Meet the Team

Aaron Ali, M.D.

CEO, President and Co-Founder

As a Board Certified Anesthesiologist and previous member of the US Army Reserves (‘90-’96), Dr. Ali’s exemplary leadership skills began at his time as chief resident at the Duke University Anesthesiology Residency program. Since then, Dr. Ali has served as Chief of Anesthesia, Chair of Physician Peer Review, and Secretary of Seton Northwest Hospital. In 2006, Dr. Ali formed the Travis County Anesthesia Association (TCAA) and served as CEO. Dr. Ali has served as a consultant for Stryker in the Acute Pain Management division, he sits on the Board of Advisors for Capson Physician Insurance Company, and contributes to the Advisory Board of DocBookMD.

Julie Long, R.N

Chief Operating Officer

Mrs. Julie Long is an Austinite who has been in the healthcare industry for over 20 years now. As Registered Nurse who matriculated from Austin Community College Nursing Program, she worked for Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) for 10 years + as Director of Quality and Risk Management over central and west Texas. She also served as Interim Administrator at multiple surgery centers.

As Chief Operating Officer at MedtoMarket, Mrs. Long’s responsibilities include implementing efficient operations and logistics as well as directing the M2M STEM program and liaison to the American Association of Tissue Banks.

Dennis James


With degrees in Finance, JD, and MBA, Dennis’ career has been built on consulting, as well as holding board and c-level positions (COO, CFO, CLO) in start-up and early-stage businesses across a variety of industries. Prior to relocating to Austin, Dennis lived and worked in various cities including Scottsdale, Seattle, Dallas, Tokyo, and Paris. Dennis began his career as a corporate partner in a large Dallas law firm, and enjoys golf, woodworking, and reading.

John Sabra, M.D.


Dr. Sabra personifies the dedication to commitment and teamwork essential to medical and biotech innovation. During four overseas tours in the US Navy, he was a decorated officer advancing to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Now, Dr. Sabra is a Board Certified General & Trauma Surgeon and part of a team that delivers the highest level of acute surgical care in central Texas. After attending Brown University, Dr. Sabra received his M.D. from Brown University – Alpert Medical School. His internship and residency training were completed at the University of Texas Southwestern Dallas, and Parkland Memorial Hospital. Dr. Sabra’s clinical and life experience bring a wealth of resources to the MedtoMarket consulting projects

John Schlitt, M.D.


Dr. Schlitt brings diverse experience to the MedtoMarket laboratory where broadness of vision helps achieve success. His participation in the medical device industry includes education, marketing, M&A, and intellectual property development. Dr. Schlitt’s formative journey started at Rice University where he received a B.S. with honors in Chemical Engineering. Later, he obtained valuable business insight as an investment banking analyst for Paine Webber before heading to medical school at UT Southwestern in Dallas. Dr. Schlitt completed his residency in Anesthesiology at Duke University before settling in Austin, TX, He is now a private practice anesthesiologist who remains an active player in the business of medicine.