Leadership Team

Meet the leaders that inspire our team to develop solutions that transform patients’ lives.

Mike Kujak
President and Chief Executive Officer

Mike Kujak

Mike Kujak

Mike joins Francis Medical with more than 30 years of broad healthcare marketing and sales leadership experiences in medical devices, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, clinical research and payer economics. Prior to joining Francis Medical, Mike was the Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of International for NxThera. Prior to NxThera he was the Vice President and General Manager of the Prostate Health business unit of American Medical Systems, which developed and commercialized medical device solutions to treat BPH, prostate cancer and stone disease. Mike received his MBA from the OPUS College of Business, University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota and a Bachelor of Science in physics and chemistry from the University of South Dakota.

Michael Hoey
Founder and Chief Technology Officer

Michael Hoey

Michael Hoey

Michael founded Francis Medical in 2018 where he serves as a director and chief technology officer. Prior to founding Francis Medical, in 2008 Michael co-founded NxThera to develop and commercialize the urology applications of the vapor platform technology that he invented. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Michael taught in several departments and performed research at the University of Minnesota, including the Department of Physiology, the Department of Urologic Surgery in the School of Medicine, the Institute of Technology, and the Carlson School of Management. Professor Hoey also taught in the department of Biological Sciences at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Michael is an expert in the interaction of thermotherapy and tissue and a prolific inventor, with 72 patents granted and 94 patents pending, the majority of which are in the medical device field. Michael’s inventions include platform technologies, which are the foundation for products being sold, or in development for a variety of cardiac surgery, oncology, orthopaedics, pulmonology, general surgery, urology, gynecology, and vascular surgery applications. Michael has been a consultant to, as well as a founder/principal of, several medical products companies, which combined have raised over $250 million of capital.

Michele Shepard
Vice President, Clinical Affairs

Michele-Shepard

Michele Shepard

Michele brings 25 years of experience in clinical research leadership, strategy, study development, and execution. Michele previously held clinical leadership roles at both Amphora Medical and Coloplast bringing extensive experience on devices in surgical urology to Francis Medical. Additionally, she has held leadership roles at Osprey Medical and worked across several therapeutic areas while at Medtronic and the University of Minnesota Medical School. Michele received an inter-disciplinary B.S. degree in Public Health/Anthropology and a Master of Education in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development from the University of Minnesota.

David Francischelli
Vice President Research, Development and Operations

David Francischelli

David is a veteran leader in the medical device industry, having developed solutions that have treated millions of patients worldwide with structural heart disease, arrhythmias and pain. Prior to joining Francis Medical, he was President of BioScience Innovations – a startup venture focused on improving human wellness by applying western neuromodulation technologies to eastern practices of yoga, meditation and mindfulness. Previously, he was Vice President of R&D at AtriCure, where he successfully led the development and introduction of multiple new ablation and LAA isolation products which contributed to a CAGR of 20% during his five years. David spent much of his earlier career in R&D at Medtronic, including roles of Director of R&D, Sr. Principal Scientist and Technical Fellow.

David is an accomplished innovator, holding more than 70 granted and 90 pending U.S. patents. He was named a Top Inventor by Twin Cities Business and Bakken Fellow by Medtronic. Additionally, he has authored over 30 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters, and was recognized by Penn State University as an Outstanding Engineering Alumni – the highest honor bestowed by the College of Engineering.

David holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship from The University of Saint Thomas, an MS in Bioengineering from Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelor’s in Biology from Saint Michael’s College.

Michael Fredrick
Finance Director

Mike Fred

Michael Fredrick

Michael brings over 20 years of experience in the medical device industry, primarily with startup companies. Prior to Francis Medical, he served as Vice President of Finance and Administration at NexGen Medical Systems, a Venous Thrombo-embolism technology for the treatment of Deep Vein Thrombosis. Before NexGen Medical Systems, Michael operated his own CFO/Controller consulting company supporting companies on both long-term and short-term projects, mainly in the medical device industry, over two separate periods. In between these two consulting phases Michael served as Vice President of Finance at BridgePoint Medical, a catheter-based technology to treat coronary chronic total occlusions. BridgePoint Medical was eventually acquired by Boston Scientific.  Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting from the University of South Dakota and is happily married with two sons.

Joel Phillips
Director of Regulatory and Quality Assurance

Director of Regulatory and Quality Assurance, Joel Phillips

Joel Phillips

Joel has over 20 years of experience in medical device product and process development. Prior to joining Francis Medical, Joel held technical, management, and leadership positions in R&D, Process Development, Operations, and Regulatory and Quality Assurance at Incisive Surgical, Velocimed, and Boston Scientific. Joel holds degrees in Biology and Mechanical Engineering and is an ASQ Certified Quality Engineer, Six-Sigma Black Belt, Supplier Quality Professional, Manager of Quality / Operational Excellence, and is a TPECS Certified ISO13485 Lead Auditor.

Richard Hill
Marketing Director

Marketing Director Rich Hill

Rich Hill

Rich brings over 25 years of experience in the healthcare and medical device industries. He received his MBA in Marketing from the Carlson School of Management at the University of MN and has generated proven results in a variety of impactful strategic marketing roles at Boston Scientific, American Medical Systems, ThreeWire, and Scanlan International. Rich is also a CPA and early in his career he worked in finance roles on the healthcare provider side at Southdale Pediatrics and Ridgeview Medical Center. He is passionate about utilizing his unique breadth of skills and experience to frame critical questions, acquire the relevant data, and provide actionable insights getting to the root of complex business challenges and opportunities. Rich looks forward to helping bring this more patient-friendly therapy to market as, like many of us, Rich has a father who is a prostate cancer survivor.