David R. Fischell, PhD

Dr. David Fischell is an inventor and serial entrepreneur who has co-founded 14 biomedical device companies in the last 30 years, including 4 active companies: Angel Medical Systems (Chairman of the Board), NeuroPace, Inc., Svelte Medical Systems and Ablative Solutions (Director).  After earning his Cornell Ph.D. in Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering, David joined Bell Laboratories in 1979 where, for 11 years, he performed and directed a wide range of research and development projects including leading an internal venture and the design and development of an integrated platform in the AT&T network for AT&T’s first ever enhanced voice service, InfoworxTM.  He left Bell Labs in 1991 to work full time on medical devices.  He currently has 192 issued U.S. and has published numerous papers in the fields of telecommunications, cardiology and radiation dosimetry.

He  was the primary designer of the BX Velocity™ and Cypher™ Stents for Cordis, a Johnson & Johnson Company that were implanted in more than 7 million patients.  Cypher was the world’s first drug eluting stent.  David’s patents have had significant impact in the commercialization of medical devices for the treatments of cardiovascular disease, epilepsy, diabetes, and migraine headaches.

Dr. Fischell has received numerous awards and recognitions including his 1990 award for his design of the architecture of the AT&T network platform for enhanced voice services and election as a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. He was elected to the Cornell University Board of Trustees in 2008 and the Weill Cornell Medicine Board of Fellows in 2016. He holds an appointment as adjunct professor, serves as chairman emeritus of the Advisory Council and was instrumental in the founding in 2004 of Cornell’s Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering. He was selected as Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry Magazine’s 100 Notable People June 2008. He is a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) ,was a regional winner of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2013 and elected to the National Academy of Inventors in 2016.