Our Team

Co-developed by Mass General Hospital, MIT D-Lab, EPFL EssentialTech, and the US Air Force AFWERX, SurgiBox is led by a team of seasoned physicians, engineers, designers global surgery experts, logisticians, and entrepreneurs.


Debbie Lin Teodorescu

Debbie started Project SurgiBox while in medical school and is excited to take it to clinical impact. She is a Research Affiliate at MIT D-Lab and Clinical Fellow at Brown University (Lifespan Healthcare and VAMC-Providence). The inaugural graduate of the joint MD/MEng program between Harvard Medical School and BU College of Engineering, she helped launch the Harvard Medical Makerspace Initiative and co-directed the CCC Cambridge free clinic for women and refugees. She also continues to see patients at Rhode Island Hospital's Refugee Clinic program. She has received awards including the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition Sessler Award, AAUW Selected Professions Award, and the Gates Millennium Fellowship.



Mike Teodorescu

Mike was the first angel investor in Project SurgiBox and over time stepped into the main project management role for pushing SurgiBox forward. He is a doctoral candidate in the Strategy unit at HBS where he studies innovation and technology management, and a research affiliate of the US Patent and Trademark Office. Having grown up in the challenging but wonderful environment of immediate post-Soviet Romania, Mike is passionate about innovation that will make a difference. Prior to joining HBS, Mike worked on developing radiation therapy/radiosurgery technology, and as a software engineer at Microsoft on several major software products. He holds five patents; and has published extensively in both business and technology. He received a bachelors degree in computer science from Harvard.


Sashidhar Jonnalagedda

EssentialTech EPFL research affiliate, World Health Organization/ International Red Cross project consultant in African medical infrastructure, former EssentialMed energy research intern in Cameroon, former president of Ingénieurs du Monde. Sash speaks 5 languages: English, French, German, Hindi and Telugu. Sash has also worked with SMEs in Nigeria and India and has travelled to more than 35 countries.


David King, MD, FACS, LTC
Surgical director

Trauma surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), director of MGH Trauma Research Lab, Harvard Medical School (HMS) professor of surgery, lieutenant colonel in US Army/ Joint Special Operations Command.

Dan Frey
Technical Co-Advisor

MIT professor of mechanical engineering, faculty director of D-Lab, advisor for Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation, former codirector of experimental design research of International Design Center, expert in robust design, former US Navy officer

Robert Smalley
Chief Medical Officer

Rob is an MD candidate at Harvard Medical School. He is a prior US Air Force medical logistics officer, with experience running logistics in a war zone trauma center in Iraq and as a Pentagon staff officer. He is a distinguished graduate of the US Air Force Academy, Uniformed Services University Master of Health Policy valedictorian, and former military fellow at the RAND Corporation.

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Suzanne Van Wijck
Clinical R&D

Growing up in a family full of doctors, where the passion for caring for persons in the most
vulnerable moments of their lives was shared at the family dinner table, Suzanne van Wijck’s
determination to become a doctor started at a young age. As a medical student, she shared her
passion for medicine as an assistant teacher for anatomy and dissection classes. During a clinical
internship in pediatric orthopedics in South Africa, she started her pursuit of becoming a surgeon.
This is also where her research career started, wherein she aims to make healthcare more
accessible for everyone, wherever on the globe. In June 2018, she graduates as a medical doctor
at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. During her studies, Suzanne started working with
SurgiBox during a trauma surgery research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in
Boston. During this time, she helped taking the design to the next level with a pivotal step; bringing
the SurgiBox to work in the hands of surgeons. When she is not in the hospital, she loves to spend
her time running in the outdoors, which made her consistently belong to the top ten cross country
runners of the Netherlands for the past years.



Stephen Okajima
Chief Technology Officer

Stephen holds a M.S. in Medical Sciences and a B.S. in both Biomedical and Computer Engineering from Boston University. Having worked at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s Center for Advanced Orthopedic Studies for over five years, he has led projects involving biomechanics, robotics, imaging, and medical device design.Stephen hopes to leave a lasting impact on medicine through technological innovation.


Jessica Sullivan
VP Of Marketing & strategy

Jess is the Assistant Director of Research in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She oversees the research portfolio for Prof. David Bloom and a team of six researchers focused on quantifying the value of vaccination, analyzing the economic impacts of aging populations and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and priority setting for global health through the use of multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) tools. Prior to working at Harvard, Jessica spent five years in Washington D.C. with Population Services International as the Special Assistant to the President, Global Security Manager, and an Associate Program Manager for programs in Zimbabwe and Madagascar. She has a Master of Public Health degree in Global Health Communication from The George Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from DePauw University.


Alex Luta
Business & Regulatory

Alex is an MD candidate at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Government from Georgetown in 2016. Alex is the former CEO of Innovo Consulting, a student-run consulting group for startups and nonprofits, and the founder & former Executive Director of SATCOHR (Students Applying Technology and Coding for Human Rights). Alex has received numerous awards and honors, such as First Place in the Inaugural AAAS Science and Human Rights Student Poster Competition, the Lisa J. Raines Fellowship, and the Telluride Academy for Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety Scholarship

Karien Meier
cLinical R&D

Karien is a Dutch medical graduate student, currently doing a research fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She has a Master of Science degree in Economic and Consumer Psychology from the University of Leiden. She is passionate about surgery, social psychology and creativity! Karien has experience with usability testing of products and she will help out in testing the safety and performance of the SurgiBox in simulation settings.

Keith Gagnon
Design and Development

Keith is an MD/PhD (biomedical engineering) student at Boston University School of Medicine. He graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2015 with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, during which time he worked on medical devices for developing settings such as prosthetic design.

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Dan Brown

Dan is a senior doctoral candidate in Management at Harvard Business School and a Certified Public Accountant.  Before pursuing his doctorate, Dan worked for PwC's Capital Markets and Accounting Advisory team and for the Governmental Accounting Standards Board after graduating from Babson College with a MS in Accounting and BS in Business Administration with concentrations in Accounting and Economics.