Oleg SvanidzeChief Medical Officer
Oleg Svanidze, MD, PhD, is a seasoned medical device industry professional with background in clinical cardiac surgery and extensive experience in all aspects of clinical/medical affairs, R&D and business development. He joined Xeltis from Allergan, where he was senior medical director. Prior to Allergan, Svanidze held executive positions in several cardiovascular start-ups, including Arbor Surgical Technologies, 3F Therapeutics (now Medtronic), Computer Motion (now Intuitive Surgical) and Heartport (now Edwards Lifesciences). He has also consulted for many prominent medical device firms, including Edwards Lifesciences and Corevalve. Svanidze is a trained cardiac surgeon who has been in active clinical practice until joining the medical device industry in 1996. He performed the world's first closed-chest robotically assisted CABG procedure in 1999, and he holds several patents in the fields of minimally invasive heart valves and medical robotics.