David W. Poley

Highly effective motivator, team builder, organizer, and visionary leader with a passion for driving quality & excellence into process & execution. Privileged to have worked over three decades establishing close collaborative relations with the world’s premier orthopedic & neurosurgery spine leaders, developing & advancing shared goals & solutions for better patient care, outcomes research, evidence development, technical innovation & professional education. Fortunate to have worked over two decades w/Medtronic & Sofamor Danek serving in multiple Vice President & Sr. Director roles w/ leadership responsibilities for Global Clinical & Strategic Development, Global Marketing & Market Development, Global Physician, Society & Professional Relations, Global CRM Architecture & Customer Management.

Exceptional depth & reach in global business, worldwide professional relations and ambassador for executive leadership engagement. Delivered pioneering vision, foundation, development, and operations for modern global spine study groups, addressing all clinical subspecialties, chartered to advance patient care through unprecedented and highly powered multicenter evidence development. This breakthrough initiative & architecture engaged over 400 of the world’s premier ortho & neuro spine leaders and colleagues, engaging/uniting 22 nations, enrolling 30k patients in prospective observational cohort studies, yielding 800+ publications. The impact on the spine medical community was an exponential lift in scientific levels of evidence, the transformation of neuro and ortho academic center relationships from that of institutional competitors to that of empowered collaborative partners, embracing shared purpose, centralized global data, digital radiographic metrics, classifications, language translations, and world-class international ethics, privacy & security compliance. The peer-to-peer framework of this initiative was valued highly by participating physicians due to the life-long global physician friendships, camaraderie & networking it fostered. Equally valued was the foundational commitment to assure that spine patients and the spine healthcare community were the ultimate beneficiaries of this landmark program. For these achievements, was honored & awarded Global Strategic Leadership and Clinical Research Excellence by the Medtronic Chairman of the Board on behalf of all Medtronic businesses & global geographies.

Professional Experience:

National Spine Health Foundation, Reston, VA Executive Director 1.23-Present
National Spine Health Foundation, Reston, VA Board of Directors 6.21-1.23
Setting Scoliosis Straight Foundation, San Diego, CA Board of Directors 1.23-Present
Medtronic Spine & Biologics, Memphis, TN Vice President & Sr. Director 12.97-10.20
Synthes Spine, Paoli, PA Sr. Director, R&D, Marketing, Education, AO 12.94-12.97

Personal Priorities:

Focus on family, faith & fitness – golf, running & rowing: recipient of gold medals in the U.S. National Rowing Championships in the quad sculls & silver medals in the eights & double sculls.

Executive Director