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The Lumis Team

The Lumis team brings decades of technology innovation experience and healthcare solutions knowledge.

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Nehal Bhojak
Nehal Bhojak
President & CEO

Nehal Bhojak has been an early investor, EIR, and board member at Lumis since its inception in 2017 and brings over 20 years of experience in early-stage investment, new venture creation, technology commercialization and corporate innovation to the company.

Prior to joining Lumis, she ran Silicon Valley -based OneValley's innovation center in Pittsburgh. She continues to be engaged with the group as Senior Advisor, assisting them with strategic ecosystem development activities. She is also Adjunct Faculty at the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering teaching Medical Product Entrepreneurship.

From 2017 to 2021, she was the Managing Director of Pittsburgh CREATES, an industry facing innovation center at the intersection of UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh that helped established and emerging medical device companies build, validate, and commercialize the next generation of their technologies. From 2003 through 2017, Nehal was part of the leadership team at Idea Foundry, a technology - based economic development and investment organization. As its Director of Innovation, she led the creation, growth and operational management of their Healthcare & Life Sciences Accelerator and Investment programs where she was EIR to 177 new ventures across diverse industry verticals that cumulatively raised $435M in follow-on capital, generated $300M in revenue and led to acquisitions by Fortune 500 companies. In her role as EIR, she worked closely with the management teams of emerging companies to help them address critical business needs including product strategy, sales, marketing, fundraising and strategic planning. She was also responsible for managing Idea Foundry's university and corporate partnering initiatives.

Nehal has deep roots in Pittsburgh's innovation ecosystem and is on the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association and advisor to several start-ups. She has held positions as Senior Consulting Engineer at i2 Technologies, Dallas and Whittman-Hart, Chicago in the areas of management consulting, optimization, supply chain management and product strategy.

Nehal holds a Master's degree from the Heinz College of Public Policy & Management at Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Science degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

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Doug Nelson
Doug Nelson
Co-Founder, Vice-President & CTO
Doug has 10+ years of experience in simulator R&D and led development of Lumis's core technology during his time at Pitt. Doug received his PhD in Bioengineering from Pitt and has significant experience in Robotics and Intelligent Systems from Carnegie Mellon University. He led usability testing of innovative healthcare simulators at multiple institutions prior to starting Lumis.
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Alexandra Gales
Alexandra Gales
Software Developer

Upon graduation from University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Psychology, Alexandra worked in mental health services for eight years. During this time, she repeatedly saw instances where her clients struggled to navigate the healthcare system or receive adequate care. Craving a way to differently effect change, she decided to pursue training as a full stack software developer and has been happily sharing Lumis Corp's mission to create better training systems and improve patient care ever since.

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Ryan Torbic
Ryan Torbic
Junior Software Developer

When Ryan was first introduced to Lumis's work, his immediate reaction was a wish that he had access to similar resources during his time as a student. He began work with Lumis as an intern, and after graduating with degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics, he transitioned into a software developer role and has been working with Lumis to provide students with accessible healthcare simulation ever since.

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Brittnee Yutzy
Brittnee Yutzy
Business Development Associate

Brittnee graduated from Duquesne University in May of 2021 with her BA in Marketing and minors in Legal Studies and International Business.

During her time at Duquesne she held board positions within multiple organizations and spent a lot of time marketing for different brands and organizations. She served as the Vice President of the Duquesne Hockey team where she was the first female on the board and also implemented an internship program. While studying as a full time student Brittnee also worked multiple jobs and helped in Marketing and Business Development for her family's company, Warner Design & Build.

Following her graduation Brittnee began working as an Insurance Marketing Intern before joining the Lumis team.

She is currently pursuing a Professional MBA and Entrepreneurship Certificate at Duquesne and independently working towards becoming a licensed real estate agent.

Clinical Thought Leaders

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Michael Spooner, MD
Michael Spooner, MD
FACC, Mercy One

CAPT(ret) Michael Spooner, MD, FACC, Mercy One, currently serves as an At-Large Member of the SSH Board of Directors and previously he served as Co-Chair for the 2021 IMSH Delivers Annual Meeting.  He has been involved in simulation education for over 15 years, and as a member of the SSIH for 8 years.  Professionally, he is a staff Electrophysiologist, Invasive Cardiologist, and member of the Fellowship Faculty at the Mason City Clinic in Mason City, Iowa where he continues to lead simulation activities for residents and fellows.  Prior to retirement from the U.S. Navy in 2020, Spooner served as Director of the Healthcare Simulation and Bioskills Training Center at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia.  In his military capacity, he was instrumental in coordinating and expanding the Navy's involvement in a broad range of real-time high fidelity medical simulation events for predeployment trauma on U.S. Naval warships, obstetrics, Code-Blue training, and primary care skills training through several novel training curricula for physicians, nurses, and corpsmen.  His programs continue to directly support Graduate Medical Education (GME), and patient safety and skills sustainment initiatives. As a board-certified and practicing electrophysiologist and invasive cardiologist, Spooner’s professional interests and contributions vary from analyzing rare cardiac electrical abnormalities, developing and studying simulation skills curriculum for independent practitioners, and improving education in heart rhythm monitoring and surveillance.  He is a Fellow of the SSIH, past Chair of the Directors for Simulation Centers Special Interest Group, and current member of the SSH Finance and Audit Committee.  He also serves as the Co-Chair of the American College of Cardiology's Simulation Work Group and is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the Heart Rhythm Society. 

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Charles Lin, MD
Charles Lin, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, UPMC

Charles Lin, MD, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, UPMC, is an academic anesthesiologist with over 10 years of experience teaching anesthesia trainees. He is fellowship-trained in acute pain management and regional anesthesia including performing nerve blocks. Lin received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University and his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his residency and fellowship training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

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Gerhardt Konig, MD
Gerhardt Konig, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Bioengineering, UPMC

Gerhardt Konig, MD, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Bioengineering, UPMC, completed his undergraduate studies in Bioengineering at the University of California at San Diego, and completed medical school and residency in Anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC. He is an attending anesthesiologist at UPMC and is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh.

Konig’s current research, clinical, and academic interests include remote monitoring systems and clinical dashboards, clinical education, autonomous control of fluid and blood product administration, and perioperative sensors, devices, technology, and innovation.

He is a member of several professional societies and organizations focused on anesthesiology and technology and is a reviewer for multiple peer-reviewed publications.