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2013 MDEA Jurors

See what the 2013 Jurors have to say about the MDEA program.

Judging of each year’s MDEA competition is conducted by an impartial panel of jurors—comprised of a balance of clinicians, engineers, and designers—who carefully review all of the submissions and narrow them down to a select group of exceptional products in each of the 10 categories. The jury panel typically encompasses experts from a wide range of healthcare- and design-related fields, including clinical practice, biomedical engineering, human factors, industrial design, manufacturing, and other areas. Recommendations of potential MDEA jurors come from a wide variety of sources, including academic and professional organizations, industry associations, and previous jurors.

Members of the MDEA jury are selected each year by a panel of editors from UBM Canon. Because the editors recognize that the quality of the MDEA program depends on the quality of the jurors selected, they look for individuals who have solid experience in and knowledge of the medical device industry. The jury selection panel equally values the participation of individuals who have demonstrated their concern for the industry and who will add depth and diversity of expertise to the judging process. When considering juror nominees, the editors pay particular attention to the need for a balanced, multidisciplinary, and impartial jury. For this reason, jurors cannot be affiliated with a company that is submitting a product for consideration.

Such independence and impartiality is a leading reason for the industry wide acceptance and success that the MDEA program has enjoyed. MDEA jurors—past and present—have set a high standard for judging excellence and fair competition.

Following are the jurors who evaluated entries in the 2013 MDEA competition.

Tor AldenTor Alden—Mr. Alden is principal of HS Design (HSD), a product development firm specializing primarily in the medical and healthcare marketplace. HSD has built a 40-year record of innovative design leadership, solving complex usability and interface issues for medical devices and instrumentation, high-technology products, and new ventures.  HSD’s focused specialization in medical user research, interface, industrial design, human factors, and mechanical engineering has led to many successful market launches.

As a Principal in HS Design, Alden has expertise in new product development, design research, strategy, project management and new business development. During his more than 20 years in product design and development, Alden has received over 30 patents and several design awards including MDEA, IDEA, CES Innovations and Good Design. Prior to joining HSD, Alden was Vice President at Logic Product Development in Minneapolis, where he directed user research, strategy, and industrial design. Earlier in his career he worked as a Lead Industrial Designer in the global design department at Lucent Technologies' Bell Laboratories.

An active member of the Industrial Designers Society of America, Alden has served as both chair and section chair, most recently as medical section chair. He currently sits on the advisory board of the department of design at Kean University, where he is an adjunct professor.  He has served as a juror for the Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA), CEA Innovations Awards and the Industrial Design Excellence Awards (IDEA).

Alden has been involved in several start-up companies, most recently as an officer of the surgical device company Vesatek, Inc., where he co-developed a novel guidewire manipulation device now in development.   Alden received his Bachelor’s degree in industrial design from Syracuse University and his Master of Science degree in Technology Management from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Tor Alden | Principal | HS Design Inc. | 17 Mendham Rd., PO Box 613 | Gladstone, NJ 07934 | Phone: 908-234-2331 | E-mail: | Twitter: @toralden | LinkedIn:  | Website:

Edward ChekanEdward G. Chekan, MD, FACS—Dr. Chekan is a board-certified general surgeon with fellowship training in minimally invasive surgery. He completed his general surgery residency at Allegheny General Hospital in 1997, and then went on to Duke University for a two year fellowship in minimally invasive surgery. From Duke, he move to Charlottesville, VA for three years as an Assistant Professor of Surgery at The University of Virginia where he was very active in training of laparoscopic fellows, surgical residents and medical students. From UVA, he moved to Pittsburgh as a private practice surgeon. Early in 2007, he joined Ethicon Endo-Surgery in Cincinnati, OH. His primary responsibilities at EES include creating and delivering lectures on anatomy and procedures for an international sales force. He is active member within the product development process at EES and functions as a subject matter expert and scientific advisor. In addition to publishing several journal articles and book chapters on minimally invasive surgery, he has co-edited a textbook entitled The Atlas of Laparoscopic Surgery. He is a fellow of The American College of Surgeons (FACS) and a member of The Society of Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), The American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons (ASMBS) and The Southeastern Surgical Congress (SESC). 

