Physician Venture Partners

John M. Lasala, M.D., Ph.D., is a Professor of Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He is also Medical Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Director of Interventional Cardiology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Lasala has written numerous abstracts, reviews, and articles for such journals as American Journal of Cardiology, Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions, and Journal of the American College of Cardiology. He has lectured internationally on interventional cardiology and his honors include the Outstanding Cardiology Alumnus Award from Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Lasala received his Ph.D. from St. Louis University and his medical degree from the University of Connecticut. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine. Following completion of his residency, he served a post-doctoral fellowship in cardiology and interventional cardiology at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Lasala is a member of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. He is a fellow of the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions.

Marc S. Penn, M.D., Ph.D., is a cardiologist and Director of Research at the Summa Cardiovascular Institute in Akron, Ohio and Professor of Medicine and Integrative Medical Sciences at Northeast Ohio Medical University where he leads the Skirball Laboratory for Cardiovascular Cellular Therapeutics.  Dr. Penn was a staff cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic from 2000-2011 where he served as the Director of the Coronary Intensive Care Unit, Director of the Experimental Animal Laboratory, Director of the Bakken Heart-Brain Institute, and the first Director of the Center for Cardiovascular Cell Therapy.  Dr. Penn completed his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and Doctor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University.  He completed his Internal Medicine training at University Hospitals of Cleveland and his Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic.  Dr. Penn is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Medicine by the ABIM.  Dr. Penn is also a serial entrepreneur listed on more than 50 patents and patent applications and has contributed to the formation of multiple companies in the device, diagnostic and therapeutic spaces.