OUR EXPERTS

Level Ex unites experts in video game development and digital health with top physicians and surgeons around the world. Our team has won awards from Apple, Google, The Emmys, GDC, and The Webbys and we are passionate about using state-of-the-art video game technology to keep doctors performing at the top of their game.

 

 

Leadership

 
 
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Sam sets the vision for Level Ex and its products. He has spent his entire career leading teams and companies at the cutting-edge of the video game industry. Sam’s mission is to unleash the latest visual effects and engagement methodologies from the video game industry into the field of medicine. Before Level Ex, Sam was CEO of the leading independent game publisher in Hollywood, acquired by Playtech (PTEC) in 2016. Under his leadership, the company created award-winning mobile games for tens of millions of players based on popular films, including The Hunger Games and Mission: Impossible. Earlier in his career, Sam led the DirectX team at Microsoft and was responsible for pushing the visual limits of video games across the industry. His team’s graphics work at Microsoft resulted in a prestigious Technical Emmy for their contribution to the state-of-the-art in interactive entertainment. Sam established his roots at LucasArts working on leading games for Star Wars films.

Over the last decade, Sam has leveraged his game development expertise to pioneer the creation of award-winning medical simulations. These training tools have attracted hundreds of thousands of users and garnered support from top academic hospitals.

Sam’s name is featured on several technology patents, popular video game titles, and he has been the recipient of numerous industry awards. He currently sits on major video game and technology advisory boards, including Intel and Microsoft. Sam holds an M.S. in Computer Science, Graphics from Stanford University, and a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois.

Sam Glassenberg
Founder & CEO
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Genevieve leads Level Ex's commercial strategy, marketing, and healthcare partnerships, including strategic relationships with hospitals and medical societies and managing the company's physician advisory board. From the company's launch to now, she has been building awareness and engaging physician, pharmaceutical, medical device, investor, and game development audiences. Genevieve brings over 20 years of marketing experience to Level Ex, previously holding leadership roles at top healthcare companies, including WebMD and Welltok, and started her career working with consumer brands such as Adobe, Microsoft, RealNetworks, and Warner Brothers.

At WebMD, Genevieve was the head of marketing for Medscape, where she led a 30+ person team that kept Medscape as the most used, online brand by physicians, including launching their iOS and Android mobile apps to a multi-year #1 ranking, capturing 50% of US physicians as members, running product engagement to support $350 million in advertising per year, and aiding the brand's global expansion hitting 10 million professional members. Over the past decade, Genevieve has built up a sought-after knowledge base of deeply understanding how physicians are trained, their motivation and challenges, and their interactions with patients in almost every setting. Her personal health journey with Type 1 diabetes provided additional perspective on, and the drive to discover, how new technology can advance both patient and physician education.

When she isn’t picking the brain of doctors, Genevieve enjoys 3D home design and following the music industry; she’s seen over 1,000 concerts and was a freelance music writer and guitarist. Genevieve now calls the Boston area home; she runs the company’s second office in downtown Boston and is a member of Level Ex’s board of directors.

Genevieve Paquette
Chief Marketing Officer
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Eric serves as the company’s medical lead providing clinical oversight for its video games used by healthcare professionals. His expansive role includes working closely with partners from medical societies to industry to develop innovative educational programs using the company’s mobile, AR and VR experiences, leading efficacy studies to measure physician performance, and working with Level Ex’s team of 100+ physician advisors to conduct needs assessments and expand into new specialties. Eric is an ENT surgeon with a specialization in reconstructing airways of pediatric patients. Prior to him joining Level Ex, Eric was a pediatric airway surgeon at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, a Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School and an Assistant Professor at UT Southwestern. Eric also holds a Master’s in Medical Science in Medical Education with a focus on educational technology from Harvard Medical School and a Master’s of Science in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University. He has been on the forefront of motivating hospitals and the physician community to use emerging technologies for medical education and training.

Eric Gantwerker, MD
VP, Medical Director
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Pat leads Level Ex’s game studio of engineers, game designers, producers, and QA analysts based in Chicago. With over 20 years of production experience behind him, Pat keeps our game studio operating at high efficiency producing revolutionary titles pushing the limits of video game tech. Prior to Level Ex, Pat led an 80-person team across 4 studios in Chicago and Las Vegas comprising of 3D artists, game designers, engineers, and mathematicians at WMS/Scientific Games. His foundation to lead multi-disciplinary teams was shaped by his early roles as a writer, video producer, and 3D/visual effects artist, developing game trailers, commercials, and films. Fun facts about Pat: he attended 3D/visual effects art school on the Universal Studios lot in Florida, modeled a spacecraft for Battlestar Galactica, and enjoys creating digital comics through his small comic publisher, Oort Cloud Comics.

