Core Team

Chandu Vemuri
Chandu Vemuri, Chair of Innovation

Dr. Chandu Vemuri is a board certified Vascular Surgeon at the University of Michigan who specializes in Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) with a research focus on medical innovation and nanoparticle therapeutics. He is the clinical lead for Vascular Surgery Outreach, TOS and the venous program. He is the co-lead of the Department of Surgery Innovation Challenge and the Chair of the Frankel Cardiovascular Center’s Innovation Program. 

He received a Bachelor of Arts from Johns Hopkins University (2000; Phi Beta Kappa Status) and his MD from the University of Michigan (2004; AOA). He completed his General Surgery Training at the University of Michigan and a Vascular Surgery Fellowship at Washington University in Saint Louis. He is a Registered Physician in Vascular Ultrasound Interpretation, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery, Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery, Association for Academic Surgery, Association of VA Surgeons and the American Heart Association.

Hamid Ghanbari
Hamid Ghanbari, Vice-Chair of Innovation

Dr. Hamid Ghanbari's innovation work is focused on understanding the biological and psychological determinants of patient reported outcomes in patients with atrial fibrillation. He leverages mobile applications, wearable sensors, signal processing and machine learning to explore the dynamic relationship between symptoms, affect and functional status in patients with atrial fibrillation. He is the Vice-Chair of the Frankel Cardiovascular Center’s Innovation Program. 

Dr. Ghanbari is a cardiovascular electrophysiologist at the U-M Cardiovascular Center where he treats patients with complex arrhythmias.  When not working, Dr. Ghanbari enjoys spending time with his daughters, cooking, running, reading, and traveling. Before completing his Advanced Cardiovascular Electrophysiology Fellowship at the University of Michigan, Dr. Ghanbari was a fellow at Providence Hospital and Medical Centers and a student at Wayne State University, the University of Michigan School of Public Health, American University of the Caribbean, and McMaster University.

Jon Servoss

Jon Servoss

As the Program Manager for FFMI’s Commercialization Education, Jon leads a team of educational specialists to provided extensive training in biomedical technology commercialization for UMMS faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral trainees.  Before joining the FFMI team, Jon was the Director of Continuing Medical Education and Continuing Education–Operations at the South East Area Health Education Center, part of the National AHEC Organization. While there, Jon developed, implemented, and evaluated Continuing Medical Education programs for physicians and other practicing healthcare professionals.  Prior to that role, Jon was a special project manager in Graduate Medical Education at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, NC, where he assisted with the management of four Resident Physician Training programs.  Jon completed his undergraduate degree at Adrian College, his Master’s in Education at East Carolina University, and is currently pursuing a doctorate at the University of Michigan – Dearborn.

Meghan Cuddihy

Meghan Cuddihy, Ph.D. is the Commercialization Education Project Manager for the Aikens Innovation Academy, a collaborative program between Fast Forward Medical Innovation and the Frankel Cardiovascular Center. Before this role, Meghan spent four years of working as a customer discovery consultant for early-stage companies focused on cell purification, wearable devices, and circulating tumor cells/single cell analysis. Also during this time, she worked at Aquaro Histology where she helped build the team and advance the company, including working on customer discovery, maintaining key opinion leader relationships, and building the brand. Prior to that position, Meghan was the Marketing Director for 3D Biomatrix, which developed a three-dimensional cell culture tool. Meghan has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Jamie Beach Jamie Beach

Jamie Beach is the Frankel Cardiovascular Center’s Quality Data Manager, maintaining a large dashboard of clinical process and outcomes metrics. In addition, she partners with clinicians from across the CVC to help facilitate quality improvement and other pilots. After nine years working on nationally reported “Core Measures”, she has a strong interest in the measurement of healthcare quality and improving the way data are presented to clinicians. Other interests include telehealth and reducing waste in healthcare. Jamie is very proud of her clinical nursing experience in cardiology and will be forever grateful to the UMHS 7C staff nurses that shaped her career.

Innovation Champions

Shelly Lassey Shelly Lassey

Shelly Lassey received her RN in Nursing from St.Vincent School of Nursing and earned her BSN from Eastern Michigan University. She started her nursing career in 1991 and worked for 17 years at a community hospital in the cardiac care unit/ICU and cardiac and pulmonary rehab programs. She came to the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center in 2007 to work with Drs.Froehlich, Weder and Ganesh in CVM (cardiovascular medicine) as their outpatient clinic nurse. She is also one of the clinic nurses for the interdisciplinary programs - Peripheral Artery Disease and Venous Health, and work closely with outstanding Nurse practitioners daily to improve patient satisfaction and outcomes.

Ran Lee Ran Lee

Dr. Ran Lee is currently an Advanced Heart Failure Fellow in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine. He completed his medical education at Virginia Commonwealth University prior to undergoing Internal Medicine residency here at the University of Michigan. Career interests after general fellowship include academic cardiology, quality and process improvement, as well as further training in advanced heart failure and critical care cardiology. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Lydia, and their two dogs.

Andrea Obi Andrea Obi

Dr. Andrea Obi is an Assistant Professor of Vascular Surgery. She has a strong interest in vascular biology and has completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Conrad Jobst Vascular Laboratories. She is the recipient of the Servier Fellowship, the D. Emerick Szilagyi Award, the Jobst Award Vascular Research and the James W. Crudup Award for her research. Above all, she remains committed to high level, efficient patient-centered care.

Diane Drago

Diane Drago

Diane Drago has served on the University of Michigan Cancer Center’s Patient and Family Advisory Board (PFAB) as a family member since it was created in 2011. Her husband was a patient at the Cancer Center for nearly four years during which he was cared for by a number of UMHS specialties, including cardiology. Diane also serves as a member of UMHS’ Department of Internal Medicine’s Quality Council. Professionally, Diane owns and manages Diversified Management Services, LLC, a conference and event planning firm, which has an extensive health care clientele.

Nikki Taylor

Nikki Taylor

Nikki Taylor is the Clinical Nurse Specialist for 4c Cardio-Thoracic Surgery Unit and CVC 5 Cardiovascular Moderate Care Unit at the Frankel Cardiovascular Center. Nikki began her nursing career working as a dual unit cross trainer on 7c cardiac stepdown unit and 7d cardiac intensive care unit. She values her experience there because she worked with inspiring nurses and physicians who helped develop her into the nurse she is today.  Nikki has worked on various projects/committees at UMHS such as implementation of electronic charting systems, central line bloodstream infections on 7d and transfer of accountability from ICU to stepdown. She is also active in the community by working through her church to help reduce health disparities. 

Nikki Taylor

Raymond Yeow

Dr. Raymond Yeow is a third-year Internal Medicine Resident at Michigan Medicine, and is presently a Co-Chair of the House Officer Quality and Safety Council (HOQSC). While at Michigan Medicine, he has actively collaborated with partners in Clinical Design & Innovation to improve transitions of care for patients with acute myocardial infarctions (AMI). He has a strong passion for improving the quality of patient care – with specific interests in patient safety, process improvement, and appropriate resource utilization. Dr. Yeow will be serving as a Chief Medical Resident for the 2019-2020 academic year and intends to pursue a career in Cardiology.