Cardiovascular Systems Inc. (Cardiovascular Systems) has promoted Brian Doughty to vice president of commercial operations from vice president of marketing and Scott Kraus, previously a senior sales director, has been named vice president of sales. Doughty and Kraus will assume responsibilities previously performed by John Borrell, who has left the company to pursue other opportunities. In addition, Nabil Dib has been appointed as medical advisor to the company.

“These promotions recognize the outstanding work and abilities of Brian and Scott,” said David L. Martin, Cardiovascular Systems president and chief executive officer. “Together, they have nearly 30 years of medical device industry experience. They have the skills, experience and drive to implement marketing and sales strategies to accelerate adoption of our Diamondback 360°™ Orbital Atherectomy System for peripheral arterial disease, as well as lead a growing national sales organization of over 100 professionals. We also want to thank John Borrell for his many contributions to CSI. John played an important role in building our sales organization and launching our Diamondback 360o system.”

Doughty came to Cardiovascular Systems in November 2006 as director of marketing and was named vice president of marketing in August 2007. Before joining Cardiovascular Systems, he served as director of marketing at EKOS; before that, he worked in practice development at FoxHollow Technologies. In addition, Doughty held various sales and sales management positions at Medtronic and Johnson & Johnson. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in public administration from Oakland University.

Kraus has been with Cardiovascular Systems since September 2006, most recently as a senior sales director. Earlier, he held sales management positions with Boston Scientific Corporation, Guidant and C.R. Bard. Previously, he gained sales experience at C.R. Bard, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Surgical Specialties Corporation. Kraus received a master’s degree in business administration from Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, and a bachelor’s degree in business from Villanova University.

Nabil Dib to Serve as Medical Advisor

Martin added, “The Diamondback 360º system is raising the standard of care for PAD patients, leading to improved clinical and economic outcomes. Dr. Dib is a highly respected interventional cardiologist and researcher. As medical advisor to CSI, Dr. Dib will oversee our ongoing clinical programs to ensure that we are providing scientifically sound and clinically useful data to the physician community.”

At present, Dib serves as director at Cardiovascular and Stem Cell Consultants; director of cardiovascular research, Catholic Healthcare West, Handler Regional Medical Center and Mercy Gilbert Medical Center; and director, clinical cardiovascular cell therapy and associate professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego. Dib received his medical education at Harvard Medical School, University of Wisconsin, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine and Damascus University School of Medicine.