Management Team

David H. Roman
Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer
David Roman

David Roman joined Acutus in March 2021, bringing over 15 years of experience in the medical technology industry.

Previously, Roman served as Vice President, Strategy and FP&A for Baxter International, Inc., where he held roles of increasing responsibility since 2016. Prior to joining Baxter, he was a managing director at Goldman, Sachs & Co., leading the firm’s U.S. medical technology equity research team. Roman began his professional career in 2004 at Morgan Stanley, where he also covered the medical technology sector as a research analyst.

Roman earned his BA Degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Peter Elia
Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer
Elia

Peter Elia joined Acutus Medical with 25 years of experience in the electrophysiology field. His expertise includes sales, market development, acquisitions and partnerships.

An entrepreneur at heart, Elia worked with a start-up CPI, later named Guidant Corporation, which was acquired by Boston Scientific. Before he turned 32, he became a national sales leader, overseeing 400 staff and $400 million in sales revenue. Together with a core business partnership, he created a unique sales organization within a tier 3 company and grew their market share as a distant fourth player with 2% share, to an innovative growth hacker with 10% share over seven years.

Elia has a BS from San Diego State University.
 

Charlie Piscitello
Chief People Officer
Piscitello

Charlie Piscitello joined Acutus Medical as Chief People Officer in July 2019. Piscitello has nearly 30 years of experience leading human capital and talent management for companies in a variety of industries, including medical technology and consumer brands.

Prior to joining Acutus Medical, Piscitello was the Chief People Officer for Petco, and President and Chairman of the Petco Foundation where he helped establish a thriving culture and led the company’s growth for over a decade. Piscitello has also held leadership roles for Boston Scientific, Abbott, First Data Corporation, Gateway Inc., and Coors Brewing Company.

He currently serves as board member for the North San Diego Business Chamber and is also is a founding member of the i4cp Chief Human Resource Officer board.

Piscitello earned a BS in Communications from Marquette University and is also a graduate of the Newfield Network Coaching Program for Personal and Professional Mastery.
 

Derrick Chou, PhD
Chief Technology Officer
Derrick Chou

Dr. Derrick Chou currently serves as the Chief Technology Officer of Acutus Medical, bringing over 9 years of experience in the design and development of pioneering medical technologies for the field of cardiac electrophysiology and imaging. He has distinguished himself as a leader in product innovation, scientific education, and clinical research.

Dr. Chou joined Acutus Medical in 2011 with a background in biomedical imaging and has been a key inventor and technology leader in software and algorithm development, ultrasound imaging, device navigation, and 3D cardiac mapping.

Dr. Chou earned BS degrees in Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science, and MS and PhD degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University. He currently holds over 12 issued and pending U.S. patents.

Steven Mickelsen, MD
Chief Translational Science Officer
Steven Mickelsen photo

Dr. Steven Mickelsen currently serves as the Chief Translational Science Officer of Acutus Medical, guiding the innovation of the company’s access, diagnostics and therapy product portfolio, and brings more than a decade of experience in the development of breakthrough therapeutic medical devices.

A board-certified electrophysiologist, Dr. Mickelsen spent ten years practicing at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, where he focused on complex ablation procedures and served as an Assistant Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Internal Medicine. In 2012, utilizing a pulsed electric field system that he invented, Dr. Mickelsen founded the company Farapulse to pursue more effective treatments for atrial fibrillation, a condition that affects as many as six million people nationwide.

Dr. Mickelsen received his medical degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and completed his internal medicine residency and clinical research at the Mayo Clinic. He also completed fellowships in Cardiology and Cardiac Electrophysiology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and was a Howard Hughes research scholar at the National Institutes of Health.

Rick Kimes
Senior Vice President, Operations
Kimes

With over 30 years of experience, Rick Kimes joined Acutus to deliver best-in-class service and support. From operations, engineering and development of medical devices and capital equipment for interventional cardiology, as well as diagnostic and drug/device combination products, Kimes is a world-class leader.

Prior to joining Acutus in 2019, Kimes held leadership positions at growing medical device companies including Senior Vice President of Operations at Volcano Corporation where he was responsible for disposable and capital equipment manufacturing, engineering, field service, and distribution. He scaled operations and lowered costs prior to the acquisition by Philips NV and also held senior operations and engineering positions at Guidant Corporation for 18 years prior to the acquisition by Abbott.

Kimes earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah.
 

Steven McQuillan
Senior Vice President, Regulatory and Clinical Affairs
McQuillan

Steven McQuillan is an experienced clinical and regulatory affairs professional with over 25 years of clinical trial design, execution and understanding of the global medical device regulatory environment. He has successfully obtained U.S. and International Class III medical device approvals and been involved in more than 30 IDE and significant risk clinical trials and publications.

McQuillan has held several key leadership positions including at the University of Minnesota, Department of Surgery, CPI/Guidant Corporation, Boston Scientific, Medtronic (Atrial Fibrillation Solutions) and Spinal Modulation (acquired by St. Jude Medical).

McQuillan holds degrees in Engineering Statistics and Biostatistics from the University of Minnesota.

Tom Sohn
Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary
Sohn

Tom Sohn joined Acutus in March 2020 as the company’s General Counsel and Secretary with more than 17 years of experience in the technology and medical device industries.

Prior to Acutus, he spent over six years as General Counsel for Breg, and previous to that held legal leadership roles for NuVasive and Websense. Before moving to in-house counsel, Sohn spent nearly three years as a practicing attorney for DLA Piper in San Diego.

Sohn earned his JD from the University of San Diego Law School and holds a BA in Organizational Leadership from the University of Michigan.
 

Kevin Mathews
Senior Vice President and Head of International
Kevin Mathews photo

Kevin Mathews is an experienced global commercial leader in the medical device space with over 25 years of experience in the med-surg, interventional cardiology, peripheral vascular and electrophysiology segments.

Prior to joining Acutus in 2020, Mathews led commercial operations and corporate accounts sales for Philips IGT-Devices (formerly Volcano and Spectranetics), after Philips acquired Volcano Corp. He also held leadership roles at Jomed, DeRoyal, and in KPMG’s healthcare practice.

Mathews earned a BA in Economics from the University of Tennessee, and holds an MBA from Emory University in Atlanta.