The New Way of Seeing
We Are Proprio

Our vision is to move the healthcare industry into a future where the next great computational innovation occurs in the field of medicine. We believe every human being has a right to world class medical care. We're working hard to make that dream a reality.

Leadership

Board of directors

Technical advisors

Medical advisors

Gabriel Jones, MBA

Co-founder, CEO

Gabriel Jones is the CEO of Proprio, which he co-founded in 2016 with Seattle Childrens Hospital’s Dr. Samuel Browd, University of Washington Professor Joshua Smith, and James Youngquist. The trio set out to create a system that makes surgeons more precise and exponentially increases surgical accuracy and efficiency.

Jones is a well-known and experienced technology leader with a passion for helping others and bringing innovation to life. Jones has more than a decade of leadership experience in emerging technology and intellectual property law, with specific expertise in AI and healthcare. He began his career in international trade in Japan and Washington, DC, and worked in large-scale mergers and acquisitions on Wall Street. Prior to joining Proprio, Jones helped clients like Bill Gates and the leadership of Microsoft evaluate technologies while working with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on global initiatives in health and technology. Seeking to create a more direct, positive societal impact, his work led him to technology ventures. He has assisted several successful startups on their commercialization path, from biotech and med tech, to AI and prop tech. Gabe has held seats on several boards including the Washington Biotech and Biomedical Association and the Group Health Foundation through its acquisition by Kaiser.

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Samuel Browd, MD, PhD

Co-founder, Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Browd sought to leverage the emerging technologies of robotics, AR/VR, and AI to revolutionize the way surgeons navigate the anatomy and dramatically improve outcomes. Proprio was formed to use technology and data to provide a fundamental advancement in patient care.

Dr. Browd’s collaboration with Professor Smith of the Sensor Systems Lab at the University of Washington led to the creation of the light field imaging solutions at the heart of Proprio.

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James Youngquist, MSc

Co-Founder, Head of Research and Development

Jim Youngquist has developed solutions in computer vision and robotics throughout his career. His work focuses on digitizing biological systems for machine understanding and enhancing human capabilities, particularly in high-tech solutions for safety-critical endeavors helping prevent loss of life.

As a PhD student at the University of Washington Sensor Systems Lab, Jim collaborated with computer scientists and electrical engineers on projects ranging from augmented reality to robotics to low power embedded computation. That work led him to build the early technology pipeline for Proprio. Since 2016 he has led the development of Proprio’s light field capture and render system from inception to deployable systems. He previously was the lead software architect at robotics startup Wibotic (co-founded by Dr. Josh Smith), for which he won the UW CSE Outstanding Engineer Award in 2015. Jim also has experience with advanced systems at Google and Intel. Jim was an Arabic translator in the Air Force in direct support of U.S. troops, and also speaks German.

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Shannon Eubanks

VP Regulatory and Hardware Engineering

Shannon brings 22 years of medical device experience in both early stage companies and large corporations. In her 24 year career she has been responsible for new product development, product manufacturing and quality systems and has led teams along the full spectrum of the development lifecycle in a wide variety of clinical applications.

Prior to joining Proprio she served as VP, Device Development for L'Oreal, VP of Engineering and Operations for an early stage start-up, Aortica Corporation and over a decade at Pathway Medical last acting as Director of Engineering. In her role at Pathway Medical she was a key part of the leadership team successfully transitioning the technology to Bayer Healthcare. Shannon holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University.

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Rama Pailoor

VP - Software Engineering

Rama has over 35 years of experience in software engineering, signal and image processing. Prior to joining Proprio he held senior leadership positions at FUJIFILM SonoSite and EchoNous. He is a named inventor in 8 patents. Rama holds a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Karnataka and studied Medical Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle.