Patrick Killik
Executive Producer,
Head of Production
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Itay is a world-renowned game designer, creator of award-winning independent games played by millions of users, including Mushroom 11, winner of the Apple Design Award (2017) and Google Play Standout Indie Game of the Year Award (2017). Itay leads game design, user experience, and in-game physics for Level Ex’s mobile, VR, and AR titles. He analyzes the cognitive components of Level Ex’s products, including level of challenge, complexity, and efficacy to influence physician behaviors.

Itay holds over 20 years of game design and engineering management experience, including the role of Chief Technology Officer of ICQ, an instant messaging service with over 100 million users (acquired by AOL), and lead game designer at Oberon Media. Not long after founding Brooklyn-based indie game studio Untame, he solidified his place in the video game industry as an award-winning game designer, programmer, and author. He has spoken and presented at numerous universities and industry events, including leading top-rated sessions at the biggest video game conference in the world, GDC.

Itay Keren
Lead Game Designer
 
 
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Ryan leads a talented team of 2D and 3D artists that create the spectacular anatomy and virtual patients found in Level Ex’s mobile, AR, and VR experiences. He is a highly sought-after character artist in the video game industry with numerous title credits, including Heroes Reborn, Man of Steel, Horn, WWE Immortals, and World War Z. He is driven by the process of making video games and keeping up with the fast-paced, ever-evolving industry, including bringing a creative video game pipeline into the medical space through Level Ex. Ryan oversees the creation of 3D anatomical models, animation, visual effects, and UI design. Ryan’s background includes mastery in high frequency sculpting and 3D printing. He holds a BA in Interactive Arts and Media from Columbia College in Chicago. In Ryan’s free time, you can find him working on personal VR projects, as well as collaborating with friends on indie game projects.

Ryan Blake
Creative Director,
Game Art
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Since the company's inception, Andy has led a growing development team at Level Ex. He initially designed and implemented the core systems, architecture, and learning mechanics featured across the company’s titles and now focuses on building video games in general and interventional pulmonology and a wide range of areas in anesthesiology. His acquired knowledge of both game development and medical education has made him an invaluable asset. Before Level Ex, Andy held multiple engineering roles at WMS Gaming and Phosphor Games and built educational products aligning learning objectives with game mechanics for Kaplan Higher Education. Andy holds a BFA in Time Arts from Northern Illinois University. When he is not trying to make doctors better at what they do, he is developing unique and experimental indie games, which are exhibited at art shows around Chicago. Passionate about the gaming community, Andy helps organize Bit Bash, one of the largest independent games festivals in the world.

Andy Saia
Development Lead,
Airway Ex and Pulm Ex
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Steve leads a development team at Level Ex focused on building video games in general and interventional gastroenterology and cardiology. He developed the simulations for the devices and accessories used during endoscopy, as well as enhancements to the life-like tissue interactions featured in Airway Ex and Gastro Ex. He earned his degree in General Engineering from the University of Illinois where he specialized in biomedical engineering. Steve’s career began as the Field Service Manager for Nanosphere, where he acquired his passion for software engineering and design. He has since worked with numerous companies in the Chicago technology scene from Emmi Solutions and Groupon, to newer players like Applied Pathways, AgentRun and PageVault. Steve's diverse hobbies include interior design, snowboarding, and programming language theory.

Steve Kane
Development Lead,
Gastro Ex and Cardio Ex
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Tiana ensures that Level Ex’s growth is a smooth one from managing the day-to-day operations of the company’s offices, handling payroll, HR recruitment, and remembering birthdays. She brings diverse operations experience to the team. In prior roles, she has handled union initiatives and related data reporting for SEIU 775, in addition to project manager, administrative, and operations roles for early-stage startups in the Pacific Northwest. When Tiana is not trying to outpace our fast-moving team, she enjoys her time as an award-winning performance poet, burlesque performer, and serving on the board for the non-profit, Books for Prisoners. Sometimes the team enjoys watching her yell at her favorite hockey team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, especially in Blackhawks country.

