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Exero Medical Adds Gastrointestinal Surgery Expert to Scientific Advisory Board

Exero MedicalExero Medical, developer of a wireless system for early detection of anastomotic leaks (AL) following gastrointestinal (GI) surgery, has announced the appointment of Dr. Deborah Nagle, Chief of the Colon and Rectal Division of Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University, to its scientific advisory board.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Nagle, whose vast experience both in GI surgery and the development of medical devices will be invaluable in the continued advancement of our AL detection system,” said Erez Shor, CEO of Exero Medical. “With her extensive inter-disciplinary experience, Dr. Nagle brings a unique point of view which combines the insight of a surgeon with the in-depth knowledge of a medical device industry expert, which will ultimately enable safer care of GI surgery patients.”

Nagle, certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, was previously the Medical Director for Ethicon where she played a pivotal role in the development of surgical products and innovation strategies in the care of patients with colorectal diseases. She has also been Chief of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where she introduced, developed and promoted the use of minimally invasive colorectal surgical techniques. Nagle was part of the team that developed the technique of single incision laparoscopic surgery and has been recognized in Boston with Best Doctors honors and nationally, receiving America’s Top Doctors for Cancer honors.

“Anastomotic leaks following GI surgery are a major cause for concern to surgeons as this life-threatening complication is quite common. With no effective way to monitor how a wound is healing internally, it is incredibly difficult to identify a complication before it becomes catastrophic,” said Nagle. “Exero’s system has the ability to provide surgeons with real-time actionable data to achieve optimal care for each patient and I am energized to work with the Exero Medical team to help address this important issue.”

Nagle is the third GI expert to be appointed to Exero’s Scientific Advisory Board in the past year, joining Professor Nir Wasserberg, Director of the Colorectal Division at Rabin Medical Center and the Chair of the Israeli Colorectal Society and Charles Knowles, Professor of Surgery at Queen Mary University of London and Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at Barts Health NHS Trust.



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