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BioID Faculty at GA Tech

When you enroll in the MBID professional graduate program, you will learn from top-ranked professors, experienced industry practitioners, practicing physicians, nationally recognized researchers, and seasoned business professionals and entrepreneurs.  Full-time faculty members come from the engineering, medical, and business management disciplines, reinforced by practicing clinicians and business people in the field. Courses are taught in traditional classrooms, in the engineering design studio, and in clinical settings at Emory and other medical and industry sites in greater Atlanta area. 


The MBID graduate program includes the following faculty members:

  • BioID Faculty at GA TechSathya Gourisankar, Ph.D.Director of the MBID program with over 30 years of pre-clinical and clinical biomaterials research and product development experience in the medical device industries. He has led the life cycle development & global commercialization of over 10 major medical device products (via both “Substantial Equivalence (510k)” and “New Product Development (IDE/PMA)” pathways) with significant business impact for cardio-thoracic, abdominal surgical, peripheral arterial and ophthalmology clinical applications.

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  • BioID Faculty at GA Tech Julia Babensee, Ph.D. Associate director of the MBID program and associate professor in the Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, focuses her research in immunology, tissue engineering, biomaterials, drug delivery, and dendritic cells.

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  • BioID Faculty at GA Tech Jeremy Ackerman, M.D., Ph.D. Assistant professor and clinician researcher in the Emory School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine and an assistant professor/program faculty in the Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering. His research focuses on medical applications for new and emerging technologies.
  • BioID Faculty at GA TechRafael V. Andino, M.S., MBA Vice President of Product Development for Clearside Biomedical Inc., an Atlanta based ophthalmic pharmaceutical company. Mr. Andino has over 25 years of leadership, product development, and commercialization experience in the medical device and pharmaceutical industry having worked in senior management positions for public companies as well as start-up privately funded enterprises.
  • BioID Faculty at GA TechRaymond Cheser, DBADirector, Operating Effectiveness, in the healthcare services industry, and has over 30 years of leadership experience in engineering, manufacturing, quality, and service operations. He is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt and a recipient of the Shingo Prize for Lean Operations Research.
  • BioID Faculty at GA TechThomas Godfrey, MBASr. Director of Manufacturing for CLEARSIDE Biomedical Inc., an Atlanta based ophthalmic pharmaceutical company. Mr. Godfrey has over 27 years of experience holding key leadership positions in the medical device industry, finance and economic development. He has been instrumental in developing and executing development and operational strategies for public companies as well as startup companies.
  • BioID Faculty at GA TechScott R. Robirds, OD, RACVice President of Regulatory and Clinical Affairs for Bard Medical Division of C.R. Bard, Inc., an Atlanta based medical device company. Dr. Robirds has over 30 years experience in medical device regulatory and clinical affairs, having led global teams to successful registrations and launches of all product classes.
  • BioID Faculty at GA TechArnold Schneider, Ph.D. A Professor of Accounting and the Accounting Area Coordinator at Georgia Institute of Technology and has also held visiting faculty positions at Macquarie University (Australia), Emory University, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Professor Schneider was formerly an auditor with the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
  • BioID Faculty at GA TechVinod Singhal, Ph.D.The Dunn Family Professor of Operations Management at the Scheller College of Business at Georgia Institute of Technology. He is the Associate Dean for MBA programs, and Area Coordinator for Operations Management.
  • BioID Faculty at GA TechMichael Smith, Ph.D.A member of the Information Technology Management faculty in the Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech where he teaches systems analysis and design, project management, business data communications, and a survey course in management information systems.
  • BioID Faculty at GA TechDennis Nagao, Ph.D.An Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Scheller College of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he teaches innovation and entrepreneurial behavior, organizational behavior, design thinking principles, and collaboration skills.
  • BioID Faculty at GA TechJan McKenzieJan is a Leadership Consultant who partners with leaders to drive business results. Previously Director of Learning at The Weather Channel, Jan has received the John O Wynne Leadership Award, The Cable and Telecommunications Best Practices Award, and has authored two books endorsed by leadership experts Stephen M R Covey and Dr. Ken Blanchard. A summa cum laude graduate of GSU and Georgia Tech Guest Lecturer, Jan is a contributing author in Center for Creative Leadership’s Developing Your Conflict Competence.
  • BioID Faculty at GA Tech Ajit Yoganathan, Ph.D. Associate chair for research and a Regents' professor, holds the Wallace H. Coulter Distinguished Faculty Chair in Biomedical Engineering.  His research centers on cardiovascular fluid mechanics, artificial heart valves, Doppler ultrasound, MRI technology, and blood rheology.

