Ryan James

Ryan James PhD

Chief Technology Officer

Ryan James is a PhD candidate in Biomedical and Health Informatics at the University of Washington. His research focuses on understanding how virtual and mixed reality can improve medical practices. He has special interests in human computer interaction, full stack software architecture, artificial intelligence, and cardiac catheterization procedures. He received a B.S. in computer science from University of Michigan then worked as a full stack developer for Microsoft for four years, where he learned the fundamentals of software design and development.

Stephen Seslar

Stephen Seslar MD, PhD

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Seslar is co-director of the UW Adult Congenital Electrophysiology Program and a UW associate professor of pediatrics. In addition to general cardiology, he is an expert in heart rhythm disorders and electrophysiology procedures. He led the development of a national quality improvement registry in pediatric and congenital electrophysiology. Dr. Seslar earned his bachelors degree from the University of Michigan and his M.D. /Ph.D. from Georgetown University. He did his pediatric residency training at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) followed by pediatric cardiology and electrophysiology fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. Following this Dr. Seslar was the director of the electrophysiology program at UCSD. After 4 years at this position, he moved to the UW in 2008 to direct the Adult Congenital Electrophysiology Program

Ross Drake

Ross Drake BSN, RN

Chief Executive Officer

Ross Drake has a nursing background that has been expanded into the private sector with multiple stops at med-tech companies. This has increased his knowledge of business, clinical, and sales thought processes of both large and small medical device companies. His most recent nursing experience was at Seattle Childrens Hospital in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing.

Mark Laughery

Mark Laughery MS

Chief Product Officer

Mark Laughery is a recent graduate from the Human-Centered Design & Engineering Masters program at the University of Washington. Prior to Pear Med, Mark worked as a User Experience Engineer on an NIH-funded global health project in Kenya, as well as for a health and academic research tech startup based in Nairobi. He has a colorful and expanding hat collection from his experience at startups across the US, Asia, and Africa. His background is in analytics and has a Bachelors of Science in Economics.

Dev Team

Travis Bailey

Travis Bailey

Software/Hardware Engineer

Travis recently graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He has experience working on low level linux systems and on FPGAs, but he fell in love with Mixed Reality and Virtual Reality during his 6 month Capstone program, where he created an application for the Hololens to visualize 2D data in a 3D environment. In his free time enjoys tinkering with electronic and digital systems with a focus on home automation.

Paul Schneider

Paul Schneider

UX Engineer

Paul is an experienced Software Engineer with a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Georgia. He has a background in Windows and Web development. Through the years, he has programmed everything from mobile apps to enterprise applications. A couple years back he co-founded myfoodstand.com, where he designed and developed a platform devoted to food transparency and sustainability. At Pyrus, he is eagerly devouring all the XR development he can get his hands on.

Cedric Ith

Cedric Ith

UX Engineer

Cedric is an undergrad at the University of Washington double majoring in Interaction Design and Informatics. He entered college two years early and has since been fascinated by the world of technology and design. Cedric has worked on both consumer and enterprise software at companies ranging from five person startups to giants like Google. His past experience is in UX Design and Frontend Engineering, but he is currently most interested in exploring how we can use XR to solve real world problems.


Jenna Permut

Jenna Permut

Software Engineer

Jenna Permut is a rising sophomore and computer science student at the University of Southern California. Her passion for computer science began at the University of Washington, where she participated in the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering's Young Scholars Program as a researcher and programmer in the UW Sensor Systems Lab. Jenna's main interest involves using computer science to reinvent and improve common medical practices.


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