Management

Management

Jeffrey M. Soinski
Chief Executive Officer
Jeff Soinski has served as our President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of our Board of Directors since December 2014. From its formation in September 2009 until the acquisition of its Unisyn business by GE Healthcare in May 2013, Mr. Soinski served as Chief Executive Officer of Medical Imaging Holdings and its primary operating company Unisyn Medical Technologies, a national provider of technology-enabled products and services to the medical imaging industry. He remained a director of Medical Imaging Holdings and its remaining operating company Consensys Imaging Service until its acquisition in October 2017. Mr. Soinski served periodically as a Special Venture Partner from July 2008 to June 2013 and as a Special Investment Partner since October 2016 for Galen Partners, a leading healthcare-focused private equity firm. From 2001 until its acquisition by C.R. Bard in 2008, Mr. Soinski was President and CEO of Specialized Health Products International, a publicly-traded manufacturer and marketer of proprietary safety medical products. Earlier in his career, Mr. Soinski was President and CEO of ViroTex Corporation, a venture-backed pharmaceutical drug delivery company he sold to Atrix Laboratories in 1998.

Mr. Soinski served on the board of directors of Merriman Holdings, parent of Merriman Capital, a San Francisco-based investment banking and brokerage firm, from 2008 until March 2016. He holds a B.A. degree from Dartmouth College.
Himanshu N. Patel
Chief Technology Officer
Himanshu Patel has served as Chief Technology Officer of Avinger since its founding in 2007. Mr. Patel brings over 25 years of design experience developing medical devices, primarily for cardiovascular and peripheral artery disease treatment. He has extensive experience leading R&D and manufacturing operations across several companies, and has served as a named inventor in more than 25 medical device patents. Mr. Patel founded Avinger in 2007, leading the company in the rapid development of new products that address specific unmet clinical needs in the treatment of peripheral artery disease. He spearheaded engineering efforts of the current platform of image-guided (“Lumivascular”) interventional devices at Avinger, and has played a central role in the development of products that have generated over $1 billion in shareholder value over the course of his career. Prior to Avinger, Mr. Patel led R&D activities as the Director of Advanced Technologies at FoxHollow, and spearheaded the engineering efforts of a $180 million revenue product. His other experience includes designing and developing shape memory alloy stents and multi-component stent-graft devices at EndoTex Interventional Systems, and improving the manufacturing processes of medical devices at General Surgical Innovations, amongst others. Mr. Patel has a proven track record of developing products that exceed customer expectations, with a focus on cost containment, speed to market, and manufacturability. Mr. Patel holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from M.S. University of Baroda, India, and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida.
Philip R. Preuss
Vice President of Strategy and Business Operations
As the Vice President of Marketing and Business Operations, Philip R. Preuss manages a cross-functional team responsible for product management, marketing communications, competitive intelligence, deal desk management, sales operations, HR, and legal. Over the past 10 years at Avinger and Sawtooth Labs (which merged with Avinger in 2009), Mr. Preuss has played a significant role in building the business and commercial operations of the company from pre-commercial stage through several product launches and an initial public offering. Following his MBA program and prior to Avinger, he worked in corporate development at FoxHollow Technologies, acquired by ev3, where he focused on internal strategic priorities and the exploration of external business opportunities. Between undergraduate and business school Mr. Preuss spent almost five years in New York City working in equity research, eventually working his way up to the Associate Director level at UBS. Mr. Preuss holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a BA from Stanford University.
Mark Weinswig
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Weinswig joined Avinger in June 2018 and brings extensive strategic and operational financial experience, including almost 20 years in financial leadership positions in private and publicly-traded technology companies. Mr. Weinswig previously served as the CFO of Emcore, One Workplace, and Aqua Metals. Earlier in his career, he held senior financial positions at Coherent and Oclaro. Mr. Weinswig began his career in public accounting at PricewaterhouseCoopers and worked at Morgan Stanley as an Equity Research Analyst. He has held both Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designations, and received an MBA from Santa Clara University and a BS in Accounting from Indiana University.
Thomas Lawson
Vice President, Clinical & Regulatory Affairs
Thom Lawson joined Avinger in October 2016 and serves as our Vice President of Clinical, Regulatory and Medical Affairs. After gaining a PhD in plant pathology from the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Lawson coordinated international preclinical and clinical studies at Cetus Corporation, then the 2nd largest biotech company in the US. Prior to joining Avinger, Dr. Lawson spent 25 years executing the preclinical, clinical and regulatory tasks for 8 different start-up medical device companies, involving over 80 studies in 13 different countries, and authoring over 50 regulatory filings for the commercialization of devices in 27 countries, including over thirty 510(k) submissions. To facilitate device promotion and education, he has provided first-drafts to physicians and researchers of over 140 abstracts and journal articles. An invited lecturer to professional society meetings and medical departments in the USA, Europe and Asia, he is the past editor-in-chief of the Journal of Vascular Access Devices and author of over 40 articles in both scientific and general audience journals in the fields of biology, pathology, and medical science.
Corey Gibbs
Vice President of Sales
As Vice President of Sales, Corey leads Avinger’s sales efforts and strategic partnerships. Mr. Gibbs joined Avinger with the launch of Lumivascular in 2013. His medical device career spans 16 Years in Medical Device Sales and Management covering a wide array of technologies with organizations such as Berchtold Corporation (now a division of Stryker), Intuitive Surgical and Karl STORZ Endoscopy. He holds a B.A degree from Louisiana State University along with a 2-year Varsity Letter in Football.
Jaafer Golzar, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Jaafer Golzar, MD, joined Avinger in July 2018 and serves as our Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Golzar is a practicing interventional cardiologist with Advocate Medical Group and a key opinion leader in the treatment of peripheral artery disease. He is the Director of Limb Salvage and Endovascular Intervention at Advocate Trinity Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Golzar is also a leading educator on interventional techniques and technologies and is the founder of the Chicago Endovascular Conference (CVC), an international-scale annual conference designed to address the educational needs of physicians treating patients with peripheral arterial and venous diseases. Prior to joining Avinger, Dr. Golzar was also Medical Director – Interventional Vascular for BTG International. He has participated in multiple clinical research trials, including studies of PAD treatment with atherectomy, drug-eluting balloons and stents and has authored numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals. As a recognized leader in the endovascular community, Dr. Golzar has received multiple accolades including the prestigious Pioneers in Performance - North America Award in 2014. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. Dr. Golzar has a B.S. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and an M.D. degree from the University of Arkansas College of Medicine.