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Clinical Project Mentors:

  • BioID Faculty at GA TechGautam Kumar, MBBS, MRCP(UK), FACC, FASE, FSCAIDr Kumar is an interventional cardiologist and echocardiographer with Emory University. Originally from Singapore, he came to the US after completing membership in the Royal College of Physicians in the United Kingdom and did Internal Medicine residency and Cardiology fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Following this, he completed Interventional Cardiology fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He has wide-ranging interests ranging from clinical hemodynamics (both invasive and non-invasive), coronary and peripheral intervention, valvular and structural heart disease interventions, biomedical innovation and research and medical ethics.
  • BioID Faculty at GA TechRaymond Pak, M.D.Dr. Pak is a urologic surgeon at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta with an expertise in minimally invasive laparoscopic, robotic and endoscopic surgery. He has a special interest in using advanced technology to treat urological cancers, correct urologic malformations and treat kidney stone disease.
    As an adjunct professor and mentor to the BioID & BME students, he offers guidance to improve minimally invasive procedures with a focus on robotics, laparoscopy and endoscopic surgeries.
  • BioID Faculty at GA TechPravin Reddy, M.D. Dr. Reddy is a Board Certified Plastic & Reconstructive surgeon who serves as a Clinical Mentor for The BioID program at Georgia Tech. Dr. Reddy graduated from the Albany Medical College, NY with a Dean’s Commendation for Scholastic Excellence and then went on to complete General Surgery training at Georgetown University Hospitals, Washington, DC followed by Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at McGill University, Montreal and Microsurgery training at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital, NY.
    Currently, Dr. Reddy is the Director of Reconstructive services at Atlanta Medical Center – a regional Level I Trauma Center.
  • BioID Faculty at GA TechJaime Wong, M.D. Dr. Wong is a healthcare executive serving as the Medical Safety Officer for Intuitive Surgical, Inc., the global technology leader in minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery. He is also a urologic surgeon who is an expert in endourologic, laparoscopic, and robotic surgeries.
    As a Clinical Mentor for the BioID program at Georgia Tech, his research interests include improved solutions and innovation for minimally invasive, endoscopic and general urology medical devices and techniques.
BioID Guest Faculty:

