Leadership

Kevin Slawin, MD
Founder and Managing Partner

Kevin Slawin, MD. is the Founder and Managing Partner of Rapha Capital Management, LLC.  He is a successful and experienced oncologic and robotic surgeon, biotech consultant, investor, and founder focusing on disruptive technologies in oncology, T cells and immunotherapies, and other breakthrough healthcare technologies.  He is the founder of Bellicum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLCM) and the Vanguard Urologic Institute at Memorial Hermann Medical Group in Houston, Texas, where he was also the Director of Urology at Memorial Hermann Hospital. Slawin graduated, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry from Columbia University, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.  He earned his medical degree in 1986 from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society.  He trained in General Surgery and then Urology at the Mount Sinai Hospital and at Squier Urologic Clinic at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, both in NYC.  Later, he was awarded a two-year fellowship, from 1992-1994, as an American Foundation of Urologic Disease (AFUD) scholar at Baylor College of Medicine to continue to study the development and treatment of prostate cancer under the tutelage of renowned prostate cancer surgeon and thought leader, Dr. Peter Scardino. Slawin joined the Baylor College of Medicine as Director of The Baylor Prostate Center in 1994, and was appointed the Dan Duncan Family Professor in Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases in 2003, established by the well known Houston oil man and philanthropist of the same name. In 2004, he founded Bellicum Phamaceuticals, which he subsequently took public on the NASDAQ in 2014 (NASDAQ: BLCM).  In 2007, he left the full-time faculty of Baylor to found The Vanguard Urologic Institute, that works on advancing treatment of urologic diseases. Slawin is a pioneer in the development of Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy.   He is co-Inventor of the FDA-approved “prostate health index (phi)” test licensed and marketed by Beckman Coulter and utilized around the world.  He has published extensively in top medical and scientific journals including the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI), and the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) He has also been routinely listed in America’s Top Doctors for Cancer (Castle Connolly Medical) and The Best Doctors in America (Woodward/White).  In 2003, he was awarded the F. Brantley Scott, Jr., Award for Innovation and Creativity in Urology.