About Us

Our experienced team of researchers and clinical advisors collaborate to improve IOM technology and the quality of life for patients.

Company History

For over 30 years, CEO and founder Jeffrey Owen, Ph.D., has led much scientific, clinical, and technological development in Intraoperative Monitoring (IOM), and started and led IOM programs at multiple universities, as well as one of the US’s largest private providers, serving over 600 hospitals at its peak.

Despite the progress, Dr. Owen and his collaborators observed that most patients still couldn’t access IOM and that many more high-risk surgeries could also benefit from IOM. In 2019, he started NeuroVascular Research & Design with the goal of developing an automated IOM platform to bring reliable, accurate, and affordable monitoring to preserve the quality of life for all patients.

Meet Our Team

CEO Jeffrey Owen is joined by COO Nicholas Chung in developing their reliable, automated IOM technology.

Jeffrey Owen, Ph.D.
Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Jeffrey Owen received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from The University of Arizona, emphasizing auditory neurophysiology. Dr. Owen developed and led the IOM programs for Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Washington, St. Louis, and Johns Hopkins University, before founding and exiting Sentient Medical Systems, providing IOM to over 14,000 patients a year.

Nicholas Chung
Chief Operating Officer

Nicholas Chung is an experienced leader in business and software development. Most recently, he spent +5 years at The Trade Desk leading enterprise initiatives and international growth. He has degrees from Brown and Columbia Universities.

Our Principal Investigators

Arthur L. “Bud” Burnett II, MD, MBA, FACS
Dr. Burnett is the Patrick C. Walsh Distinguished Professor of Urology and Professor, Oncology Center at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is an accomplished urologic surgeon and scientist, recognized for diverse leadership and service roles in urologic healthcare across research, education, clinical practice, and advocacy missions.
David Cohen, MD, MPH

Dr. David Cohen is an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His areas of clinical expertise include spine and back disorders, spinal injuries and cervical degenerative disc disease and injury. 

Our Expert Advisors

Paul D. Sponseller, MD

Paul D. Sponseller, M.D. obtained his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Michigan. He completed his Orthopaedic residency at the University of Wisconsin and a Pediatric Orthopaedics fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, finishing in 1986. In 2004, he earned an MBA at Johns Hopkins University.

Lawrence Lenke, MD

Dr. Lawrence Lenke, is Co-Director of Och Spine, surgeon-in-chief at the Och Spine Hospital, and chief of spinal deformity surgery in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Dr. Lenke is one of the world’s foremost leaders in spinal deformity surgery. His world-renowned practice is devoted exclusively to spinal deformity surgery with an emphasis on complex reconstructive surgery in both children and adults for the treatment of various spinal deformities such as scoliosis, kyphosis, flatback syndrome, and other major spinal imbalances, as well as spondylolisthesis.