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.

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