  • BioID Faculty at GA TechJagdish Sheth, Ph.D.Jagdish Sheth, the Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing at the Goizueta Business School, is nationally and internationally known for his scholarly contributions in consumer behavior, relationship marketing, competitive strategy and geopolitical analysis. He has published more than 200 books and research papers in different areas of marketing and business strategy throughout his career, including his most recent work, "Chindia Rising: How China and India will Benefit Your Business" (2006, Tata McGraw-Hill).
  • BioID Faculty at GA TechWalt Baxter, Ph.D.Dr. Baxter is a Senior Principal Scientist with Medtronic’s Neuromodulation Group. Dr. Baxter’s interests include partnering with clinicians to make impactful measurements of implanted device mechanics, developing new algorithms for medical image analysis, and connecting academic and governmental experts with engineers at Medtronic. Dr. Baxter got out with a BSME from Georgia Tech prior to obtaining his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego.
  • BioID Faculty at GA TechHans BeinkeVice President/US Country Head of Quality and Technology for Siemens Healthcare. Siemens is a global medical device company based in Erlangen, Germany which provides imaging and in vitro diagnostic devices. Mr. Beinke has over 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. His current responsibilities include regulatory affairs (pre & post market), clinical affairs, technical & regulatory standards development, quality and EHS.
  • BioID Faculty at GA TechHenry F. Edelhauser, Ph.D.Dr. Edelhauser is an Emeritus Professor of Ophthalmology, Emory University School of Medicine. His research interest includes corneal endothelial physiology, surgical pharmacology, ocular drug delivery and toxicology. In 2005, he received the prestigious Proctor Medal Award, ARVO’s highest honor in Ophthalmic Research. He received the 2007 R. Townley Paton M.D. award from the Eye Bank Association of America for his research contributions. He presently serves as Vice President of Scientific Affairs at Clearside Biomedical.
  • BioID Faculty at GA TechValluvan Jeevanandam, M.D. Dr. Jeevanandam specializes in the surgical management of heart failure, and is an expert in high-risk cardiac surgery. He has performed more than 1,000 heart transplants -- including the total artificial heart -- and countless cardiac surgery procedures. A pioneer in the field of mechanical circulatory assist devices. In October 2000, he was the first surgeon in the world to successfully implant the CardioVad, a revolutionary, permanent circulatory assist device that boosts heart function in patients with severe heart failure who are not candidates for transplant. He continues to be a recognized leader in the field of advanced heart failure and currently serves on the FDA Device Panel.
  • BioID Faculty at GA TechRob Michiels, MBAMr. Michiels is a highly successful serial entrepreneur and 30 plus year veteran of the medical device industry. He most recently served as CEO of CardiAQ™, a start-up developing Transcatheter Mitral Valve Implantation, acquired by Edwards Lifecsiences mid-2015. Previously, as President & COO of CoreValve and IVT, he developed both from cardiovascular start-ups to market leaders. He is a founding partner of CONSILIUM, a medical device market research company active in identifying and greenhousing technologies. He holds a BA in economics from Antwerp University (Belgium) and a MBA from Indiana University.
  • BioID Faculty at GA TechSven Moon, MBIDMr. Moon holds degrees in biology, electrical engineering and is a member of the inaugural graduating class of the BioID program. Sven has worked in multiple countries including Turkey and Germany, but currently works as a Quality Engineer in Atlanta, Georgia for Facet Technologies.
  • BioID Faculty at GA TechSemih Oktay, Ph.D.Dr. Oktay is Founder President of CardioMed Device Consultants, LLC. Prior to this, he worked for six years as an expert mechanical engineer and scientific reviewer for the FDA (Office of Device Evaluation, CDRH), Division of Cardiovascular and Respiratory Devices, and Interventional Cardiac Devices Branch. He has extensive expertise in coronary stents, balloon angioplasty and its effects on coronary arteries. Dr. Oktay received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland in 1993.
  • BioID Faculty at GA TechTeresa WilsonTeresa Wilson has worked for the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services for 30 years. From 2004-2010, she was a founding employee of a biomedical device company for which she managed the intellectual property, FDA submissions, and marketing. The company marketed two devices within five years: microspheres for tumor embolization and a coronary stent. Teresa rejoined CMS in 2011 to work with Next Generation Accountable Care Organizations, healthcare providers that improve clinical outcomes, reduce healthcare costs, and share in savings.
  • BioID Faculty at GA TechBrett Rogers, MBIDMr. Rogers is an alumnus of the BioID program. Since graduating in 2014, he has been employed as a Quality Engineer for Facet Technologies Inc., an Atlanta based medical device company. Mr. Rogers has experience in medical device process development, validation of equipment, and process quality.
  • BioID Faculty at GA TechPeter Carlile Peter is an Alumnus of the BioID program. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester where he majored in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Cell and Tissue Engineering and a minor in Chemical Engineering. He currently works as a Quality Assurance Engineer for Facet Technologies.
  • BioID Faculty at GA TechJason White, M.S.Jason White leads the product development group for the CardioMEMS Wireless PA Pressure Sensor and Delivery Catheter at St. Jude Medical, Inc. Prior to becoming part of St. Jude Medical, Jason led development of this product from concept to commercialization. His previous experience was in product development for cardiovascular angioplasty balloon catheters and balloon expandable stents with Cordis, a Johnson and Johnson Company. Jason has a BSE in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering from Duke University and a MS in Engineering Management from Florida International University.
  • BioID Faculty at GA TechClark Wilson, J.D., M. Eng.Clark Wilson is an attorney in the intellectual property law firm Merchant & Gould PC, where he focuses his practice on patent and trademark matters, particularly for clients in medical devices. He is a leader in the Biomedical Engineering Society and a Board Member of the Atlanta chapter of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs. Mr. Wilson maintains a blog entitled MedicalDevicePatentCounsel.com. In addition to his law degree, Mr. Wilson holds an M.Eng. in Bioengineering from the University of Maryland.