David S. Utley, MD

by Delonte Brooks

October 25, 2021

Pivot Inc.

David S. Utley, M.D. is currently the President and CEO (founder) for Pivot Inc. in Redwood City, California, a digital health company innovating in the tobacco use cessation space. Pivot, delivers evidence-based smoking cessation strategies with engaging web-based and mobile applications, facilitated by data from novel wearable devices that quantify smoking exposure. Previously, David was chief medical officer for Covidien, GI Solutions (formerly BÂRRX Medical, Inc. and founded in 2003) in Sunnyvale, California, a medical device company that develops endoscopic systems for treating diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, including Barrett’s esophagus and squamous neoplasia of the esophagus. Dr. Utley graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed his surgical training in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery as well as facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at Stanford University Medical Center, where he was subsequently appointed to the faculty as clinical assistant professor of surgery. He has over 25 peer-reviewed publications related to GI, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and otolaryngology.

Dr. Utley has had a role as founder, chief medical officer, or member of the board of directors with several start-up medical device companies, including: Somnus Medical Technologies (ENT), Curon Medical (GI), Aetherworks (pulmonary), BAROnova (GI), Freedom-2 (plastics), and CoAlign Innovations (spine), and is the inventor on more than 65 issued U.S. patents and 100 published U.S. patents.