September 3, 2020 - Two Iconic Leaders Join Foundation's Board of Directors

Michael Milken and Gary Shapiro join board.

Focused Ultrasound Foundation Board of Directors Adds Two Iconic Leaders

Michael Milken, Chairman of the Milken Institute, and Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), were elected to the Focused Ultrasound Foundation’s board at its August 20 meeting. Their expertise will broaden the effectiveness of the board, as it works to expand the use of focused ultrasound for a wide variety of serious medical disorders. 

Mike Milken has been recognized as “The Man Who Changed Medicine” by Fortune magazine and has dedicated nearly half a century to accelerating medical solutions and advancing public health. He founded the Milken Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank whose scholars lead an international dialogue on solutions in economics, health, aging, human capital, philanthropy, and capital markets. The Institute hosts more than 250 annual events around the world. One of its 10 centers, FasterCures, is a close partner of the Foundation, each sharing in the effort to remove barriers to progress in medical research. 

Milken graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with highest honors and earned his MBA at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has been involved with the Foundation since joining the Council in 2012. 

“Focused ultrasound is an exciting development that’s pushing out the frontiers of medical science,” says Milken. “I’ve never been more hopeful about continued progress.”

Gary Shapiro leads CTA, North America’s largest technology trade association. CTA owns and produces CES® – the most influential technology event in the world. 

Shapiro is a vocal advocate for innovation and technology in Washington, DC, having testified before Congress dozens of times. Shapiro has been named a top lobbyist by The Hill, one of the 100 most influential people in Washington by Washington Life magazine and a Tech Titan by Washingtonian magazine.

Shapiro is a New York Times bestselling author, whose books include “Ninja Future: Secrets to Success in the New World of Innovation,” “Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Businesses,” and “The Comeback: How Innovation will Restore the American Dream.”

“Focused ultrasound is an innovative treatment that works, and we need to adopt it globally,” says Shapiro. “As humans, we can always do better. Focused ultrasound can improve millions of lives.”

Shapiro earned his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate with a double major in economics and psychology from Binghamton University.

“The addition of Michael and Gary – two of the most highly acclaimed thought leaders and influencers – will amplify the Foundation’s ability to achieve its vision of improving the lives of millions of patients globally with life-threatening and disabling conditions by accelerating the development and adoption of focused ultrasound,” adds Foundation Chairman Neal F. Kassell, MD.