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Our mission is to develop safe and effective neurovascular medical devices that are beneficial to patients and meet physicians' needs. We are committed to advancing patient care by providing the most reliable, easiest to use and highest quality products supported by proven clinical data. Rapid Medical is located at the northern part of Israel between the Carmel Mountain and the hills of Ramot Menashe.




Dr. Shimon Eckhouse

Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board

Dr. Shimon Eckhouse is a co-founder of Rapid Medical and its chairman of the board. Dr. Eckhouse is the founder and the CEO of Syneron Medical Ltd. (NASDAQ:ELOS), a world leader in the aesthetic medical device market.

Dr. Eckhouse is also the chairman and co-founder of CardioDex Ltd., NanoCyte Ltd., Navotek Ltd., Tulip Ltd., Opticul Diagnostic Ltd., RealView Ltd.  and the Chairman of Orsense  Ltd. Dr. Eckhouse was also the founder of ESC Medical Systems (NASDAQ:LUME) and the co-founder of ColorChip and Ventor Medical. Dr. Eckhouse holds a B.Sc. in physics from the Technion Israeli Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California at Irvine. He has more than 20 registered patents and has published more than 50 papers in leading reference journals and conferences. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Technion Israeli Institute of Technology.


Ronen Eckhouse

Co-Founder and CEO

Mr. Eckhouse is the co-founder and CEO of Rapid Medical. Mr. Eckhouse brings to the company more than 10 years of experience in managing R&D projects and operational activities. Mr. Eckhouse holds a BSc in electrical engineering from the Technion Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Ronen is also the son of Dr. Eckhouse.


Michal Shriki


Michal has over a decade of experience serving as CFO’s for global hi-tech companies; she is a certified accountant and holds B.A. in Economics and an M.B.A .


Dr. Walid Haddad

Chief Clinical Officer

Dr. Haddad is responsible for all Clinical activities in the company. He joined Rapid Medical in June 2017.

Dr. Haddad is a multidisciplinary clinical science executive with over 15 years of experience in clinical research, in the biomedical industry. Before Joining Rapid Medical, Walid lead the Research, including multi-center clinical studies in Europe and the US in various fields such as Cardiothoracic Surgery (CardioGard Medical), Obesity and Diabetes (MetaCure Inc.) and Interventional Cardiology (Impulse Dynamics).

Dr. Haddad holds a Ph.D. in Physiology from the Faculty of Medicine, the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.


Mr. James Romero

 President, Americas

Mr. Romero is an accomplished medical device executive responsible for the growth, commercial expansion and general management of the US, Canada and Latin America business. He joined Rapid Medical in January 2021 from Medtronic, where he served as Vice President of Sales, Sales Operations and Global Sales Training for the company’s neurovascular division. He brings with him over 20 years of leadership experience of both growth-stage and large medical device companies. During his career, he has held a number of senior leadership positions in several market segments including Neurovascular, Spine, Neurosurgery, ENT, Robotics, Imaging and Navigation. Mr. Romero holds a B.S. in Psychology from Santa Clara University.


Eitan Havis

President International

Mr. Havis is responsible for all sales and marketing activities OUS in the company. Mr. Havis joined Rapid in 2013 and has over 13 years of experience in international sales and marketing. Prior to Rapid Medical, Mr. Havis served in various sales positions in Novo GI (formerly NiTi Surgical Solutions Inc.) and in the neurovascular division in Neopharm medical supplies. Mr. Havis holds a BA in Business Administration and Economics from the Haifa University in Israel.


Matan Gedulter

VP of R&D and Engineering

Mr. Gedulter is responsible for all R&D and engineering activities in Rapid Medical. Mr. Gedulter brings to the company more than 10 years of experience in managing R&D projects in the medical device industry, leading products development from concept to clinical phase and regulatory submissions. Prior to joining Rapid Medical, Mr. Gedulter served in various R&D positions in a variety of medical device companies including Valcare Medical, Israel Biomedical Innovations (formerly Endogun Medical Systems), Agamit Medical and Dune Medical Devices. Mr. Gedulter holds a BSc with honors in Biomedical Engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.


