I had the good fortune to bring John Boettcher back to Medtronic as a Sales Representative after he served as a Regional Sales Director for St. Jude Medical. John made an immediate impact on both his territory and the district as a whole. He did this because of the exceptional reputation he had built over his 30 year career in the CRM business. John is very good at building a strategy and then executing. He has also shown himself to be very agile in the roles he has played. Once John moved into the Technical Field Engineers role he demonstrated a strong ability to lead and teach new and experienced field personnel, physicians and allied health professionals. John works tirelessly to get the job done and is always willing to step outside his role when needed to allow the district to get the job done. He is a true team player. John has mentored and taught almost every individual in the district in one way or another. I am lucky to have had him on my team.
Wade Haskell, Medtronic District Sales Manager
As a veteran of the cardiac rhythm management and electrophysiology world, both in-hospital and in industry, since 1976, I feel I can speak with some authority when I wholeheartedly endorse both a career in cardiac electrophysiology and this program’s director, Tom Kenny. It is hard to imagine a field more challenging and more rewarding to work in than cardiac electrophysiology, whether in industry or as a member of a clinical EP team. The EP knowledge base and technology advance constantly, and applying them in a patient-care setting makes every day different than the one before. And I can’t imagine anything more rewarding than working in a field where you can see the direct benefit of what you do for patients and their families, and where you can influence, in ways large and small, the evolution of EP and device technology and application. Regarding the UT Health Cardiovascular Electrophysiology program, I can honestly say that, in all my years in the industry, including many years teaching cardiac devices and EP to physicians, nurses and allied professionals, and to company personnel, I have never known a better medical educator than Tom Kenny. As a teacher, he has an uncanny ability to make the most complex topics understandable, to relate the theory/science to its practical application, and to make the task of learning entertaining and enjoyable. I have worked with Tom on the development of many teaching programs, and he knows how to develop curricula that stress the right combination of technical information and clinical practice, so that the student learns what to do, how to do it, and why. This is a critically important level of understanding for the cardiac device or cardiac EP specialist to have, given the uniqueness of every patient and physician interaction. Tom’s teaching prepares his students to enter the real world of cardiac devices and cardiac EP, and to apply their knowledge with confidence. With Tom Kenny as the program’s director, I feel confident in recommending this program to anyone with interest in the field.
I highly recommend Tom Kenny as the premier educator in the areas of cardiology, electrophysiology and related devices and technologies. Tom and I have known each other since 1991 when he joined our company (Intermedics, Inc., Angleton, TX) as an educator. Previously Tom was a critical care nurse and educator in a large public hospital system in south Florida. Tom and I worked together for the next 20 years at two different cardiac rhythm management based medical device companies. During this time Tom was responsible for educating both employees and customers alike including design engineers, field sales, field technical and associated health professionals. Over the years, Tom has acquired an in depth knowledge of both the physiology and technical aspects of device therapy. I watched Tom continually improve and hone his teaching skills and modify his communication style to fit all audiences. He has a special knack in relaying highly technical concepts in the most understandable ways. Further demonstrating his skills, Tom has also been successful in writing a series of easy to understand educational books in the cardiology device area.
In addition to Tom’s excellent knowledge, presentation, writing and organization skills, Tom has been a caring and thoughtful mentor to many industry field personnel over the years. He has helped guide many into a successful career in the medical device industry. I would highly recommend Tom and his educational programs if you want to begin a career in the cardiology/electrophysiology medical device field.
-Elias Wettenstein, Former Vice President Mareketing SJM CRMD