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Amish Patel

VP Product

Amish has vast experience taking hybrid hardware and software products to market. He has a background of incubating new concepts by utilizing a mixed-engineering and design approach to product design and execution to market. Prior to joining Proprio he served as VP of Technology for VICIS Inc., Co-founder and CPO of a venture backed consumer-med device startup Katalyst Inc., and served a decade at Microsoft last acting as the Director of Experience Engineering and Design for Microsoft’s Personal Devices Group and Health platform. Amish is a proud Canadian, holding Honors degrees in both Computer Science and Financial Economics from the University of Toronto.

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Tony Titus

VP, Marketing and Business Development

Tony has over 22 years' experience building and leading sales, marketing, and corporate development teams at companies ranging from pre-market to over $30B in revenue. Tony has held senior leadership roles at Covidien, Medtronic, Masimo, and Cardiac Science. He has deep medical technology experience and has grown commercialization teams from zero to over 70 employees.

Tony has participated in successful business exits including one IPO and three acquisitions. He has expertise in complex contract negotiations ranging from intellectual property licensing to mergers and acquisitions. Tony holds a BA in Marketing from Western Washington University and an MBA in finance and operations from Cornell University.

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Board of directors

Gabriel Jones, MBA

Co-founder, CEO

Gabriel Jones is the CEO of Proprio, which he co-founded in 2016 with Seattle Childrens Hospital’s Dr. Samuel Browd, University of Washington Professor Joshua Smith, and James Youngquist. The trio set out to create a system that makes surgeons more precise and exponentially increases surgical accuracy and efficiency.

Jones is a well-known and experienced technology leader with a passion for helping others and bringing innovation to life. Jones has more than a decade of leadership experience in emerging technology and intellectual property law, with specific expertise in AI and healthcare. He began his career in international trade in Japan and Washington, DC, and worked in large-scale mergers and acquisitions on Wall Street. Prior to joining Proprio, Jones helped clients like Bill Gates and the leadership of Microsoft evaluate technologies while working with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on global initiatives in health and technology. Seeking to create a more direct, positive societal impact, his work led him to technology ventures. He has assisted several successful startups on their commercialization path, from biotech and med tech, to AI and prop tech. Gabe has held seats on several boards including the Washington Biotech and Biomedical Association and the Group Health Foundation through its acquisition by Kaiser.

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Samuel Browd, MD, PhD

Co-founder, Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Browd sought to leverage the emerging technologies of robotics, AR/VR, and AI to revolutionize the way surgeons navigate the anatomy and dramatically improve outcomes. Proprio was formed to use technology and data to provide a fundamental advancement in patient care.

Dr. Browd’s collaboration with Professor Smith of the Sensor Systems Lab at the University of Washington led to the creation of the light field imaging solutions at the heart of Proprio.

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Kenneth Denman

Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board

Ken Denman is a vastly experienced technology CEO with executive, strategic and operational experience across software, artificial intelligence, wireless and enterprise applications. Most recently he was President and CEO of Emotient, an innovative venture-backed software startup that built an artificial intelligence-based platform for measuring facial expressions to predict emotions.

Emotient was acquired by Apple in 2016. Ken has also been CEO of two Silicon Valley public software companies, including Openwave (since re-named Unwired Planet) where he directed this NASDAQ listed mobile middleware technology company through a major strategy transition. At iPass, Ken was Chairman and CEO and led a successful IPO in 2003. He has also served as Senior Vice President for MediaOne, leading a significant portion of the cable operator’s US operations. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer, Wireless, for MediaOne in London. Ken sits on the boards of Costco, Motorola, and the University of Washington Foundation. He is an advisory board member of the UW Foster School of Business.

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Armen Vidian

Board Member

Armen brings the perspective of an entrepreneur and startup co-founder, a product marketer at Fortune 500 healthcare companies, and an investor to DCVC. He leverages these diverse experiences to guide DCVC portfolio companies in their growth, focusing specifically on those in healthcare and biotech. Armen’s operational experience spans across medical devices, pharmaceuticals, insurance, and computer-driven startups in healthcare.

