MDEA Jurors Bring Insight, Expertise to Awards

Originally Published MDDI April 2006MDEA 2006MDEA 2006

April 1, 2006

7 Min Read
MDEA Jurors Bring Insight, Expertise to Awards

The Medical Design Excellence Awards couldn't survive without discerning adjudication. This year, 12 jurors brought an extensive range of knowledge and experience from across the medical device spectrum to the judging table. Areas of expertise include product design, clinical engineering, biomedical engineering, neuroscience, biomaterials research, nursing, human factors, and product development. These are the brightest and best, and we are proud to have them as MDEA jurors.

Tor Alden is principal and owner of HS Design Inc. (Gladstone, NJ), a full-service product development firm specializing in the medical and healthcare marketplace with a focus on user-driven design. His experience includes more than 15 years in product design and corporate branding, during which he has received more than 20 design and utility patents. He is active in the Industrial Designers Society of America, for which he currently serves as vice chair of the medical section.


Gail D. Baura is vice president for research and chief scientist for San Diego-based CardioDynamics, a company that makes noninvasive, continuous cardiac-output monitoring equipment. She manages projects that use system theory to improve device performance and invent diagnostic parameters for new markets. She also wrote the first textbook combining system theory and patient monitoring. A senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), she belongs to IEEE's Signal Processing Society and Engineers in Medicine and Biology Society. Baura holds 13 U.S. patents and has another seven pending.


Jeff L. Butler is principal engineer at Sysmed Enterprises Inc. (Richardson, TX), a firm that offers clinical engineering consulting to surgery centers, hospitals, and other outpatient facilities. Before starting his private consulting practice, Butler served for 14 years as vice president and COO of Baylor Biomedical Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Baylor University Medical Center. The firm is an FDA-registered medical device manufacturer and refurbisher in Dallas. Butler is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and the American College of Forensic Examiners.


Yadin B. David, PhD, is director of the biomedical engineering and television services department at Texas Children's Hospital (Houston). He is also the president of Biomedical Engineering Consultants (Houston), a firm that provides medical technology management, strategic technology planning services, and expert-witness services. David holds an academic appointment at the Baylor College of Medicine Department of Pediatrics and is an adviser to the World Health Organization. In addition, he has been a member of several FDA advisory panels.


Jay R. Goldberg, PhD, is director of the healthcare technologies management program at Marquette University and the Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee). His experience includes development of new products in urology, orthopedics, GI, and dentistry. A licensed professional engineer, he holds six patents for urological medical devices. Goldberg also serves as chairman of the ASTM subcommittee on urological devices and materials.


William A. Hyman, ScD, is professor and interim head of the department of biomedical engineering at Texas A&M University (TAMU; College Station, TX). He is also a faculty member in material science and engineering at TAMU and a participating faculty member in TAMU's sports medicine institute and the center for microencapsulation and drug delivery. He also holds a position as senior scientist in the biomaterials research center at the University of Texas at Houston. Hyman has served as a consultant for FDA, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health. He serves on the ASTM committees on surgical implants and medical devices, sports equipment and facilities, and forensic sciences, and is a board member of the U. S. Board of Examiners for Clinical Engineering.


Craig M. Jackson is president of Hemosaga Diagnostics Corp., a start-up company based in San Diego. Jackson has served as president and director of research and development for Reagents Applications Inc. and as scientific director for the American Red Cross Blood Services (Detroit), where he was also an adjunct professor of biochemistry at Wayne State University. He was a professor of biological chemistry and an associate professor of internal medicine at Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis) prior to joining the American Red Cross. He is a member of Working Group 1 of the Joint Committee for Traceability in Laboratory Medicine (JCTLM).


Denise M. Korniewicz, RN, DNSc, is a professor and senior associate dean for research at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies (Miami), where she also serves as director of the nursing school's research center. Her chief areas of expertise and responsibility include research, grant development, graduate student mentoring, and assistance to medical device companies in the development of patient-safety equipment. She gained experience in the management of critical patients as an emergency room charge nurse before undertaking an academic career that has included professorships at the Georgetown University schools of nursing and medicine and the University of Maryland. She is a registered nurse in Maryland, Michigan, and Washington, DC.


Mary Beth Privitera is a principal of Mad Design USA (Cincinnati), a firm specializing in design consulting for the medical device industry. She is also a codeveloper and a faculty member in the Medical Device Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Cincinnati. The program partners multidisciplinary student teams with physician innovators, creating and advancing intellectual property for commercialization. She is an assistant professor of biomedical engineering and an adjunct instructor of industrial design. An expert in the application of human factors in medical product design, she has also worked in industry since 1988. She is a member of the Industrial Designers Society of America and serves on its national educational council. She is also a member of AAMI.


Michael P. Schollmeyer is director of clinical research at CHF Solutions Inc. (Brooklyn Park, MN), a firm that makes an extracorporeal hemofiltration system to treat fluid overload in postsurgical or congestive heart failure patients. He is responsible for developing pre- and postmarket clinical trials and managing the postmarket clinical registry. Among the clinical research studies Schollmeyer has been involved in are the first cardiac and vascular stents, and the first implantable internal defibrillator. He developed the first investigational device exemption (IDE) trial for carotid stents, the first IDE trial on metabolic pacing, and the first IDE trial for use of urological stents in certain applications. He has received three patents for coinventions: two pacing leads and an electrosurgical blade.


Mark S. Vreeke, PhD, is senior partner at Rational Systems LLC (Granger, IN), a consulting firm that combines business knowledge and technical capabilities to implement IT and infrastructure changes to support business redesigns. In a related position, Vreeke is serving as vice president of research and development for Rational Biotechnology, a spin-off of Rational Systems, whose goal is to speed the adoption of personalized medicine through the development of combined IVD and drug therapy products. Before forming Rational Systems, Vreeke was a senior research scientist at Bayer Corp. (Pittsburgh), where he was responsible for new reagent development in Bayer's self-testing segment and coordinated efforts to incorporate new reagents into a next-generation sensor platform.


Matthew B. Weinger, MD, is a professor of anesthesiology, biomedical informatics, and medical education at Vanderbilt University (Nashville) and a staff physician in the Middle Tennessee VA Healthcare System. At Vanderbilt, he is director of the Center for Patient Safety, director of the Center for Perioperative Research in Quality, and codirector of the Middle Tennessee Center for Improving Patient Safety. Weinger has also taught anesthesiology at Stanford University and the University of California at San Diego. He is cochairman of the human factors committee of AAMI.

Copyright ©2006 Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry

Sign up for the QMED & MD+DI Daily newsletter.

You May Also Like