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HSS Innovation Team

The HSS Innovation Institute is staffed by professionals with backgrounds that range from medicine and engineering to intellectual property and business development. This diversity of thought allows us to explore creative approaches to commercialization that other groups might not consider.

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Leonard Achan, RN, MA, ANP

Chief Innovation Officer; Senior Vice President, Innovation and Business Development
Email: achanl@hss.edu
Image - Leonard Achan headshotLeonard Achan, RN, MA, ANP
Chief Innovation Officer; Senior Vice President, Innovation and Business Development

Lenny has over 18 years of executive healthcare leadership experience in a variety of roles spanning clinical, operational, international digital, strategic communications, branding and business development.

He most recently served as Senior Associate Dean for Global Communications, Branding and Reputation at the Icahn School of Medicine while concurrently serving as Chief Communications and Access Officer at Mount Sinai Health System in NYC. Lenny is also co-founder and Chairman of Quality Reviews Inc. and serves on boards of private and nonprofit organizations. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Adelphi University in Garden City, NY.

Lenny holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Adelphi University, a Master’s degree and Nurse Practitioner degree from New York University, Post Master’s certification in Administration from Villanova University and he is also an alumni and Fellow of The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Lenny lecturers and has taught at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Adelphi University as well as internationally, at the City University of Hong Kong, The University of Macau, the University of San Carlos and is also a Honorary Senior Naval Professor in the Philippines. In his private life, he is a contemporary artist, is married and has two children and resides in Nassau County NY.

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Frank Schwab, MD

Vice Chair of Innovation,
Chief Emeritus of HSS Spine
Email: schwabf@hss.edu
Image - Dr. Schwab headshotFrank Schwab, MD
Vice Chair of Innovation, Chief Emeritus of HSS Spine

Dr. Frank Schwab has recently been appointed Vice Chair of Innovation, he will work closely with the HSS Innovation Institute to serve as the lead medical adviser, delegate, and champion for advancing innovation at HSS. In this capacity he will support the Innovation Institute in launching best practices, evaluating new commercialization opportunities, cultivating appropriate partnerships, serve as a communication channel with medical staff and Leadership, and assist with any fundraising efforts for the program.

Dr. Schwab most recently served as the Chief of the Spine Service at HSS, where he advanced the service both clinically and academically. He came to HSS from New York University’s Hospital for Joint Diseases, where he served as Chief of Spine Deformity since 2007. Over the past 20 years his extensive research has originated more than 180 published articles, six major awards and honors including from the NIH and NATO, eight grants, and other notable recognition.

He is widely recognized as a leader in the field and has pioneered many aspects of spinal deformity care, especially for patients with extensive surgical histories. Dr. Schwab is focused on innovating patient-specific operative treatment, optimizing sagittal realignment guidelines, emphasizing the use of pre-operative planning technologies and techniques for complex spine surgery. In concert with patient care, he developed the first definitive classification of adult spinal deformity that has become a clinical standard for spinal surgeons worldwide.

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Doug Leach

Managing Director, Biomechanical Innovation
Email: leachd@hss.edu
Image - Doug Leach headshotDoug Leach
Managing Director, Biomechanical Innovation

Doug Leach serves as the Managing Director of Biomechanical Innovation for the HSS Innovation Institute. His role is focused on driving the discovery, assessment, development, and commercialization functions related to musculoskeletal devices at HSS. Doug is a key connection between the HSS surgeon community and medical staff, the Department of Biomechanical Engineering, and our growing list of commercial partners, with the goal of leveraging the HSS core competency of device innovations to drive improvement in musculoskeletal care and commercial success.

A biomechanical engineer by training, Doug comes to HSS with more than 25 years of experience in the orthopedic device industry across R&D, product marketing, and business management functions. He has experience in both large corporate settings and early-stage technology companies, having served as a former VP with Stryker Corp managing various functions of their $1.4B knee franchise, as well as SVP at OrthoSensor, Inc. responsible for product development and marketing of sensor based instrument and implant platforms.

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Victoria Malia-Piekarz

Innovation Attorney, Managing Director of Intellectual Property, Contracts and Licensing
Email: piekarzv@hss.edu
Image - Victoria Malia-Piekarz headshotVictoria Malia-Piekarz
Innovation Attorney, Managing Director of Intellectual Property, Contracts and Licensing

Vicki provides practical, strategic legal advice to HSS Innovation Institute personnel managing technology portfolios in the medical device, health science, and patient care delivery fields. She drafts and negotiates a wide variety of licenses and technology‑related agreements to facilitate collaborations with other institutions and companies. A registered patent attorney, Vicki manages the global patent portfolio and educates researchers and other HSS personnel regarding intellectual property matters.