Tiana Dietz
Head of Operations 
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As Director of Talent Acquisition at Level Ex, John is in charge of reconnecting, discovering and recruiting the best video game and business development talent in the industry. He has an extensive personal network from over 25 years of experience in the technology and video game sectors creating, managing and publishing successful content on various software platforms.

John’s passion for organizing, mentoring and growing teams has been refined over numerous roles, ranging from small developers to Fortune 500 corporations. Level Ex has experienced significant growth over the last two years and John is leading the initiative to grow the team even more. Prior to his current role, he was the first internal Producer on the Midway Games Mortal Kombat team, which generated $225M in gross revenue during his 8+ years of involvement and was a #1 selling video game in North America. While at Disney Interactive’s Wideload Games, he grew and led the development of Marvel Avengers Initiative, which met a key co-marketing release date and generated over 4 million downloads in the App Store. He also held key roles in Zynga’s social casino division, a leading developer of the world's most popular social games.

Additionally, he has held roles at various media entertainment companies and electronics manufacturers, ranging from Viacom to NEC Technologies and 3Com. John holds a B.A. in Graphic Design from Millikin University in Illinois and is a member of the International Game Developers Association. John’s interests outside of recruiting includes seeing live music, riding and writing about dual-sport/adventure motorcycles, as well as spending time with his family.

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Director, Talent Acquisition 
 
 

Board

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Sam sets the vision for Level Ex and its products. He has spent his entire career leading teams and companies at the cutting-edge of the video game industry. Sam’s mission is to unleash the latest visual effects and engagement methodologies from the video game industry into the field of medicine. Before Level Ex, Sam was CEO of the leading independent game publisher in Hollywood, acquired by Playtech (PTEC) in 2016. Under his leadership, the company created award-winning mobile games for tens of millions of players based on popular films, including The Hunger Games and Mission: Impossible. Earlier in his career, Sam led the DirectX team at Microsoft and was responsible for pushing the visual limits of video games across the industry. His team’s graphics work at Microsoft resulted in a prestigious Technical Emmy for their contribution to the state-of-the-art in interactive entertainment. Sam established his roots at LucasArts working on leading games for Star Wars films.

Over the last decade, Sam has leveraged his game development expertise to pioneer the creation of award-winning medical simulations. These training tools have attracted hundreds of thousands of users and garnered support from top academic hospitals.

Sam’s name is featured on several technology patents, popular video game titles, and he has been the recipient of numerous industry awards. He currently sits on major video game and technology advisory boards, including Intel and Microsoft. Sam holds an M.S. in Computer Science, Graphics from Stanford University, and a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois.

Sam Glassenberg
Founder & CEO
Level Ex, Inc.
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John Harris
General Partner,
JAZZ Venture Partners
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Dan Malven
Managing Director,
4490 Ventures
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Genevieve leads Level Ex's commercial strategy, marketing, and healthcare partnerships, including strategic relationships with hospitals and medical societies and managing the company's physician advisory board. Since the company’s launch in 2016, she has been building awareness and engaging physician, pharmaceutical, medical device, investor, and game development audiences. Genevieve brings over 20 years of marketing experience to Level Ex, previously holding leadership roles at top healthcare companies, including WebMD and Welltok, and started her career working with consumer brands such as Adobe, Microsoft, RealNetworks, and Warner Brothers.

At WebMD, Genevieve was the head of marketing for Medscape, where she led a 30+ person team that kept Medscape as the most used, online brand by physicians, including launching their iOS and Android mobile apps to a multi-year #1 ranking, capturing 50% of US physicians as members, running product engagement to support $350 million in advertising per year, and aiding the brand's global expansion hitting 10 million professional members. Over the past decade, Genevieve has built up a sought-after knowledge base of deeply understanding how physicians are trained, their motivation and challenges, and their interactions with patients in almost every setting. Her personal health journey with Type 1 diabetes provided additional perspective on, and the drive to discover, how new technology can advance both patient and physician education.

When she isn’t picking the brain of doctors, Genevieve enjoys 3D home design and following the music industry; she’s seen over 1,000 concerts and was a freelance music writer and guitarist. Genevieve now calls the Boston area home; she runs the company’s second office in downtown Boston and is a member of Level Ex’s board of directors.

