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Peter Madras, MD

Peter N. Madras, MD, received his MD from McGill University and enjoyed a 30-year career as a transplant and vascular surgeon and associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School before joining the staff of Lahey Clinic eight years ago. Before becoming a surgeon, Dr. Madras was program director at the Avco Everett Laboratory which produced the Intra-Aortic Balloon pump which is still used for treatment of heart failure. Always involved in medical devices, Dr. Madras was medical director at Grace Biomedical working on biohybrid artificial organs, and principal investigator on three NIH grants in the past five years, developing novel devices for temporary blood flow interruption.

Jerrold Shapiro, PhD

Number of years as MDG member: 12

Years in Medical Device/Technology Industry: 45

Positions/Career path in Medical Device/Technology Industry: President of two medical device companies, Director of Operations, Director of Engineering, Ophthalmology Program manager of medical device companies, Assoc. Prof. of Medicine, Surgery, Ophthalmology and Biomedical Engineering, Director of the Glaucoma Research and Ocular Physiology Laboratories, co-founder of Dept. of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University, Principal Investigator, Research Scientist

Positions held in and contributions made to MDG: Secretary, Program Committee Co-chair, Board of Directors for 5 years, Board link to Alliances Committee, co-champion of Forum programs in Cardiology, Women’s Health, Ophthalmology, Economics of a Medical Device Sale, Medical Needs: From the Physician's View, Voice of the Customer, Integrative Medicine and one who helps, pro bono, those in transition and those new to the medical device industry find jobs.




Peter Fuchs

Number of years as MDG member: 3

Years in Medical Device/Technology Industry: 8

Positions/Career path in Medical Device/Technology Industry:Global Finance in Sports Medicine and Orthopedic reconstruction

Positions held in and contributions made to MDG: Treasurer 11/12 – Present

Peter Fuchs is currently the Director Finance, International for Smith & Nephew. His previous experience includes senior global financial positions with Conagra Foods, Gateway Computers and the Swatch group in Hong Kong. He began his career as a CPA with Price Waterhouse. Mr Fuchs has demonstrated expertise in budgeting, forecasting, turnarounds and acquisitions in fast growing entrepreneurial environments. Mr Fuchs received an MBA from UCLA and a BS in economics with Lehigh University.

At-Large Board Members (Directors)

Teo Forcht Dagi, MD, DMedSc, Director and Chief Medical Officer at Prismic Pharmaceuticals, Visiting Professor at Harvard Medical School

A neurosurgeon, neuroscientist and venture capitalist, Dr. Dagi is recognized as a pioneer in the use of artificial intelligence engines for decision support in neurosurgery. Trained at the MGH and in London, his research interests include the electrophysiology of the limbic system, temporal lobe epilepsy, head trauma and brain tumors. More recently, he has concentrated on healthcare IT, clinical decision support and patient safety and consulted for the FDA and other government health agencies. He has served as a director to many privately held and publicly traded companies and is affiliated with Broadview Ventures. 

William McIlhargey

Number of years as MDG member: ~7 years

Years in Medical Device/Technology Industry: 40 yrs

Positions/Career path in Medical Device/Technology Industry: traditional sales career, including sales mgmt. & corporate director positions. Then pursued international marketing with a Brazilian company before joining the orthopaedic industry as Vice President with J&J DePuy. Ended my corporate exposure as an EVP with Smith & Nephew and for the past ten years have been a consultant to medical device companies specializing in OR implantable technologies.

Positions held in and contributions made to MDG: Over the years, have been a presenter, program chair, program co-chair and panelist for multiple forum and network meetings. Additionally been a member of the MDG Program Central Committee for over three years.

Lisa Sasso,


















Number of years as MDG member: 10

Years in Medical Device/Technology Industry: 20+

Positions/Career path in Medical Device/Technology Industry: Lisa is President/Executive Coach at Medical Development Partners, Inc.(2005-present), Past Co-Founder, CEO/President of Radi Medical Systems, Inc. (1998-2004) Lisa took a disruptive technology, changed physician's practice, obtained reimbursement, developed education based marketing strategies, a clinical sales force, and took the company from inception to $28M with profitability during her 6 year tenure. Lisa was recognized and ranked #28 out of 100 Women Led Businesses in Massachusetts in 2004. Prior to that, Lisa held Market Research and Product Management Positions at USCI; $100M Division of Bard Cardiology (1994-1998).Lisa is also a motivational speaker who has entertained audiences including entrepreneurs, business leaders, professionals, working mothers, people in transition as well as students, Lisa received a BBA in marketing and BA in economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an MBA in Management from Bentley University.

Positions held in and contributions made to MDG: Past MDG President (during Lisa's term, membership went from < 200 to 454 MDG members). Vice President/President Elect prior, and an additional 6 years on the MDG Board. During her tenure on the MDG Board Lisa worked as liaison to Sponsorship assisting with annual Sponsor breakfasts & meetings. Co-Program Chair with Jerry Shapiro during MDG 1st years - we planned 22 programs annually. Moderator and speaker at numerous MDG Forums and Networking events, including being responsible for MDG's annual program on "Transitioning into and within the Medical Device Industry" for the past 7 years.













Paul Hartung

Number of years as MDG member: 5

Years in Medical Device/Technology Industry: 16

Positions/Career path in Medical Device/Technology Industry: Paul has served as the President and CEO of Cognoptix, which is developing a game-changing combination product for early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, since 2004. He did the first syndicated Angel financing in the Northeast, followed by two rounds of venture capital, raising $17M for Cognoptix, and has led the Company’s transition from research to commercial development. He also did strategic deals with Pfizer and Merck. He has a long, proven track record as a life sciences executive with extensive scientific, strategic development and management experience in the laser and medical device industries. He has been an inventor on a number of patents.

Paul has launched successful startup businesses and served in executive positions with Fortune 500 organizations. Prior to Cognoptix, Paul was VP of Operations at Winphoria Networks, a successful mobile communications startup acquired by Motorola. Previously, he was Senior Director at 3Com Corporation, where he was involved in a number of mergers and acquisitions, and directed global operations and new product introductions. At Summit Technology, Inc. (successful IPO and acquired by Alcon) he was Manager of Manufacturing in charge of manufacturing operations for the leading developer of the LASIK procedure and other laser eye correction procedures. At Trumpf, he developed high power automated laser systems for industrial applications as Manager of Engineering and Service. As Director of R&D at Laser Fare Ltd., he developed new laser processing techniques for the medical device industry and other applications. Paul started his career as an Advanced Manufacturing Engineer at GE.

Paul graduated from MIT with an MS Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He received the FW Taylor Award of the College International pour la Recherche en Productique ("CIRP”, a/k/a the International Academy for Production Engineering) for his research. Paul is on the board of the Medical Development Group.

Positions held in and contributions made to MDG: Paul has been a featured speaker at several MDG events over the years on topics including combination products and technology transfer.He has served on the Board of Directors and as the Chairman of the Membership Committee since 2013. He has also helped forge alliances with MassBio and SoPE.


Ashley Sherman

Number of years as MDG member: 3

Years in Medical Device/Technology Industry: 4

Positions/Career path in Medical Device/Technology Industry:As a Medical Account Manager at Intertek, Ashley works with a vast array of leading medical device manufactures all across the east coast to provide testing, certification and consulting services, meeting local or global requirements. This role has given her insight and experience within many levels of an organization from CEO to project engineer as well as, providing access the newest innovation and advances in medical technology.

Ashley Sherman is currently a Director on MDG’s board. During the 2013-2014 term, she has contributed to decisions made in the efforts to improve the performance and growth of the organization. Many positive changes have occurred over the year for MDG and its imperative for Ashley to continue as a Director at Large to bring forward these efforts in the upcoming years.

Positions held in and contributions made to MDG: For the past 5 years Intertek has been a great supporter of MDG and its mission. Since 2011, she has assumed the role of the MDG liaison. In this role Ashley’s main responsibility is strengthening and expanding Intertek's close relationship with MDG. This includes but is not limited to, sponsorship contributions, providing a corporate meeting space and leveraging my network to identifying new members. Over the past year, she has sat on the Board of Directors for the MDG overseeing the operations and contributing feedback on business decisions affecting all aspects of the future growth of the organization. In addition, Ashley Chair for MDG’s Sponsorship Committee.


Anna Xi

Number of years as MDG member: 4

Years in Medical Device/Technology Industry:5

Positions/Career path in Medical Device/Technology Industry: Managing Partner of Cambridge, MA based Market Ignition Group, a medical related business development consulting firm focuses on bringing advanced medical solutions to Asia Pacific countries and areas. Chief International Marketing Officer for Kexin Biotech Institute, a Shanghai-based biotech firm with over 23 years in operation that specialized in In Vitro Diagnostics (IVD) product manufacturing and distribution in Asia Pacific.

Positions held in and contributions made to MDG: Director at large 06/2013-Present; Co-Chair for SIGs on the Program Central Committee and Co-champion for a number of monthly forums.


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