Jeffrey Owen, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Owen is an experienced entrepreneurial and academic professional with a history of successful development and commercialization of Intraoperative Monitoring (IOM) services and products. He provides NeuroValscular Research & Design with a solid foundation in academic and scientific inquiry in neurophysiological and neurovascular testing, design, and implementation of clinical and research studies.


Dr. Owen is focused on improving post-operative neurological deficits of high-risk surgeries, and delivering cost-efficient and surgeon-driven solutions. Dr. Owen provides a deep understanding of the priorities of a medical device company and what is required to develop a commercially viable product.   


Owen served as President and CEO of Sentient Medical Solutions (originally Surgical Monitoring Services, Inc.). During his tenure, the company grew to monitor more than 17,000 high-risk surgeries annually at more than 600 hospitals in the US, with annual sales of $45 million upon its sale in 2007.


Prior to developing his own company, Dr. Owen was an Associate Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; as well as Associate Professor, Division of Orthopedic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO.


While serving in academics, he published more than 50 papers in peer review journals on operating room monitoring and made presentations at over 100 scientific meetings. 


Shelle Owen, MS


Shelle S. Owen, M.S. received her Master’s degree from Purdue University. Following her graduation, she worked for Electrophysiological Testing Services (ETS) providing intra-operative monitoring during high-risk surgeries. Ms. Owen then joined the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis and provided IOM during orthopedic and neurological surgeries. In 1995 She helped start Sentient Medical Systems, which provide IOM and neurodiagnostic services at over 600 hospitals in the US. Ms. Owen has extensive clinical and management experience in the area of IOM and medicine.


K. Balachandran (Bala), MBA

NeuroVascular R&D, Business & Market Constultant

Balachandran (Bala) has over 25 years of experience in Healthcare and Information Technology. He was the vice president and general manager of Cardinal Health’s NeuroCare business division, a $150 million business.  He also served as the chief operating officer of Neurometrix, Inc. where he successfully introduced the company’s point-of-care diabetic neuropathy product and put the company on a growth trajectory.  He was with Hewlett Packard company for 8 years in various roles including director of strategic alliances.  Earlier in his career, Bala managed worldwide distribution for medical devices with special focus on Europe and Asia-Pacific. Bala holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Nagpur, India and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

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Steven Woods, University of Arizona Tech Launch, Mentor in Residence

NeuroVascular R&D, Consultant

Steven Wood brings 25 years of startup and executive management experience to the TLA team. He received his electrical engineering degree from Northeastern University in Boston. Through his co-op period with The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Steven worked as a systems engineer for RCA Aerospace Systems in Burlington, MA, Somerville, NJ, and Mountaintop, PA.


Steven continued his education receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees in business administration. Entering the workforce, he partnered with the founders of Powercube Corporation a Billerica, MA, electronics designer. As Vice President of Operations, he helped to grow the company quickly; it was later acquired by Unitrode Corporation a Lexington, MA, based semiconductor company.


Leading the division in revenues and profits, Steven was promoted to Vice President and General Manager at Unitrode, where he acquired several other companies under the Unitrode umbrella. Along with three colleagues, Steven then founded Power Convertibles Corporation, a Tucson, AZ-based power electronics company. Tripling the revenue base in two years, the business expanded worldwide. Steven along with other executives from Burr Brown, a major shareholder, sold the business to C&D Technologies, a Blue Bell, PA-based diversified electronics company. Steven is an experienced pilot and amateur radio operator.




Arthur Burnett, MD

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Professor of Urology,

Director of Basic Science Lab

NeroVascular R & D, Co-Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator 

Dr. Arthur Burnett is a professor of urology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Burnett is the director of the Male Consultation Clinic at Johns Hopkins Hospital, a clinician-scientist at the James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute, and director of the Basic Science Laboratory in Neurourology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Dr. Burnett received his undergraduate degree in biology from Princeton University and his medical degree at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where he completed his internship, residency in surgery, and residency and fellowship in urology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Upon completion of his urology residency, he received an American Foundation of Urologic Disease New Investigator Award to continue research work into the regulatory mechanisms of penile erection. He has maintained an active laboratory in neurourology since that time.

Dr. Burnett is an established expert in the areas of prostate cancer, lower genitourinary tract malignancies (penile, scrotal, and urethral cancers), lower genitourinary tract reconstruction (pelvic trauma and urethral stricture disease), erectile dysfunction and penile abnormalities.

He is an expert prostate cancer surgeon, having performed over 2,000 radical prostatectomies where he has proven his skill at applying a single, minimally invasive 3-inch incision just above the pubic bone to facilitate rapid recovery and cosmesis and using a nerve-sparing technique. He has also developed management approaches to improve postoperative functional outcomes following radical prostatectomy.

Dr. Burnett is recognized for being a world-authority in the science and medicine of erectile dysfunction. He contributed original discoveries of the nitric oxide biochemical mechanisms in erectile tissue, which paved the way for the clinical development of oral medications to treat erectile dysfunction such as Viagra. He has also pioneered work to develop therapies to protect penile nerve function required for improved erectile function recovery after radical prostatectomy.

