The Medical Advisory Board

The Medical Advisory Board’s mandate involves providing strategic guidance on clinical research, advising on emerging healthcare trends and advancements for maternal and infant health, engaging with worldwide professional communities, and assessing quality of care.

Owlet Sr. Director, Medical Affairs

Dr. Alisa Niksch

Dr. Kiksch will drive our research strategy and execution,  subject matter expert to support functional teams, manage our Medical Advisory Board (MAB), and establish relationships with worldwide Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs).

Dr. Alisa Niksch started practicing at Tufts Medical Center, was Chief Medical Officer of Genetesis, a company that created a novel cloud-connected and AI-powered cardiac diagnostics and imaging platform, and an advisor for multiple healthcare startup companies like AliveCor, Cohere Health, PraxSim VR, Medaica, Zephyr Technologies, and Sproutling.  She continues to be a startup mentor with programs at Northeastern University and MassChallenge HealthTech. She has authored book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals on wearable technologies and home healthcare. She has spoken on AI in medicine and the role of wearables.  She is a graduate of The University of Virginia School of Medicine and completed her cardiology and electrophysiology fellowship training at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital at Columbia University Medical Center and Stanford/UCSF Medical Centers.

Milena Adamian, MD PhD MSc

Dr. Adamian brings a unique perspective of a clinician and academic researcher enriched by the industry and investment experience. As an award-winning thought leader, she recognizes disruptive methodologies, trends, and solutions for top-tier companies, medical institutions, and start-ups. She excels in advancing pivotal initiatives into effective partnerships.

Over 25 years of her career, Dr. Adamian roles included leadership positions at Boston Scientific Corporation, Lehman Brothers, Easton Capital Partners, NY Academy of Sciences, Azimuth Ventures, and Owlet Baby Care.

 Milena Adamian was named to the TechWeek100 2014 list of Leaders in NYC with a significant impact on business and technology, Women of Influence Honoree 2015 by New York Business Journal, and Woman of Impact 2017 by Impactmania.

Dr. Adamian is a member of the American College of Cardiology, she authored and co-authored 29 scientific peer-reviewed manuscripts.

Gabrielle Gold-Von Simson MD, MSC

Dr. Gold-von Simson is a Pediatric Hospitalist and the Medical Director of Inpatient Pediatrics 9 east, at Tisch Hospital/NYULMC. She earned her Masters in Clinical Investigation as an NIH K30 awardee. Her current research involves pediatric clinical trials, and she has also been involved with the formulation of a compound for dose escalation, safety, and efficacy trials. 

Dr. Gold-von Simson's ultimate goals are to build upon the wide breadth of the clinical inpatient experience to enhance NYU Langone Medical Center's mission, to continue to perform clinical research, specifically early stage clinical trials, and to expand the teaching programs at the NYU School of Medicine, specifically within her area of expertise, drug development and Entrepreneurship.

Joseph R Hageman, MD

Dr. Joseph Hageman has been Director of NICU Quality Improvement at Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago since 2015. He was Director of Pediatric Resident Research for the previous 5 years (2010-2015). He was Director of Inpatient Pediatrics, Pediatric Critical Care, apnea care physician, and a pediatric hospitalist from 1983-2007 at Evanston Hospital, NorthShore University Health System. He is a Senior Clinician Educator, Pritzker School of Medicine,

University of Chicago Medicine, and an Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University.

Laura A Jana, MD

Pediatrician, educator, health communicator and award-winning author, Dr. Laura Jana finds connections across disciplines and crystallizes big ideas into far reaching, real world applications, with a focus on social impact. Currently an Associate Research Professor at Penn State’s Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, Dr. Jana was most recently Director of Innovation in Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Particularly interested in improving life outcomes for all children, she continues to serve as a strategic consultant to numerous government, nonprofit, and corporate clients and has become adept at navigating the traditionally siloed worlds of academia, medicine, education, publishing, and commerce.