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Peak Heart Inc.

Peak Heart services cardiac pacemakers & implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) to improve patient safety, health, & happiness.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Medical Devices and Equipment
  • Location Conifer, Colorado, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded August 2009
  • Employees 9
  • Website

Company Summary

Patients with implanted pacemakers & defibrillators need regular “device checkups”. Historically, the 5 device manufacturers provided these services at their own cost (often reluctantly & late). Now Peak Heart performs these services & bills the hospitals or cardiologists directly, depending on the service. Peak Heart is on-time & uses the safest procedures & technologies. Result: Safer, happier patients, doctors, hospitals & manufacturers.


  • Stacey has 24 years of experience guiding medical device & information technology companies (start-ups to multinationals) primarily in cardiac surgery & interventional cardiology. His expertise covers a wide spectrum including executive leadership, sales, marketing leadership, product management, new business development, international commercialization, R&D product mapping, product/system/software planning & development & strategic management.

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    Gabriela Stevens

    Gabriela has a varied career with a broad scope of management & clinical experiences. She is a serious patient & health care advocate. She started Peak Heart with Jim Ratliff at the suggestion of Dr. Will Choe. She previously founded Strictly Surgical, Inc. a niche-market staffing agency for nurses. Strictly Surgical has been serving CO hospitals for 11 years. She graduated summa cum laude with a BSN degree from Loma Linda University in CA.

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    Jim Ratliff
    Chief Operating Officer

    Jim has spent 40 yrs. in management. He built Peak Heart to prove viability of a national service model. Since 2008, Jim has been operations mgr. for Strictly Thermal. Earlier, Jim led operations for MasterDrive. Jim spent 23 yrs. in the US Air Force & retired as Master Sergeant. He served in Law Enforcement, Investigations, & Aide for Security at Blytheville AFB, Andrews AFB, Cheyenne Mtn., SecDef & JCS, Ofc. of Vice Chairman, Pentagon.

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    Paul Ruzumna, M.D.

    Dr. Ruzumna received medical training at Wayne State Univ. School of Medicine in Detroit. He completed his internship, residency & a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Northwestern Univ. Med. Ctr. in Chicago. He is board certified in Cardiology & is a Fellow in the American College of Cardiology. He is on staff at NW Community Hospital & Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. He has published articles on heart failure & myocardial infarction.

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    Will Choe, M.D.
    Advisor-Electrophysiologist, Cardiologist

    Co-Founder: Dr. Choe received his B.A. in Chemistry at the Univ.of Chicago & his M.D at Northwestern Univ. He obtained his Internal Medicine Residency & Cardiology Fellowship at Northwestern Univ. McGaw Med. Center, & was named Chief Cardiology Fellow his senior year. Dr. Choe completed his Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship at Northwestern. Dr. Choe is board certified in Internal Medicine & Cardiovascular Diseases & Electrophysiology.

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    Chris Taylor, Ph.D.
    Advisor-Commercial Leader-CRDM Industry

    Chris has been at Biotronik since 2009 as Dir.-Sales Operations & Dir.-Education & Training. Chris was at Medtronic (1998-2009) as Dir.-Field Sales Training (2006-9), Sr. Mgr.-Global Product Launches (2003-6), Sales Rep. (2000-3), & Technical Field Engineer (1998–2000). He was a Helicopter Pilot in the US Army Reserve (1987-1993). He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the Univ. of TX-Austin & his B.A. in Chemistry at the Univ. of St. Thomas.

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    Barbara Fried, M.D.

    Dr. Fried is certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology and is a member of South Denver Anesthesiologists. Dr Fried received her M.D. in Anesthesiology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. She did her residency at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and her fellowship in Cardiac Anesthesia at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Fried is a member of the Colorado Medical Society and the Arapahoe Medical Society.

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    Adam Evearitt
    Advisor-Medical Physicist

    Adam Evearitt M.S., DABR is a board certified Medical Physicist through the American Board of Radiology. He is a Qualified Inspector for all x-ray producing machine for the CO Dept. of Public Health & Environment. Adam has a Master's Degree in Radiological Physics from Wayne State University. He has worked for Centennial Medical Physics, LLC since 2006 as a clinical therapy physicist for the Hope Cancer Care Ctr. at Longmont United Hospital.


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    Gregory C. Weiss - Weiss & Eason, L.L.P. - 128 Century Oaks 3722 Sunset Blvd Mandeville, Louisiana 48324
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    Mark Carson - Mark H. Carson & Associates P.C. - 1790 30th Street, Suite 418, Boulder CO, 80301

Previous Investors

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    We have run Peak Heart profitably for 2.5 years without any external funding.