Edward G. Chekan, MD, FACS | Medical Director, WW Medical Education | Johnson and Johnson Global Surgery Group | 4545 Creek Rd. | Cincinnati, OH 45242 | Phone: 513-659-3272; 513-337-8160 | E-mail:; | Twitter: @edchekan | Linkedin: | WordPress:

Edward DuckworthEdward Duckworth, MD, MS—Dr. Duckworth is Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Director of Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Neurosurgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.  Originally a Floridian, he earned Bachelors degrees in both Neurobiological Sciences and History of Science from the University of Florida, graduating with highest honors and being awarded an Undergraduate Research Achievement Award by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Medical school and residency training in Neurosurgery followed at the University of South Florida in Tampa, under the direction of Dr. David Cahill, a  renowned and pioneering spine surgeon, and Dr. Harry van Loveren, a noted skull base neurosurgery expert.  While in residency, Dr. Duckworth performed an additional 2 years of research on brain ischemia earning him a Master’s degree in neuroscience.

After a fellowship at Northwestern University in Chicago, he served as an Assistant Professor at Loyola University in Chicago before taking his current Directorship in Texas.   In addition to running a busy neurosurgical practice, Dr. Duckworth participates in numerous teaching and research activities.  He has a keen interest in creating safer and more efficient instruments and techniques for use in neurosurgery, currently working to license several innovative device and material designs.

Edward Duckworth, MD, MS | Director of Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Neurosurgery | Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery | Baylor College of Medicine | 1709 Dryden Rd., Ste. 750 | Houston, TX 77030 | Phone: 713-798-4696 | E-mail:

Craig FriedmanCraig D. Friedman, MD, FACS—Dr. Friedman is a board certified Facial Plastic Surgeon and Biomedical Device Consultant who has been actively involved in the development of medical devices and surgical implant materials for twenty years. In addition to his clinical practice of nasal and facial surgery, Dr. Friedman is currently directing Hesion Biosurgery Inc. (a division of Hesion Medical LLC), a development stage company focusing on minimally invasive soft tissue therapeutics and an affiliate member of the Center for Dermal Research at the New Jersey Biomaterials Center. Prior to this he was actively involved with the formation of Biomerix Corp. and development of its 3-D scaffold technology and a consultant to New York City based venture fund Ascent Biomedical Ventures. In 2009  he was co-editor of the textbook “Essential Tissue Healing of the Face and Neck” published by BC Decker and PMPHUSA which comprehensively covered the intersection of clinical facial surgery/wound healing science/tissue engineering science. Previously, Dr. Friedman was associate professor of surgery and director of craniofacial reconstruction at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia and assistant professor and director of facial plastic surgery at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven CT. He co-founded Osteogenics Corporation which commercialized the first calcium phosphate cement for craniofacial skeletal reconstruction and is currently distributed as ‘BoneSource’. Dr. Friedman graduated with honors in Chemistry from Vanderbilt University Nashville TN and received his MD from The Chicago Medical School and completed post-graduate training at Northwestern University Medical Center Chicago IL. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and American Academy of Otolaryngolgy-Head & Neck Surgery and various medical/scientific professional societies.

Craig D. Friedman, MD, FACS | Facial Plastic Surgeon and Managing Director | Hesion Medical LLC | 19 Cross Highway | Westport, CT 06880 | Phone: 203-349-8828; 866-698-8928 | E-mail: or | Twitter: @hesionmedical

Balakrishna HaridasBalakrishna Haridas, PhD—Dr. Haridas is a serial medical technology entrepreneur and researcher with 20+ years of experience in research & development of products for minimally invasive surgery, biomaterial scaffolds, wound healing devices, and soft tissue repair and regeneration.   He is currently Co-Director of the Medical Device Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program, & Associate Professor in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati.   He is also President & Founder, Device & Implant Innovations LLC (DII), OH, a specialty scientific & engineering consulting company conducting device and biomaterials R&D projects, and device failure investigations for major medical device companies.  Most recently, Dr. Haridas was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Biomerix Corporation, CA ( where he led the R&D for several FDA approved products for soft tissue repair and regeneration using its novel reticulated elastomeric biostable polycarbonate-polyurethane (PCPU) and resorbable polyester-polyurethane biomaterial scaffold technologies.   From 2004-2008, Dr. Haridas Founded and served as Director of the National Science Foundation Minimally Invasive Medical Technologies Center (MIMTeC- and was an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati.  From 1993-2004, Dr. Haridas was a Principal and Managing Partner at Stress Engineering Services Inc. where he founded and ledits Medical Device Technologies R&D consulting practice (  During his career, Dr. Haridas has raised and directed over $60 Million in funding for product and biomaterials R&D and commercialization from industry, government (NSF/NIH), and venture capital sources.

