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CARDIOFOCUS
PUTTING PVI CONTROL IN A WHOLE NEW LIGHT

At CardioFocus, we specialize in providing electrophysiologists with innovative and effective tools that bring new levels of precision and control to the treatment of atrial fibrillation.

Our focused dedication on advancing cardiac ablation treatments has resulted in the ground-breaking HeartLight® Endoscopic Ablation System, integrating important new features into a never-before-seen platform as advanced as it is intuitive. And our ongoing research is taking laser ablation therapies to exciting new places.


THE HEARTLIGHT ENDOSCOPIC ABLATION SYSTEM
MAKING PVI CONTROL MORE ACCESSIBLE THAN EVER

The HeartLight Endoscopic Ablation System provides physicians with a number of unique and valuable new capabilities. Now, they can directly visualize anatomies intra-procedure, precisely target the application of laser energy, and deliver durable pulmonary vein isolation.

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Events

APRIL 19 – 22, 2017
MANNHEIM, GERMANY

ANNUAL GERMAN SOCIETY OF CARDIOLOGY CONGRESS

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MAY 10 – 13, 2017
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

HEART RHYTHM SCIENTIFIC SESSIONS

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LEADERSHIP

  • PAUL LAVIOLETTE
    Executive Chairman

    PAUL LAVIOLETTE

    Mr. LaViolette has served as the Executive Chairman of CardioFocus since 2013, bringing more than 35 years of global medical technology management experience. Previously, he served as the Chief Operating Officer of Boston Scientific Corporation (BSC), an $8 billion medical device leader. During his 15 years at BSC, he also held positions including: Group President Cardiovascular; President, Cardiology; Group President, Endosurgery; and President, International during a period in which revenues grew 20 times. Mr. LaViolette integrated two dozen acquisitions and led extensive product development, operations and worldwide commercial organizations. He previously held marketing and general management positions at CR Bard, and various marketing roles at Kendall (Covidien).

    In addition to the Executive Chairman role at CardioFocus, Mr. LaViolette is the Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer at SV Life Sciences, serves as the Vice Chairman of the Innovation Advisory Board for the Partners Health System, and is the Chairman for the Medical Device Manufacturers Association.

  • BURKE BARRETT
    Chief Operating Officer

    BURKE BARRETT

    Mr. Barrett joined CardioFocus in 2005 and currently serves as the Chief Commercial Officer (COO), leveraging over 30 years of medical device industry experience and over 15 years of executive experience into the role of COO. From 2010-2013 he served as the industry representative on the FDA’s Circulatory Systems Device Advisory Panel.

    Prior to joining CardioFocus, Mr. Barrett was Vice President of Clinical Operations at Cyberkinetics Neurotechnology Systems, Inc., a public medical device company that achieved first-in-man success in novel, implantable brain-computer interfaces. Mr. Barrett also served at Cyberonics as the Vice President, Business and Technology Development. In this role, he was responsible for finding new applications for Cyberonics’ novel, implantable nerve stimulation technology that included management of multiple first-in-man IDE trials.

    Previously, Mr. Barrett held positions in business development, clinical & regulatory affairs, and quality auditing at Biofield Corporation, Dornier Medical Systems, and Bausch & Lomb. Mr. Barrett is a co-inventor on numerous issued and pending patent applications. He received Bachelor’s Degrees in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry from Syracuse University and an MBA from Kennesaw University in Atlanta, GA.

  • RENNY CLARK
    Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

    RENNY CLARK

    Mr. Clark joined CardioFocus in 2013 and serves as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Treasurer. He has extensive experience in financial leadership roles, operating in the role of Vice President, Finance for the Cardiovascular Division in Massachusetts. Prior to joining St. Jude Medical, Mr. Clark was the CFO of LightLab Imaging, Inc. a position he attained after serving in a number of senior financial management roles at Boston Scientific Corporation. He holds an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

  • OMARI BOUKNIGHT
    Chief Commercial Officer

    OMARI BOUKNIGHT

    Mr. Bouknight joined CardioFocus in 2016, serving as its Chief Commercial Officer (CCO). He has substantial experience launching novel cardiac medical technologies on a global basis. Prior to joining CardioFocus, Mr. Bouknight held the role of Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Cardiac Dimensions, an early-stage cardiovascular company with an innovative mitral valve repair system. Prior to Cardiac Dimensions, he led the highly successful launch of the HeartMate II® Left Ventricular Assist System® at Thoratec Corporation, where he served in the role of Business Unit Director.

    Mr. Bouknight began his cardiovascular medical technology career at Guidant Corporation, working directly with electrophysiologists as a Certified Cardiac Device Specialist (CCDS). He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and Bachelor’s degrees in Supply Chain Management, International Relations, and German from Michigan State University.

  • DAVID KRESSLER
    Vice President, Operations

    DAVID KRESSLER

    Mr. Kressler joined CardioFocus in 2013, bringing over 25 years of operations experience in the medical device arena. He was previously VP of Operations at Kalypto Medical, manufacturer of a unique Negative Wound Therapy system. Mr. Kressler previously served as VP of Operations at Velocimed, a startup with three innovative cardiology products, transitioning to the same role at St. Jude Medical after a successful acquisition. Earlier in his career, he spent 14 years increasing scope and responsibility at Boston Scientific. Mr. Kressler received a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Northeastern University and a Master’s in Management from Lesley University.

