Jeremy Curtis has been named VP of worldwide marketing of ATS Medical (Minneapolis), a manufacturer of proucts and services for cardiac surgery. Curtis most recently was general manager, diagnostic cardiology marketing, for GE Healthcare.

Terry Garner was named VP of sales and marketing for CardiArc (Lubbock, Texas). Most recently he was associate director of field operations in nuclear cardiology at Bristol-Myers Squibb Medical Imaging. CardiArc, founded in 2000, is a developer of SPECT imaging systems.

Barry Thomas, global leader of Cook Medical's (Bloomington, Indiana) aortic intervention strategic business unit since 2003, has been promoted to VP of that division. Thomas will also facilitate Cook's Asian strategic markets. Cook integrates device design, biopharma, gene and cell therapy and biotech for improved patient outcomes.

James Dilger Jr, has been appointed VP of operations for eCardio Diagnostics (The Woodlands, Texas) and Richard Woodyard has been appointed VP of business development. Dilger has served as CFO, VP of customer support, controller and auditor for companies such as Andrew Shebay and Company and Arthur Anderson. Woodyard most recently served in senior sales leadership roles with Guidant, now a part of Boston Scientific. eCardio develops technologies, devices, services and solutions for the diagnosis, monitoring and clinical management of cardiac arrhythmias, primarily in the ambulatory setting.

David Etzwiler was named VP of community affairs for Medtronic (Minneapolis) and also executive director of the Medtronic Foundation. Etzwiler replaces Penny Hunt, who led worldwide philanthropy efforts at Medtronic for 14 years. Etzwiler previously served as senior director of the Medtronic Foundation and government affairs. Medtronic said that Etzwiler was instrumental in the development and expansion of the foundation's Patient Link program, representing 72 patient associations in North America and Europe, and HeartRescue, a sudden cardiac arrest educational outreach program.

Larry Adighije was named VP of business development and strategy of Spectranetics (Colorado Springs, Colorado). Adighije was previously senior director of business development and strategic marketing for Edwards Lifesciences. Spectranetics makes the only excimer laser approved in the U.S., Europe and Japan for use in minimally invasive cardiovascular procedures.

Elliott Holloway has been named marketing communications specialist for SunTech Medical (Research Triangle Park, North Carolina). Additionally, Paul Goldenberg was named sales manager of medical-surgical sales for SunTech, and Jim Mecksroth was named director of operations .Most recently, Holloway was a graphic designer and account executive for Evolve. Goldenberg previously was president/CEO of Midlantic Medical Meckstroth previously was VP of development for Oriel Therapeutics. SunTech makes non-invasive blood pressure monitoring products and technologies.

• VNUS Medical Technologies (San Jose) reported the resignation of Dennis Rosenberg, VP of marketing and international sales, to pursue other business opportunities, effective June 11. VNUS makes products for the minimally invasive treatment of peripheral vascular disease, including venous reflux, a condition caused by incompetent vein valves in the leg.

Cardiologist James Holsinger is Bush surgeon general nominee

President Bush has picked Kentucky cardiologist James Holsinger Jr. as the 18th surgeon general to oversee the U.S. Public Health Serivce. Holsinger is professor of preventive medicine at the University of Kentucky and has taught at several U.S. medical schools.

"As America's chief health educator, he will be charged with providing the best scientific information available on how Americans can make smart choices that improve their health and reduce their risk of illness and injury," Presidnet Bush said in a statement.

Michael Leavitt, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, urged the Senate to quickly confirm Holsinger. In a statement, Leavitt termed Hosinger an "impressive individual," his experience making him "an excellent choice to serve as 'America's doctor.'"

Holsinger has served as the Secretary for Health and Family Services for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the Chancellor of the University of Kentucky Medical Center and he has held numerous academic and administrative appointments. Holsinger's 26-year career with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs culminated in his appointment as Under Secretary for Health in 1992. In addition, Holsinger served more than 30 years in the U.S. Army Reserve, retiring with the rank of Major General in 1992.

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