Tom has been a leader in the CE community ever since his first position with Sinai Hospital of Detroit. While finishing his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania, he changed direction from fundamental research to an applied biomedical engineering career partly by self-study of the field which was then focusing on the narrow issue of medical device leakage currents.
After starting the first department of Biomedical Engineering at Sinai, he soon began networking with other managers in the Southeast Michigan area and in 1975 began organizing the Michigan Society of Clinical Engineers, which later widened its membership and its educational offerings to include Biomedical Engineering Technicians and changed its name to the Michigan Society for Clinical Engineering. He co-chaired 3 AAMI Regional Meetings at five year intervals in Southeast Michigan. While at the University of Michigan Hospitals, where he initiated 24 x 7 service coverage, he was among the Founders of ACCE and, chaired the committee that formulated the Definition of a Clinical Engineer. For AAMI, Tom has been on the Board, chaired the Awards Committee and served as the Engineering VP. Along with a talented group of BMETs with Associate Degrees, in 1996 he helped develop a two plus two year Bachelor’s Degree program in Biomedical Engineering and Computer Technology at Eastern Michigan University. He has been active on the HTF Board and on the Clinical Alarms Initiative since 2005 and is now part of a VHA team working on the transition of enteral feeding components to avoid adverse events due to tubing misconnections… Continue reading.