Genevieve Paquette
Chief Marketing Officer
Level Ex, Inc.
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Garrett Vygantas, MD
Managing Director,
OSF Healthcare Ventures
Board Observer
 
 

Lead Advisors

 
 
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Dr. Ehrlich serves as a Medical Director at Level Ex providing a wide range of medical oversight and ongoing guidance to support the development of the company’s gastroenterology app, Gastro Ex. He is a practicing gastroenterologist at Temple University Hospital, as well as the Co-Medical Director of the IBD Program and Associate Director of the Fellowship Program at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. His clinical interests include epidemiology of inflammatory bowel diseases.

Adam Ehrlich, MD
Medical Director,
Gastro Ex
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Dr. Glassenberg serves as an anesthesiology advisor at Level Ex. He brings over 30 years of experience in Anesthesiology, especially in difficult airway intubation. Dr. Glassenberg is an Associate Professor, Anesthesiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a practicing anesthesiologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The first prototype of Airway Ex was designed for Dr. Glassenberg to train a group of Chicago-based anesthesiologists in fiberoptic intubation.

Ray Glassenberg, MD
Medical Director,
Airway Ex
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Dr. Bajaj serves as an advisor at Level Ex sharing best practices in simulation training. She also serves as an advisor in OB/GYN surgery. Dr. Bajaj brings incredible insight to the company with her dedication to medical simulation and innovative education. She is the Clinical Director at the Institute of Medical Simulation training 40,000 providers each year that practice across NYC Health + Hospitals network (the largest public health system in the country). Dr. Bajaj is a practicing OB/GYN surgeon, reproductive geneticist, and an Associate Professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Most recently, she earned a Masters in Health Professional Education from Massachusetts General Hospital, Institute of Health Professions.

Komal Bajaj, MD
Lead Advisor,
Simulation Training
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Dr. Pichurko serves as an advisor in anesthesiology at Level Ex. Dr. Pichurko is a practicing anesthesiologist and assistant professor at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Adrian Pichurko, MD
Lead Advisor,
Anesthesiology
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Dr. Desai serves as an advisor in pulmonology at Level Ex. He is a practicing pulmonologist and is currently the Director of Chicago Chest Center, Fellowship Director and partner at Suburban Lung Associates. Dr. Desai is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases, Critical Care Medicine and Interventional Pulmonology. He has authored several peer-reviewed publications and is actively involved in research in Critical Care and Interventional Pulmonology. He is an active member of several professional societies such CHEST, AIPPD, AABIP, and ALA. He serves on the Chicago ALA leadership board and is actively involved in improving pulmonology training nationally.

Neeraj Desai, MD
Advisor,
Pulmonology
 
 
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Dr. Lerner serves as an advisor in pediatric gastroenterology at Level Ex. Dr. Lerner is a practicing pediatric gastroenterologist and assistant professor in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, with a special interest in advanced endoscopic procedures and treating patients with inflammatory bowel disease and esophageal disorders. Her other interests include meaningful patient education and quality improvement.

Diana Lerner, MD
Lead Advisor,
Pediatric Gastroenterology
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Dr. Wang serves as an advisor in the areas of gynecology, minimally invasive surgery, and robotic surgery at Level Ex. Dr. Wang is a minimally invasive gynecologic surgeon and assistant professor at Johns Hopkins Medicine, with a primary clinical focus on the surgical management of benign gynecologic conditions, including abnormal bleeding, fibroids endometriosis, pelvic pain, and office procedures. She also holds research interest in quality and safety, surgical outcomes, and surgical training.

Karen Wang, MD
Lead Advisor,
Gynecologic Surgery
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Dr. Gordon serves as an advisor in the areas of neurology and critical care at Level Ex. He has provided guidance on intubation best practices in a critical care setting, and is currently providing direction in the areas of neurology and neurosurgery simulation. Dr. Gordon is passionate about cutting edge technology and guiding its application in medicine, including onboarding state-of-the-art medical simulation programs to improve physician performance. Dr. Gordon is Medical Director, Neuro ICU at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, and an Associate Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Errol Gordon, MD
Lead Advisor,
Neurology & Critical Care
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Dr. Guitron serves as an advisor in the areas of thoracic and cardiac surgery at Level Ex. Dr. Guitron is a practicing thoracic and cardiac surgeon based in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including University of Cincinnati Medical Center and Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He is also an Assistant Professor of Surgery at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Julian Guitron, MD
Lead Advisor,
Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery
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Adam Koopersmith
Investor
Partner, Pritzker Group
 
 
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Steven Collens
Investor
CEO, MATTER