Early in his career, he developed an online pharmacy for one of the first patient health record companies. He then spent several years in product management and early market development for first-in-class technologies at Guidant, Edwards Lifesciences, and Evalve (acquired by Abbott Laboratories). After Abbott, he co-founded DCVC company BlueTalon, which was initially focused on enterprise data security for data-driven clinical trial design and population health management. In addition to his operating role, Armen also leverages his unique cross-industry experience in technology and healthcare to identify new high potential startups for investment at the intersection of deep computing/Big Data and the life sciences. Armen received a M.S. in Management Science from Stanford University and a S.B. in Biomechanical Engineering and a Minor in French from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Teymour Boutros-Ghali, MFin, PhD

Board Member

Founder of several successful technology companies, Teymour brings more than 30 years of investment experience to Proprio. He is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of BOLD Capital Partners (an early stage and growth technology venture fund) and was previously General Partner of Monitor Ventures (an early stage venture fund), and Vice President of Time Inc. Ventures (Time Inc.’s corporate venture fund).

A graduate of Cambridge University in electrical engineering, he holds a PhD in plasma physics and a master’s degree in finance from MIT. Teymour has a deep interest in disruptive technologies, digital health, synthetic biology, and Internet of Things, and has lectured on entrepreneurship at UCLA.

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Alan Levy

Board Member

Dr. Levy brings more than 40 years of senior operational leadership and entrepreneurial experience in the medical device industry to Proprio’s Board of Directors. Most recently Dr. Levy served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board at Chrono Therapeutics. Additionally, he was a Senior Advisor and Venture Partner at Frazier Healthcare Partners, a top venture capital firm, focusing on the Life Science sector.

Dr. Levy's notable previous leadership experiences include serving as the founding Chief Executive Officer at Incline Therapeutics, acquired by The Medicines Company for $390 million, Chief Executive Officer and President at Northstar Neuroscience, which raised $112 million in their IPO, Chief Executive Officer and President at Heartstream, acquired by Hewlett-Packard for $140 million, and President at Heart Technology, acquired by Boston Scientific for $500 million. In addition, he held several leadership positions at Ethicon, a division of Johnson & Johnson, including Vice President of Research and New Business Development and Director. Dr. Levy serves as a board member at several public and private companies including Intuitive Surgical, Proteus Digital Health, and Bardy Diagnostics. He received his PhD in organic chemistry from Purdue University, a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from City University of New York, and holds an honorary doctor of science from Purdue University.

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Advisors

Samuel Browd, MD, PhD

Co-founder, Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Browd sought to leverage the emerging technologies of robotics, AR/VR, and AI to revolutionize the way surgeons navigate the anatomy and dramatically improve outcomes. Proprio was formed to use technology and data to provide a fundamental advancement in patient care.

Dr. Browd’s collaboration with Professor Smith of the Sensor Systems Lab at the University of Washington led to the creation of the light field imaging solutions at the heart of Proprio.

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Dr. Sigurd Berven

Advisor

Dr. Berven received his doctorate in medicine from Harvard Medical School and spent his residency in the Harvard Combined Orthopedic Program. Since 2000, he has been a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of California San Francisco and serves as the Chief of the Spine Service and Director of the Spine Surgical Home Program.

Dr. Berven serves on the Board of Directors of the Scoliosis Research Society, the Evaluation Committee of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, the executive committee of the US Bone and Joint Decade Initiative, and he has been Chairman of the Value Council of the North American Spine Society.

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Dr. Charles Fisher

Advisor

Dr. Fisher received his Doctor of Medicine from Dalhousie University Medical School in Nova Scotia and completed his residency and MPH at the University of British Columbia. He is currently the Professor and Head of the Combined Neurosurgical & Orthopedic Spine Program at Vancouver General Hospital and the University of British Columbia.

