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Ruchika Singhal, president of Medtronic Labs, says she grew up in Medtronic, starting her career as an engineer. But her professional life really began when she took over Medtronic Labs, a non-profit quasi-independent arm with a mission of bringing better healthcare to more people worldwide. In this podcast, Singhal shares her story and identifies the one thing that will help more people living away from big cities and healthcare hubs. “We’re never going to have enough doctors and we’re never going to have enough infrastructure,” Singhal says. “Technology is the solution.” Medtronic Labs is working to leverage technology to help people battle the biggest threat – non communicable diseases like diabetes which can be managed with proper care. This episode is sponsored by AcuityMD. Go to for more information.
This episode of MedtronicTalks explores the company’s efforts to flag the multiple sources of healthcare inequity wrought by racial, geographic or economic differences in the U.S. Among the topics discussed, Karen Shehade of Medtronic Americas Region Medical Affairs organization explains how Medtronic leadership is seeking a sustainable and scalable way to make a difference in how people receive correct care more easily. Dr. John de Csepel, Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Medical Affairs, Americas Region, discusses possible solutions. This episode is sponsored by MTD Micro Molding.
In this episode, Jennifer McVean, MD, medical affairs director at Medtronic’s diabetes business, shares how a devastating childhood diagnosis started her on her mission to help people with diabetes. McVean used that inspiration to push her through medical school and a career in treating children. Now, she’s taking her skills and experience to Medtronic. Hear why she’s excited about the move and grateful to Medtronic technology. SPONSORED BY SUNRISE LABS.
In this episode, Austin L. Chiang, MD, explains why he brought his sizable social media following to Medtronic, where he serves as chief medical officer of the Gastrointestinal business. Chiang says his decision is directly tied to his excitement about Medtronic’s growing suite of GI products including the AI-powered GI Genius and the swallowable PillCam. Chiang explains why he chose to couple the company’s broad platform with his own social media presence to reach more patients who may need treatment of gastrointestinal care. He also gives advice to other physicians who may want to amplify their own voices through social media.
In this episode of the MedtronicTalks Podcast, Frank Chan, president of patient monitoring, explains how the pressures of the pandemic accelerated Medtronic’s development of patient monitoring systems that allowed for remote connection between caregiver in patient. Chan says Medtronic isn’t losing any momentum in rolling out new approaches to tracking patient health, projecting that the next five to 10 years promises “significant changes” to how vital signs and other critical measures will be reported.
In this episode of MedtronicTalks, Dan Wolf, vice president and general manager of Intelligent Data Solutions, sits alongside Thomas Mosnier, research director, iDS, to detail Medtronic’s continued build out of its cranial and spine business. The iDS business, which includes Medicrea, brings applications of artificial intelligence and predictive modeling to spine surgery as well as patient-specific implants. How is the spinal surgery community responding and where does Medtronic see this technology moving forward?
In this opening episode of Season 2 of MedtronicTalks, Dr. Sally Saba, MD, details her work as the company’s first Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer. Saba joined Medtronic in March 2020, two months before the murder of George Floyd emphasized the importance of building a more accepting culture. Saba recalls her own journey toward feeling accepted and details her transition from physician to healthcare executive to DE&I champion. She also reviews Medtronic internal report on its how well it’s doing to build a stronger culture.
In this episode of MedtronicTalks, John Mack, president of cardiac surgery, reflects on his 26-year career at the company and reviews the technologies that support and repair damaged hearts. Mack discusses advances in CABG, ablation and extracorporeal life support as well as his work in the heart patient community.
In this episode, Jason Weidman, SVP and President of Coronary & Renal Denervation at Medtronic, says he’s doing exactly what he set out to do when he became an engineer over 20 years ago, creating lifesaving medical devices. Weidman is leading Medtronic’s push to secure FDA approval for Medtronic Symplicity Spyral™ RDN system, which uses renal denervation to reduce hypertension. Medtronic’s clinical trials of Symplicity have been among the most closely watched - and most difficult to execute - in the industry. Weidman will discuss the challenges while also sharing his reasons for optimism.
