The MedtronicTalks Podcast series brings the insights, observations and lessons learned from the leaders of the medtech industry’s single, largest leader. Each episode will focus on a particular therapy, technology or business unit. We’ll talk with the business leaders, the engineers, the physicians and the decision-makers who keep Medtronic at the forefront of the medtech industry. Subscribe to the MedtronicTalks on every major podcast application.

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February 8, 2023

In 2021, Medtronic stopped distributing the HVADs following studies that showed recipients had a higher risk of suffering strokes than those who were implanted with another company’s VAD. But Medtronic’s mission didn’t end with the suspension. In this episode, Raj Thomas, vice president and general manager of MCS, explains how his team continues to support recipients, their caregivers and clinicians to help ensure those heart failure patients can live the fullest lives possible.

January 25, 2023

Karen Parkhill assumed the role of chief financial officer at Medtronic six years ago, making her first move into the medical device industry. Over that time, Parkhill has helped oversee many transformations at Medtronic including the reorganization into 20 business units.

January 11, 2023

In this episode, Skip Kiil, president of the business unit, explains how his group is deploying technology to drive future growth. Kiil, a former professional baseball player before turning to medtech, also shares critical advice to young medical device executives who are looking to gain relevant experience rapidly.

December 15, 2022

Dan Volz, president of the neurovascular business at Medtronic, lays out the dire facts regarding stroke. Less than 10 percent of the 15 million strokes that occur each year worldwide are treated, and the number of strokes grows by 10% each year. Medtronic, the largest supplier of neurovascular devices in the world, knows the power of connectivity will help bring more care access. In this episode, we’ll explore Medtronic’s new agreement with Avail Medsystems, which sells access to a network of communication devices that provide audio and video connection to operating rooms.

December 1, 2022

In this episode, Krista Sugerman, Vice President, Global Marketing & Communications of the diabetes business at Medtronic, shares how diabetes has impacted people close to her and why the company is keeping focused on how living with diabetes is a constant balancing act.

November 9, 2022

In this episode, Mira Sahney, president of the Pelvic Health business at Medtronic, explains how incontinence is a debilitating condition that needs more attention and treatment.

October 26, 2022

This episode shines a light on lung cancer, a deadly killer that isn’t getting the attention it deserves. Lung cancer kills thousands of people every day –more than most other cancers combined – but isn’t screened for as aggressively.

October 19, 2022

In this episode, George Murgatroyd, vice president and general manager of digital surgery, a part of Medtronic Surgical Robotics, shares his insight on how digital solutions are transforming healthcare.

October 5, 2022

In this episode of MedtronicTalks we’ll explore the potential behind the Respiratory Intervention’s group McGrath Mac Video Laryngoscope. The device – which is designed to simplify the sometimes arduous procedure of intubating a critically ill patient – proved invaluable during the pandemic when hospitals faced a crush of respiratory patients.

September 28, 2022

In this episode, Jason Fontana, vice president coronary and renal denervation marketing and strategy at Medtronic, will walk us through Medtronic’s successful entry into the drug-eluting stent market over a decade ago with the Endeavor DES, the first modular drug-eluting stent.

August 31, 2022

In this episode, two senior leaders from the Cardiovascular Diagnostics & Services operating unit at Medtronic share the group’s vision of “turning data into the right therapy.” Sanjiv Arora, vice president of business development & strategy, and Leo Rapallini, vice president of research & development, explain how trail-blazing technologies like the LINQ family of ICMs are a great tool in measuring infrequent – but important – cardiac events.

August 10, 2022

In this episode, Dr. Laura Mauri shares the career path that started with an early interest in medicine brought, at least partly, by her mother’s cancer diagnosis. Mauri directed that interest in caring for patients – and an innate ability to keep cool under pressure – to become an interventional cardiologist, a career that led her to appreciate the benefits of new technologies.

July 20, 2022

In this episode of the MedtronicTalks Podcast, Mike Hess, vice president of corporate technology and innovation at Medtronic, will introduce listeners to Design for Reliability & Manufacturability, a design framework that equips engineers, designers and others with a set of standards that ensure new devices are designed right from the start.

July 6, 2022

In this episode, we’ll learn how Medtronic is working to build a stronger supply chain that will allow it to build an inventory capable of keeping critical medical devices flowing to customers.

June 15, 2022

Ruchika Singhal, president of Medtronic LABS, says she grew up in Medtronic, starting her career as an engineer. But her professional life really began when she took over Medtronic LABS, a non-profit quasi-independent arm with a mission of bringing better healthcare to more people worldwide.

May 25, 2022

This episode of MedtronicTalks explores the company’s efforts to flag the multiple sources of healthcare inequity wrought by racial, geographic or economic differences in the U.S.

May 18, 2022

In this episode, Jennifer McVean, MD, medical affairs director at Medtronic’s diabetes business, shares how a devastating childhood diagnosis started her on her mission to help people with diabetes.

April 20, 2022

In this episode, Austin L. Chiang, MD, explains why he brought his sizable social media following to Medtronic, where he serves as chief medical officer of the Gastrointestinal business. Chiang says his decision is directly tied to his excitement about Medtronic’s growing suite of GI products including the AI-powered GI Genius and the swallowable PillCam.

April 6, 2022

In this episode of the MedtronicTalks Podcast, Frank Chan, president of patient monitoring, explains how the pressures of the pandemic accelerated Medtronic’s development of patient monitoring systems that allowed for remote connection between caregiver and patient.

