Debbie Kantor APRN, MSN

Associate Scholar

  •  Founder and CEO of Hero Medical | Co-Founder of Constant Connection
  •  Australia | Israel | Kenya
  •   Acute Care | Head Injury | Mental health | Triage

Languages: Hebrew (conversational), Spanish (limited)

Bio statement

Debbie Kantor APRN, MSN is a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner trained at Penn, where she sat on the Clinical Faculty of the Penn School of Nursing from 1999-2005. She is the Founder and CEO of Hero Medical, a MedTech company tackling the prehospital care of head injuries and stroke. According to WHO, Traumatic Brain Injury is the leading cause of trauma-related death and disability around the world. Her company is creating an accessible and inexpensive platform to more rapidly bandage and monitor head-injured patients. She is also co-founder of Constant Connection, a startup creating a global platform for wellness and resources for caregivers.

Recent global health projects

1. My company, Hero Medical, has just been accepted to the first cohort of the Global Health Impact Fund's MedLabs Accelerator. We are funded by Johnson & Johnson JLAbs and working on a mobile App platform for faster neurological and patient assessment in the prehospital setting, where skilled clinicians might not be available. We are involved in MedTech APAC, and our founders are from Australia, India and the United States.

2. I am the co-founder of Constant Connection, a multicultural and globally represented company that was founded from the Microsoft/Johnson & Johnson/SONSIEL Hackathon. We have representation from Kenya, India, and the United States. Our new startup has already been accepted to the Wadhani Foundation's NextGen Ignite Africa.

Selected publications

Collins, C. et al (2020). HERO Head Injury Bandage Application: A Double Cross-Over Safety, Tolerability, and Time-Comparative Study with Standard of Care Head Wrapped Cotton Gauze. Mayo Clinic Annual House of Surgery Symposium. Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida.

Kantor, D. et al (2020). Feasibility Study of a Novel One-Piece Cap-Shaped Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Head Bandage: Paving the Way for Rapid Treatment and Triage of TBI Using a Sensor-Embedded Head Bandage for Point of Injury and Pre-Hospital Care. Military Health Systems Research Symposium, 2020. Virtual due to Covid-19.