Haridas is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Hernia Society, and the Society for Biomaterials.   He has served as Associate Editor and Reviewer for the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering Special issue on Medical Device Design, and a Reviewer for the Journal of Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology and Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.  He also served as a Juror for the prestigious Medical Design Excellence Awards from 2008-2010.   Haridas holds several patents, has published a number of peer-reviewed articles, and has given dozens of conference presentations.  He holds a BE in Civil Engineering from Bangalore University (India), an MS in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Alabama, and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering & Mechano-Biology from the University of Cincinnati.

Balakrishna Haridas, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering& Co-Director, Medical Device Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program | University of Cincinnati | Cincinnati, OH, 45221
President| Device & Implant Innovations LLC | 6627 Shady Oak Lane| Mason, OH 45040
Phone: 513-235-7861 | E-mail:; | LinkedIn:  | Website:

Kris KieswetterKris Kieswetter, PhD, MBA—Dr. Kieswetter currently serves as Senior Director, Innovation and Strategic Marketing at Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (KCI) where she is responsible for developing products in one of the clinical needs spaces targeted by the company.   During her nearly twenty year career she has been involved in both device and drug product development. Following a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for the Bone-Biomaterial Interface at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Kieswetter joined OsteoBiologics, Inc., a start-up firm dedicated to the development of biodegradable implants for cartilage and bone repair. She returned to the medical device arena following two years developing topical wound care products at Healthpoint, Ltd. While at KCI she established the Research organization and has also been responsible for the organization tasked to not only capture and develop ideas, but also to assess and manage potential develop opportunities.  She has participated in the development and launch of multiple products in several divisions. In her unique leadership role for innovation and portfolio development, she has become a proponent of thoroughly understanding the related, yet often differing, needs of clinicians, patients, payors and internal customers on a global basis.

Kieswetter is a member of the Society for Biomaterials, Orthopaedic Research Society, Tissue Engineering Society International, and has served on the board of directors of the Wound Healing Society. She has received several patents, published in the fields of biomaterials, orthopaedics and wound healing and mentored two first place teams in the Free Trade Alliance’s International Business Plan competition. She holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Material Science and Engineering as well as Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Science and PhD from Case Western Reserve University and a MBA from the University of Texas (San Antonio).

Kris Kieswetter, PhD, MBA | Senior Director, Innovation & Strategic Marketing | Kinetic Concepts Inc. | 6203 Farinon Dr. | San Antonio, TX 78249 | Phone: 210-515-4232 | E-mail: | LinkedIn:  | Website:

Richard MeystRichard Meyst—Mr. Meyst is an accomplished engineer/program manager/entrepreneur and has been facilitating the advanced design and development of a wide range of successful medical technology products for the health care industry over the last 40+ years.   Mr. Meyst is president and CEO of Fallbrook Engineering Inc. (Escondido, CA), a contract product design, development, management, and engineering services consulting firm specializing in healthcare products. He is also president and CEO of Cellection Systems, a start-up company commercializing a cord blood collection product for cellular therapy. Meyst is an accomplished mechanical engineer and developer of a wide range of products for the healthcare and consumer products industries. He has experience in roles including R&D researcher, product designer, inventor, project manager, Principal Investigator, and small business entrepreneur. He is an expert in FDA medical product  requirements, project management, product conception, design and development, product prototyping, design and process validation, risk analysis, failure analysis, production startup, cost reduction and manufacturing engineering.
In his career, he has been associated with many of the premier medical device manufacturers. He has been heavily involved with the development of high-volume sterile disposables using a wide range of polymers. Products he has designed have utilized manufacturing technologies such as injection molding, transfer molding, extrusion, thermoforming, solvent and adhesive bonding, sonic welding and many others. Product lines have included catheters of many types, blood filters, IV and  blood sets, bioreactors and solution containers, implantable orthopedic devices, implantable vascular prosthesis, DNA amplifiers, medical lasers, laparoscopic surgical instruments, therapeutic and diagnostic devices, bioresorbable implants, vital signs monitoring, fluid by-pass circuits, electromechanical and electronic instruments as well as stem cell harvesting and stem cell expansion systems. He has had diverse program management and line responsibilities. While at one company he headed up the disposable design group, ran the pilot production facility for IV sets and infusion pumps and managed the IV disposables custom product line. Mr. Meyst was recently a principal investigator on an NIH SBIR grant developing a device for the improved collection of umbilical cord blood stem cells. Mr. Meyst is a senior member of the Society of Plastics Engineers/Medical Plastics Division (SPE) and has served on the Divisional Board of Directors. He is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), the American Filtration & Separation Society (AFS), the Society of Plastics Engineers, the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC), the San Diego Regulatory Affairs Network (SDRAN), and the Designers Accord and BIOCOM. Mr. Meyst earned his BS and MS in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has published technical papers, presented at numerous industry meetings, holds fourteen US Patents, and has been consulting to industry for over 25 years.

