Our Executive Team

Saman Askari

Co-Founder & CEO

Saman is a healthcare leader who has helped organizations extend access to care and create sustainable growth through process improvement and resource efficiency, while maintaining a high standard for quality of care.

Inspired by personal challenges and a vision to provide accessible, risk-appropriate reproductive care for families, he co-founded Mitera in 2019. Prior to that, Saman ran the operations at a healthcare organization and led it through a significant growth phase. He oversaw the implementation of various automation and digitization initiatives, digital marketing strategies and employee expansion and training programs. His work and influence led to highly improved delivery of care and increased patient satisfaction.

His goal at Mitera is to help democratize access to reproductive genetic information in a responsible manner by leading the company in efficiently scaling its operations and maintaining its quality of care. By doing so, he believes he can contribute to significant improvements in reproductive outcomes for families.

Saman has an MBA from Northeastern University and an M.Eng. from MIT-Zaragoza, which is part of MIT’s Global SCALE Network.

Kathy Salari, MD

Co-Founder & Chief Medical Officer 

Dr. Kathy Salari is a maternal-fetal medicine subspecialist with expertise in caring for high-risk pregnancies. Her clinical work primarily focuses on reproductive genetics and fetal imaging.

She received her Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Genetics from U.C. Berkeley in 2001 and her medical degree from U.C. San Diego in 2008. She then went on to complete her residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology followed by a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Michigan in 2014. Following completion of her training, she began her clinical career as a maternal-fetal medicine specialist in the San Francisco Bay Area. In a period of two years she was named Chair of Clinical Genetics as well as the Director of Fetal Imaging and Perinatal Genetics at Palo Alto Medical Foundation. During her tenure as the director of a high volume fetal imaging center and maternal-fetal medicine group, her passion for timely and accurate diagnosis of birth defects and delivery of evidence-based obstetric care was emboldened.

Driven by a vision for bringing subspecialty reproductive health expertise to every pregnant person across the country, she founded Mitera in 2019. By employing a telehealth platform for reproductive genetic testing, she hopes to bridge gaps in maternity care and broaden access to the responsible delivery of diagnostic technologies across the country.