 Nadia Fainshtein

VP of Operations

Mrs. Fainshtein is responsible for the production, logistics and supply chain in Rapid Medical. She brings to the company more than11 years of experience in managing production and operational activities. Prior to joining Rapid Medical, she served in various capacities in a variety of companies including Influence Medical Technologies LTD, Disc-O-Tech, NiTi Surgical Solutions and Dentack Implants Ltd. Mrs. Fainshtein holds an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Ural State Technical University.


Aharon Friedman

Braiding Department Manager

Mr. Friedman is responsible for all manufacturing machinery in Rapid Medical. He brings to the company more than 20 years of experience in designing and building complex industrial system and specializes in automated processes that are used for medical device manufacturing. Prior to joining Rapid Medical, he served in various capacities in a variety of companies including Bypass, Mindguard, Mediguide and Orthokinematica. Mr. Friedman holds a BSc with honors in Mechanical Engineering.


Gili Badihi

Director of Corporate Excellence

Mrs. Badihi is responsible for all corporate excellence activities at Rapid Medical. Gili has more than 10 years of experience at human resources diverse fields, in mediation and in counselling. Gili joined Rapid Medical at 2015. Prior to joining Rapid Medical Gili worked at Intel, in a private organizational consulting firm and in her own clinic. Gili holds an M.A. in Social Work, specializing in family therapy and a B.A. in Psychology from the Haifa University, Israel. Gili is also a certified mediator with specialization in family mediation from Gome - The Israeli Center for Mediation, Israel and from Gevim Group, Israel.


Michael Barbe

Director of US Operations

Michael Barbe is a veteran medical devices market expansion specialist.  He has held senior strategic management roles in large blue chip as well as early stage companies, establishing and growing markets globally.  His portfolio has included cardiac & cardiovascular surgery, neurosurgery & neurovascular surgery, as well as orthopedic and spine surgery.


Michael’s experience spans from opening new markets, to acquiring and integrating distribution organizations, to managing  divisions and subsidiaries.  He is familiar with the financial, operational, commercial, legal, compliance, regulatory, and human resources dimensions of establishing and managing medical devices organizations. Michael also speaks Spanish with near native ability, and is fluent in Portuguese.


Emily Richardson

Director of Marketing

Mrs. Richardson is responsible for the global marketing strategy, inclusive of product and brand management. Mrs. Richardson joined Rapid Medical in 2020 with over 13 years of experience building and commercializing minimally invasive medical devices in surgical robotics and neuro intervention. Her previous roles include commercial strategy for Emerging Markets at Covidien Medtronic, and marketing roles of increasing responsibility at Johnson & Johnson, Medrobotics, and Penumbra. Mrs. Richardson holds dual BS degrees in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Kinesiology with high honors from the University of Illinois.


Yair Simes

VP Sales, International

Mr. Simes is responsible for key accounts across the European & Asian markets as well as for some of the company’s marketing and training activities. Mr. Simes holds a B.A. in Technological Marketing, which trains for hi-tech management and international marketing experts of high technological products.

Mr. Simes Joined to Rapid Medical since 2017 and brings to the company more than 10 years of experience in sales and marketing including medical device experience from J&J, where he served as a regional sales manager for Spine & CMF orthopaedical surgeries.


Jeff Curtis

US VP Sales, East

Mr. Curtis is responsible for the sales leadership and sales strategies in the eastern US market for Rapid Medical.  Mr. Curtis joined Rapid Medical in May 2021 and brings over 20 years of medical device experience in various functions spanning sales, marketing, market development, sales operations, supply chain management, medical education & finance.  Jeff previously held positions at Boston Scientific, Stryker and Medtronic.  Mr. Curtis holds a BS in Finance from Bentley University and an MBA from Boston College.


Tina Schafberg

Senior Product Specialist

Mrs. Schafberg brings to the company more than 15 years of experience in the neuroradiological and neurovascular areas. During this time she helped establish several start-up-companies and was part of the success of the mechanical thrombectomy in Germany from its beginning. Prior to joining Rapid Medical she worked for Micrus, Penumbra, ev3 and Neuravi.

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