Ross Longhini has resigned as executive vice president/COO of American Medical Systems (AMS; Minnetonka, Minnesota). Longhini joined the company in 2003 as EVP/chief technology officer and was promoted in 2006 to EVP/COO. He will serve in his current role through early April to allow for a smooth transition of his responsibilities. Tony Bihl, President/CEO, said the COO position will not be filled, but that the company would take steps to add a top technology leader to its executive team to reinforce its commitment to being the technology leader in the pelvic health markets it serves. AMS is a diversified supplier of medical devices and procedures to cure erectile dysfunction, benign prostate hyperplasia, incontinence, menorrhagia, prolapse and other pelvic disorders in men and women.

Richard Slansky has been named CFO of Digirad (Poway, California), a provider of diagnostic imaging systems, personnel and services. He replaces Interim CFO Todd Clyde, who will continue to serve as president/CEO. Slansky has served for the past six years as president/CFO of SpaceDev, a space technology/aerospace company acquired by Sierra Nevada Corp. in December.

Edgar Heizer III, has been elected a member of the board of directors of LCA-Vision (Cincinnati), bringing total board membership to six, including five independent directors. Heizer is chairman and former CEO of Manus Health Systems, a multi-site dental-care provider he founded in 1997. LCA-Vision is a provider of laser vision correction services under the LasikPlus brand, operating 75 fixed-site laser vision correction centers in 32 states and 57 markets in the U.S. and a joint venture in Canada.

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