EnteroMedics (ETRM) Appoints New Medical Chief

April 6, 2015 10:23 AM EDT
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EnteroMedics (NASDAQ: ETRM) announced that Scott A. Shikora, MD, FACS has been named Executive Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer of EnteroMedics, effective June 1, 2015. In this role, he will lead the Company's medical affairs, clinical and regulatory functions. Dr. Shikora previously served as EnteroMedics' Consulting Chief Medical Officer. The Company also announced today that Tonya Dowd, MPH, has joined EnteroMedics as Vice President of Reimbursement, effective April 4, 2015.

"Dr. Shikora brings extensive experience in bariatric and metabolic surgery, as well as neuromodulation and clinical development expertise that will be invaluable to our clinical, research and commercial development of vBloc Therapy," said Mark B. Knudson, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer of EnteroMedics Inc. "We are delighted to welcome someone with Scott's skill, reputation and acumen to the executive leadership team as we continue to execute our ongoing clinical and commercial strategies."

"vBloc Therapy is a game-changing obesity treatment that offers physicians an effective and unique way to deliver meaningful and durable weight loss using the safest surgical device option available," said Scott A. Shikora, MD, FACS. "I am pleased to be formally joining EnteroMedics as we embark on realizing the full potential of this first of its kind therapy for both patients and payers."

Dr. Knudson added: "We are also pleased to welcome Tonya to EnteroMedics. She has been recognized as an accomplished leader in the health care reimbursement arena for over 20 years and we expect her contributions to the Company to be an integral part of building private and public reimbursement support for vBloc Therapy."

Dr. Shikora has over 20 years of experience in the field of obesity. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and the Director of the Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Prior to that, Scott worked at Tufts Medical Center in Boston for over 16 years, where he was the Director of the Weight and Wellness Center, and Chief of the divisions of Bariatric and General Surgery. He is a member of several medical societies and was active in leadership in the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition where he is a past president and former board member. He is past president of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and a former Executive Council member. Dr. Shikora is Editor-in-Chief of Obesity Surgery and an Associate Editor of the surgical journal Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. Dr. Shikora has authored numerous book chapters and journal publications and has made hundreds of presentations internationally on bariatric surgery, new technologies and nutrition support topics. He received his MD from the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and completed his surgical residency and Nutrition Support fellowship at New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston.

As Director of Reimbursement Policy and Market Access at Quorum Consulting, Ms. Dowd managed the Reimbursement Policy business unit and developed reimbursement and commercial strategies across Quorum's portfolio of clients in the molecular diagnostics, medical device and biopharma arenas. Prior to joining Quorum Consulting, Ms. Dowd spent nine years at Johnson & Johnson where her innovative reimbursement programs and creative health plan interactions contributed to the successful commercialization of new technologies for the general surgery, oncology, bariatric surgery, urology, gastroenterology, anesthesia, gynecology and otolaryngology franchises. Prior to her tenure at Johnson & Johnson, Ms. Dowd co-founded a reimbursement consulting company and worked for numerous medical device and pharmaceutical companies including Covance Healthcare Economics and Outcomes Research and National Data Corporation (NDC). Ms. Dowd holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in Health Policy and a Master of Public Health from the University of California Los Angeles.

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