retinal dx, and treatment, as well as, general eye care, eye surgery, and optical. In 1993, Dr. Katzman founded EyeCare International, the nation’s first and largest non-insurance based discount vision network consisting of over 13,000 provider locations.
After 17 years with Amacore Group, Inc. (successor to EyeCare International) he retired as its Chief Medical Officer and continued his work on healthcare initiatives to promote affordable healthcare and an emergency electronic medical records program.
Thereafter, in 2008, co-founded Core Corporate Consulting Group, Inc. a private company designed to purchase and rejuvenate ailing public companies which were headed into bankruptcy.
In 2013, founded Disruptor Technologies Inc., a marketing and consulting company, and served as the CEO. Disruptor was developed to research, identify, evaluate, obtain, develop, promote, manufacture, and/or market groundbreaking technologies in health and science.
Dr. Katzman is also the host of the podcast Healthy, Strong, and Active: Your Strategy for Life.
Dr. Katzman graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering in 1974 and thereafter earned his M.D. from the Universidad de Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico.
Erhan Gunday, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Founded Sony Medical Electronic Division - internal venture company
Grew company to over $100 million in 6 years. Patent coordinator
Developed imaging technologies, still the Gold Standard today
Circon ACMI (Olympus)
Developed First Miniaturized Digital 3-Chip Endoscopic Camera System
Built 7 new Minimally Invasive Surgical technology platforms
Managed 30 man team on a $2M Budget
Built Medical Industries first 3-D eyewear for surgeons
Developed first disposable CMOS imaging sensors
Developed High Resolution Mega Pixel Surgical Camera System
Managed start-up operations of 12 man scientific team
Helped Raise $22M in Start Up Capital
Developed the First Financial Data system for Home Delivery
Developed The Traders ‘Ticker Tape’ for Television
Former Co-Founder & VP of Engineering for Sony Medical Electronics Division. Erhan possesses over 27 years of medical device development expertise as a VP of RD&E for ACMI Circon (Olympus) and Optimize (Stryker). He is an experienced Start-up Executive and technical manager with a strong background in patent investigation, execution and consultation. Erhan has domestic and international experience in management, strategic planning, new product and market development, regulatory compliance and Intellectual Property development. Mr. Gunday started his career as a Senior Engineer for AutoNumerics, designing and developing Hardware and Software for the companies CNC products. He then moved on to IDR, Inc., a division of Reuters, designing the data discriminator portion of the electronic data terminal for capturing and displaying real-time financial news over TV Cable Channels – The Ticker Tape!
Mr. Gunday was recruited to Sony Electronics as the Director of Product Planning and Development, where he led two large projects managing electronic data delivery for their US Broadcast, Cable and Subscription Television division; generating revenues between $20 Million and $50 Million, respectively.
Mr. Gunday was then promoted to Vice President of Engineering for Sony Medical; a new, start-up division of the company. As a founding member he successfully established the new divisions, provided product planning support for the Sony Manufacturing Groups and achieved sales of over $100 million in 6 years; while managing a team of 16 hardware, software and field service engineers along with managing the contributions of outside engineering consultants and contract manufacturing firms.
Herbert L. Gould, MD, FACS - Chief Science Officer
Dr. Gould graduated from Bowdoin College and received an MD from Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. He served his internship at the 1stMedical Division, Bellevue Hospital, and was a resident at the Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital, where, as a senior resident, he initiated the Contact Lens Clinic. He continued his medical studies at the Institute of Ophthalmology (London), Harvard Medical School, and the Downstate Medical Center, NY, where he received a corneal fellowship which included Moorfields Eye Hospital, London.
