Richard Vazquez - CEO/CMO
MD, FACSAssistant Clinical Professor of Surgery Emeritus at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University, is a general surgeon, and serial entrepreneur. Dr. Vazquez practiced general surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois for 38 years. Dr. Vazquez is the creator of the SafeStart surgical safety and efficiency and software mobile application suite and is the CMO/CEO/founder of SafeStart Medical, Inc. Dr. Vazquez frequently lectures on surgical safety and holds certifications by the ARDMS (RVT, RPVI) for vascular ultrasound. He is a member at MATTER Chicago HIT incubator. He acted as the Director of medical affairs at Soft Tissue Sciences/PSD (PolyPro® Hydrocoat Hernia Mesh). Dr. Vazquez sits on the advisory boards of several HIT startups including TapCloud, LLC, Mondopoint, LLC., and Valhalla HealthCare. He continues to consult with Surgical Innovation Assoicates and Innoblative in Chicago. He is currently the Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Medical Informatics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and he participates as a team mentor in the Masters of Science in Law Program at the Pritzger Shool of Law.