  • JERRY MELSKY
    Vice President, Engineering

    JERRY MELSKY

    Mr. Melsky joined the CardioFocus team in 2002 as Vice President of Engineering, bringing with him over 30 years of leadership experience in medical device design and development. He was previously Director of Mechanical Engineering for Infusaid corporation, the first company to receive IDE approval for an implantable drug pump. Mr. Melsky was also a co-founder of Therex corporation, where he developed a next-generation implantable drug infusion pump now marketed by Johnson and Johnson. Prior to joining CardioFocus, Mr. Melsky was Director of Engineering for Act Medical, now part of Accellent, Inc., where he headed a team of forty engineers and technicians developing a range of devices for minimally-invasive catheter-based procedures. He holds numerous patents in medical device designs, and a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in mechanical engineering from M.I.T.

  • IAN CHRISTIANSON
    Vice President, Regulatory Affairs & Quality Assurance

    IAN CHRISTIANSON

    Mr. Christianson joined CardioFocus in October 2009, bringing over 10 years of experience in quality assurance and operations experience in medical devices and the defense industry. He was previously Director of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs at Concordia Medical, a contract manufacturer of medical devices and tissue engineering scaffolds. Mr. Christianson has held positions at Boston Scientific, Genzyme Biosurgery, and Johnson & Johnson. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Arizona, a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University, and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.

  • JEFF RYNBRANDT
    Vice President, US Sales

    JEFF RYNBRANDT

    Mr. Rynbrandt joined CardioFocus in 2016 as Vice President of US Sales with a track record of building and leading cohesive sales teams within a variety of electrophysiology markets. He held various leadership roles in sales and marketing at Boston Scientific, and has extensive experience in new product launches. Prior to his 14-year sales career with Boston Scientific, Mr. Rynbrandt served more than six years as an Officer in the United States Army in multiple command and leadership positions. He earned an MBA from Michigan State University and a Bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

  • LEIGH WHITTAKER
    Director of Marketing

    LEIGH WHITTAKER

    Ms. Whittaker joined CardioFocus in 2011, bringing over 20 years of professional experience in the healthcare and medical device industries. She was previously Business Development Manager at Bard Electrophysiology, as well as a Clinical Specialist for Medtronic Cardiac Rhythm Management.  Ms. Whittaker is a registered nurse (RN) certified by the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners as a Cardiac Device Specialist (CCDS) and as an EP Specialist (CEPS). Early in her career, Ms. Whittaker spent over 10 years as a critical care nurse in the Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital and Electrophysiology Lab at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Ms. Whittaker has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Connecticut, and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Suffolk University.

  • LISA HAUSMANN
    Senior Director, Clinical Affairs

    LISA HAUSMANN

    Ms. Hausmann joined CardioFocus in 2012 with over 20 years of experience in Clinical Affairs within the medical device industry. Her areas of expertise include early strategic planning; operations; safety; and data analysis and management for feasibility, IDE, and post-market clinical trials. Prior to CardioFocus, she held management positions at Augmenix, Inc., Innovative Spinal Technologies, Inc., OmniSonics Medical Technologies, Inc., and NxStage Medical, Inc. She has worked on products in a variety of therapeutic areas including cardiovascular, peripheral vascular, neurovascular, spine, radiation oncology, urology, and ESRD. Early in her career, Ms. Hausmann held positions of increasing scope and responsibility over a period of 11 years at Boston Scientific Corporation. Ms. Hausmann received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Davis and earned her Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in biostatistics and epidemiology at Boston University.

  • SUSAN OSTROWSKI
    Senior Director, Engineering

    SUSAN OSTROWSKI

    Ms. Ostrowski joined CardioFocus in 2007 after working in the medical device and instrumentation industry for over 25 years, in positions ranging from management to single technical contributor. She started at Hewlett-Packard in diagnostic ultrasonic instrumentation, then developed disposable medical devices at ACT Medical/MedSource Technologies. Ms. Ostrowski also worked at Instrumentation Laboratory on critical care whole blood analyzers. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from M.I.T., and a Master’s degree in Management of Technology from MIT Sloan School of Management.

CAREERS

  • QUALITY TECHNICIAN

    DEPARTMENT: Quality Assurance
    JOB REPORTS TO: Director, QA
    FLSA: Non-Exempt

    POSITION OVERVIEW:

    The Quality Technician shall be responsible for the following activities/job functions:

    • Preparation of complaint returns, including decontamination of returned units, to attempt to confirm reported complaints. Support of the root cause determination of confirmed complaints, working with other functions at CardioFocus to determine and implement corrective actions.
    • Support in the testing and data collection of shelf life and design verification testing.
    • Support as needed with incoming, in-process, and final inspections of components and finished goods.
    • Other activities as directed to support the Company’s quality goals and objectives.

     
    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
    Associates degree in an engineering discipline or equivalent relevant work experience required.

    SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:

    • Must have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interface well with all employees.
    • Must have excellent organizational skills.
    • Must be thorough and detail oriented.
    • Knowledge of catheter design and construction methods for inspection or testing purposes.
    • Must be proficient in the use of Microsoft Office.

    Please submit your resume and cover letter to: hr@cardiofocus.com