He was a co-founder of the Contact Lens Society of Ophthalmologists and the New York Intraocular Lens Implant Society. He was a founding member of the American Intraocular Lens Implant Society, now ASCRS, was elected to the International Intraocular Lens Implant Club (IIIC), and later was a founding member of the International Society of Refractive Surgery. Dr. Gould was the founder and first president of the New York Keratorefractive Society. He has been a Teaching Fellow at the State University of New York, was Assistant Clinical Professor in Ophthalmology at State University of New York (Downstate), Associate Clinical Professor at New York Medical College, and served as an Instructor at the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Numerous presentations were made to professional associations in the US and throughout the world, including ophthalmological meetings in Athens, Prague, Stockholm, London, Vienna, Milan, Alexandria (Egypt), Shanghai, Korea, Algarve (Portugal), and Cannes, where he was also awarded a Bronze Medal from the Cannes Film Festival (Best Surgical Film: Corneal Transplant & Intra-Ocular Lens Implantation). He has published over 80 articles and chapters in professional books and journals.
He has numerous professional memberships.
He implanted the first intraocular lens in China with the IIIC. He trained in Russia and introduced radial keratotomy to the US and later helped develop the Lasik technique. He had one of the first lasers in NYC after FDA approval, and later helped set up the laser center at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. He served as a Major in the U.S. Air Force, where he served as a Flight Surgeon, for five years.
Chris Alongi, Optical, Metrology, and Systems Engineer
Chris has over ten years of relevant experience surrounding cameras, detectors, interferometers, lenses, mirrors, telescopes, collimators, and other optical metrology tools. He has several years of optical metrology lab and automated station development experience, scripting, optical & mechanical CAD modeling, and advanced data analysis abilities.
He develops scripting in Python, proprietary software, Quindos, and Matlab to both measure and analyze. Along with the automated test station development and release, he authored and trained technicians to NASA controlled documents that included daily operation checklists, NIST traceable calibration, and troubleshooting appendices.
Google, Mountain View, CA
As an optical hardware validation engineer, Chris was able to preserve the launch of the new Google WiFi product line by converging on the color and brightness uniformity of its illumination systems. He was an optical hardware metrology and validation engineer on multiple Google Nest product lines including camera illumination systems in the visible and NIR.
Giant Magellan Telescope, Pasadena, CA
As an optical, metrology and systems engineering for primary and secondary mirror systems, Chris folded lessons learned from the James Webb Space Telescope project into the largest ground-based currently under construction.
L-3 IOS Tinsley [now Coherent], SF Bay Area
Delivered final report data by completing critical measurements and analyses for James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)
Signed off multiple sections of over 20 FAIs/interim/end item data packages without any post-shipment corrective action after delivery to customer (Ball Aerospace Technology Corporation)
Modeled highest upper-level assembly of JWST primary optical test station in Solidworks; precision optical fixture designs in Solidworks
Processed optical surface to specifications on beryllium, zerodur, fused silica, and diamond-turned metals
Validated the computer generated hologram test for all three JWST primary mirror segment types using autocollimation test with laser tracker
L-3 IOS Tinsley [now Coherent], SF Bay Area
Program manager for ABI GOES [next generation weather satellite] metrology optics
Developed data analysis streams for appropriate stages of processing
Aligned gimbaled Fizeau flat to test optical flats and CGH substrates
Quality control for IQC and OQC
Authored, released and trained technicians to controlled procedures for IPQC
Iterated and enhanced manufacturing steps for IE/process engineering
All parts successfully shipped and integrated within monetary and metrology budgets
Steve Goldsmith - Marketing Consultant
30+ years of experience in Marketing, Sales, and Advertising
Pioneer of internet commerce and direct response advertising for internet, radio, tv, out-of-home, print, and live events
Client companies have included Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Yahoo, National Semiconductor, McKesson, Siemens Medical Solutions, Northrup Grumman, StorageTek, Cadence Design, MGM, Sony Electronics, Columbia Pictures, United Artists, Donald Trump Network, Applied Materials, Jeep/Chrysler, Paramount
Advocate for children, animal welfare, civil rights and social action, education, and poverty alleviation, among other important causes
Duke University B.A.; University of Miami
Board of Directors
Jerry Katzman, MD - Chairman, President & CEO
Herbert L. Gould, MD, FACS - Board of Directors
Dr. Marguerite B. McDonald, Medical Advisor
Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology NYU Langone Medical Center New York, New York
Adjunct Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology Tulane University Health Sciences Center New Orleans
Louisiana Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island
Dr. MacDonald has been a legend in ophthalmology since she performed one of the first laser corrections of the human eye in 1994. She also performed the first wavefront-based laser surgeries in the U.S. Since then she has been globally recognized as an authority in laser refractive procedures and ocular surface disease. She has given nearly 600 presentations worldwide and published chapters in over 80 textbooks. She is a member of many prestigious ophthalmological societies. In 2012 she became the first person to receive the Visionary Woman Award from the group Ophthalmic Women Leaders. Dr. McDonald has also been nominated for woman of the year in ophthalmology by her alma mater, The Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University.
