The Alan S. Michaels Distinguished Lectureship in Medical and Biological Engineering – 2008

“Medicine for the Millennium: How MIT Has Served as a Muse for Medtronic”


Nicholas A. Peppas

Dr. Stephen N. Oesterle
Senior Vice President for Medicine and Technology
Medtronic, Inc.

Friday, April 4, 2008
3:00 pm, Building 32-123
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Stephen N. Oesterle, M.D., joined the Medtronic in 2002, after serving as Associate Professor of Medicine at the Harvard University Medical School and Director of Invasive Cardiology Services at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. In his position as Senior Vice President for Medicine and Technology, Oesterle provides executive leadership for Medtronic scientific research, formation of technological strategies and continued development of strong cooperative relationships with the world’s medical communities.

A teacher and innovator in the field of cardiac catheterization, Oesterle developed and directed interventional cardiology programs at Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles from 1986 to 1991; at Georgetown University in 1991 and 1992 and at Stanford University from 1992-98.

While at Stanford, Oesterle established the University Medical Center’s first endovascular device laboratory. Subsequently, he founded a similar medical device development laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital where he and his colleagues sought unique, minimally invasive methods for treating coronary disease, valvular disease, rhythm disturbances and heart failure.

Oesterle was born March 3, 1951 in LaGrande, OR. He is a 1973 summa cum laude graduate of Harvard College and received his medical doctorate from Yale University in 1977. His internship and residency years were at Massachusetts General Hospital from 1977-80 and he served a fellowship in interventional cardiology at Stanford from 1981 to 1983.