External Advisory Board

The BME External Advisory Board is composed of nationally distinguished leaders and alumni from industry, academia and government who provide advice on the department’s academic, research, outreach and other programs.

The External Advisory Board typically meets once a year with students, faculty, and administrators, to provide input and feedback for the department to achieve its vision of becoming a national leader in training biomedical engineers who will develop the newest innovative health care technologies. The faculty will use the Board’s feedback to improve the department’s programs, services and facilities.

Jose Aguirre
Vice President of Operations, Transcatheter Mitral & Tricuspid Therapies, Edwards Lifesciences,
Irvine, CA

Nancy Allbritton

Nancy Allbritton, M.D., Ph.D.
Kenan Professor and Chair
Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering
University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University

Gilda A. Barabino

Gilda A. Barabino, PhD
Dean and Daniel and Frances Berg Professor
The Grove School of Engineering
The City College of New York

Jerry Chang

Jerry Chang
Vice President of Business Development
Integra LifeSciences
Memphis, TN

Jose Fernandez
Vice President of Development
Orchestra BioMed

New Hope, PA

Kenneth Ford

Kenneth Ford, Ph.D.
Founder and CEO
Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition

Pensacola, FL

Andrés J. García

Andrés J. García, Ph.D., F.B.S.E
Neely Chair & Regents' Professor, Mechanical Eng., Director, Interdisciplinary Bioengineering Graduate Program, Georgia Institute of Technology

Anthony Guiseppi

Anthony Guiseppi-Elie, Sc.D.
Associate Dean, Engineering Medicine, 
Professor & TEES Research Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Texas A&M University

William Hogan, M.D.
Professor, Health Outcomes & Biomedical Informatics
College of Medicine

University of Florida

Ivan Howard, M.B.A., M.S.
Investment Officer
Hirtle, Callaghan & Co.

Atlanta, GA

Elizabeth G. Loboa, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Strategic Partnerships, Dean and Ketcham Professor, College of Engineering, University of Missouri

Sarah Mayes, Ph.D.
Chief of Clinical Affairs, Co-founder
Alafair Biosciences

Austin, TX

Gary Miller

Gary Miller, Ph.D. 
Executive Vice President, R&D
Exactech Inc

Gainesville, FL

Shelly Sakiyama-Elbert

Shelly Sakiyama-Elbert, Ph.D. 
Professor and Chair
The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Biomedical Engineering

Marjolein van der Meulen

Marjolein van der Meulen, Ph.D.
James M. and Marsha McCormick Director & Swanson Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Cornell University

John A. White

John A. White, Ph.D.
Professor & Chair
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Boston University

Jeffrey Willis
Vice President and Business Unit Director
Global Surgical Business, Advanced Medical Solutions
Decatur, GA


Karen Zaderej

Karen Zaderej 
Chief Executive Officer
AxoGen Inc.

Gainesville, FL