Meet Our Extraordinary Executive Team
Steven W. Ek – President & CEO/Founder
Steve is one of the founders of Arthrosurface® and became the first employee of the company in 2002, after serving as the vice president of engineering at Primo Medical Group, Inc. Steve has over 30 years of experience in the commercialization of orthopedic devices and implants, with a focus on the design, manufacture and clinical/regulatory elements of new product development. Prior to STD Med, Steve was Director of Research and Development for Smith & Nephew Endoscopy, a leading medical device company. Steve started his medical products career as a design engineer at Linvatec, a high growth arthroscopy and sports medicine company.
Steven J. Tallarida – Managing Director/Founder
Steven brings to Arthrosurface his expertise and experience from over 30 years
of design, manufacture and development of medical products. Sales and R&D at Arthrosurface currently report to Mr. Tallarida. He is also an Owner and Director of Primo Medical Group, Inc. and has been President for over 30 years. He graduated from American University in Washington D.C. in 1984. In addition to Arthrosurface, Mr. Tallarida is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder and Director of five other nov- el medical device companies incubated inside of Primo Medical Group, Inc. Two of the start-ups, Angiolink and Spirus Medical, have successfully been acquired by large medical device companies while Cardiosolutions, Saphena Medical, Versago Vascular Access, along with Arthrosurface are still growing concerns.
Andrea Patisteas – Managing Director/Founder
Andrea has worked in the medical device, design and manufacturing field for 30 years. The Marketing and Finance Departments at Arthrosurface currently report to Ms. Patisteas. She is also a Senior Executive Vice President at Primo Medical Group, Inc. Ms. Patisteas is a serial entrepreneur, co-founder and director of five other novel medical device companies incubated inside of Primo Medical Group, Inc. Two of the start-ups, Angiolink and Spirus Medical, have successfully been acquired by large medical device companies while Cardiosolutions, Saphena Medical, Versago Vascular Access, along with Arthrosurface are still growing concerns. Additionally, Ms. Patisteas is on the Board of Directors of the Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation and on the Board of Overseers at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay. She has an Undergraduate degree from Bridgewater State University and a Graduate degree from Northeastern University.
Frank Fedorowicz – Executive Vice President Mr. Fedorowicz has more than thirty years operations and financial management experience with emerging high growth companies. Prior to joining Arthrosurface, Frank was the Vice President & CFO for Orthopaedic Synergy, Inc., a holding company for subsidiaries in the U.S., France and New Zealand, that specialized in total joint replacement, navigation, and surgical instruments. From 2000 through 2009, Frank was the Chief Operating and Financial Officer for Primo Medical Group (formerly STD Med, Inc.), a developer and manufacturer of various medical devices. While at Primo Medical, Frank also held a leadership position inside an executive management team responsible for the launch of three medical device companies: Arthrosurface, Inc., Spirus Medical, Inc. and Cardiosolutions, Inc. He holds a BS in Accounting from Bentley University and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts.
Shane Shankle – Vice President of US Sales & Distribution
Shane has over 18 years of sales experience in the Medical Industry. Prior to joining Arthrosurface, he was in Specialty Pharmaceutical Sales with a focus on the cardiovascular side. In his 13 years with Arthrosurface, he has risen from a territory sales consultant, to the US Director of Sales and now is the Vice President of US Sales & Distribution. His excellent track record of sales growth, team building, and business management has been a significant asset to Arthrosurface. Shane manages a team of over 35 direct Arthrosurface Sales Managers and a network of more than 100 distributors and 1099’s. He has strong business and surgeon relationships throughout the US and is a key contributing member of the Executive Team.
Lester Fehr – Vice President of Business Development
Lester is a seasoned sales and marketing executive with 30 years of experience in the Medical Device industry. He began his career as a Hospital Administrator in the 80’s followed by a move into medical device sales as a total joint and specialty product distributor in the early 90’s. Later, Lester transitioned into Sport Medicine, taking on a corporate role as the Director of International Business with Smith & Nephew Endoscopy. In 2002, after a successful decade of growing the International and US business, he left Smith & Nephew to lead the commercialization responsibilities at Arthrosurface, a specialty orthopaedics startup. Lester is multilingual and multicultural, has extensive experience in sales management, strategic planning and marketing, with travel expertise in all major global device markets. Over the last 3 decades, he has developed strong surgeon relationships in arthroscopy and orthopaedics and is well versed in a broad range of orthopaedic technologies including Total Joints, Sports Medicine and Biologics. Developing business and technology partnerships, integrating mergers and product management are all key areas of expertise.
Dawn J. Wilson – Vice President, Quality & Regulatory
Dawn brings over 27 years of experience in the medical device industry across a multitude of disciplines including Manufacturing Engineering & Product Development, Quality Engineering, Quality Assurance / Quality Control and Regulatory Affairs. She began her career as a manufacturing engineer in the fast-paced environment of what was US Surgical during the laparoscopic boom of the early 1990’s. She then went on to contribute to smaller, privately held medical device companies before landing at Arthrosurface in 2006, where she has been an integral member in developing regulatory strategies and launching innovative orthopedic devices for over 13 years. Dawn’s educational background includes a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University and a MS in Engineering Management from the University of Bridgeport. Dawn obtained the following ASQ quality certifications: Six Sigma Black Belt, Quality Engineer, Quality Manager & Quality Auditor.
Gregory Butterfield – Vice President, Supply Chain Management
Greg has over 27 years of experience in the field of total Supply Chain Management gained through his work at high volume, world class companies in the medical, military and commercial fields. Prior to joining Arthrosurface, Greg held Senior level and management positions at Honeywell, Texas Instruments, and Davol, a medical supplier and subsidiary of C. R. Bard, Inc. His educational background includes a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Massachusetts, and a MBA and Supply Chain Management certificate.