Leadership Team

Kendall H. Lee, M.D, Ph.D.

President, Chairman of the Board and Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Lee serves as President, Chairman of the Board and Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Lee earned his B.A. in biology with a minor in philosophy (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Colorado at Denver. He attended Yale University Graduate School, where he received his Master of Philosophy, M.D. (Cum Laude) and Ph.D. in neurobiology. He completed an internship in internal medicine at the Hospital of St. Raphael, Yale University School of Medicine and a residency in neurology at Harvard Medical School. He furthered trained at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, completing an internship in general surgery and a residency and chief residency in neurosurgery.

In his clinical practice, Dr. Lee is an expert on neurological disorders, seeing patients with Parkinson’s disease, Tourette’s syndrome, dystonia, and other neurodegenerative diseases. His research focuses on developing deep brain stimulation for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, tremor, depression, obsessive- compulsive disorder and epilepsy. Dr. Lee is fascinated with the possibility of combining sophisticated electrophysiological and electrochemical recordings with miniaturized analytical elements (microprocessors) to augment or repair disrupted function of the brain. His team was awarded the Mayo Clinic Distinguished Team Science award in 2015. He was a Commander in the US Navy Reserve and in 2013 served a 6- month deployment in Germany, using his neurosurgery skills to treat soldiers wounded in the conflict in the Middle East.

In addition to his roles at NaviNetics, Dr. Lee is a consultant in the Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN Department of Neurologic Surgery with joint appointments in the Department of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He joined the staff of Mayo Clinic in 2006 and holds the academic rank of professor of neurosurgery and Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Lee is one of the co-founders of the Neural Engineering Laboratories and currently serves as Co-Director.

Kendall H. Lee, M.D, Ph.D.

President, Chairman of the Board and Chief Medical Officer

Kevin E. Bennet, MBA, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer

Kevin E. Bennet, MBA, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer

Dr. Bennet is a founding member of NaviNetics, Inc. where he serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer.

Dr. Bennet received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Master of Business Administration from Harvard and a Ph.D. from Deakin University. He has over 30 years of experience in technology development with organizations including W.R. Grace & Co., Exxon International and Amoco Chemicals. He has been a consultant to the National Institutes of Health and served on NIH site visit teams. He holds patents concerning semiconductor and optical technology has founded several technology-based companies.

Dr. Bennet joined the Mayo Clinic in 1990 with current and past appointments as Chair of Strategic Alliances, Vice Chair of   Information Technology Standards & Architecture Subcommittee, Clinical Practice Committee Equipment Subcommittee, Information Technology Coordinating Executive Committee, Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Medical/Industry Relations Committee as well as chair and membership in various workgroups and taskforces. He has also served as a reviewer of Mayo Clinic Proceedings and the NIH Small Business Innovation Research program.

He is also one of the founders of the Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN Neural Engineering Laboratories and currently serves as co-director.  He holds additional appointments as Administrator of the Mayo Clinic Division of Engineering, and Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery.

The Mayo Division of Engineering, which is comprised of 67 technical staff, collaboratively develops and applies new technology for clinical practice and research. Major development efforts include deep brain stimulation, wireless physiological monitoring and minimally invasive surgery.

Stephan J. Goerss

President Special Projects

Mr. Stephan Goerss oversees all operations  including staffing, infrastructure development, budgeting, and project planning. He has 40 years of experience in designing and fabricating neurosurgical devices and stereotactic instrumentation. He has been awarded three patents with two more pending.

From 1986 to 1997, Mr. Goerss was a founder of COMPASS International, a computer- assisted stereotactic and medical device company, and served as President.  He joined the Mayo Clinic in 1984 with the Department of Neurologic Surgery until 2016. During this time, he supported all computer- assisted neurosurgical procedures, trained neurosurgical residents in the use of this technology, and developed custom neurosurgical instruments and systems for the neurosurgical staff. He also became an Assistant Professor of the Mayo Medical School. He has authored and co-authored 51 peer reviewed papers and two book chapters. He joined the Neural Engineering Laboratories at the Mayo Clinic in 2016. During this tenure, he designed and developed a spinal stereotactic device, a relocatable porcine stereotactic headframe/stereotactic device, and the prototype version of the D1 Stereotactic System now being commercialized by NaviNetics.

Stephan J. Goerss

Stephan J. Goerss

President Special Projects

Seth D. Lewis

Seth D. Lewis

Chief of Engineering

Seth D. Lewis

Chief of Engineering

As Chief of Engineering, Mr. Lewis is responsible for directing and overseeing project planning and design and development activities surrounding stereotactic positioning systems and related neurosurgical devices.  He brings more than 18 years in medical device and electronic system design to NaviNetics.

Mr. Lewis’s experience and leadership have been focused on cross-functional design and manufacturing teams in both OEM and engineering consulting firms., primarily in the medical and semi- conductor industries.  His expertise includes system design, manufacture and field support, project management, product and process optimization. Mr. Lewis holds 5 patents and provides significant expertise in product commercialization and systems integrations.

Mr. Lewis’s scope of work ranges from development of wearable biofeedback devices to semiconductor inspection equipment.  He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Yoonbae Oh, Ph.D.

Director of Business Development

Dr. Oh serves as the Director of Business Development for NaviNetics.

As Director of Business Development, Dr. Oh engages with individual and corporate investors, industry leaders, customers and partners for the purpose of supporting current and future design and development projects at NaviNetics.

Dr. Oh holds a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and an M.S. in Neural Engineering from Hanyang University in Seoul Korea.  He completed his Ph.D. in Neural Engineering from the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Hanyang University. His PhD work involved developing novel neurochemical recording techniques to measure neurotransmitters in the brain, especially dopamine. He has a strong background in technologies in neural engineering  and has published a number of papers on these developments and basic mechanisms in neuroscience. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurologic Surgery and Assistant Professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Mayo Clinic.

Yoonbae Oh, Ph.D.

Director of Business Development

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