Vicki joined HSS from the New York Genome Center, a non-profit research institution that integrates sequencing, bioinformatics, and data management where she was Senior Counsel. Earlier in her career, Vicki practiced in the intellectual property law departments of several large law firms and Fortune 500 companies. A former university researcher, Vicki became interested in patents and intellectual property after inventing improvements to various assays and devices.

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Shrijay Vijayan

Director of Innovation and Technology Commercialization
Email: vijayans@hss.edu
Image - Shrijay VijayanShrijay Vijayan
Director of Innovation and Technology Commercialization

Dr. Jay Vijayan is Director of Innovation and Technology Commercialization at HSS where he is responsible for the commercialization of life science technologies. Dr. Vijayan began his career in technology transfer at the University of Illinois. He was then recruited to Rutgers University as Assistant Director, Licensing. Prior to joining HSS, Dr. Vijayan served as Head of Technology Transfer at Rush University Medical Center.

During his more than a decade long career in technology transfer, he has co-founded a Medical device company, served as consultant and advisor to biotech and pharma companies, served on various committees of Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), Licensing Executive Society (LES), American Heart Association (AHA), Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) and as a technology transfer expert on peer review panels of the Department of Defense (DOD) translational and clinical trial grants.

Dr. Vijayan received his PhD in Neuroscience and Physiology from the City University of New York and completed his thesis work in the laboratory of eminent Alzheimer Disease Scientist Prof. Khalid Iqbal. Subsequently, he trained as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Chicago and the Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor. He received his MBA in Entrepreneurship from the University of Illinois. During his more than a decade long career in technology transfer, he has taken the lead in structuring and negotiating several high impact creative deals, of which there are ones in the market and some others in various phases of development. Jay’s professional interests include building strategic relations and collaborations to help advance development of technologies and move them from the laboratory to the market place.

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Laurie Holden

Senior Business Leader, Device Innovation
Email: holdenl@hss.edu
Image - Laurie Holden headshotLaurie Holden
Senior Business Leader, Device Innovation

Laurie Holden is the Senior Business Leader of Device Innovation for the HSS Innovation Institute. She is responsible for driving the assessment and commercialization of medical device innovation at HSS.

Laurie has spent more than 20 years in health care technology leadership roles, spanning the digital and medical device landscapes. Prior to joining HSS, Laurie served as a Director of Marketing and Business Development for Stryker Corporation’s Spine division. In these roles, she specialized in new product launches, product lifecycle management, reimbursement strategy and M&A integration. Before Stryker, Laurie spent 9 years in health care information technology, developing solutions to automate transactions between provider and payer organizations.

Laurie holds an MBA in Health Care Management from the Wharton School and a BA in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University.

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Jordan Harmon

Vice President, Care Delivery Innovation
Email: harmonj@hss.edu
Image - Leonard Achan headshotJordan Harmon
Vice President, Care Delivery Innovation

Jordan has spent over 12 years within the healthcare industry in a variety of roles spanning consulting, operations, process improvement, population health, value and innovation. He is currently Vice President, Care Delivery Innovation for the HSS Innovation Institute. His focus is on creating new ways to enhance experience, effectiveness and value of patient care in the fields of digital, analytics, delivery and payment of healthcare services.

Jordan is also Director at Costs of Care Inc., a global NGO that curates insights from clinicians to help delivery systems provide better care at lower cost. He currently serves as a mentor for Digital Health CT, an accelerator focused on the convergence of digital technologies within the healthcare sector to improve efficiency and make healthcare delivery more precise.

He was most recently Vice President of Strategy at CityMD & Summit Medical Group, where he focused on population health and value. Jordan was also previously founding Managing Director & AVP of Population Management for the Center for the Advancement of Value in Musculoskeletal Care at HSS. He was also Senior Director of Operational Excellence, where he oversaw clinical care transformation initiatives at HSS.

Prior to HSS, he was a leader in the Faculty Group Practice at NYU Langone Medical Center and a management consultant, working with many leading healthcare organizations throughout the country to improve operational and financial performance.

Jordan holds a BA in Business Administration from Mount Union College and an MHA from The Ohio State University. He also holds a Six Sigma Green Belt from the University of Michigan.