Richard Meyst | President and CEO | Fallbrook Engineering Inc. | 355 W. Grand Ave., Ste. 4 | Escondido, CA 92025 |Phone: 760-489-5400 | Toll free: 800-906-6789 | Fax: 760-489-5412 | Email:  | Twitter: @FallbrookEngInc | LinkedIn: | Facebook: | Website: 

Anne MillerAnne Miller, PhD—Dr. Miller is an Assistant Professor jointly appointed as a researcher to Vanderbilt’s Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies, School of Nursing and Centre for Research and Innovation in Systems Safety. Dr. Miller was awarded her PhD in the field of psychology (human factors) from The University of Queensland, Australia in 2004. She has a diverse set of skills and prior experience. She worked as a registered and critical care nurse (Australia) in major metropolitan hospitals. She has consulted to multidisciplinary software development teams in industries as diverse as telecommunications, finance, manufacturing and mining, and has led teams in projects aimed at improving the human-technology interaction using human factors approaches. Dr. Miller’s current research involves complex healthcare communications related to clinical decision-making and information transfer, handovers and the continuity and coordination of care within and across acute and critical care settings. She has published important papers addressing handovers, health care team coordination, and information design for clinical decision- making.  She continues to provide consulting services in the area of human-technology interaction design in healthcare.

Anne Miller, PhD | Assistant Professor | Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) | 1211 21st Ave. South, Medical Arts Building, Ste. 732 | Nashville, TN 37212 | Phone: 615-936-7349 | Fax: 615-936-7373 | Email:

Mary Beth PriviteraMary Beth Privitera, M. of DesignMary Beth currently leads the medical device development program at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where she holds a joint appointment as Associate Professor with the College of Medicine and the College of Engineering and leads medical device innovation programs.  For the last eight years, she has been the co-director of the Medical Device Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program (MDIEP) at the University of Cincinnati. The program partners multidisciplinary student teams with physician innovators, and focuses on translating research efforts into viable product development opportunities. To date, the program has demonstrated results for clinical specialists in vascular surgery, interventional radiology, general surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, emergency medicine, pulmonary care, rehabilitative medicine, and neurology. The program convenes students from the industrial design, biomedical engineering, and business fields and enables them to learn about the other disciplines while conducting early-stage development of regulated medical products. Privitera is an associate professor of biomedical engineering and an adjunct instructor of industrial design with research focus in the ergonomics of catheter based interventions.  An expert in the application of human factors in medical product design, she has also worked in the medical device industry since 1988.   She has served as a vice president of education and as a member of its national educational council for the Industrial Designers Society of America. She is also a member of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation Human Factors Committee and has coauthored various sections in HE 75.  To date, she has been associated with more than 40 product releases, holds several patents and provisional patents, and has published and lectured on a variety of topics including design research, transdisciplinary/collaborative design, innovation methodology, and surgical techniques.

Mary Beth Privitera, M. of Design | Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, Industrial Design | Medical Device Engine | University of Cincinnati | Department of Emergency Medicine | 231 Albert Sabin Way, PO Box 670769 | Cincinnati, OH 45267 | Phone: 513-258-5824 | E-mail: | LinkedIn: | Website:

Mark VreekeMark S. Vreeke, PhD—Dr. Vreeke is a cofounder of the Chemical Angel Network.  The Chemical Angel Network brings together entrepreneurs and investors who are working on growing companies with a strong Chemistry component.  Mark’s specialties are in the broad areas of medical devices/diagnostics, information technology, and energy transportation. 