March 23, 2022

In this episode of MedtronicTalks, Dan Wolf, VP and general manager of intelligent Data Solutions, sits alongside Thomas Mosnier, research director, iDS, to detail Medtronic’s continued build out of its cranial and spine business.

March 9, 2022

In the first episode of season two of MedtronicTalks, Sally Saba, MD, the company’s first chief inclusion & diversity officer, demonstrates how exclusion can impact an individual and slow an organization. Saba, who joined Medtronic two months prior to the killing of George Floyd, talks listeners through the changes Medtronic is making and how they’re opening up more opportunities.

December 15, 2021

In this episode of MedtronicTalks, John Mack, president of cardiac surgery, reflects on his 26-year career at the company and the portfolio of technologies that support and repair damaged hearts.

December 1, 2021

In this episode, Jason Weidman SVP and President, Coronary & Renal Denervation at Medtronic, says he’s doing exactly what he set out to do when he became an engineer over 20 years ago.

November 17, 2021

In this episode, Moeller lays out the health crisis brought on by poor vasculature and how Medtronic is targeting five critical areas to help people live fuller lives.

November 10, 2021

In this episode focused on Structural Heart, Nina Goodheart, president of Medtronic’s Structural Heart and Aortic Operating Unit, takes listeners – valve by valve – through Medtronic’s growing toolkit of replacement heart valves.

October 27, 2021

Following the company-wide reorganization, Surgical Innovation emerged as Medtronic’s large operating unit.

October 13, 2021

In this episode, Vince Racano, president of ENT, lays out the growth plan for this burgeoning business.

Septmeber 29, 2021

Julie Brewer, president of the Cardiovascular Diagnostics and Services, explains why Medtronic carved out a data-oriented business to form tighter connections with patients.

September 22, 2021

Mike Marinaro, president of the cardiac rhythm management business, explains why CRM employees feel a special connection to Medtronic’s core mission.

September 15, 2021

Daniel Volz, the newly named head of Medtronic’s neurovascular business, explains how the company is developing game-changing technologies into devices that will help people who have suffered a stroke or aneurysm.

September 1, 2021

Geoff Martha, chairman and CEO of Medtronic, updates us on Medtronic’s first-quarter performance. Martha reports the Delta variant has had an impact on revenue, but Medtronic forecasts a return to normal soon. 

August 18, 2021

Jacob Paul, senior vice president and president of Medtronic's cranial and spinal technologies group, explains how the company doubled down on the spinal surgery space by committing to significant acquisitions of robotics and artificial technologies that it believes will advance the level of care for spinal surgery patients.

August 4, 2021

In this episode, Rebecca Seidel, president of cardiac ablation solutions, and Dr. Robert Kowal, vice president, medical affairs and CMO of cardiac rhythm and heart failure, detail how Medtronic is targeting atrial fibrillation, a deadly and far-ranging disease, with Artic Front, a delivery of cryoablation therapies.

July 21, 2021

Two decades ago, Ann Sheldon was drawn to Medtronic by its mission to create devices that people. Today, Sheldon, vice president of security, heads a team that assumes an increasingly essential mission of protecting those devices – and the patient they help – from outsiders that might want to disrupt their performance.

July 7, 2021

Dave Anderson, president of the neuromodulation business unit, reports to MedtronicTalks during this episode about the advances in neuromodulation technologies including deep brain and spinal cord stimulation.

June 30, 2021

In this podcast, Brett Wall, executive vice president and president of Medtronic’s neuroscience portfolio, shares the experiences he’s had working at medtech companies in transformation.

June 15, 2021

Sean Salmon, Executive Vice President and President, Diabetes Operating Unit, says Medtronic’s diabetes unit is reinvigorated by acquisitions, new internally developed products and a partnership with a private equity giant.

June 10, 2021

Geoff Martha took the helm of Medtronic just as the world was entering an epic pandemic. But the lockdown didn’t slow down Medtronic’s reorganization, a seismic change to instill a new “Medtronic Mindset.” Learn how!

June 2, 2021

In this interview, Bob White, executive vice President and president of Medtronic’s Medical Surgical Portfolio, explains the importance of corporate culture. He also shares his “Big 5” list of qualities he likes to see in potential hires.

May 26, 2021

In this episode of the MedtronicTalks podcast, Martha Ha, chief privacy officer and chief counsel of corporate governance, and Jon de Csepel, CMO and VP, explain how Medtronic is reaching out to employees of Asia and Pacific Island and helping them to understand how to better work within the corporate culture.

May 19, 2021

New tech, broad pipeline, big markets creating enormous opportunity for Medtronic’s Gastrointestinal business.

May 5, 2021

In this episode, two of the executives leading Medtronic’s push into robotics surgery update listeners on the progress and potential of Medtronic's MAZOR X Stealth and Hugo RAS system platforms.

April 22, 2021

In this episode of the MedtronicTalks Podcast, host Tom Salemi speaks with two of the principal architects of Medtronic’s move to reduce its impact on the globe.

April 2021

Geoff Martha and the Medtronic leadership has overseen a significant overhaul of medtech’s largest player. Martha says the company is clearing minor COVID-19 bump and sees an open road for the company to continue to grab share from competitors.

April 20, 2021

A year ago, the emerging pandemic brought Medtronic’s respiratory business front-and-center as demands for ventilators shot up to save the lives of thousands of people hit with COVID-19. In this interview, the first of the MedtronicTalks Podcast Series, Medtronic’s Ariel Mactavish and Dr. John de Csepel detail how Medtronic answered the call in many ways.

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