Ford Distinguished Lecture


Featuring Michael J. Coyle
Executive Vice President and Group President, Cardiac and Vascular Group, Medtronic

“The Engineering of Invention and the Evolving Health Care Environment:
Tying Innovation to Economic Value”

Thursday, November 13, 2014
4:30 p.m. Tinkham Veale University Center
Case Western Reserve University

About the Speaker

Michael J. Coyle was named executive vice president and group president for Medtronic’s Cardiac and Vascular Group in December 2009. In this role, he oversees three Medtronic businesses, providing strategic direction and ensuring cross-functional synergies including integrated growth plans and alignment.

Prior to joining Medtronic, Coyle provided leadership consulting services to private equity, venture capital and medical device technology firms. He also served St. Jude as president of the company’s Daig Catheter division. In addition, Coyle has held numerous leadership positions at Eli Lilly & Company.


About The Ford Lecture Series

Allen and Constance Ford established the Ford Visiting Professor Program at Case Western Reserve University to enhance and highlight the programming of the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME). The department is regularly ranked among the nation’s top biomedical engineering programs by U.S. News and World Report.

The Ford Visiting Professor Program at Case Western Reserve has enabled BME to bring to campus—to our students, faculty and university community—scientists and business leaders on the cutting edge of biomedical engineering and related sciences.

Allen Ford has been a member of Case Western Reserve University’s Board of Trustees since 1976, serving as vice chair from 1985 to 1987 and chair from 1987 to 1992. He earned an MS in engineering administration from Case Institute of Technology in 1964, and received the University Medal, Case Western Reserve’s highest honor, in 1994. His late wife, Constance Ford, received an MA degree from Western Reserve University in 1953.


Previous Speakers

  • Karl Deisseroth, October 13, 2013
  • David Van Essen, March 6, 2013
  • Chad Mirkin, September 27, 2012
  • Nicholas Valeriani, February 18, 2012
  • G. Allen Johnson, November 2, 2011
  • David Mooney, April 11, 2011
  • Muthiah Manoharan, October 25, 2010
  • Michael West, April 22, 2010
  • Bill Hawkins, October 22, 2009
  • Jeff Hawkins, March 31, 2009
  • Michael Merzenich, PhD, November 4, 2008
  • Rick Klausner, MD, November 1, 2007
  • Robert Langer, ScD, April 5, 2007
  • Thomas J. Meade, PhD, November 6, 2006
  • Dean Kamen, October 14, 2005
  • Caroline A. Kovac, PhD, Apr. 12, 2006
  • Dr. Martha Gray, March 15, 2005