MedTech Color Collaborative Community

Working together to advance the representation of persons of color in medical device product development and clinical research.

Our Mission

MedTech Color has convened this Collaborative Community to serve as a forum where medtech professionals and other stakeholders can address minority health issues in medical device product development and clinical research.

Directory

The Collaborative Community is open to all who are working in the medtech industry or other healthcare fields who wish to join, including representatives from the FDA and other government entities, industry and academic organizations, investors and VC firms, patient groups, payers and healthcare organizations, professional organizations, the media, and sponsors of MedTech Color and the Collaborative Community. Participants are expected to attend virtual meetings and provide input on matters discussed.

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Abdillahi Dirie
  • Email Address
    abdillahidirie@gmail.com
  • Title
    Clinical Account Specialist
  • Company Name
    Biosense Webster, Johnson & Johnson
  • Years of Experience
    2
  • Please provide a brief overview of your area of expertise as a subject matter expert.
    Clinical experience working with electrophysiologists during cardiac ablations, Consultative selling, Medical Device, DEI
  • Time Zone
    Central
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Andrea Baer
  • Email Address
    andrea.baer@mendedhearts.org
  • Title
    Executive Director
  • Company Name
    The Mended Hearts, Inc.
  • Years of Experience
    13 Years
  • Please provide a brief overview of your area of expertise as a subject matter expert.
    Patient Advocacy, Patient Education
  • Time Zone
    Eastern
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Anil Shanker
  • Email Address
    ashanker@mmc.edu
  • Title
    Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation; Professor of Biochemistry, Cancer Biology, Neuroscience and Pharmacology
  • Company Name
    Meharry Medical College
  • Years of Experience
    25+ years
  • Please provide a brief overview of your area of expertise as a subject matter expert.
    Cancer immunology, immunotherapy, immunogenetics, lymphocyte biology, health disparities
  • Time Zone
    CST
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Anthony Hong
  • Email Address
    ahong5@its.jnj.com
  • Title
    Vice President - Preclinical, Clinical, Medical Affairs - CSS
  • Company Name
    J&J MedTech
  • Years of Experience
    25+
  • Please provide a brief overview of your area of expertise as a subject matter expert.
    Clinical research, medical affairs, regulatory affairs
  • Time Zone
    Pacific
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Ashley Southerland
  • Email Address
    southerland.ashley@gmail.com
  • Title
    Deputy General Counsel
  • Company Name
    Homeward Health
  • Years of Experience
    11
  • Please provide a brief overview of your area of expertise as a subject matter expert.
    Legal & Regulatory; Digital Health
  • Time Zone
    ET
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Brittany Jones
  • Email Address
    brittany.jones@resmed.com
  • Title
    Market Access Analyst
  • Company Name
    ResMed
  • Years of Experience
  • Please provide a brief overview of your area of expertise as a subject matter expert.
    Market Access, Medical Device, MedTech, Digital Health
  • Time Zone
    Mountain
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Darci Graves
  • Email Address
    darci.graves@cms.hhs.gov
  • Title
    Technical Advisor
  • Company Name
    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Office of Minority Health
  • Years of Experience
    20+
  • Please provide a brief overview of your area of expertise as a subject matter expert.
    As part of her work, she assists in the coordination and implementation of priority Agency and office-wide programs, policies, and products. In addition, she provides subject matter expertise in areas such as culturally and linguistically appropriate services, rural health, cancer, health disparities, and health equity. In her current role as acting Technical Advisor, she leads the CMS Health Equity Technical Assistance Program which provides strategic, hands-on guidance to individuals and organizations seeking to embed health equity into their policies, programs, and initiatives.
  • Time Zone
    EST
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Deana McRae
  • Email Address
    dmcrae3@its.jnj.com
  • Title
    Sr. Manager
  • Company Name
    Johnson & Johnson
  • Years of Experience
  • Please provide a brief overview of your area of expertise as a subject matter expert.
    US federal affairs, legislative policy, and advocacy
  • Time Zone
    Eastern - Washington, D.C.
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