Medtronic appoints new Chief Medical Officer for GIT business

IRELAND – Medtronic plc, a global leader in healthcare technology, has hired Dr. Austin L. Chiang, as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the Gastrointestinal (GI) business at Medtronic.

Chiang is an assistant professor of medicine at Sidney Kimmel Medical College and director of the Endoscopic Bariatric Program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, both in Philadelphia. He has a master’s degree in public health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Dr. Chiang, a nationally recognized gastroenterologist and advanced endoscopist, is passionate about providing accurate medical information to patients online.

Dr. Chiang will provide medical expertise and strategic guidance on evidence development, clinical communications and publications, as well as training and support needs.

In addition, he will oversee the product development processes, risk management, clinical trials, and safety surveillance to ensure patient safety throughout the product lifecycle.

He is on the board of the Association for Bariatric Endoscopy (ABE) and a member of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) (ASGE).

He is also the founder of the Association for Healthcare Social Media (AHSM). Dr. Chiang was named the Disruptive Innovator of the Year by Healio Gastroenterology in 2018 and the Philadelphia Inquirer Influencer of Healthcare Rookie of the Year in 2019.

Chiang holds the unusual position of Jefferson Health’s chief medical social media officer, reflecting his advocacy for using online channels for education and outreach about GI-related conditions and current healthcare events.

Dr. Chiang is one of the world’s few triple board-certified advanced endoscopy-trained physicians. The American Board of Internal Medicine has certified him in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, and the American Board of Obesity Medicine has certified him in Obesity Medicine.

As healthcare continues to evolve at such a rapid pace, we are excited to add a clinician of Dr. Chiang’s caliber to our leadership team,” said Giovanni Di Napoli, president of the Gastrointestinal business, at Medtronic.

Dr. Chiang also had this to say: “I am thrilled to be joining Medtronic at such an innovative time in healthcare and especially in the gastrointestinal space, helping to deliver on what is a promising future for those in need of innovative GI care around the world.”

“I look forward to joining a world-renowned team of brilliant engineers and leading clinical experts that produce life-saving devices. I anticipate collaborating with our Medtronic team across the globe to produce solutions that best serve patients and increase quality of care for all.”

In addition to serving as Chief Medical Officer for the Medtronic GI business, Dr. Chiang will continue to practice clinically at Jefferson Health.

This is a great step in Dr. Chiang’s career as a Jefferson faculty member, and as one of the nation’s leading science advocates,” said Stephen K. Klasko, M.D., MBA, president of Thomas Jefferson University and CEO of Jefferson Health.

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