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Expert in Ultrasound

Expert ID: 725696 Washington, USA

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Seasoned medical device Research and Development professional practiced in leading cross-functional engineering teams, developing and executing technology roadmaps, and driving strategic expansion of intellectual property (IP) portfolios.

Over 15 years of experience in product development, including ultrasound imaging systems, ultrasound transducers, and intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) and intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) catheters.

Ultrasound product applications include general imaging / radiology, cardiovascular imaging, and image guidance for percutaneous coronary interventions, structural heart interventions, and cardiac ablation procedures.

Technology development focuses on ultrasound transducers, system architectures, imaging algorithms, and machine learning. Technical contributor to nine 510(k)-cleared products at multiple companies, including start-ups, small-medium businesses, and global enterprises.

Invited speaker on medical device innovation.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Seattle, Washington

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2000 Degree: PhD Subject: Physics Institution: Washington University in St. Louis
Year: 1995 Degree: AM Subject: Physics Institution: Washington University in St. Louis
Year: 1993 Degree: BS Subject: Physics Institution: University of Texas at Austin
Year: 1993 Degree: BA Subject: Mathematics Institution: University of Texas at Austin

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2019 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Senior Manager, Process, Materials, and Mechanical Engineering Department: Transducer and Catheter Engineering Responsibilities: Responsible for process engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering and innovation for ultrasound transducers and intracardiac echocardiography catheters. Direct team of 13 engineers, 7 technicians, interns, contractors, and consultants. Responsible for Lab Operations (Array, Dicing, Metrology, Materials Development, Disinfectant, and Mechanical Development / Machine Shop). Support Product Management, Supply Chain, Regulatory Affairs, and Quality Affairs teams. Report to Senior Director.
Years: 2017 to 2019 Employer: Verathon, Inc. Title: Senior Manager, Innovation and Software Department: Research and Development Responsibilities: Responsible for advanced technology development and software (SW) engineering. Directed team of 7 engineers, 1 intern, and contractors. Supported Marketing, Clinical, Regulatory, and Operations teams. Reported to Director.
Years: 2016 to 2017 Employer: Siemens Healthineers Title: Manager, Global Acoustic and Test Engineering Department: Transducer and Catheter Engineering Responsibilities: Responsible for acoustic design and test engineering of matrix/1.25D/1D array transducers and intracardiac echocardiography catheters. Directed team of 13 engineers, 1 technician, 2 interns, and contractors in Washington, California, and Korea. Responsible for Lab Operations (Test Engineering, Laser Vibrometer). Supported Systems Engineering, Supply Chain, and Quality. Reported to Sr. Director.
Years: 2016 to 2019 Employer: ACIST Medical Systems Title: Senior Principal Engineer Department: Research and Development Responsibilities: Responsible for Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS) Technology Group including Ultrasound Transducer R&D. Directly managed engineer, technician, consultant, contractors, and interns. Indirectly supervised catheter, software, and firmware engineers. Supported Marketing, Operations, Regulatory, and Clinical. Reported to CTO. (ACIST acquired Silicon Valley Medical Instruments.)
Years: 2008 to 2012 Employer: Silicon Valley Medical Instruments Title: Manager, Intellectual Property and Advanced Development Department: Research and Development Responsibilities: Responsible for IP program, high-definition IVUS (HD-IVUS) program planning, technical reporting, and advanced technology projects. Supported strategic planning and stakeholder relations. Directed consultants, contractors, and staff. Reported to President/CEO.
Years: 2005 to 2008 Employer: Volcano Corp Title: Senior Research Scientist Department: Advanced Research Laboratory Responsibilities: Responsible for coronary plaque imaging (VH-IVUS) algorithm development, testing, and transfer to production. Directed engineers, technologists, and consultants. Reported to Associate Director of R&D.
Years: 2003 to 2005 Employer: National Institute of Standard and Technology Title: Physicist Department: Materials Reliability Division Responsibilities: Responsible for planning, designing, scheduling, and reporting on ultrasonic characterization of biological materials. Reported to Division Chief.
Years: 2001 to 2002 Employer: Ecole Supériure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles (ESPCI) Title: Associate Researcher Department: Laboratoire Ondes et Acoustique (Waves and Acoustics Lab) Responsibilities: Responsible for high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) therapy and monitoring technology development. Reported to Lab Director.
Years: 2000 to 2001 Employer: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) Title: Associate Researcher Department: Laboratoire d'Imagerie Paramétrique (Parametric Imaging Lab) Responsibilities: Responsible for ultrasound imaging of carotid plaques project. Reported to Lab Director.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2000 to 2001 Country / Region: France Summary: Associate Researcher at the Laboratoire d'Imagerie Paramétrique (Parametric Imaging Laboratory) at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI). Technical lead for developing parametric imaging techniques for evaluation of atherosclerotic plaques using a clinical ultrasound imaging system. The collaboration included Philips Research France and Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou.
Years: 2001 to 2002 Country / Region: France Summary: Associate Researcher at the Laboratoire Ondes et Acoustique (Waves and Acoustic Laboratory) at the Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles in Paris. Technical lead on a project to develop a high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) delivery and monitoring system.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control (UFFC)
Professional Appointments
IEEE UFFC Society
- Administrative Committee Elected Member
- Technical Program Committee
- Transactions Associate Editor

SV-MEDTECH (Start-Up)
- Board of Directors: Member, Chair

IEEE Consultants’ Network of Silicon Valley
- Board of Directors: Member, Chair
Awards / Recognition
NRC Research Associateship Award
NASA GSRP Fellowship
Publications and Patents Summary
Inventor or Co-inventor on 45 issued patents (from 16 patent families) and 10 pending patents related to medical ultrasound imaging

Author of 2 book chapters, 19 peer-reviewed papers, and 28 conference proceedings and abstract

Editor of 2 journal special issues on diagnostic ultrasound and workshop report on computational modeling for acoustics

Additional Experience

Vendor Selection
Ultrasound Transducer Manufacturers
Ultrasound Transducer Test Houses (for regulatory submissions)
Ultrasound Research Platforms, including hardware and software development tools
Data Labeling Services for Medical Images


Other Relevant Experience
Technical, clinical, and intellectual property content development for Company presentations to investors, strategic partners, and medical device industry events

Fields of Expertise

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