Dr. Lishan Aklog is a heart surgeon and medical device entrepreneur who fled political violence in Ethiopia as a young teenager and currently resides with his family in Purchase, New York. Dr. Aklog serves as Chairman & CEO of PAVmed Inc. (Nasdaq: PAVM), a multi-product medical device company which he co-founded in 2014 based on a portfolio of five of his own inventions. He also serves as Executive Chairman of two privately held medical diagnostics subsidiaries he co-founded – Lucid Diagnostics Inc. and Solys Diagnostics Inc.. He previously co-founded Pavilion Holdings Group LLC which created four medical device companies including venture-backed Vortex Medical which developed and commercialized his life-saving invention AngioVac® and was sold in 2012 to Angiodynamics (Nasdaq: ANGO).
Prior to transitioning to a career as an entrepreneur in the life sciences industry, he had a distinguished academic and clinical career as a technological innovator in cardiac surgery serving on the faculty of leading institutions including Harvard Medical School and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Aklog received his AB from Harvard College, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude in Physics and his MD, cum laude, from Harvard Medical School. He completed his surgical training at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital, Harefield Hospital, London and L’Hôpital Broussais, Paris.
Dr. Aklog has been active in philanthropic activities as well as national and political fundraising, including serving on Barack Obama’s National Finance Committee in 2008. He and his wife Maria Goreth Fidalgo are long-standing active supporters of Human Rights Watch. They have both served on the New York Committee since 2013 and they co-chaired the 2019 New York Voices for Justice Annual Dinner. Dr. Aklog has served on the NY Executive Committee since 2015 and joined the HRW Board in 2019. Their daughter Sofia graduated from Amherst College and is pursuing her graduate education in Film Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Their son Daniel is an undergraduate at Harvard College with plans to pursue a law degree.