He is the Committee Chair for the Canadian Spine Outcomes and Research Network (CSORN) and is the former Chairman of the AO Knowledge Forum, Tumour and is the Chair elect of the AO Spine International Research Commission. In 2013 and 2016, Dr. Fisher was honored as one of the top 28 spine surgeons in North America and in 2019 was awarded the North American Spine Society’s Leon Wiltse Award. He previously served as the President of the Canadian Spine Society.

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Dr. Ziya Gokaslan

Advisor

Dr. Ziya Gokaslan earned his medical degree from the University of Istanbul in Turkey. He joined the faculty at UT MD Anderson Cancer where he later established the Spinal Oncology Program and became its first Director and Deputy Chair in the Department of Neurosurgery.

Dr. Gokaslan was then recruited to the Department ofNeurosurgery at Johns Hopkins as the Donlin M. Long Professor, Professor of Neurosurgery, Orthopaedic Surgery and Oncology and Vice-Chair and Director of the Spinal Surgery Program where he served on the faculty for 13 years and established one of the most respected academic spine programs before joining The Warren Alpert School of Brown University.He is a recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the Leon Wiltse Award to recognize his excellence in leadership and clinical research in spine care by the North American Spine Society (NASS), and is also an active member of many professional societies including the American Academy of Neurosurgeons, the World Academy of Neurosurgeons, and the Society of Neurological Surgeons. He also served as Chairman of the AANS/CNS Joint Sectionon Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves.

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Advisors

Michael Levitt, MD

Director of Clinical Operations

Dr. Michael Levitt is a fellowship-trained cerebrovascular neurosurgeon with a robust clinical practice and joint appointments in the University of Washington departments of Neurological Surgery and Radiology. He also holds an appointment at the University of Washington as adjunct faculty in the department of Mechanical Engineering.

As an investigator on multiple institutional, industry and NIH-funded grants, he has helped pioneer a translational approach to incorporating patient-specific imaging and physiological data into computer simulations of aneurysm hemodynamics, and has developed novel techniques for intraprocedural neuronavigation using preoperative imaging such as CT and MRI. As the Director of Clinical Operations for Proprio, he supports the scientific pathway between engineering research and direct patient care, overseeing the studies that will set the stage for clinical trials and commercialization.

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Tommy Carls

Advisor

Carls received his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Tulane University and his MBA from the University of Memphis. He most recently served as the Vice President of Research and Development at Medtronic Spine & Biologics where he was responsible for all engineering activities for the $2.8 Billion medical technology group.

Carls is currently an independent medical device industry consultant. He holds over 80 patents, has led global teams of more than 150 engineers, and is held in high regard by the top clinical and industry leaders in the global spine market.

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Dr. Rajiv Saigal

Advisor

Rajiv Saigal, M.D., Ph.D., M.Sc., is a physician at Harborview and a UW assistant professor of Neurological Surgery and an adjunct assistant professor of Bioengineering. Dr. Saigal specializes in spinal deformity, spinal tumors, minimally invasive techniques, spinal cord injury, and neurotrauma. He strives to create active partnerships with his patients to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Dr. Saigal earned his M.D. at Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts and his Ph.D. and M.Sc. at Harvard-MIT. He is the recipient of numerous awards for research, teaching and leadership, including the Boldrey Young Investigator Award, UCSF Neurosurgery Research and Rosegay awards, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Whitaker Graduate Research Fellowship and the Washington Spinal Cord Injury Consortium grant.

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Advisors

Joshua Smith, PhD

Co-founder, Chief Technology Officer

Josh Smith, PhD is the Milton and Delia Zeutschel Professor in Entrepreneurial Excellence at the University of Washington, where he leads the Sensor Systems Lab, jointly appointed in the Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering, and the department of Electrical Engineering.

