Leadership

David Fabricant
Chief Executive Officer and Director

David@valam.com

David was a global business executive for Stryker, a medical device market leader, for almost 20 years in commercial and operational leadership roles. With a passion for influencing healthcare business strategy by leading world-class teams, he drives product innovation, business development, customer-centric marketing, and global expansion. He served as a general manager for an international medsurg business while simultaneously sourcing over 175 technologies and services, closing 16 transactions that generated +$190M/yearly. Previously, he led marketing for a $650M spine division.

David has a Masters in Biomedical Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. Supporting his degrees, he holds an Executive Education certificate from Harvard Business School, a Business Administration certificate from New York University Stern School of Business, and completed extensive Biomedical Research at Worcester College, Oxford University.

Married for over 20 years to his wife Sara, they have two sons and a daughter and are active travelers who enjoy both indoor and outdoor sports and fitness activities.

Ron Hadani
Executive Chairman

Ron@valam.com

Ron is an entrepreneurial, team-building executive with more than 35 years of experience in business, product and technology development, M&A, and general management of medical device and medical imaging companies in U.S. He is a leader with a proven ability to assess and identify new business, technology and market opportunities, and to conceive innovative corporate strategies.

Ron held technical positions at Johnson & Johnson Ultrasound, and later co-founded and led for 10 years as the CEO of Ultrasound Technologies an OEM business that served all the major medical imaging companies. He sold the company to U.S. Surgical (Tyco/Covidien) where he continued as a Vice President. Following the acquisition of U.S. Surgical by Tyco, Ron acquired his division and sold it to the Charterhouse Group Int’l and served as the CEO of its U.S. based ultrasound company, Kntron Medical. In 2003 Ron joined Vision-Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSCI) as the company’s President and CEO and for seven years built the organization, lead the company’s innovation and development of its new lines of Urology, ENT, Pulmonology, upper GI and MIS Spine Surgery endoscopy products. Ron holds more than 15 patents in the fields of medical devices and medical imaging. In 2010 Ron founded NaNaMed, LLC and led the development of a unique colonoscopy product. In the recent years Ron has been involved in several start-up companies in various medical fields in Israel and the U.S. in executive positions and as board member/chairman.

Ron received his MSc. Degree in Computer Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of NY, (NYU), and his BSc. in Electrical Engineering from FDU.

YOSEF KRESPI, MD, FACS
Director and Founder

Joe@valam.com

Dr. Krespi is a board certified otolaryngologist specializing in head and neck surgery at Northwell – Lenox Hill Hospital and Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Krespi graduated from medical school at Technion in Israel and completed his residency training at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. After his fellowship at Mount Sinai, he served as Associate Professor at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago. He was Professor and Chairman of Otolaryngology at SUNY-Health Science Center in Brooklyn and Chairman at St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital.

Dr. Krespi has published over 160 scientific medical articles, and has served as editor on four textbooks and written over 60 book chapters. He is one of the world’s leading experts in laser surgery, endoscopic sinus surgery, surgery to relieve snoring and sleep apnea, and oral malodor. Dr. Krespi is nationally and internationally recognized for his expertise and has received numerous awards and honors in his field.

David Damm
Director

David is an accomplished medical device executive with over 30 years experience in the ENT, Neurosurgery and Patient Handling markets.

David held positions of increasing responsibility with Medtronic including VP ENT Sales, VP ENT Marketing and General Manager Global Service Solutions. At Medtronic David led the market research, development and successful launch of market leading sinus microdebrider, head and neck nerve monitoring, biofilm disruption, image guided surgery and obstructive sleep apnea technologies/ solutions. Additionally, David developed world class distribution, clinical education teams , facilities and programs that drove significant market share, customer loyalty, revenue and profits. David has a proven track record in P&L management, strategy, market segmentation, product development and talent acquisition/engagement. While at Stryker Corporation, David progressed through several commercial leadership assignments, many of the people, products and programs that he developed continue to yield significant results.

David received his BS Marketing from Indiana University, Bloomington Indiana and has completed executive programs at UCLA, The University of Michigan and The Gallup Organization.

Sujana S. Chandrasekhar, MD, FACS
Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Chandrasekhar, a fellowship trained Otologist/Neurotologist, received her undergraduate degree from Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, City College of New York, cum laude.  She then went on to earn her M.D. at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.  She completed her internship and residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at New York University Medical Center, and her fellowship in otology/neurotology at the House Ear Clinic and Institute, in Los Angeles, California.

She has held leadership positions at the most prestigious organizations in her field, serving as President of the AAO-HNS where she was also Past Chair of their Board of Governors. She is currently Secretary/Treasurer of the American Otological Society, Vice President of the New York Otological Society, and Vice President-Elect of the Triological Society.  Dr. Chandrasekhar is also a Clinical Professor of Otolaryngology, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra-Northwell, Clinical Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Consulting Editor, Otolaryngology Clinics of North America, and Director of Neurotology, JJ Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Her honors and awards, foundation memberships, professional society participations, Grant activities, presentations and publications are extraordinarily numerous and laudable.  Dr. Chandrasekhar is board certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Otolaryngology in both Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and in Neurotology, and is licensed in New York and New Jersey.

Scientific Advisory Board

•   Sujana S. Chandrasekhar, MD, FACS
•   Alejandro Berenstein, M.D.
•   Gady Har-El, M.D.
•   Michael Friedman, M.D.
•   Paul Stoodley, PhD.
•   Peter Costantino, M.D.
•   Robert Lebovics, M.D.