Founders | Medical Advisory Board
S. George Lesinski, M.D., Chairman of the Board has 35 years of experience as a board certified ENT surgeon in Otology/NeuroOtology clinical practice. He has successfully reconstructed the hearing in over 4,000 patients. This experience provided his inspiration to design Krescendo and to create the several inventions required to make Krescendo work and to facilitate the implant surgery. Dr. Lesinski has served on two national Academy Advisory Committees: the Laser Committee and the Implantable Hearing Device committee. He has been honored with two national research awards: the American Academy of Otolaryngology Basic Science Award and the American Triologic Clinical Research Award. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery. He earned his M.D. from the University of Michigan College of Medicine.
Armand Neukermans, Ph.D., Technology Advisor to the Board, has over 40 years of experience in the fields of electrical and mechanical engineering. He was the founder, chairman and chief technology officer of Xros, Inc., a telecommunications pioneer in optical switching systems that was acquired by Nortel Networks in 2000. Dr. Neukermans is the inventor or co-inventor on 55 patents, with an additional 25 patents pending. He was named “Inventor of the Year “in 2001 by the Silicon Valley Patent Lawyers Association. Dr. Neukermans holds an Engineer's Degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from Louvain University (Belgium), a MSEE from Arizona State University and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University.
Andrew G. Raguskus,
President and CEO, has over 40 years of experience in delivering high tech products to market, 18 of them in the hearing device industry. He was the Sr. VP of Operations at ReSound Corporation in the 1990’s and served Sonic Innovations as President and CEO from 1996 to 2005, where he led the company to become one of the medical device industry’s entrepreneurial success stories. Mr. Raguskus was named “Utah Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2001 by Ernst & Young, CNN, USA Today, and NASDAQ. He began his career designing satellites as a U.S. Air Force officer and was part of the design team for the original CT scanner at General Electric Medical Systems. Mr. Raguskus earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
S. George Lesinski, MD - Founder, OtoKinetics
Derald Brackmann, MD
USC Professor & President, House Ear Clinic, LA
Past Pres. American Academy of Otolaryngology, American Otologic Society,
& American Neurotolocic Society
Thomas Lenarz, MD, PhD
Medical University of Hannover, Germany
Professor and Chairman, Department of Otolaryngology
Richard Miyamoto, MD
Indiana Univ. Chair of Otolaryngology
& Past Pres. of the American Academy of Otolaryngology
Herb Silverstein, MD
President of the Silverstein Institute, Florida
Ravi Samy, MD
Univ. of Cincinnati, Directory of Otology
Thomas Linder, MD
Zurich University, Professor of Otolaryngology
Jack Kartush, MD
Pres. & Director of the Michigan Ear Institute Past pres. of American Neurotology Society
Robert Vincent, MD
Director of Causse Ear Institute, Bezier, France, the largest otology center in France.
Mr. D.A. Moffatt, MD, BSc, FRCS
Professor and Director of Otolaryngology, Cambridge University Hospital, Cambridge, England.