MitrAssist is led by a highly experienced, qualified team.

Gil Naor, Founder and CEO: 18 years’ experience in biomedical engineering; led R&D activity for several medical device companies; inventor of 22 patents; founder of 3 start-ups developing transcatheter valve solutions; recognized as leading Israeli developer of innovative medical devices; B.Sc. mechanical engineering, University of Michigan, M.Sc. biomedical engineering, Stanford University.

Gideon M. Brodnitz, VP R&D: An experienced development leader with over 10 years leading R&D efforts in intravascular and ventricular implants. Gideon holds a BSc from the Technion.

Yiftah Neta, Project Manager: Biomedical engineer with over 10 years of experience; previously, R&D engineer developing mitral prosthesis, Ventor-Medtronic.

Tanchum Feld: 20 years’ experience in designing intravascular implants.


Prof. Peter J. Fitzgerald, M.D., Ph.D.: Professor of Medicine & Engineering; Director, Center for Cardiovascular Technology, Stanford University Medical Center.

Prof. Carlos E. Ruiz, M.D., Ph.D.: Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, Structural and Congenital Heart Disease, Heart and Vascular Institute of New York.

Dr. Martin Leon: Director, Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy, Columbia University Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Yaron Almagor: Director of Cardiac Catheterization and Interventional Cardiology Laboratories, Jesselson Heart Center, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem.

Dr. Gil Bolotin: Director, Cardiac Surgery, Rambam Health Care Campus, Haifa; trained in mitral and robotic surgery, heart transplant, and assist devices.

Dr. Amir Elami: Cardiothoracic surgeon, Hadassah University Hospital, Jerusalem.