ATLANTA, April 8, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CryoLife, Inc. (NYSE: CRY) a biomaterials, medical device and tissue processing company, announced today that William F. Northrup, III, M.D. has joined CryoLife as vice president of medical relations and education, reporting to Steven G. Anderson, president and CEO.
In this newly created position, Dr. Northrup, a board-certified cardiovascular surgeon, will create educational programs focused on CryoLife SynerGraft technologies and surgical adhesive products for cardiac and vascular surgeons, as well as training programs for company technical representatives. Dr. Northrup is recognized as an expert in cardiac reconstruction and mitral valve repair, having chaired and moderated numerous international congresses on cardiac surgical techniques in Europe, Japan and the U.S. His post graduate surgical training in cardiac reconstruction was mentored by Mr. Donald Ross, F.R.C.S. and Sir Magdi Yacoub, F.R.S., F.R.C.S. of the U.K. and Alain Carpentier, M.D., Ph.D. of France.
"We are excited to have a surgeon of Dr. Northrup's caliber join our management team," said Anderson. "His knowledge and skills as a reconstructive cardiothoracic surgeon will be invaluable to CryoLife and the cardiac and vascular surgeons we partner with."
Throughout his career, Dr. Northrup has held a deep interest in biological solutions for cardiac disease and has been involved in the development and early implementation of new and enduring cardiac surgical technology. He holds six U.S. patents for medical devices, two of which led to FDA-approved devices.
Dr. Northrup earned his undergraduate degree from Pasadena City College
and his medical degree from the University of Southern California. He
completed his surgical internship at the University of California, San
Francisco, and his general and surgical residencies at the University of
Minnesota. He is a member of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery,
|SOURCE CryoLife, Inc.|
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