Mark is also one of the founding partners at Rational Systems.  Rational Systems’ enterprise software is installed on five major interstate gas pipelines and multiple smaller gas transportation and storage assets.  It is currently responsible for managing the commercial operations of 15-20% of the entire US natural gas market.

Prior to and during his tenure at Rational Systems, Mark was employed by several medical device and diagnostic firms including Pepex Biomedical, SpectRx, TheraSense, Bayer and Hospira.  His roles ranged from Research Scientist to Senior VP of R&D.  Of particular relevance was TheraSense.  Mark assisted with the transfer the Wired Enzymetm technology from the University of Texas to TheraSense.  This technology formed the basis for a successful product launch and the eventual purchase of the company by Abbott for $1.2 billion in cash.

Mark earned a BS in Chemistry from Calvin College and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin.   Academic honors include a Welch Fellow, a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and the accreditation of Professor by the ACQ in Spain.

Mark S. Vreeke, PhD | coFounder | Chemical Angel Network | 1400 East Angela Blvd. | South Bend, IN 46617 | Phone: 832-752-2915 | E-mail: | LinkedIn: | Website:

Michael E. WiklundMichael E. Wiklund, PE, CHFP—Mr. Wiklund is General Manager of UL’s human factors engineering practice (formerly Wiklund Research & Design Inc. in Concord, MA). The group helps companies develop safe, effective, usable, and appealing medical products. Board-certified in his profession, Wiklund’s experience as a project manager, principal researcher, and designer extends beyond medical devices to include consumer and scientific products, personal and business software, corporate and e-commerce Web sites, communications technology, and industrial equipment and workplaces. He has been a part-time instructor at Tufts University for over 25 years. Wiklund has been a contributing editor to Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry magazine (MD&DI) since 1993, and is a member of the publication’s editorial advisory board. He has published numerous articles, books, and technical papers, and has also presented papers at professional conferences in the medical device, human factors, and scientific instrumentation fields. He co-authored Usability Testing of Medical Devices and Designing Usability into Medical Products and co-edited Handbook of Human Factors in Medical Device Design. He is a voting member of the AAMI and IEC human factors engineering committees. Holding BS (civil engineering) and MS (engineering design/human factors) degrees from Tufts University, Wiklund is also a professional engineer. In 2004, MD+DI named Wiklund to its list of 100 notable people in the medical device industry.

Michael E. Wiklund, PE, CHFP | General Manager – Human Factors Engineering | UL–Wiklund R&D | 152 Commonwealth Ave. | Concord, MA 01742 | Phone: 978-371-2700 | E-mail: | Website:

Steve WilcoxStephen B. Wilcox, PhD, FIDSA—Dr. Wilcox is a Principal and the founder of Design Science (Philadelphia), a 25-person firm that specializes in optimizing the human interface of products—particularly medical devices. Wilcox is a member of the Industrial Designers Society of America’s (IDSA) Academy of Fellows. He has served as a Vice President and member of the IDSA Board of Directors, and for several years was Chair of the IDSA Human Factors Professional Interest Section. He serves on the Medical Devices and Systems in Home Care Applications Committee of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) and the AAMI Human Factors Engineering Committee, which produced the human factors standards HE 74 and HE 75, as well as IEC Joint Working Group 4, the author of international standard for human factors in medical devices, IEC 62366. Wilcox holds a BS in psychology and anthropology from Tulane University, a PhD in experimental psychology from Penn State, and a Certificate in Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Wilcox chaired the 2000 “Design Gumbo” IDSA national conference in New Orleans and was co-chair of the Include 09 conference on inclusive design at the Royal College of Art in London. He has won design awards from IDSA and from International Design magazine, including a 2009 Gold IDEA award for research supporting ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY’s Harmonic Focus. He has guest edited the journal Innovation, and has served as a judge for a number of product design awards competitions. He has given many invited addresses to various organizations, has published more than 65 articles in professional journals. He also serves on the editorial board of Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry magazine, which included him in its 2004 list of the 100 notable people in the medical device industry, and authors the MD+DI blog, Adventures in Medical Device Usability. His book, Designing Usability into Medical Products, coauthored with Michael Wiklund, was published in 2005.