Dr. Burnett has written more than 150 original peer-reviewed articles, along with numerous additional articles, editorials, and book chapters, relating to his biomedical research and clinical activities. His work has appeared in many prominent journals such as Science, Nature Medicine, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Urology, Urology, and Journal of Andrology. He has sat on various advisory committees including the Urology Study Section, National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review and FDA Advisory Committee for Reproductive Health Drugs.


Robert Cox, Ph.D.

NeuroVascular R&D, Director of Education, Co-Investigator

Robert has thirty years of experience in nervous system monitoring including deep brain stimulation, evoked potentials (SEP, MEP, BAER), EMG’s (triggered and free-running), radiculopathy, cranial nerve monitoring, cortical mapping, ERG, EEG, endarterectomy, scoliosis. Cox served as Director of Education and Training for Sentient Education Institute, Sentient Medical Systems.

Robert earned his Master’s from the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. from George Washington University. From there, he continued with his post-doctoral work at the University of California Davis. Cox is an experienced researcher, having served as co-investigator or primary investigator in electrophysiologic studies at all three Universities.


Arthur Gmitro, Ph.D.

University of Arizona, Chairman of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Medical Imaging, Professor of Optical Sciences

NeroVascular R & D, Technical Consultant for Software and Artificial Intelligence

Dr. Arthur F. Gmitro is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Arizona. He holds joint appointments as a Professor of Medical Imaging and as Professor of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona. He received his Ph.D. in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona in 1982 and served as an Assistant Professor of Diagnostic Radiology at Yale University from 1982 to 1987, he then returned to join the University of Arizona faculty in 1987.


Dr. Gmitro joined the technical staff of NeuroVascular Research and Design to bring his expertise in pattern recognition software to the development of their device. Through pattern recognition, the NVRD device will analyze and interpret data, which will improve the sensitivity and specificity of the device to the onset of data change. Through his skills in Artificial Intelligence, Dr. Gmitro will assist in developing the “learning skills” of the NVRD device.

Dr. Gmitro has been involved in medical imaging research for over 40 years and published more than 80 papers in the field. He is the recipient of the Rudolph Kingslake award from SPIE and the Francois Erbsmann prize from IPMI (Information Processing in Medical Imaging), and a fellow of the American Institute of Biomedical Engineering (AIMBE).

Major areas of research for Dr. Gmitro are in Biomedical Optical Imaging and in Magnetic Resonance Imaging. He has done fundamental work on development of these technologies and continues to develop and apply a variety of imaging systems to solving biomedical problems. Dr. Gmitro has served as the primary mentor for 23 doctoral and 4 post-doc students. He is the founding and current Director of the NIH-supported Training Program in Biomedical Imaging and Spectroscopy at the University of Arizona. He has developed and co-teaches five graduate-level courses in biomedical imaging.


Amit Jain, MD

Johns Hopkins, Spine Surgeon 

NeuroVascular R&D, Co-Primary Investigator

Amit Jain, M.D., is a spine surgeon for Johns Hopkins serving patients in the Baltimore and Howard County regions. Dr. Jain specializes in comprehensive surgical care of the spine in adults and children. He is an expert in cervical (neck) and lumbar (back) problems, as well as scoliosis and spinal deformities. Dr. Jain employs the latest minimally invasive, motion-sparing and robotic surgical techniques to achieve the best outcomes for his patients. His philosophy is to take care of patients with respect and compassion, as he would want his own family treated.   

Dr. Jain trained at the Emory Spine Center for his combined orthopaedic and neurosurgical spine fellowship. Previously, he was an orthopaedic surgery resident at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he was awarded the prestigious Frank L. Coulson Award for Clinical Excellence and the Ron Byank Award for Leadership. Dr. Jain graduated as the class speaker for his medical school class at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and graduated with high honors in bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley.  

Passionately committed to serving and advocating for spine patients through his clinical, educational and research efforts, Dr. Jain has published more than 120 scientific articles and book chapters. As a thought leader, he has been invited to speak at more than 100 national and international conferences and won numerous awards.


Paul Sponseller, MD, MBA

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Professor of Urology,

Chief of Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics

NeuroVascular R&D, Orthopaedic Consultant, Clinical Investigator Team Member

Dr. Paul Sponseller is a professor of urology and orthopaedic surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Sponseller serves as chief of the Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. His areas of clinical expertise include pediatric spine disorders, cerebral palsy, clubfeet, hip dislocations and hip dysplasia.

He received his B.S. from the University of Michigan and earned his M.D. from the University of Michigan Medical School. Sponseller completed his residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and performed a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedic surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital of Harvard Medical School. More recently, he earned both an M.S. degree in business of medicine and an M.B.A. at the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Sponseller joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1986.

Dr. Sponseller is the research committee chair for the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, the deputy editor for pediatrics for The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and a member of the board of directors for the Scoliosis Research Society. He is a staff physician at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and a consulting physician at Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital.

Honored on several occasions for his excellence in teaching and research, Dr. Sponseller was named Outstanding Teacher by the Union Memorial Orthopaedic Program and was twice awarded Teacher of the Year in Orthopaedic Surgery by the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He also received the Arthur H. Huene Memorial Award for career research by the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America.