Scientific Advisory Board
Sentiré is fortunate to be guided by a dynamic group of medical and engineering leaders.
Thomas M. Krummel, MD
Emile Holman Professor and Chair Emeritus, Department of Surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine Co-Director, Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign.
For over 35 years, Dr. Thomas Krummel has served roles as surgeon, innovator, medtech pioneer, educator, and mentor. He has served in numerous leadership positions in many of the important surgical societies including the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the American Surgical Association (ASA), the American Board of Surgery (ABS), the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and was the President of the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA) for 2013-2014. Dr. Krummel has lectured throughout the world, is author or co-author of over 300 publications, chapters, abstracts and books and he has mentored over 300 students, residents and post docs.
For the past 15 years, Dr. Krummel has co-directed the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign teaching medtech invention to teams of doctors, engineers and business people through interdisciplinary research and education. In addition, Dr. Krummel serves as Chair of the Board of Directors at the Fogarty Institute for Innovation, President of the International Scientific Committee at IRCAD, University of Strasbourg, France, Chair of the Board of Directors at American Pediatric Surgical Association Foundation, and serves on the board for Morgridge Institute for Research at the University of Wisconsin.
Jeffrey S. Freed, MD
Jeffrey S. Freed, MD MPH FACS is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Dept. of Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai in New York City. He has been a practicing surgeon for more than 40 years and has extensive experience in laparoscopy. As well as his academic credentials, he brings biopharma experience for more than three decades in a consulting capacity. He has assisted in the development of several medical products and devices.
Dr. Freed frequently travels on missions to third-world countries to perform needed surgeries in underserved communities.
Catherine Matthews, MD, FACOG, FACS
Dr. Matthews is Professor of Urology and Gynecology at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston Salem, North Carolina. She is the Co-Director of the joint service line for Female Pelvic Health and is the Co-Director for a Urology based fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. Originally from South Africa, she trained first as a vaginal surgeon and then later acquired the skills of robotics to facilitate the ability to offer all forms of minimal-access surgery for pelvic organ prolapse repair.
She is passionate about patient care and has received awards for outstanding clinical service and has been listed as a “Top Doctor” in the United States since 2006. Dr. Matthews is also dedicated to teaching and has received numerous local and national teaching awards. Dr. Matthews is the Chair of the Education Committee for IUGA and was one of 9 examiners who was invited to administer the first FPMRS sub-specialty oral board examination for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is frequently invited to lecture and perform live surgery at conferences nationally and internationally. Dr. Matthews’ research areas include outcomes of prolapse repair; fecal incontinence; bladder pain syndrome and stem cell therapy for urinary and bowel incontinence; she has contributed more than 90 peer-reviewed papers to the medical literature.
Balakrishna Haridas, PhD, FAIMBE
Fellow of the American Institute of Medical & Biological Engineering
Dr. Haridas is a medical technology entrepreneur and academician with ~28 years of experience in R&D and commercialization of devices & implants for minimally invasive surgery, biomaterial scaffolds, wound healing, and soft tissue repair and regeneration. Over his career, he has led/taken 18 medical devices through FDA/CE approvals and product launches. He is currently the Executive Director of the TEES Division of Commercialization and Professor & Director of the BioInnovation Program in Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M. He is also the Principal Investigator and co-Founder of the $6.75M FDA funded Southwest National Pediatric Devices Consortium.
Dr. Haridas was formerly the Director of the national award-winning Medical Device Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program & Associate Professor in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. From 2004-2008, Dr. Haridas Founded and served as Director of the National Science Foundation I.UCRC - Minimally Invasive Medical Technologies Center (MIMTeC) and was an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati.
Aaron Van Pelt, MS
Mr. Van Pelt is currently Vice President of Product Strategy at Picarro, Inc. He has twenty years of experience in product development and marketing in the photonics field and for the past decade, he has served in various technical and management roles at Picarro Inc., focused on developing and bringing to market several gas sensing technologies. Previously, he was a Senior Research Scientist at Physical Sciences, Inc. and held marketing, product management and applications engineering positions at New Focus Inc. His career focus has been on technology, product and business development in sensing, photonics, laser, spectroscopy and stable isotope and greenhouse gas measurement applications. He has authored more than 20 peer-reviewed publications.
Mr. Van Pelt received his M.S. in physics from Washington State University focusing on ultrafast laser spectroscopy and his B.S. in physics from the University of Wyoming.