Native Cardio Management Team


Dr. Joseph V. Pergolizzi., MD

Joseph Pergolizzi, MD, CEO – Dr. Joseph V. Pergolizzi, Jr. is an internationally recognized thought leader in anesthesiology, internal medicine, perioperative care, pain medicine, critical and palliative care, pharmacology, drug development and regulatory affairs. As a drug and device regulatory subject matter expert, Dr. Pergolizzi is a top consultant for numerous blockbuster-branded medications.  He is an experienced C-suite executive who brings an extensive professional network and background in global healthcare to Native Cardio.

He is the co-founder of NEMA Research, Inc., a specialty CRO, a former invited subcommittee member of the FDA Safe Use Initiative, an SGE VAH Grant Reviewer, a section Chairman of PAINWEEK, and Consultant to Global Pain Initiative’s Board of Directors. Dr. Pergolizzi is the former director of business development and financial affairs for the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Clinical Trials Unit and a former part-time adjunct faculty member in the Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. Pergolizzi has published over 100 peer-reviewed medical articles and is frequently invited to share his presentations at scientific conferences around the world.

Young D. Kim, MD, Chief Science Officer – Dr. Kim is former Chairman and Professor, Department of Anesthesia, Georgetown University Medical Center 2004-2012. Dr. Kim is a former NIH researcher with over 40-years of cardiovascular anesthesia clinical and research experience. Dr. Kim has been awarded multiple research grants for his work and has exhibited his findings at numerous scientific conferences. Dr. Kim is the author of over 150 peer-reviewed articles, abstracts, and platform presentations in his areas of interest and expertise. He is an internationally recognized expert and is in demand as a lecturer. He holds U.S. patents for his innovations.

Gary Dixon, Director Operations and Business Development – Mr. Dixon has 30-years of international experience within the medical device, biotech, and commercial technology industries. He has had a successful career in coaching and leading both domestic and international teams. His areas of expertise include: product development, operational leadership, sales leadership, new therapy research and development, upstream and downstream marketing, global sales, and business development. Mr. Dixon has experience and a proven track record of strategic worldwide product development from the start-up phase through full product commercialization.

Mr. Dixon has held executive leadership positions at: Osteometer, Criticare, Mortara Alliance Laundry Systems, Axiom Worldwide.He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Barry University in Miami and a Master’s degree from St. Leo University in San Antonio, Fl.