IEEE Life Sciences - Joseph M. Smith Interview

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In his role as Chief Medical & Science Officer of the West Wireless Health Institute, Dr. Joseph Smith leads initiatives to identify and accelerate the use of wireless health solutions to advance the Institute’s mission of lowering health care costs.

Dr. Smith has had a distinguished career at the intersection of clinical medicine and engineering. He was most recently vice president, emerging technologies for Johnson & Johnson in the Corporate Office of Science and Technology. Prior to that he served as senior vice president and chief medical officer of Guidant / Boston Scientific, Cardiac Rhythm Management. Before joining the industry, Dr. Smith spent nearly two decades in the clinical and academic practice of cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology, holding positions at the School of Medicine and the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Washington University, St. Louis. He also founded the Arrhythmia Institute in Fairfax, Virginia, a center of excellence in clinical cardiac electrophysiology.

Dr. Smith holds an M.S. in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; a Ph.D. in medical engineering and medical physics from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology; and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. He has published in the areas of cardiac electrophysiology, has been a consultant to a great many small companies involved in the advancement of innovative medical technologies, and holds a number of patents in the area of signal processing and catheter and defibrillator design.

Dr. Smith is also an adviser to a variety of academic and medical organizations including Boston University, Case Western University, University of Miami, Children’s Hospital in Boston, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Science and Technology, and The Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Jospeh M. Smith, Chief Medical & Science Officer of Gary & Mary West Wireless Health Institute gives insight on today's healthcare challenges