Stephen Winowich — President
Stephen Winowich was appointed to his current role as President of Procirca in 2010. Prior to this, Mr. Winowich was the Vice-President and COO of Vital Engineering, a division of Procirca that arose from the UPMC Artificial Heart Program where he specialized in mechanical circulatory support. He has held numerous technical and leadership roles in Vital Engineering and the UPMC Artificial Heart Program during his 23 year tenure and has participated in the care of over 700 Ventricular Assist Device and Total Artificial Heart patients. Mr. Winowich assumed the role of Director of the Clinical Artificial Heart Program for UPMC in 1996, and presently serves as the Senior Advisor.
Mr. Winowich has exceptional understanding of the development and clinical translation of advanced technologies. He participated in the first ever HeartMate® II implant, served on the data safety and monitoring boards and participated on clinical advisory committees for an array of circulatory support device manufacturers. Mr. Winowich also serves on the executive committee of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
Mr. Winowich earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.
Bob Dyga, RN — Vice President, Perfusion Operations
Bob Dyga, vice president of perfusion operations, is responsible for daily operations of Procirca's staff in all client locations. Prior to his current role, Mr. Dyga was corporate director for Procirca’s Perioperative Blood Management Program. In this position, he introduced a patient-centered, evidence-based program for optimizing blood product utilization, which led to AABB accreditation in 2004.
Mr. Dyga joined Procirca in 2002, following 35 years as director of perfusion services for a multi-centered hospital. He has over 40 years of health care experience, starting as a cardiothoracic ICU nurse and progressing into clinical perfusion. He actively pursues research, publishing, and speaking opportunities.
Mr. Dyga obtained his RN degree from St. Francis School of Nursing and holds a bachelor's degree in hospital administration from St. Joseph’s College.
Rick Schaub, PhD — Senior Director, Vital Engineering
Rick Schaub has been in his current role since 2010. Prior to this position, he served as clinical research coordinator for the UPMC Artificial Heart Program and is also an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Schaub has been an integral part of Vital Engineering and the UPMC Artificial Heart Program since 1988. Over this time, he has participated in the care of more than 600 VAD patients and 20 years of IABP experience.
Spanning the full product lifecycle, Dr. Schaub supports the development of technical training programs for VAD manufacturers, as well as VAD program design and enhancements for major medical facilities around the world. As a researcher, he focuses on improving outcomes for patients receiving mechanical circulatory support with specific interest in totally implantable VAD systems.
Dr. Schaub has a master's degree in chemical engineering and a doctorate in bioengineering, both from the University of Pittsburgh.