Stephen B. Wilcox, PhD, FIDSA | Principal | Design Science Consulting Inc. | 924 Cherry St., Fifth Floor | Philadelphia, PA, 19107-240 | Phone: 215-627-4122 | Fax: 215-627-4335 | E-mail: | Website:

2013 MDEA Alternate Jurors

Prakash GattaPrakash Gatta, MD (alternate juror; inactive for 2013)—Dr. Gatta is an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Cincinnati and cofounder and Chief Medical Officer of Single Port Solutions LLC. As a member of the university’s undergraduate biomedical engineering program, he consults with undergraduate teams and guides them in developing new surgical tools for commonly performed procedures.

Dr. Gatta is a practicing and board-certified surgeon with a staff appointment in the division of general surgery at the University of Cincinnati’s University Hospital. His clinical focus is in esophageal and gastric surgery, with an emphasis on new, minimally invasive approaches to common surgical procedures. He was a member of the surgical team that performed the first trans-oral incisionless cholecystectomy (removing the gallbladder through the mouth) in the United States. This surgery was completed successfully in Portland OR in 2007. He performed the first single-incision laparoscopic cholecystectomy in Cincinnati, and he is the co-inventor of and holds patents in single-port laparoscopic access tools. Dr Gatta serves as a consultant and is on the advisory board of several device innovation companies. Gatta has been involved in numerous industry-sponsored residency and fellowship courses, as well as courses conducted with the support of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES). He is an active member of the SAGES technology and research committees, the American College of Surgeons, and the Society of International Humanitarian Surgeons.

As a presenter at national and international conferences, Gatta has discussed a range of topics, including robotic versus laparoscopic colectomy, the performance of articulating and conventional laparoscopic instruments, and a new approach to percutaneous transgastric jejunostomy tube placement. His work has appeared in several national publications, including Surgical Endoscopy. He is also the coauthor of “Advanced Techniques in Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery,” in Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery, Expanding the Role of Local Excision: Principles and Techniques. Gatta earned his MD from Seth G.S. Medical College at the University of Bombay in 2000. He completed his internship in general surgery at MCP Hahnemann University (Philadelphia) in 2002, followed by his residency in general surgery at the University of Illinois, College of Medicine (Peoria) in 2006. In 2007, he undertook a fellowship in minimally invasive and gastrointestinal surgery in the division of minimally invasive surgery at Legacy Health System (Portland, OR). Gatta’s languages include English, Hindi, Telugu, and Arabic. He is an avid runner and skier with a passion for painting, history and traveling. 

Prakash Gatta, MD | Valley Surgical Specialists | 4033 Talbot Rd. South, Ste. 530 | Renton, WA 98055 | Phone: 513-262-2472; 425-228-6076 | E-mail:

Pascal MalassignéPascal Malassigné, FIDSA (alternate juror; inactive for 2013)—Mr. Malassigné is the senior professor and chair of industrial design at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, a career research scientist and industrial designer at the Milwaukee Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and an adjunct assistant professor of rehabilitation at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He is one of the nation’s foremost designers of assistive and wheeled mobility for the elderly and those with disabilities. For over 25 years, his research has been funded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and has led to the design of patented products from commode-shower wheelchairs to bathing fixtures, mobility carts for spinal cord injured individuals. Malassigné has more than 35 years of experience teaching industrial design, and taught at Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech universities before coming to Milwaukee in 1991. He is a visiting evaluator for the National Association of Schools of Art & Design, for the accreditation of industrial design programs. He has authored more than 70 articles and papers and has made numerous presentations nationally and internationally on topics ranging from design education to rehabilitation technology. Malassigné is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America, and the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), in which he was made a fellow member in 2001 in honor of his service to the industrial design profession and IDSA. He was the first president of the Design Foundation, IDSA’s nonprofit organization. In 2006, Design Intelligence named him one of the nation’s most admired industrial design educators.

Pascal Malassigné, FIDSA | Senior Professor & Chair, Industrial Design | Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design | 273 E. Erie St. | Milwaukee, WI 53202 | Phone: 414-291-8069 | E-mail: | LinkedIn:é-fidsa/2/741/398 | Website:

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