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Sandra Bossi, MCM

Associate Director, Care Delivery
Email: bossis@hss.edu
Image - Sandra Bossi headshotSandra Bossi, MCM
Associate Director, Care Delivery

Sandra Bossi is Associate Director of Care Delivery at the HSS Innovation Institute. In this role, she is responsible for supporting HSS efforts to improve healthcare access and delivery through various projects involving artificial intelligence technology, data analytics and digital healthcare. Prior to joining the Innovation team, Sandra worked in management, operations and physician relations with HSS Service Excellence.

Sandra’s 15 years of client management and corporate partnership development experience span several international industries from entertainment and art to advisory and private equity investment. Prior to joining HSS, Sandra co-founded a film production company in France with major studio and TV network transactions, managed Visitor Services at MoMA, and advised public and private companies on global investment opportunities and strategic partnering in energy, security and mobile communications.

Sandra earned an M.A. in Communication Management from USC Annenberg and an M.A. in Literature from Université Paris Diderot, with a graduate research fellowship from Duke University. She is fluent in English, French, Russian, Croatian and Serbian.

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Vijay Nair

Email: nairv@hss.edu
Image - Vijay Nair headshotVijay Nair

Vijay Nair is a Director in the HSS Innovation Institute – the world-leading academic medical center in orthopedics and musculoskeletal health. He is responsible for business analytics, market research and portfolio management for breakthrough and disruptive device, life science and care delivery technologies.

Prior to joining the HSS Innovation Institute, Vijay was the first dedicated hire focused on Strategy and Business Development. In this role, Vijay worked closely with executive leadership to design and roll-out the strategic roadmap and operating plan. He also identified, evaluated and pursued new initiatives and partnerships to support the Hospital's growth objectives.

Before joining HSS, Vijay was a strategy consultant at Monitor Deloitte, where he consulted clients across the healthcare landscape (life sciences, insurance, health IT) and beyond (e.g., automotive, retail, consumer electronics, industrial products, and the public and not-for-profit sectors). His primary focus was to help clients grow through M&A, strategic partnerships, market entry, and other organic growth strategies.

Vijay graduated with honors from NYU's Stern School of Business with a B.S. in Finance, Management and Organizational Behavior.

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Andrew Pedtke, MD

Email: apedtke@gmail.com
Image - Dr. Pedtke headshotAndrew Pedtke, MD

Andrew Pedtke is an Orthopaedic Surgeon and startup CEO/Founder who serves as Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) in the HSS Innovation Institute. Dr. Pedtke is committed to helping HSS invent the future of orthopaedics. In his role as EIR, Dr. Pedtke keeps HSS on top of emerging solutions in the orthopaedic industry and guides physicians on their ideas or entrepreneurial plans.

Dr. Pedtke is the co-Founder and CEO at LIM Innovations, a startup specializing in solutions for amputees and people with physical disability. LIM brought to market a line of prosthetic socket technology and an in-sourced medical group service model. Alongside these efforts included securing DoD funding for integration of sensors & wearables. Dr. Pedtke serves as an advisor and board director to several other startups.

Dr. Pedtke was an Echols Scholar at the University of Virginia, earned an MD from the University of Minnesota, and completed his orthopaedic surgery training at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Pedtke is licensed to practice medicine in the state of California and remains clinically active in general orthopaedics at a surgery center in San Francisco.

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Kevin M. Lastorino, DDS, JD

Innovation and Corporate Strategy
Email: lastorino@hss.edu
Image - Kevin Lastorino headshotKevin M. Lastorino, DDS, JD
Innovation and Corporate Strategy

Kevin Lastorino is the general counsel of the HSS Innovation Institute. Drawing upon a rare combination of business acumen, legal experience, and creativity honed over more than 25 years of representing health care and life sciences institutions and entrepreneurs, Dr. Lastorino supports our innovation projects from concept to commercialization.

Dr. Lastorino joined the HSS family after his term as Chief Legal Officer of Robert Wood Johnson Health System, where he was responsible for transforming its legal department and elevating the role of its attorneys in the development, implementation and maintenance of strategic corporate relationships, including with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, and ultimately in the corporate combination forming RWJBarnabas Health.

Dr. Lastorino earned a JD from Boston University, a DDS from Stony Brook University and a BS in Biology from Syracuse University. Before embarking on his legal career, Dr. Lastorino practiced dentistry and designed and directed the first dental practice management course at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, where he also taught clinical and pre-clinical operative dentistry.


Innovation Advisory Council

The HSS Innovation Advisory Council (IAC) consists of members of the HSS Board of Trustees, Board of Advisors, and leaders from the investment and healthcare communities. The IAC provides oversight and guidance to the Innovation Senior Management Team regarding programmatic direction, partnership development, and project-specific initiatives.