Cartessa works in consultation with an esteemed Medical and Strategic Advisory board to discover and vet those aesthetic devices that offer something exceptional for doctors and patients.



Nazanin Saedi, MD
Chair - Medical Advisory Board

Dr. Nazanin Saedi is the Director of Jefferson Laser Surgery and Cosmetic Center. She is a board-certified and fellowship trained dermatologist specializing in dermatologic surgery and cosmetic dermatology.

Dr. Saedi graduated cum laude from Princeton University, and then graduated with distinction and AOA honors from the George Washington University School of Medicine. She completed her residency at the University of California, where she served as the Chief Resident. Dr. Saedi completed a fellowship with SkinCare Physicians in cosmetic, laser, and dermatologic surgery.

In addition to her role as Director, she is currently an Associate Professor of Dermatology at Thomas Jefferson University. She lectures internationally and nationally on topics regarding laser surgery and cosmetic dermatology. She is an active member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery(ASDS), and the American Society for Laser Surgery and Medicine(ASLMS). She has served as chair of several ASLMS committees and served as the Annual Meeting Chair for ASLMS 2017. Dr. Saedi in active in many clinical trials and has authored over 60 articles and book chapters.



Emil Tanghetti, MD
Medical Advisory Board

Dr. Tanghetti is a board-certified dermatologist and a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. He is currently listed in the “Best Doctors in America” Pacific region and has been recognized as “Top Doc” by his peers in Sacramento magazine. Dr. Tanghetti has received the “Hero in Health Care” award for his volunteer work in removing tattoos for the California Youth Authority.

Dr. Tanghetti has been active in clinical studies for more than a decade. His research interests have focused on laser surgery, psoriasis, actinic keratosis, photo aging and acne vulgaris. His work has been published in journals such as Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, Journal of Dermatologic Surgery, The Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy, and Cutis. He has also recently been named to the editorial board of Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. Dr. Tanghetti has presented data at the meetings of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, the American Academy of Dermatology and Laser Innsbruck, and is an internationally recognized speaker and consultant. He is a fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, and a member of the California Medical Association, the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Dermatology.



Thomas Griffin, Jr., MD
Medical Advisory Board

Dr. Griffin is the Director of our Cosmetic and Laser Surgery Center. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame. After studying the microbiology of skin with the Department of Dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Griffin graduated from Jefferson Medical College where he was elected to the Hobart Armory Hare surgical honor society and the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. Dr. Griffin subsequently completed his residency training with the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Biology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Currently, Dr. Griffin is an active member in the Philadelphia Dermatological Society, Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology and holds volunteer positions in both the Membership and Finance committees of the American Society for Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. Dr. Griffin believes in a patient centered approach to dermatologic care and has a passion for surgical and aesthetic dermatology.



Jordana Herschthal, MD
Medical Advisory Board

Dr. Jordana Herschthal is a board-certified dermatologist, and a diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology. In addition to general dermatology, she is an expert in cosmetic treatments, dermal fillers, laser procedures, dermatologic surgery, and skin cancer management, including Mohs surgery. Prior to joining the practice, Dr. Herschthal completed her BA degree from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, her Medical degree from the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine, her Medical internship at Columbia University’s St. Lukes Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan, New York and her Dermatology residency at University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami (where she earned the Excellence in Dermatologic Surgery Award).



Carey Nease, MD
Medical Advisory Board

Dr. Nease is certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the American Board of Otolaryngology. He has performed more than 8,000 cosmetic surgical procedures, using innovative techniques with laser technology and unsurpassed commitment to excellence through surgical artistry.

As a Fellowship Director for the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Nease provides training to American Board of Medical Specialties-certified fellows who are either general surgeons, plastic surgeons or head and neck surgeons. He is also a board-examiner and trustee of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and the 2017 President Elect for the American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery (ABFCS). He was named Best of the Best Cosmetic Surgeon for six consecutive years in Chattanooga, TN.



Sejal Shah, MD
Medical Advisory Board

Sejal K. Shah, MD, FAAD is a board-certified dermatologist in private practice in the Tribeca — Financial District of Manhattan, New York. She performs all aspects of dermatology with an expertise in cosmetic dermatology and lasers, hair loss, and ethnic skin at her offices inside SmarterSkin Dermatology. Dr. Shah graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Alabama. Afterward, she went on to do her postgraduate studies and subsequently earned her medical degree, at the prestigious Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. After completing her internship in internal medicine at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, she completed a two-year clinical research fellowship at the Skin of Color Center. Returning to Mount Sinai St. Luke’s-Roosevelt, she completed her dermatology residency and served as chief resident during her senior year. She continues to remain on faculty in the department of dermatology where she teaches the cosmetic clinic.

Dr. Shah is also the author of numerous articles and book chapters. She has presented at several national and international meetings as a speaker of quality and merit. Through her inspired work, she has also been featured in many mainstream online, print, and TV media.



Joseph Caruso
Strategic Advisory Board Member

Joseph has over thirty years of broad executive management experience including over a decade as a CEO and Chairman of the Board of a publicly traded medical device company, Palomar Medical Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ; PMTI). He has a broad operational, financial, administrative, and general management experience with public and private companies including an extensive business development, mergers and acquisition, accounting, financing, investor relations and strategic partnership experience. Palomar merged with Cynosure (NASDAQ:CYNO) for $300M in 2013 to create the premier laser aesthetic company in the space. The combined company has direct offices in nine countries and sells into 100 countries. Joe joined Palomar in 1991 as one of 6 members of the founding management team and grew revenues from start up to over $100M.

Joseph is currently a member of Launchpad Venture Group, a Boston-based angel investment group providing funding and advice to early-stage companies focusing on innovative, technology-driven companies.