Author Archives: Dr. Bob Smouse

Dr. Bob Smouse is a Peoria interventional radiologist and founder of BrightWater Medical, Inc.—a company recently acquired by Utah-based Merit Medical Systems. Dr. Smouse invented the ConvertX® Stent System, a medical device that reduces the need for multiple procedures for patients suffering from severe urinary tract and bile duct obstructions.

Dr. Smouse, who is also a professor of radiology and surgery at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria and his company were one of the first startups to be invested in by OSF Ventures, the corporate investment arm of OSF HealthCare. BrightWater is the first company to exit OSF Ventures.