Richard H. Feins, M.D


Rick is a cardiothoracic (CT) surgeon with over 30 years of experience and has a longstanding interest in the improvement of surgical training using simulation-based training. He was Chairman of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery from 2007 to 2009. He is co-director and a faculty member of the Thoracic Surgery Resident Boot Camp in which beginning cardiothoracic surgery residents come to Chapel Hill for several days of intense training, via simulators, in surgery techniques. Dr. Feins is a Professor of Surgery at UNC School of Medicine and is Medical Director of Peri-Operative Care at UNC Hospital. He is the Principle Investigators on a $1.05M, multi-institution grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality which was the largest study of simulation-based surgical training to date and which clearly demonstrated the advantage of simulation-based training in improved skills and safety in cardiac surgery.

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Samuel D. Drew

Chief operating officer & President

Sam began working with KindHeart in November 2014. He is responsible for transitioning the company’s operations from startup to commercial scale. He has overseen the development of the latest generation of simulation models and their installation with clients. He has built a team of staff, consultants and subcontractors to develop the next simulators, service existing units in the field and prepare for international expansion. Prior to KindHeart, Mr. Drew was Director of Investment Management at Lookout Capital, an early-stage private equity firm. He received his MBA for the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC, where he was awarded the Integrity Core Value Award. Before business school, he worked as a project manager in land surveying companies in Boston and North Carolina. His undergraduate degrees are a Bachelor of Geomatics (Honors) and Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne.


John Alexander, M.D., MBA


Dr. Alexander did his General Surgical Residency and Cardiac Surgery training at Duke University. He has practiced at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York Hospital, West Virginia University Medical Center, Hackensack University Medical Center and Evanston Hospital. He is the former Chief of Cardiac Surgery at West Virginia University Medical Center, Evanston Hospital in Evanston Illinois and Hackensack University Hospital in Hackensack New Jersey. He served at Evanston Hospital as the Vice Chair of Surgery and helped establish a 700 member faculty practice plan. His clinical cardiac and thoracic surgery experience includes thoracic oncology procedures including minimally invasive procedures, robotic cardiac surgery, and cardiac transplantation in addition to coronary artery bypass, arrhythmia surgery and valve surgery. He has had experience with surgical device startups companies as an inventor and consultant and holds 7 patents. His bibliography includes more than 100 articles, reviews and presentations.


Matthew D. Miller, Ph.D.

Board Chairman

Matt Miller has worked in the technology industry for more than thirty years with significant experience in optics, spectroscopy, semiconductors and broadband digital communications. A serial entrepreneur with deep technical background in multiple domains, Miller was most recently CEO of Multispectral Imaging (infrared detectors) from its formation in 2004 through its sale in 2008. He was CEO of NxtWave Communications, a leading supplier of semiconductor chips for emerging digital (HDTV) television markets world-wide, from 1997 until its acquisition in 2002 by ATI Technologies. Prior to NxtWave, Miller was Vice President of Technology at General Instrument Corporation (leading supplier of cable TV equipment), where he was a line report to Donald Rumsfeld during the company’s privatization and turn-around period as a Forstmann Little portfolio company. He played a significant role in the formulation and execution of the company’s broadband digital strategy, including major contributions to the development of digital television, optical communications for cable television, and cable modems. Before joining General Instrument, Miller was Vice President of Technology at Viacom, a horizontally integrated communications company with interests in cable and satellite television. He began his career as a member of technical staff in the semiconductor device group of the David Sarnoff Research Center (RCA Laboratories) and also worked as a high technology program manager at Perkin-Elmer, developing a number of airborne and space-based instruments for remote sensing and spectroscopy.

Miller has also consulted extensively to both the private equity and venture capital communities and has served on numerous boards of directors of public and private companies in addition to having served on investor advisory boards. Miller holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in physics from Princeton University.




MEgan Dew

Biomedical Engineer I

Megan H. Dew has been at KindHeart since 2017. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University’s Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering with a Bachelor of Science in May of 2017. She has experience working for startup ventures and is a founding member and CEO of a women’s health diagnostic venture, X Squared Health. She is passionate about helping to expand the capacity of surgical simulation through the continued development of KindHeart’s real tissue models.


Joanna Cao

Biomedical Engineer I

Joanna Cao has been at KindHeart since 2019. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University’s Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering with a Bachelor of Science in May of 2019. She has previously worked for non-profits and start-up ventures such as the Helping Hand Project, Feelin’ DNA, and X Squared Health. Her interests include surgical robotics, medical devices, and biological simulations.