Senior Program Officer | Director of Studies, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Guru Madhavan

Guru Madhavan is a senior program officer and director of studies at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, where he led: a global health program on infectious diseases, a decision support platform to help prioritize new vaccine development, and analyses for making prescription medicines affordable and toward anational strategy for cancer control. He has contributed to range of reports on improving the competitiveness of the U.S. (that influenced the reauthorization of the America Competes Act signed by President Barack Obama), measuring the impacts of public investments in research, as well as providing a scientific base for judicial decision making. He has given invited briefings at several state and federal agencies, Capitol Hill, European Commission, and the World Health Organization. He served as a technical adviser to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services and has been a strategic consultant for technology startup firms and nonprofit organizations. A systems engineer by background, he received his M.S. and Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and an M.B.A. from the State University of New York. He has worked in the medical device industry as a research scientist developing cardiac surgical catheters for ablation therapy and advised the development and testing of neuromuscular stimulators for improving blood circulation. He served two terms as a VP and member of the board of directors of IEEE.