Board of Directors

John M. Abrahams, MD

President of Brain and Spine Surgeons of New York a practicing neurosurgeon at three NYC area hospitals.   He is Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery at New York Medical College at Westchester Medical Center, a Level 1 Trauma Center.  He is also Assistant Professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical center. Within the practice of neurosurgery, Dr. Abrahams has a focus on intracranial surgery and brain tumors. He is the founder of the Westchester Neuroscience Research Foundation to research malignant brain tumors, stroke and spinal cord injuries, and is a co-founder of Endomedix.

Weiliam Chen, Ph.D., RPh.

20 years of research experience in both university-based research centers and associated private research groups. He previously held academic appointments at the University of Michigan Medical School, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine/Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, SUNY-Stony Brook Department of Biomedical Engineering, and New York University School of Medicine. In addition to co-founding Endomedix,  Dr. Chen is a co-founder of Sustained Nano Systems, a firm using nanovector and microvector components to enhance drug delivery. Dr. Chen is the Principal Investigator for the 7 NIH-funded SBIR grants awarded to date to Endomedix, with a total value of $2.8 million. Dr. Chen  also serves on many national and international grant review panels including the National Institutes of  Health, the Department of Defense, the Science Foundation of Ireland, UK Medical Research Council, Israel Science foundation, and Portugal Fundacao para a Ciencia e a Tecnologia.

Richard Olson

A veteran of the pharmaceutical and consumer health sectors. He served as Vice President of Richardson-Vicks in the Vick Americas/Far East Division and in the Vick Health Care Division. Dick later served as Executive Vice President Fisons Consumer Health USA and as Vice President of Business Development for Schering-Plough Healthcare Products. He has been an advisor and consultant to several early stage companies in the analgesics, diagnostics and women’s health sectors. Dick earned a BSc in Industrial and Labor Relations and also an MBA, both at Cornell University.

James R Pastena

A medical device executive with 35+ years in the orthopaedic and spinal/ neurosurgical sectors. Jim has been president of EBI Medical Systems division of Biomet, a $550 M business unit focused on bine growth stimulation and spinal implant devices, and afterward become president of Precision Spine, a privately held spinal implant device firm.  He is also a board member of Paradigm Spine LLC.  Jim is a graduate of Farleigh Dickinson University.

Richard Russo

See Management Team description.

Richard is a member of the Board and functions as its Chair.