Ross Jaffe, MD

Venture Advisor, Menlo Park

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Ross Jaffe, MD is an experienced healthcare venture capitalist with particular expertise in medical technology. Dr. Jaffe is one of the founding Managing Directors of Versant Ventures, a healthcare-focused venture capital firm, where for the last twenty years he has focused primarily on early-stage medical device companies. Having retired from active investing for Versant in 2016, he now serves as a Venture Advisor to New Enterprise Associates (NEA) while completing his Versant responsibilities. Prior to founding Versant, Dr. Jaffe was a General Partner at Brentwood Venture Capital, where he led investments in medical device, drug delivery, biotechnology, healthcare services, and healthcare information system companies.

Dr. Jaffe has served on the boards of multiple successful medical technology companies, including Acclarent, St. Francis Medical Technologies, Therasense, Insulet, Novacept, and Ablation Frontiers. He currently represents Versant on the boards of AlterG and Minerva Surgical, and represents NEA on the boards of Fire1, Relievant, Vertiflex, and VytronUS. He is also a director of DocMatter. Dr. Jaffe earned a BA in Policy Studies from Dartmouth; an MD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He completed his residency in internal medicine and served as part-time attending physician at the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Jaffe has played an active role in the venture capital and medical device communities, including serving as a Director of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), the Western Association of Venture Capitalists, and the Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC), an FDA-industry public-private partnership focused on improving regulatory science regarding medical technology. Dr. Jaffe was honored with the NVCA Outstanding Service Award in 2017 and has been recognized on the Forbes Midas List of leading venture capitalists in 2008, 2011, and 2012. Dr. Jaffe is a current member and former Chair of the Board of Advisors of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, and a former Chair of the Board of the Children's Health Council in Palo Alto, CA.