Chair, MDMA International Committee
Ed has been a pioneer, an effective advocate and a well-known voice in the field of government affairs and market access in the worldwide medical device community. Ed is based in Washington, D.C. where he works on U.S. and overseas government affairs, reimbursement policy and health economics. In order to meet growing political, policy and market challenges, Ed was asked in March 2014 to take on an expanded leadership role for Intuitive Surgical as the company's new VP of Global Government Affairs and Health Economics. In addition to his external affairs activities, Ed is also a member of the ISI executive staff and partners with the Intuitive Surgical communications team on communications-related issues for the company.
Before joining ISI as VP, Government Affairs, Ed was a Senior Advisor to the Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA) where he advised start-up and growing medical device companies on how to navigate challenging and increasingly cost-conscious medical device markets. Prior to MDMA, in his role as VP of Global Government Affairs for Stryker Corporation, Ed was responsible for creating, launching and managing that company’s global government affairs program. While at Stryker, he helped to shape health reform legislation in the U.S., participated on Presidential and Cabinet-level partnerships to improve U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, and opened up new market access and reimbursement opportunities in Japan, China, India and Germany.
Earlier in his career, Ed worked with St. Jude Medical, Inc., the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) where he designed and negotiated U.S. commercial treaties and trade agreements to protect and promote U.S. investment and trade overseas. During his career, Ed has also been a consultant to many small and large U.S. medical device manufacturers and has helped many of these companies to penetrate and secure favorable health policies and reimbursement rates in Europe and Asia-Pacific. In 2010, Ed was awarded only the 10th Distinguished Alumni award granted by UNC-Greensboro’s School of Business and Economics.