A life-saving intervention for his newborn son convinced David Moeller to steer his career into Medtech. Now, as senior vice president and president of Peripheral Vascular Health, he oversees Medtronic’s peripheral vascular group which helps keep blood flowing to the body’s vital organs. In this episode, Moeller lays out the health crisis brought on by poor vasculature and how Medtronic is targeting five critical areas to help people live fuller lives.
In this episode, Nina Goodheart, president of Medtronic’s Structural Heart and Aortic Operating Unit, takes listeners – valve by valve – through Medtronic’s growing toolkit of replacement heart valves, an increasingly competitive space in medtech. Goodheart also talks to the company’s commitment to ensure greater access to better healthcare. Goodheart, so-chair of the Medtronic Women’s Network, also speaks to the importance of opening doors for female executives.
Following the company-wide reorganization, Surgical Innovation emerged as Medtronic’s large operating unit. In this episode, Matt Perry, president of the group, explains where the business will find future growth. At least some of that will come through digital effort like the GoFurther app, which connects bariatric surgeons with their patients. Dr. Marina Kurian joins the interview to explain how the app is streamlining the process patients must go through undergo the life-changing procedure.
In this episode, Vince Racano, president of Medtronic's Ear, Nose and Throat business, lays out the growth plan for this burgeoning business. Racano updates listeners on the announced acquisition of publicly traded Intersect ENT. He explains how the company will fit into Medtronic’s ENT franchise.
Julie Brewer, president of the Cardiovascular Diagnostics and Services, explains why Medtronic carved out a data-oriented business to form tighter connections with patients. Brewer explains how advances in manufacturing and data-collection can position the business at the center of the digital health space.
Mike Marinaro, president of the cardiac rhythm management business, explains why CRM employees feel a special connection to Medtronic’s core mission. He also details how the big revenue business is developing new technologies in pacemakers, defibrillators and connectivity to help the business grab market share.
Daniel Volz, the newly named head of Medtronic’s neurovascular group, explains how the company is developing game-changing technologies into devices that will help people who have suffered a stroke or aneurysm. Volz reviews the newest addition to Medtronic’s pipeline as well as its innovative deal with, an artificial intelligence provider.
Geoff Martha, chairman and CEO of Medtronic, updates us on Medtronic’s first-quarter performance. Martha reports the Delta variant has had an impact on revenue, but Medtronic forecasts a return to normal soon. This episode also discusses the Intersect ENT acquisition, the source of future growth and the company’s new metrics on patient safety.
Jacob Paul, senior vice president and president of Medtronic's cranial and spinal technologies group, explains how the company doubled down on the spinal surgery space by committing to significant acquisitions of robotics and artificial technologies that it believes will advance the level of care for spinal surgery patients.
In this episode, Rebecca Seidel, president of cardiac ablation solutions, and Dr. Robert Kowal, vice president, medical affairs and CMO of cardiac rhythm and heart failure, detail how Medtronic is targeting atrial fibrillation, a deadly and far-ranging disease, with Artic Front, a delivery of cryoablation therapies. Medtronic secured a first-time FDA approval, which agrees cryoablation should be offered as an initial treatment for people suffering with atrial fibrillation. Medtronic is moving forward with a unique direct-to-consumer approach and bringing insurance companies in on the conversation. The conversation also hits upon the company’s emerging pulse field ablation therapy.
Two decades ago, Ann Sheldon was drawn to Medtronic by its mission to create devices that people. Today, Sheldon, vice president of security, heads a team that assumes an increasingly essential mission of protecting those devices – and the patient they help – from outsiders that might want to disrupt their performance. In this episode, Sheldon explains what Medtronic is doing to ensure the many benefits of connected devices aren’t impeded by hackers and other outside forces. The company is drawing on many employees and partners from outside the company to create a safe connection between its medical devices and the patients who rely on their optimal performance. Subscribe to this podcast on Amazon, Apple, Spotify and Google podcast channels.
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