Innovators

Meet the people who live life changing innovation

Medical technology saves lives, improves patient outcomes and helps lower the overall cost of health care. It’s also one of America’s strongest and fastest-growing manufacturing sectors, creating and producing medical innovations for use around the world—and providing good-paying jobs across the country. A closer look at the medical technology industry shows that being a world leader in improving patient outcomes produces a healthier U.S. economy.

Dr. Malawer helped develop the first set of orthopedic endoprostheses.
When Dr. Martin Malawer started practicing in the 1970s, amputation was the standard treatment for young children and adolescents with bone and tissue cancer. Working with pioneers in the field of orthopedic oncology, Dr. Malawer helped to develop...
In order to eliminate surgical interruptions due to dirty laparoscopic lenses, he and his team created a new solution and manufacturing jobs.
Dr. Wayne Poll, a laparoscopic surgeon in Columbus, Ohio, humorously describes himself as a “humble country urologist.” However, he is much more than that. He is a prime example of a medical technology physician-innovator utilizing clinical...
He identified patient needs and set about developing the technology to meet that demand.
With a practice in San Jose, California – the heart of Silicon Valley – perhaps it’s no surprise that orthopedic surgeon Dr. Nathaniel Cohen has been an innovator in the field of medical technology. In fact, he is the embodiment of the...
Minimally invasive surgery is common today, but that wasn’t the case when Dr. Thomas Fogarty was a high school student.
Minimally invasive surgery is common today, but that wasn’t the case when Dr. Thomas Fogarty was a high school student scrub technician at a hospital. There, he observed surgery to remove an embolism – or blood clot – blocking a blood vessel that...
She saw the potential to improve outcomes for her patients.
Dr. Kate O’Hanlan, the daughter of a surgeon and a nurse, was exposed to the world of medicine at a very early age. She didn’t let the fact that the profession was male-dominated at the time deter her—she was focused on her goal of becoming a doctor...
Approximately 800k stroke patients a year in the U.S. would benefit from endovascular intervention.
Guest Post from Clemens M. Schirmer, MD, PhD, FAANS, FAHA (left) and Henry H. Woo, MD, FAANS, FACS, FAHA (right) Stroke from blockage of major blood vessels, known as acute ischemic stroke, causes lasting brain damage and is devastating to patients...
Dr. Yock is driven by the need to improve health care and patient outcomes.
Dr. Paul Yock was a fellow in cardiology in the early 1980s when he became interested in the use of balloon catheters to treat blocked coronary arteries.  This new treatment, known as balloon angioplasty, was a breakthrough but also problematic:...
Millions of Americans no longer need glasses thanks to Dr. Trokel.
Millions of Americans who no longer need glasses following laser eye surgery can thank innovators like Dr. Stephen Trokel.  Dr. Trokel’s vision for use of advanced medical technology in the field of ophthalmology has resulted in millions of...
Dr. Fischell continues to set the pace for medical technology innovation.
Like many medical technology innovators, Dr. Robert Fischell identified a patient need—longer-lasting batteries for pacemakers—and then worked to develop the product to meet it. In the early 1970s, Dr. Fischell sought to produce a better pacemaker...
As a young physician, Dr. Bargar knew that providing healthcare was not one size fits all.
Dr. Bargar was originally educated as an engineer with a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering and a masters in mechanical engineering. When he made the transition to orthopaedic surgery, he wanted to bring the precision and accuracy of the...
Collaboration with medical technology companies enabled Dr. Grody to create and improve the cystic fibrosis genetic mutation test.
As a child, Dr. Wayne Grody was fascinated by a Life magazine cover featuring an image of DNA’s double helix structure.  That fascination led him to a career as a pioneer in the field of genetics and diagnostic molecular pathology. His close...