Advisory Board


Frank Pelosi, Jr., MD.

Frank Pelosi, Jr., MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. He is currently director of the Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship Program at the University of Michigan Health System. Originally from Galveston, Texas, Dr. Pelosi earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center––San Antonio, completed his internal medicine residency at Exempla St Joseph Hospital in Denver, Colorado; completed cardiovascular fellowship at Baylor University Medical Center and cardiac electrophysiology fellowship at the University of Michigan. He has been on faculty at the University of Michigan since 1999.

Dr. Pelosi has authored or coauthored over 200 manuscripts, abstracts and book chapters in national publications and has lectured and taught physicians throughout the country at national scientific meetings. He has served on national committees to establish standards in cardiac rhythm diseases and implantable cardiac devices. He is on the editorial board of the American Journal of Cardiology and has served as an advisor and consultant for several Fortune 500 biomedical companies. From his work at the University of Michigan, he is the cofounder and Chief Medical Officer of Avicenna Medical Systems, a medical software start-up whose products are used at the University of Michigan and several Veterans Administration locations throughout the United States.

Dr. Pelosi is most proud of his lovely and inspirational wife of 24 years and freely credits her for raising their three outstanding sons. Dr. Pelosi is a committed Christian, and his faith is a source of strength and inspiration in everything he does.

Martha Peterson Schatz, MD.
Colonel, United States Air Force, Retired

Pendaran, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Martha P. Schatz to the Pendaran Board of Advisors. Dr. Schatz brings with her the experience of 20 years in the USAF, most recently as Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology, Wilford Hall Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas. During her tenure with the United States Air Force, in addition to her extensive medical practice, she served as Program Director of the Transitional Internship and Director of Continuing Medical Education. Dr. Schatz and her team were part of a successful large scale organizational change involving the merger of the Army and Air Force hospitals in San Antonio.

Dr. Schatz and her team have traveled extensively through Central and South America on humanitarian ophthalmic surgical missions. She has served as a Consultant to the USAF Surgeon General in Ophthalmology. She has published extensively and is regarded as one of the nation’s leading neuro- ophthalmologists. Presently, Dr. Schatz holds the position of Assistant Professor of Surgery and Chief, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Dr. Schatz will be advising Pendaran on the development and implementation of the Virtual Healthcare curriculum.

Babak Nivi
founder of Venture Hacks

Babak Nivi's work in venture capital includes serving as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Bessemer Venture Partners and Atlas Venture. He was also an Associate at Seed Capital Partners.

His work in startups includes serving as a Vice President at Songbird and an Advisor to startups including Grockit, Songbird, and Newroo.

He has S.B., M. Eng., and Ph.D. dropout degrees from MIT, where he co-invented the technology for Kovio. He has two patents and has published a paper in Science. He was also a NSF Graduate Research Fellow at the MIT Media Lab.

Farbood Nivi
Founder and CEO of Grockit

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