John H. Linehan
Northwestern University, USA

John H. Linehan, Ph.D. is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University (since 2007), and a Consulting Professor of Bioengineering in Stanford University’s Biodesign Program (since 2005). He initiated the Stanford-India Biodesign Program and, in 2011/12, is an educational advisor to 5 universities in Ireland to help initiate BioInnovate – Ireland, a fellowship program to train medical device innovators.

His current research interests concern the medical device innovation process, regulatory affairs, health technology assessment, and comparative effectiveness.

Dr. Linehan was Vice President of the Whitaker Foundation from 1998 – 2005. He was responsible for implementing and managing major biomedical engineering educational grant programs and for creating and organizing a number of unique programs including the International Biomedical Engineering Educational Summit meetings (2000 & 2005) and the national Academic Leadership Program for developing young faculty as leaders. The Whitaker Foundation, having invested more than $800 million primarily in biomedical engineering education and research in the past 30 years, closed its doors in June 2006.

Prior to joining Whitaker in 1998, Dr. Linehan was the Rose Eannelli-Bagozzi professor of biomedical engineering and the founding Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering (1989) at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Until 1998, he was also adjunct professor of physiology and clinical professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Dr. Linehan is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and was a member of the FDA Science Board. He is a fellow and past president of the Biomedical Engineering Society, a founding fellow and past president of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a fellow of the International Academy for Medical and Biological Engineering.