Management Team

Michael Gertner, M.D.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Michael Gertner is the inventor of the Surround Sound System and is a serial entrepreneur and general surgeon. He was previously a venture partner with Essex Woodlands Health Ventures and through this collaboration in late 2009, formed Kona Medical. Prior to Kona Medical, he founded Oraya Therapeutics, which has developed a non-invasive technology to treat macular degeneration and has being commercialized in several countries. He holds an MS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, a BS from Columbia University and an MD from Cornell Medical College. He completed a surgery residency at University of California at San Francisco and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Prior to his entrepreneurial efforts, he practiced trauma and critical care surgery. Dr. Gertner is the lead inventor on over 100 patents and numerous scientific publications.

John Bowers
Chief Operating Officer

John is an experienced medical device executive who most recently was Senior Vice President for North America and Strategic Development at point-of-care ultrasound leader SonoSite, Inc. (recently acquired by Fujifilm). At SonoSite, John led a team of 150 sales and clinical professionals to record results, and directed the acquisition of specialty ultrasound manufacturer Visualsonics. Previously, John was CEO of Northstar Neuroscience and held various executive roles at Guidant Corporation and Eli Lilly. While at Guidant, John led the team that acquired enabling technologies for the XIENCE drug-eluting stent, which is now marketed by Abbott and is the worldwide market share leader.

John received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics-Accounting from Gonzaga University and a Master in Business Administration with distinction from Harvard University.

Omar Dawood, M.D., M.P.H.
Chief Medical Officer, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs

Omar is a medical device executive and clinician with over 20 years of management, medical research and clinical experience who most recently was Senior Vice President of Global Medical Affairs for Accuray Incorporated. At Accuray, Omar spent nearly seven years in public facing roles leading the global medical affairs and clinical teams, sparking a revolution in the radiation oncology field that opened up new markets and clinical applications based on strategic development of solid foundations of clinical evidence.

Omar holds a B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.P.H. with concentration in cancer epidemiology from Yale University, an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an M.D. from the Georgetown University School of Medicine. He went onto residency training in surgery and radiology and a fellowship in interventional radiology at the University of California San Francisco. Omar has been honored as both a Howard Hughes and a National Cancer Institute Research Scholar and was named the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society 2010 Silicon Valley Man of the Year.

Jim Gilmore
Senior Vice President of Research and Development

Jim is a veteran ultrasound industry executive who served as Senior Vice President of Research and Development at point-of-care ultrasound leader SonoSite, Inc. (acquired by FUJIFILM). Jim was a founding member of SonoSite and led the company’s 200+ person product development and manufacturing teams through several successful product introductions, including the industry-leading M-TURBO platform. Previously, Jim led the global ultrasound probe development teams at GE Medical Systems. Jim has also held leadership positions at ATL Ultrasound and Diasonics.

Jim received Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Master in Biomedical Engineering degrees from Drexel University. Jim also earned certificates in Executive Finance and Design Thinking from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

Jimin Zhang Ph.D.
Chief Technical Officer

Dr. Jimin Zhang is a recognized leader in ultrasound transducer/system technology with more than 17 years’ experience developing ultrasound for both diagnosis and therapy. He was previously Director of Advanced Acoustics at Physiosonics and Senior Acoustic Engineer at Therus Corporation. Jimin also served in leadership roles in acoustics development at Furono Diagnostics America and Philips.

Jimin holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Science from the Ultrasound Division, Institute of Acoustics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, from Zhunshan University, Canton, China.