Meet the Team
Joseph Gaut, MD, PhD – Founder
Dr. Gaut is an expert renal pathologist with decades of contribution to national and international efforts to improve biopsy evaluation. Dr. Gaut leads the ongoing clinical development and validation of Trusted Kidney’s deep learning algorithm. At Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, he is the Ladenson Professor of Pathology and Immunology, as well as Division Chief of Anatomic and Molecular Pathology and Section Head of Renal Pathology, Donor Organ Evaluation, and Genitourinary Pathology. Dr. Gaut’s group was the first to develop a deep learning method to segment and quantify percent global glomerulosclerosis on donor kidney biopsy frozen section whole slide images.
S. Joshua Swamidass, MD, PhD – Founder
Dr. Swamidass is an Associate Professor of Pathology and Immunology at Washington University in St. Louis. He is a leader in deep learning and computational approaches to solve problems at the intersection of chemistry, biology and medicine. His computational group designed and developed Trusted Kidney’s deep learning approach to whole slide images for donor kidney biopsy.
Victoria Swamidass, MBA – CEO
Ms. Swamidass leads the development of Trusted Kidney for commercial use. Since 2018, she has led the engineering effort to create an intuitive, powerful application for pathologists to access the deep learning approach to kidney biopsy. Ms. Swamidass holds 18 years of experience in healthcare technology, with deep expertise in physician engagement. In past roles, she was responsible for the product development and market launch of multi-million dollar healthcare programs.
Rick Berry, Director of Information and Technology
Mr. Berry has engineered the Trusted Kidney cloud-based tool from prototype in 2018 through today’s beta version software product. With 20 years of experience and a BS in Computer Science, Rick is an expert-level engineer with a background in scientific programming and research. Rick artfully builds complex healthcare solutions that operationalize and scale academic efforts into market-ready clinical tools. He performs application programming, secure web application development, and cloud architecture design and engineering.
Mike Blackford, Director of Experience
Mr. Blackford designs each component of Trusted Kidney’s user interface (UI)
with the pathologist in mind. He holds more than 15 years of UI experience,
creating intuitive interfaces for complex, data-driven platforms and applications. He manages highly technical design needs while empathizing with the user to create cutting-edge interactions for complex data solutions. With both design and technical skills, Mike holds a BFA and senior level experience with several billion-dollar corporations including digital marketing, design, product development, and creation of fully accessible WCAG AA websites.