Dr. Lawrence A. Yannuzzi MD, Medical Advisor
Dr. Yannuzzi is founder of VRMNY as well as vice-chairman and director of the LuEsther T. Mertz Retinal Research Center of the Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital. He is also founder and president of The Macula Foundation, Inc., which has distributed several million dollars to eye research across the country.
Dr. Yannuzzi has made numerous innovative and lasting contributions in imaging, drug development, and therapeutic modalities. He was the first to use oral non-steroid anti-inflammatory medication for the treatment of cystoid macular edema and developed an eye drop to treat this condition.
He has described new diseases as well as new associations and manifestations of established entities and photosensitization. He has published over 550 scientific papers and 13 books, which have earned him respect and admiration in the ophthalmic-retinal community.
He is well recognized as a devoted and excellent educator, a superb clinical diagnostician, and a prolific organizer of retinal meetings worldwide.
Dr. Yannuzzi is the recipient of numerous awards, including an honorary doctorate by the University of Ancona, the Michelson Award for Retinal Vascular Disease, a Distinguished Alumnus Award by Boston University, the Henkind, Gass, and Patz Medals by The Macula Society, the Alcon Research Award, the Herman Wacker Award of the Club Jules Gonin, the Arthur J. Bedelle Award, the Retinal Research Award and the Gass Medal of the Retina Society, the Bietti Medal, the Pisart Award from the Lighthouse International, and the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Jack M. Dodick MD, Medical Advisor
Jack M. Dodick M.D. is a world-renowned eye surgeon who has devoted his professional life to teaching, innovation and patient care. He is currently Professor and formerly, Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology, at the New York University School of Medicine, one of the largest eye residency training programs in the United States. Prior to that he served as Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology at the Manhattan, Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital in New York for over 20 years.
As a teacher and Departmental Chairman over the past 40 years, he has supervised and participated in the training hundreds of eye surgeons who now practice throughout the United States and abroad. Dr. Dodick was a pioneer in the use of intraocular lens implants following cataract surgery. He is a past president of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the world’s largest organization of Cataract and Refractive surgeons.
He has served as President of numerous other Ophthalmological Societies throughout his career. Dr. Dodick is the author of several publications and book chapters on the subject of Cataract and Implant surgery and has presented over two hundred lectures on the subject throughout the world. He has performed eye surgery to teach his techniques in over 20 countries worldwide.
Many of his students have gone on to render eye care to countless numbers of people worldwide. He has participated in several clinical trials of devices and drugs related to his field. His innovations include several surgical instruments which bear his name and the first to publish on a laser-based technology to remove human cataracts which he invented, developed and received marketing approval from the FDA.
Dr. Ahmed Mohiuddin, Senior Advisor
Director, New England Heart Center Foundation, Medical Center Of Boston International
Chairman & CEO Medical Center Of Boston International, New England Heart Center PC
Member Of The Leadership Council Harvard School Of Public Health
Member Of The Nutritional Round Table, Harvard school Of Public Health
Diplomat American Board Of Internal Medicine
Diplomat American Board, Cardio-Vascular Diseases
Fellow of the American College of Cardiology
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