David W. Poley

Highly effective motivator, team builder, organizer and visionary leader with passion for driving quality & excellence into process & execution. Privileged over past 3 decades in establishing close collaborative relations with world’s premier neuro & ortho spine leaders, developing & advancing shared goals & solutions for better patient care, outcomes research, evidence development, technical innovation & medical education. Fortunate as part of Medtronic & Sofamor Danek family over past 2+ decades serving in multiple Vice President & Sr. Director roles w/ leadership responsibilities for Global Marketing & Market Development, Global Clinical & Strategic Development, Global Physician, Society & Professional Relations, CRM Architecture & Customer Engagement.

Recognized achievements include 1) exceptional depth & reach in worldwide professional relations as ambassador for executive leadership engagement and 2) delivering the pioneering vision, foundation & development of collaborative global spine study groups addressing all spine subspecialties, chartered to advance patient care through unprecedented multicenter clinical research, analysis & statistical powering. The breakthrough architecture of this initiative engaged over 200 of the world’s premier ortho & neuro surgeon leaders, collaborating with 400+ colleagues, engaging/uniting 22 nations, enrolling 25,000+ patients in 12 prospective observational cohort studies, generating 700+ peer reviewed publications and abstracts. The impact on the medical community was an exponential lift in scientific levels of evidence, the transformation & empowerment of neuro & ortho academic center relationships from that of competitors into collaborative partners with shared purpose, centralized data & imaging, classifications, language translations & world-class compliance of dynamic international ethics, privacy & security regulations. The peer-to-peer framework of this initiative was valued highly by participating physicians due to the life-long global camaraderie & networking it fostered. Equally valued was the manner in which we endeavored to assure that spine patients and the spine care community were the ultimate beneficiaries of this landmark program. For these achievements, was honored & awarded “Global Strategic Leadership Excellence” by the Medtronic Board Chairman on behalf of all Medtronic businesses & global geographies.

Prior to Medtronic & Sofamor Danek, held similar leadership roles with Synthes Spine and prior to that with Johnson & Johnson/Ethicon. Personal priorities focus on family, faith, church, health, fitness, golf, running & rowing (w/ US National Rowing Championship history of gold medals in the quad sculls, silver medals in the eights & double sculls).

Executive Director