From left to right: Dr. Westover, Dr. Acacio, Dr. Shulman and Dr. Goering (Dr. Salari and Dr. Wheless in absentia).


CombiMatrix's Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) is composed of leading clinicians and healthcare professionals from institutions across the United States who specialize in perinatal pathology, maternal fetal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, reproductive medicine and fertility

  • Brian D. Acacio, MD, is Medical Director and Founder of the Acacio Fertility Center in Laguna Niguel, Calif., which specializes in reproductive endocrinology, and has been a practicing OB/GYN for 23 years. He is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Pacific Coast OB/GYN Society, and member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and Pacific Coast Reproductive Society. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and received multiple awards including the 2014 "Patient's Choice Award." Dr. Acacio graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed his residency at LAC + USC Medical Center.
  • Matthew C. Goering, PhD, HCLD, is Director of Clinical Embryology at the Center for Advanced Reproductive Medicine at the University of Kansas and Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He serves as a clinical consultant on in vitro fertilization and embryology for several laboratories. Dr. Goering is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, American Association of Bioanalysts and American Society of Human Genetics. He received a BS in biology and chemistry from Bethel College and a doctorate in molecular biology from the University of Kansas School of Medicine.
  • Thomas Westover, MD, FACOG, is an Assistant Professor of Maternal Fetal Medicine and Obstetrics/Gynecology at Cooper Medical School, Rowan University in Camden, NJ. He is former President of the NJ Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine, the current Vice Chair of the NJ Section of the American College of ObG, the Co-Chair of the NJ Hospital Association Statewide Perinatal Safety Collaborative and a member of the ACOG District 3 Advisory Council. Dr. Westover graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, NJ Medical School in Newark, NJ, and completed a residency in Obstetrics/Gynecology and fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at UMDNJ, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ. Dr. Westover noted ACOG's statement in Practice Bulletin #102 that the "most important components of a stillbirth examination are fetal autopsy, karyotype and placenta examination," and further that the NICHD Stillbirth Collaborative Research Network published in the New England Journal of Medicine that microarray testing of stillbirths, such as the test offered by CombiMatrix, was more likely than traditional karyotype to provide a genetic result and was better at detecting genetic abnormalities when aneuploidy is present.
  • Kathy Salari, MD, specializes in Maternal Fetal Medicine at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Dr. Salari has authored multiple research articles, reviews and editorials on obstetrics and gynecology published in peer-reviewed journals. She graduated from the University of California at San Diego, completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology and her fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
  • James W. Wheless, MD, FAAP, FAAN, is Chief of Pediatric Neurology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and is Director of the Neurosciences Institute and Director of Comprehensive Epilepsy Program at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. He is also a Diplomat of the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with special qualifications in child neurology, clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy.  He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Neurology.  He has been a member of the editorial boards of numerous peer-reviewed journals and is a current member at the Journal of Child Neurology and Neurotherapeutics.  He has written three books and more than 50 chapters related to pediatric neurology, and has authored more than 450 articles published in peer-reviewed journals and abstracts presented at scientific conferences.  He has received numerous awards and honors, including "Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare," "Who's Who in the World" and "Best Doctors in America." 
    Dr. Wheless received his M.D. from the University of Oklahoma, and completed residencies in pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma and in pediatric neurology at Northwestern University at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago.