• Meeting Cancelled


    AIMBE 2020 Annual Event

    March 29 & 30, 2020 | Washington, DC



    Scientific Lectures with Public Policy Discussion

  • Meeting Cancelled


    AIMBE 2020 Annual Event

    March 29 & 30, 2020 | Washington, DC



    Scientific Lectures with Public Policy Discussion

  • Meeting Cancelled


    AIMBE 2020 Annual Event

    March 29 & 30, 2020 | Washington, DC



    Scientific Lectures with Public Policy Discussion


In an abundance of caution for your safety and that of the entire AIMBE community, the 2020 Annual Meeting has been cancelled. While this important milestone in our activity calendar is cancelled, the mission of AIMBE and our work continues. Now, more than ever, we must advocate with an even stronger voice for the importance of biomedical research, discovery and innovation to protect and advance the wellbeing and health of Americans and citizens across the globe.

Whether you were registered for the scientific lectures, policy discussions, Capitol Hill visits, supporting a colleague’s induction, or just connecting with colleagues, these activities await you at our next Annual Meeting March 21 & 22, 2021. In this regard, your registration for this year’s meeting has been automatically transferred to our next meeting. However, if you desire a full refund, let me know and we will gladly process that ASAP. Also, don’t forget to cancel your own hotel reservation and airlines are offering refunds or credit for advanced purchases.

AIMBE leadership thanks you for your understanding and patience in the wake of this public health crisis. We will be quickly responding to any questions or concerns you may have.


Milan Yager
AIMBE Executive Director


Francis Collins

Director of the National Institutes of Health

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. was appointed the 16th Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate. He was sworn in on August 17, 2009. On June 6, 2017, President Donald Trump announced his selection of Dr. Collins to continue to serve as the NIH Director….

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Teresa Woodruff

2020 Earl Bakken Lecturer

Teresa K. Woodruff Ph.D. is the Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the Vice Chair of Research (OB/GYN), the Chief of the Division of Reproductive Science in Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Professor of Molecular Biosciences in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, and Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the McCormick School…

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Melody Swartz

Professor of Molecular Engineering, University Chicago

Melody A. Swartz is the William B. Ogden Professor in the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago, where she holds a joint appointment in the Ben May Department for Cancer Research. She obtained her BS from Johns Hopkins and PhD from MIT, both in Chemical Engineering, and carried out postdoctoral work at…

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Ellen Flannery

Deputy Center Director for Policy in the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, FDA

Ellen J. Flannery currently serves as Deputy Center Director for Policy in the Center for Devices and Radiological Health at the Food and Drug Administration. Prior to joining FDA in March 2018, she was an attorney advising and representing pharmaceutical and medical device companies and trade associations in matters arising under the Federal Food, Drug,…

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Walt Baxter

Sr. Principal Scientist, Medtronic Neuromodulation

Dr. Baxter serves as a Senior Principal Scientist and Technical Fellow in Medtronic’s Implantables Restorative Therapies business group helping to develop novel stimulation leads for positioning electrodes within the nervous system. Dr. Baxter has patented key ideas and published seminal works detailing the mechanical conditions implanted medical devices are

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Christine Schmidt

President, AIMBE

Christine E. Schmidt, Ph.D., Pruitt Family Professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida, is the current President of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). Schmidt was inducted as an AIMBE Fellow in 2009 and previously served as Chair of the College of Fellows

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Deborah Kilpatrick

CEO & Director, Evidation Health

Deborah Kilpatrick, PhD is the Chief Executive Officer of Evidation Health in San Mateo, CA. TIME Magazine recently named Evidation to their list of innovations that will change health care and medicine in the 2020s. She is a Director for both the Task Force for Global Health and Sleep Number (NASDAQ: SNBR), serves on the…

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Leonard Pinchuk

President/CEO of Innovia LLC

Dr. Pinchuk has 130 U.S. patents, 100 publications and founded 10 companies. His major accomplishments include the invention of the Nylon 12 angioplasty balloon, the helical wire stent, the modular stent-graft, a drug-eluting stent (TAXUS®, Boston Scientific, Natick, MA), several biomaterials (Bionate® and SIBS), a novel glaucoma tube…

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Peter Katona

Professor of Bioengineering

Dr. Katona received his BS degree in electrical engineering at the University of Michigan in 1960, and his MS and ScD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1962 and 1965, respectively. He was on the faculty of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University from 1969 to 1991, and served as…

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Joyce Wong

Chair-Elect, AIMBE College of Fellows

Dr. Wong is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering and an Inaugural Term Distinguished Professor of Engineering at Boston University. She is also the Inaugural Director of ARROWS, Office of the Provost, focused on promoting women in STEM at BU. She is an elected Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering

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Paul Citron

Chair, AIMBE College of Fellows

Paul Citron retired in 2003 from Medtronic, Inc., a pioneer in the medical device industry and the largest developer of implantable therapeutic devices. He was Vice President of Technology Policy and Academic Relations. Previously he was Medtronic’s Vice President of Science and Technology for over 15 years, responsible for corporate-wide

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  • Saturday, March 28, 2020

    7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

    President's Circle Reception to be held at the Renaissance Arlington - Guest Speaker: Peter G Katona , Sc.D.

    President’s Circle Reception from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Renaissance Capital View Hotel. This event is by Invitation Only to AIMBE Fellows that have given a voluntary contribution of $250 or more to AIMBE’s Mission. Contributions can be made as part of the Annual Meeting Registration here.

  • Sunday, March 29, 2020

    All Sunday Programming at the Renaissance Arlington

  • 9:30 am – 10:30 am CURM Committee Meeting - The Mentoring of Minority Young Investigators

    AIMBE’s CURM Committee welcomes everyone for coffee and doughnuts to discuss efforts to identify and nominate minority candidates for the College of Fellows and other agenda priorities for AIMBE’s expanded diversity efforts.

  • 10:30 am – 11:30 am New Inductee Orientation - Paul Citron, MSEE, Ph.D. (hon.) and Joyce Wong, Ph.D.

    College of Fellows Chair Paul Citron and Chair-Elect Joyce Wong will provide an orientation to new inductees about AIMBE, its programming and services, and mission. Learn about how candidates are nominated, reviewed and elected to the College of Fellows. Find out how AIMBE is more than just an honorific society but an engaged community impacting public policy on medical innovation and discovery. Meet new colleagues in the Class of 2020 and get insight on the induction ceremony.

  • 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Council of Chairs Meeting

    Affiliated organization of biomedical engineering programs chairs. Members of the CoC only.

  • 11:30 am – 12:30 pm AIMBE URM Mentoring Initiative Luncheon (invite-only) - Hosted by Gilda Barabino
  • 1:00 pm – 1:20 pm Opening General Session - Presidential Address, Christine Schmidt, Ph.D.

    AIMBE President Christine Schmidt will provide the Presidential Welcome Address highlighting AIMBE’s critical mission and achievements in advocating for the fields of medical and biological engineering.

  • 1:20 pm – 5:00 pm

    Scientific Lecture Series

    The hallmark of AIMBE’s meeting is the strong scientific lectures presenting on a wide variety of medical and biological engineering issues. These lectures match the depth and breadth of AIMBE’s diverse membership from innovative materials, imaging, and cellular engineering to bioinformatics, medical devices, and neuroengineering. Leaving the comfort of one’s discipline, attendees find these lectures unite AIMBE’s membership in the conversation of discovery and innovation.

  • 1:20 pm – 2:10 pm Earl Bakken Lecture - Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D.

    Each year, AIMBE hosts the Earl Bakken Lecture as the organization’s most meaningful scientific lecture providing both insight and illumination to the grand scientific challenges of biomedical research. Dr. Woodruff Ph.D. is the Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the Vice Chair of Research (OB/GYN), the Chief of the Division of Reproductive Science in Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Professor of Molecular Biosciences in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, and Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University.

    Lecture Title: Engineering Reproduction

    In the last few years, a number of remarkable advances have been made in biomedical engineering within the field of reproductive science and medicine, including engineered reproductive tissues and sophisticated multi-organ in vitro culture systems. These engineered systems are quickly moving the field toward new frontiers that will enable reproductive function beyond current technological limitations. Both male and female reproductive tissues are being engineered as autonomous units and as integrated, multi-organ systems that support germ cell and embryo function and are capable of phenocopying characteristic endocrine patterns, including the 28-day human ovulatory cycle. The long-term goal of this work is twofold: to develop biomimetic models of human reproductive tissues for research applications and to develop clinical tools that will allow the restoration of reproductive capacity in patients who have lost the parent organ due to disease, iatrogenic effects of medical or surgical treatments, genetic predisposition, or age. With the development of these new technologies, reproductive science is emerging as the next frontier in biomedical engineering, creating new possibilities for not only understanding reproductive biology but also providing personalized reproductive medicine with transgenerational implications.

  • 2:10 pm – 2:50 pm Scientific Lecture - Leonard Pinchuk, Ph.D., D.Sc.

    3-Legged Stool of Innovation

    Talk description: There are design constraint where a 3-legged stool never wobbles. Similarly, with innovation, each leg plays a role in making it stable. Using a career involving over 130 U.S. patents, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer Leonard Pinchuk inspires an interdisciplinary audience of engineers and professors how to innovate.

  • 2:50 pm – 3:30 pm Scientific Lecture - Walt Baxter, Ph.D.

    Oral Opioid Alternatives for Acute and Chronic Pain Management

  • 3:35 pm – 4:15 pm Scientific Lecture - Melody Swartz, Ph.D.

    Engineering Immunity with Lymphatic Vessels

  • 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm Scientific Lecture - Deborah Kilpatrick, Ph.D.

    People, Their Data, and Diversity Enabling Healthcare Transformation in the Digital Age

  • 5:15 pm – 6:30 pm

    Council Meetings

  • 5:15 pm – 6:30 pm Academic Council Meeting

    One of AIMBE’s most engaged communities, the Academic Council proudly presents a stimulating talk by a senior government official. This council is made up of Department Chairs and designated representatives of each of AIMBE’s member colleges and universities engaged in biomedical engineering education. This meeting is open to all.

  • 5:15 pm – 6:30 pm Industry Council Meeting

  • 5:15 pm – 6:30 pm Council of Societies Meeting

    A critical pillar of AIMBE’s membership is the Council of Societies where leadership and representatives of member Societies coordinate advocacy activities and formulate collaborative partnerships. This open discussion is open to all.

  • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Awards Banquet

    One of the highlights of each year’s event is AIMBE’s Awards Banquet and the presentation of the Pierre Galletti Award. A relaxing evening of connecting with old friends and networking with new associates is a prelude to the award presentations, including the Pierre Galletti Award, AIMBE’s highest recognition of an individual for their contributions to public awareness of medical and biological engineering. Other awards include the AIMBE STEM Award and the Congressional Leadership Award.

  • 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm AIMBE Industry & Academic Council Informal Networking Reception

    Hosted by the Academic Council and Industry Council, this networking reception is open to all.

  • Monday, March 30, 2019

    All Monday Programming at the National Academy of Sciences

  • 7:30 am Buses to National Academy of Sciences
  • 8:30 am – 8:55 am COF Chair Welcome and Remarks - Paul Citron, MSEE, Ph.D. (hon.)

    College of Fellows Chair Paul Citron will address the state of the field of medical and biological engineering and provide a perspective for the challenges ahead for the study and teaching of biomedical engineering.

  • 9:00 am – 11:35 am

    Policy Discussion Series

    The uniqueness of AIMBE’s Annual Meeting is the combination of strong scientific lectures on Sunday and informative policy discussions on Monday. From government officials to lobbyists and corporate spokespersons, the policy concerns and issues of medical and biological engineers are discussed.

  • 9:00 am – 9:40 am Policy Lecture - Francis S. Collins, MD, Ph.D., Director, NIH

    Engineering the Future of Biomedical Research

  • 9:45 am – 10:25 am Policy Address - Ellen Flannery, CDRH Deputy Center Director, FDA

    Lecture Title: Innovation Imperatives in Medical Technology and Regulatory Policy

    The fundamental risk-based regulatory framework for medical devices was established over 40 years ago. Statutory requirements and regulatory policies have evolved since then, but matching the pace of medical technology innovation is both a challenge and opportunity. The Center for Devices and Radiological Health of the Food and Drug Administration is pursuing innovative approaches and data-driven regulatory policies to achieve its mission of promoting and protecting the public health. These include a focus on total product life cycle, real world evidence, incentivizing product improvement, innovation challenges, collaborative communities, and more. The Center’s innovative regulatory initiatives and its strategic vision for the future will be discussed.

  • 10:25 am – 10:55 am Networking Break
  • 11:00 am - 11:35 am Advocacy Lecture - Milan P. Yager

    Always one of the highest-rated presentations, AIMBE’s Executive Director Milan Yager will reveal seven Congressional secrets lawmakers use to avoid providing critical federal funding for science and biomedical research.

    Lecture Title: Go Big or Go Home

  • 11:40 am – 12:35 pm

    Induction Ceremony

    Paul Citron, MSEE, Ph.D. (hon.) and Joyce Wong, Ph.D. (Presiding)

    The highlight of each year’s Annual Meeting is the ceremony inducting the newest members of the College of Fellows. The Class of 2020 were peer-nominated, peer-reviewed, and peer-elected and now join a prestigious group of the most accomplished medical and biological engineers.

  • 12:35 pm – 1:30 pm Induction Luncheon

    Join family and friends in a lunch celebration in honor of the new 2020 Class of the College of Fellows.

  • 1:40 pm Bus Departs for Hill appointments
  • 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    Congressional Appointments

    Expanded time has been made available for all attendees to make advanced appointments to visit with their Members of Congress during the Annual Meeting. Transportation will be provided from the NAS to Capitol Hill for prearranged Congressional appointment. Talking points and briefing materials will be provided. Visit https://aimbe.org/advocate/ for information on scheduling congressional appointments.

  • 4:00 pm Adjournment
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Renaissance Arlington Capital View

Host Hotel

Renaissance Arlington Capital View
2800 South Potomac Ave.
Arlington, VA 22202

Residence Inn Arlington Capital View

Alternative Hotel – Directly Connected to Conference Hotel

Residence Inn Arlington Capital View
2850 South Potomac Ave.
Arlington, VA 22202

Courtyard Arlington Crystal City

Alternative Hotel – Next Door without Indoor Connection

Courtyard Arlington Crystal City
2899 Richmond Highway
Arlington, Virginia 22202

Hyatt Regency Crystal City

Alternative Hotel – Nearby Across the Street

Hyatt Regency Crystal City
2799 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202


Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

Upscale Steakhouse

Legal Sea Foods

Upscale Seafood Chain

Ted’s Montara Grill

Bison & Burgers, Steakhouse


Tapas and Sangria in Festive Setting

Crystal City Sports Pub

Poll and Sports Games on TV

Old Ebbitt Grill

Historic Bar and Restaurant next to the White House

Peking Gourmet Inn

Chinese Cuisine since 1978.

DoubleTree Skydome

Stunning Views at Every Turn


Modern Indian Cuisine

Destination DC

Official DC Tourism Site

DC Life

DC Travel Magazine

Smithsonian Museums

1000 Jefferson Dr SW
Washington, DC 20560

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The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500

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The Birchmere

America’s Music House

3701 Mount Vernon Avenue
Alexandria VA 22305

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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

2700 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20566

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  • Dining Schedule a meal with friends or colleagues
  • Awards Banquet Fill your table with your colleagues and enjoy a relaxing evening.
  • Council Meetings Open to all attendees. Connect with dept. chairs at the Academic Council, network with society partners at the Council of Societies, and meet new contacts at the Industry Council and the Committee for Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Coffee Break Reconnect with colleagues during networking breaks
  • Meet & Greet Whether bumping into a friend or making a new acquaintance, utilize session discussions, hallway conversations, or a late-night drink to
    visit with colleagues