Richard J. DeRisio, MS

Richard DeRisio joined Covidien in March 2012 as Vice President, Global Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs.
For several years DeRisio was vice president, global regulatory affairs for Abbott Medical Optics, Inc. (AMO; Santa Ana, CA). At previous companies, including Kinetic Concepts Inc., Johnson & Johnson, and Pfizer, Mr. DeRisio had clinical, regulatory, and quality responsibility for a variety of products including mechanical heart valves, defibrillators, electrophysiology catheters, wound-healing systems, robotic-surgery devices, and sterilization equipment. His responsibilities have included clinical research, product approvals, quality assurance, and compliance. During a 10-year career at FDA, Mr. DeRisio worked in the Division of Field Operations in the Field Engineering Group and the Foreign Inspection Branch, and later at CDRH in the Office of Compliance. Mr. DeRisio is a graduate of Cornell University, where he received a bachelor of science in chemical engineering and master of science in food science and technology with a minor in microbiology. He is a former member of the board of directors of AAMI and has served as an instructor in the FDA/AAMI GMP training course. Mr. DeRisio is a member of AAMI, AdvaMed, ASQ, and the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society. He serves on the editorial advisory boards of Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry magazine and Devices and Diagnostic Letter. His publications and presentations have addressed product approvals, quality systems, risk assessment, FDA inspection compliance, and sterilization sciences. He has been a member of MD&DI's Editorial Advisory Board since 1993.