Before entering college, Charles was an Olympic Athlete at age 18. He competed in the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympic Games. Charles traveled the world as a member of Team USA, representing the sport of Ice Dancing. With his partner, Jessica Joseph, they became the first American team to win the gold medal in the World Junior Championships. Since then, he participates in Olympic sponsored projects with the Special Olympics and Ronald McDonald House.
Charles believes in charity. He made it possible for doctors to give free time to patients using VideoMedicine’s Patent Pending Billing Reconciliation system. Charles has organized numerous fundraisers and volunteered at free clinics to provide free medical care to those in need. Over the years, CBS This Morning, USA Today, ESPN, NBC, Sirius XM Doctor Radio and Paramount Motion Pictures have featured Charles as an athlete, doctor, and innovator.
Prior to Vesalius Ventures, Dr. Harris was at NASA for ten years, where he conducted research in musculoskeletal physiology and disuse osteoporosis. Later, as Head of the Exercise Countermeasure Project, he conducted clinical investigations of space adaptation and developed in-flight medical devices to extend Astronaut stays in space, which involved the use of telemetry. A veteran astronaut for over eighteen years, he has logged more than 438 hours and traveled over 7.2 million miles in space. On his second flight, Dr.Harris conducted the first telemedicine conference from space with the Mayo Clinic and became the “First African American to walk in Space”.
Dr. Harris served as Vice President and Chief Scientist of SPACEHAB, Inc., an innovative space commercialization company where he directed the company’s space science business. There he was involved in business development and marketing of the company’s space-based products and services. Dr. Harris’ focus was the enhancement of medical devices for use in remote environments. Later, he served as Vice President of Business Development for Space Media, Inc., an Informatics company, establishing an e-commerce initiative.
Currently, he is on the Board for the Houston Angel Network, Medical Informatics, Technology and Applications Center,Houston Technology Center, BioHouston, the National Math and Science Initiative and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, Board of Scientific Counselors. In addition, he was a Senior Consultant for NASA Aerospace Safety Panel, Member of the NASA Biological and Physical Sciences Committee, Council for the NIH National Institute for Deafness and Communications Disorders and committee for the National Academies Institute of Medicine.
He holds several faculty appointments including, Associate Professor in Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch and Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine. Additionally, he is the author and co-author of numerous scientific publications. Dr. Harris is also the founder and president of the Harris Foundation, which supports math and science education and crime prevention programs for America’s youth.
Dr. Harris earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Houston, a Master of Medical Science from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Houston and a Doctorate of Medicine from Texas Tech University School of Medicine. He completed a Residency in Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic, a National Research Council Fellowship in Endocrinology at the NASA Ames Research Center and trained as a Flight Surgeon at the Aerospace School of Medicine, Brooks Air Force Base. He is also a licensed private pilot and certified scuba diver.
He is a member of the Board of Directors for RMD Networks, U.S.Physical Therapy (Nasdaq: USPH), Sterling Bancshares (Nasdaq: SBIB), The Endowment Fund, Salient Absolute Return Fund, MLP & Energy Infrastructure Fund, Monebo Technologies and the Space Agency.
He is the recipient of numerous awards, including honorary doctorates from Stony Brook University (SUNY), Morehouse School of Medicine, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and University of Hartford, NASA Space Flight Medal, NASA Award of Merit, a fellow of the American College of Physicians, and was the recipient of the 2000 Horatio Alger Award.
Paula serves on the board of the Georgia Health Information Exchange, Georgia Technology Authority and has been a frequent telemedicine expert speaker and consultant.
In 2012 Paula was awarded the Metro Atlanta Chamber “Phoenix Award” as Community Leader of the Year and was also awarded by the Association of Telecommunications Professionals the 2012 Leadership Impact Award. Before coming to the Georgia Telemedicine Program in 2004, she served 18 years at the Southeast Health Unit, Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Public Health Waycross District in the capacities of Telehealth Director, Coordinator for the Georgia State Cancer Registry, and Director of the Community Care Services Program. Paula is a Registered Professional Nurse and graduate of Georgia Southwestern University. She is married to Teddy Guy. They have one son, Blake.
Subsequently, Dr. Feit has been Principal Investigator on numerous NIH-sponsored clinical trials involving patients with coronary artery disease those with diabetes mellitus and has served as Head of the Steering Committee of a Major International Trial. His work has been published in all of the major medical journals, in which he has several hundred publications. He has shared his insights via presentations, lectures and debates at National and International Cardiology Meetings and at many major medical centers, both here and abroad. He is probably most proud of having trained more than 100 fellows in the practice of Interventional Cardiology.
Dr. Feit grew up in the Bronx, where he attended Bronx HS of Science and received his undergraduate degree with Honors in Chemistry from New York University and his MD from the New York University School of Medicine. He earned membership in both Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha. In addition to his clinical and research work, he is host of “Heart-to-Heart”-a Weekly educational program on SIRIUSXM Radio, during which he discusses a broad array of health care issues, often with leading scientists, physicians, politicians, celebrities and other luminaries.
Rene LaVigne has over 25 years of sales, marketing, operations, finance and accounting experience in the information technology and financial industries.
Prior to joining Iron Bow – formerly Apptis Technology Solutions (ATS) – Rene was president of Northrop Grumman Computing Systems, a federal systems integrator. He began employment with Northrop concurrent with its acquisition of Federal Data Corporation (FDC) and led the transition and integration of the business. He previously held the position of senior vice president managing FDC’s Systems and Technology Group.
Before focusing on the information technology industry, Rene spent 10 years with Ernst & Young in Los Angeles, CA, and Washington, DC, developing his financial and business management foundation in the public accounting, auditing and business advisory service markets. These experiences helped to shape and formulate his ability to analyze, assess and summarize critical business decisions and potential strategies.
Rene received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Loyola Marymount University in 1983. He is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
He served as President of the Washington, DC Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants in 1993-94. Rene has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Technology Council of Maryland since 2002, and was a founding Member and Chair of the Prince George’s Technology Council. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Prince George’s Community College Foundation and Chairman of the Board at Doctors Community Hospital, and former board member of the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce and Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation. Additionally, Rene serves on several corporate boards and advisory groups.
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