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West Wireless Appoints Chief Medical and Science Officer

April 9, 2010
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The San Diego-based West Wireless Health Institute (WWHI) has named Joseph Smith, M.D., as its chief medical and science officer. Effectively immediately, Smith will be responsible for leading the Institute’s medical research and clinical-focused activities.

Previously, Smith served as vice president of emerging technologies for Johnson and Johnson. Prior to that, he was senior vice president and CMO of Guidant/Boston Scientific, Cardiac Rhythm Management. Smith has spent more than two decades evaluating emerging medical technologies as well as practicing cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology in both clinical and academic organizations, according to WWHI. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

Smith will work closely with Dr. Eric J. Topol, the Institute’s vice chairman of the board and chief innovation officer, to identify medical research opportunities and activities.

Founded in 2009 through a $45 million gift from the Gary and Mary West Foundation, WWHI is one of the world’s first medical research organizations dedicated to cutting the cost of healthcare by innovating, incubating, validating and commercializing the use of wireless technologies to transform medicine.

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