1917 - Philip Drinker, who helped found Harvard's School of Public Health, was the inventor of the iron lung. The "Drinker Respirator" was used in every major hospital in the U.S. during the polio epidemic of the 1930s.
1958 - In the 1970s Pierce and his team at Penn State University's Hershey Medical Center designed and built the Pierce-Donachy Ventricular Assist Device, which was designated an International Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark by ASME (the American Society of Mechanical Engineers) in 1990.
1977, 1978 M.S. - Michael Yaszemski is chair of spine surgery and director of the Tissue Engineering and Polymeric Biomaterials Laboratory at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He is also principal investigator in a research consortium that is developing new techniques for treating wounded soldiers.
1982 - Todd Giorgio is chair of the biomedical engineering department at Vanderbilt University. His research into nanoscale materials quantifies and analyzes complex cellular behavior for applications in the field of biomedicine, including the detection and treatment of disease.
1985 - A surgeon, researcher and educator, Theodore Choma, is director of the Missouri Spine Center at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. His research focuses on procedures aimed at healing spinal injuries faster and more naturally.
1966 - A designer of medical devices for most of his professional career, Phil Fleck now brings his expertise to Norwich Ventures, assessing new technologies and assisting rising entrepreneurs in the business development process.
Dr. Hank Dorkin
1970 - Dr. Hank Dorkin holds two roles at Children's Hospital of Boston — director of the Cystic Fibrosis Center and associate chief of the division of respiratory diseases.
1975 - Jay Teich is founder, president and CEO of Seahorse Bioscience, which makes analytical instruments, biomanufacturing systems and consumable labware products for biological research and drug discovery.
1975 - As president and CEO of global medical technology leader Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD), Vincent Forlenza guides the efforts of 29,000 associates in more than 50 countries throughout the world.
'79G, '82Ph.D. - Julie Shimer is CEO and president of Welch Allyn, a leading global provider of medical diagnostic equipment and solutions.
1984 - Glenn Batchelder is president and CEO of Civitas Therapeutics. Among the firm's respiratory therapies is ARCUS™, which delivers precise dosages with a breath-activated device.