Josh received his PhD with Neil Gershenfeld at the MIT Media Lab, where he did groundbreaking work in electrical field sensing that has yielded real-life applications in areas such as automotive passenger sensing in smart airbag systems. His work on electric field sensing has also influenced the multi-touch capacitive sensing products that have been incorporated in smart phones since the iPhone. Josh began his career as Chief Scientist at Escher Group, a startup born at MIT. Prior to joining the UW faculty, he worked as a Principal Engineer at Intel. At the University of Washington, Josh’s Sensor Systems Lab has spun out two other venture-backed companies: Jeeva Wireless and Wibotic. With Proprio, Josh is exploring a new angle on research themes that he has long engaged with, including novel camera systems, human pose tracking, image processing, and interpretation of complex sensor data—all of which apply to the challenges of estimating anatomical geometry from a light field array of images, for the greatest accuracy and real-time 3D visualization during surgery.

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Takeo Kanade, PhD

Advisor

Dr. Takeo Kanade is a computer scientist and one of the world's foremost researchers in computer vision. He is the U. A. and Helen Whitaker University Professor of Computer Science and Robotics and the director of Quality of Life Technology Engineering Research Center at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his Doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering from Kyoto University, Japan, in 1974. After holding a faculty position in the Department of Information Science, Kyoto University, he joined Carnegie Mellon University in 1980. He was the Director of the Robotics Institute from 1992 to 2001. He also founded the Digital Human Research Center in Tokyo and served as founding director.

Dr. Kanade works in multiple areas of robotics: computer vision, multi-media, manipulators, autonomous mobile robots, medical robotics and sensors. He has written more than 400 technical papers and reports in these areas, and holds more than 20 patents. He has been the principal investigator of more than a dozen major vision and robotics projects at Carnegie Mellon. Dr. Kanade’s other professional honors include: election to the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of ACM, and a Fellow of American Association of Artificial Intelligence; several awards including Kyoto Prize, the Benjamin Franklin Institute Medal and Bower Prize, C&C Award, Okawa Award, ACM/AAAI Allen Newell Award, Joseph Engelberger Award, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Pioneer Award, and ICCV Azriel Rosenfeld Lifetime Accomplishment Award.

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Dr. Ravi Ramamoorthi

Advisor

Dr. Ramamoorthi received his master’s degree in Physics and Computer Science at The California Institute of Technology and earned his PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University in 2002.

After six years in the Computer Science Department at Columbia University and five years as a faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley, he joined the University of California, San Diego as a professor in 2014. Dr. Ramamoorthi was awarded the SIGGRAPH Significant New Researcher Award in 2007, is an IEEE and ACM Fellow, and was named to the SIGGRAPH Academy in 2019.

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Desney Tan, PhD

Advisor

Desney Tan is a seasoned technology executive who has built and run multidisciplinary global innovation teams, spanning research, product incubation, and development, as well as new business growth – leveraging expertise in applied machine learning, artificial intelligence, and human-computer interaction to make impact in areas such as autonomous navigation, entertainment and consumer products, as well as health and life sciences. Desney is currently the General Manager of Microsoft Healthcare, where he created and directs Microsoft’s clinical productivity, medical device, and life science programs.

During his 15 years at Microsoft, Desney has shipped his work in various versions of Windows and Office, the Microsoft Handwriting Recognition Engine and Tablet Input Panel, Xbox Kinect, and the Microsoft Band. Desney also holds an affiliate faculty appointment in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. Desney earned a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Notre Dame, spent a couple of years in the Singapore Armed Forces, and subsequently earned his PhD in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University. Desney was honored as one of MIT Technology Review’s “2007 Young Innovators Under 35” for his work on brain-computer interfaces and a 2012 Kavli Fellow by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He was named one of SciFi Channel’s “Young Visionaries” at TED 2009, as well as Forbes’ “Revolutionaries: Radical Thinkers and their World-Changing Ideas,” for work on Whole Body Computing. Desney has over 100 peer-reviewed publications, more than 80 granted patents, with a similar number pending, and has personally invested in more than 80 early stage startup companies.

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