HeartVista is an early-stage medical device company based in Menlo Park, California that develops advanced and real-time Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) applications and development tools to aid in the diagnosis of cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death worldwide.
HeartVista achieves rapid and robust cardiovascular diagnoses through a highly integrated software suite that contains all of the MRI tools needed for a comprehensive cardiac examination. The HeartVista platform, RTHawk, provides an advanced MRI framework that rapidly acquires high-quality images. This results in short acquisition times, single breath-hold volumetric imaging, and instant image analysis.
HeartVista, Inc. came out of the Magnetic Resonance Systems Research Labratory (MRSRL) at Stanford University and is funded by Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards from the National Institute of Health (NIH) and by Khosla Ventures.
Our Leadership Team
Juan M. Santos, Ph.D. | Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Juan Santos, Ph.D., obtained his PhD in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University where he developed the real-time technology on which HeartVista’s products are based. Juan hold several patents and over 30 publications on real-time, cardiac and interventional MRI. Prior to HeartVista, he was a Consulting Assistant Professor at Stanford Electrical Engineering.
William R. Overall, Ph.D. | Founder and Chief Technology Officer
William Overall, Ph.D., has dedicated his career to developing innovative technologies for clinical cardiovascular diagnoses. He obtained his PhD in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University where he developed the sequence development technology on which HeartVista’s products are based. He holds multiple patents for MRI and cardiovascular technologies, including methods for acquiring high-quality angiograms without the use of contrast agents, and for an implantable device to detect acute cardiac ischemia. He was a fellow in the Biodesign program at Stanford University, a one year entrepreneurial program focusing on designing and building medical devices.
Bob S. Hu, M.D. | Founder and Chief Medical Officer
Bob Hu, M.D., is the director of cardiovascular imaging at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and a consulting professor in the Electrical Engineering department at Stanford University. He is a pioneer in cardiac MRI and a founding board member of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance.
Kevin Freedman | Director
Kevin Freedman is a board member at HeartVista. He is an operating partner at Khosla Ventures. Prior to working with Khosla Ventures, Kevin was the CEO of Quid, a leading SaaS business intelligence platform, which Fortune 500 companies from Intel and McKinsey to Samsung and Barclays, among others, utilize to better understand the web’s unstructured data. Prior to Quid, he was an early executive at Slide, where he built out the company’s business functions as they scaled to 150 million monthly users and ultimately drove the acquisition by Google (GOOG) as CFO.
Dwight G. Nishimura, Ph.D. | Scientific Advisor
Dwight Nishimura is Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at Stanford University, Co-Director of the Magnetic Resonance Systems Research Laboratory, and Fellow of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. Dr. Nishimura has been involved in cardiovascular imaging research for over thirty years, focusing on new data acquisition and processing methods for angiography and blood-flow measurement. He has also worked on developing MRI pulse sequences for fast volumetric cardiac imaging and high-resolution body imaging in the presence of motion.
John M. Pauly, Ph.D. | Scientific Advisor
John Pauly is Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at Stanford University, Co-Director of the Magnetic Resonance Systems Research Laboratory, Fellow of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Deputy Editor of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging. Dr. Pauly has focused on medical applications of MRI where real-time interactive imaging is important. Two examples are cardiac imaging, and the interactive guidance of interventional procedures. He also has specific interests in rapid methods for the excitation and acquisition of the MR signal, and the reconstruction of images from the data acquired using these approaches. He received the ISMRM Gold Medal in 2012 and has published over 150 journal articles and owns more than 50 US patents related to MRI.