CMI welcomes new Directors to the CMI
Leadership Team: Brian Vidic and Dr. Robert Kormos.
By Yash Mokashi, CMI Fellow
Brian Vidic is the
Executive Director of the Office of Research Operations and Business
Engagement. Brian brings years of business development and commercial
experience to CMI. Brian spent the first portion of his career in the private
sector delivering business & economic development solutions for governments
and regional agencies. He was responsible for east coast U.S. sales and was the
sales lead in the U.K., specifically Scotland and Northern Ireland. The middle
portion of Brian’s career was spent in the healthcare sector with UPMC in their
Physician Services Division. There, Brian led four divisions and a staff of 70
focused on technology, marketing, electronic health record rollouts and
operations. Since late 2008 Brian has been with the School of Engineering,
currently overseeing four central units including Research Operations &
Business Engagement, Marketing & Communications, Professional Graduate
Programs Recruitment, and Technology.
Dr. Robert Kormos has several
titles. He is the Director of the UPMC Artificial Heart Program, Co-Director of
the UPMC Heart Transplantation Program, Associate Director of the residency
program for the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Division of
Cardiothoracic Surgery and Medical Director of Vital Engineering. He was the former
Medical Director of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
A University of Pittsburgh
faculty member since 1987, Dr. Kormos is internationally regarded for his
clinical and research work in the use of cardiac assist devices as temporary or
permanent support for patients with end-stage heart disease as well as cardiac
transplantation. He has authored more than 250 published articles and book
chapters on these subjects. In a new venture, he is directing a consortium of
UPMC clinicians and engineers from Carnegie Mellon University and the
University of Pittsburgh to develop advanced biosensors for medical applications.
He has been a supporter of CMI
research and educational programs for several years. Dr. Kormos brings a fresh clinical perspective to the CMI mission based
on his many years of experience as a cardiothoracic surgeon and director of the
Artificial Heart Program at the University of Pittsburgh and looks forward to
contributing to the field of Medical Innovation.