Executive Management

Barry F. Cohen, Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Cohen founded the Company and has served as its Chief Executive Officer and a Director since February 4, 2015. Between 2006 and 2008, Mr. Cohen was a private investor and founded AVRA Surgical, Inc., a medical technology company. From approximately 1979 to 1983, he served as Director of Synalloy Corp., a manufacturer of pipe, piping systems and specialty chemicals after which he was appointed to serve as President from 1984 to 1985. Mr. Cohen also served as Chairman of the Executive Board of Wolverine Technologies, Inc., a NYSE listed company from 1979 to 1983 and President of Barry F. Cohen & Co, an NASD member from 1983 to 1999. Mr Cohen has over 50 years of experience in managing private and public industrial companies, and 47 years of experience as a securities executive.

Nikhil Lalit Shah, DO, MPH, Chief Strategy Officer

Dr. Shah is one of the top global leaders in robotic cases and serves as the AVRA Medical Chief Strategy Officer. He is currently the head of Minimal Access & Robotic Surgery at Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta, GA. He has previously served as the Medical Director of The Jenkins Clinic in Atlanta and is also an Associate Professor (adjunct) at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the College of Computing – Robotics & Intelligent Machines. Prior positions also include the Section Chief of Urology, Department of Surgery, Saint Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta, and the Director of Robotic Surgery, Saint Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta.

Dr. Ray Powers, Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Powers was an executive within the Bell System for 30 years prior to moving on to C-level positions in the technology sector in both private and public companies. He has served as Director of Standards for the Project Management Institute and on their Board of Directors. He has been a professor and an academic department chair in higher education at the Forbes School of Business, holds an MBA in Technology Management, and a Doctoral degree in Leadership from the University of Phoenix.

Farhan Taghizadeh, MD, Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Taghizadeh, also known as “Dr. T” is a Board-certified ENT, Plastic & Reconstructive surgeon. He completed his ENT training at the University of Rochester, and thereafter journeyed to Switzerland for a fellowship specializing in facial cosmetic surgery. His intensive specialized training only deepened his understanding of the complexity of the facial structure and fostered an in-depth understanding of the head and neck. Honing his diverse and extensive technical skills, he has become a recognized global authority delivering reproducible outcomes only possible with someone with skill and expertise. Over the course of his extensive ENT and cosmetic surgery training, he has performed more than 3,500 facelifts. Offering the latest procedures and techniques available in the medical cosmetic industry, Dr. T is constantly interfacing with the world’s most prominent cosmetic device and product manufacturers to stay on top of the newest devices and treatments on the market and find new, innovative ways to deliver results with unsurpassed satisfaction by his patients, their friends and their loved ones.

Nicole Bergman-Fong, Corporate Counsel

Ms. Bergman-Fong has been advising and supporting the development of a number of start-up businesses and small businesses in New York and across the globe for over a decade. She previously was a finance partner in the law firm of Mayer Brown for 10 years. From 1984 through 1991, Ms. Bergman-Fong was a finance associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in the M&A to Structured Finance Area. She attended Brown University and was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar at Columbia Law School, where she graduated with honors. She is a member of the New York Bar.