Steve Rusckowski, CEO of Philips Healthcare, was elected to the Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation Board of Directors at its meeting on September 14, 2009.

The Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation is delighted to announce the election of Steve Rusckowski to its Board of Directors.

Mr. Rusckowski became the executive vice president and chief executive officer of Philips Healthcare in November, 2006, and has been a member of the Philips Board of Management since April 2007. He was previously CEO of the Imaging Systems business group of Philips Healthcare.

Before joining Philips, Mr. Rusckowski held numerous management positions with the healthcare division of Hewlett-Packard/Agilent Technologies. He was the senior vice president and general manager of Agilent’s Healthcare Solutions Group when Philips acquired this business in 2001.

Mr. Rusckowski was born in 1957 in the United States and holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Master’s in management science from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

“Steve is a great addition to the Foundation's board,” commented Neal F. Kassell, MD, founder and chairman of the Foundation and professor of neurosurgery at the University of Virginia.  “He is a leading figure in the medical device industry and has 25 years of experience in introducing groundbreaking innovations to the medical community. Philips Healthcare is widely recognized for its high quality technology and has made a major commitment to MR-guided Focused Ultrasound. Steve will represent a key stakeholder in this exciting field, which we believe has the potential to revolutionize therapy and improve the lives of millions of patients.”

“I am pleased to be part of the Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation,” said Steve Rusckowski.  “The Foundation has become a driving force in advancing the field of MR-guided Focused Ultrasound, and I look forward to contributing to the Foundation's goal of rapidly moving the technology from the laboratory to widespread clinical use."

The other members of the Foundation Board of Directors are Dorothy Batten; S. Morry Blumenfeld, PhD, founding partner of Meditech Advisors Management; Eugene V. Fife, chairman of Eclipsys Corporation; best-selling author John Grisham; David Heller, chairman of Advisory Research Inc.; Dan Jordan, PhD, former president of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation; Neal F. Kassell, MD, professor of neurosurgery at the University of Virginia; and Kobi Vortman, PhD, CEO of InSightec.

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