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Dr. Siegenthaler Strives to Develop Cardiovascular Devices

Photo of Doctor SiegenthalerDr. Michael Siegenthaler, a Suburban Hospital cardiovascular surgeon, has opened an office at the Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus where he will focus on developing cardiovascular devices.

Siegenthaler’s work is funded by the Orkand Center for Medical Innovation, a nonprofit organization through the Suburban Hospital Foundation. Siegenthaler is working with three biomedical engineers on the cardiovascular devices, including a long-term, minimally invasive cardiac assist device.

More than 30 companies currently are located on the Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus. Companies focus on disease research, cell therapy, proteins, medical devices, gene research, mental health services, consulting services, pharmaceuticals and information technology.

Siegenthaler was attracted to Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus by his colleague, Dr. Ted Abraham. Abraham, a Johns Hopkins cardiologist, has a company on campus called Perceptive Navigation. Perceptive Navigation is working to commercialize the Vu-Cath, an image-guided catheter that is located on a needle. The device can be used in complex surgeries, particularly on smaller areas of the body.

“It’s a think tank,” Siegenthaler said of JHU MCC. “There are a lot of other start-ups here who probably face the same issues.” Siegenthaler said he is looking forward to collaborating with others on campus.

Siegenthaler attended medical school at the University of Bern in Switzerland, completed a surgical residency at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and completed a cardiothoracic surgery residency at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston. He previously worked at the University of Pittsburgh before joining the National Institutes of Health Heart Center at Suburban Hospital.