President and CEO
John Marous rejoined CardiacAssist as President and CEO in late 2011, having been a director of the company prior to that. He led the development and initial commercialization of the TandemHeart System as Chief Operating Officer of CardiacAssist up until 2002, when he assumed CEO duties for a leading developer and marketer of innovative communications and controls technology for the logistics industries. He holds a BS in electrical engineering from Cornell University and an MSIA from Carnegie Mellon University. John brings diverse experience in engineering, sales, and marketing to the company, having worked in the electronics industry for General Electric, Honeywell, and Asea Brown Boveri earlier in his career.
Chief Financial Officer
Robert Dickson is the Chief Financial Officer of CardiacAssist. His previous positions include 15 years as CFO of Dynamet Incorporated and nine years with PricewaterhouseCoopers as a Certified Public Accountant. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University in 1971 and his CPA certification in 1975.
Vice President, Marketing & Reimbursement
Travis Deschamps joined CardiacAssist in 2010 after working in medical device marketing and consulting. Prior to joining CardiacAssist, he led the marketing efforts for Possis Medical’s AngioJet peripheral thrombectomy catheters for deep vein thrombosis and MEDRAD’s angiographic injector product lines. Travis is an ASQ-certified Six Sigma Black Belt, and he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.
Vice President, Sales & Field Operations
Gary Bastin joined CardiacAssist in 2010 as the VP of Sales and Field Operations. His previous positions include National Sales Manager for MEDRAD Interventional/Possis and MEDRAD Global Cardiovascular Sales Manager. He has also held leadership positions with Corning, Inc. and the U.S. Army. Gary is a 1984 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and earned his master’s in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh.
Director of Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance
Greg Johnson rejoined CardiacAssist in 2013, having previously worked in the company’s engineering, research and development and clinical support groups. He was one of the leaders of the team that developed the pump technology currently used in the TandemHeart. Greg has more than 18 years of experience working with cardiopulmonary support devices, including significant responsibilities for engineering, research and development, manufacturing, clinical support, regulatory affairs, quality assurance and management. He holds a BS in Engineering Science from Iowa State University, an MS in Bioengineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.
Robert G. Svitek, Ph.D.
Director of Engineering
Robert Svitek joined CardiacAssist in 2006 and has served as the Director of Engineering since 2007 overseeing all research, development, and engineering activities. Prior to joining CardiacAssist, he was a clinical engineer working with ventricular assist devices and pediatric extracorporeal membrane oxygenation at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for six years. He obtained his undergraduate degree in bioengineering and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh researching novel respiratory assist devices.
Director of Clinical Education
Jerry Stokes is the Director of Clinical Education at CardiacAssist. He has 10 years of experience in the medical device industry with various roles in both in-bound and out-bound marketing, Clinical Product Development, and Clinical Education and Training at MEDRAD Interventional/Possis. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Radiology from La Roche College.