Lawrence E. Curtiss

Title: Independent Consultant
Location: Bedford, Massachusetts, United States

Lawrence E. Curtiss, Independent Consultant, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in medical device development.

Mr. Curtiss’ journey toward medical device design began during his undergraduate study at the University of Michigan. While interning at a local hospital laboratory that was in the process of developing a protein electrophoresis program, Mr. Curtiss developed an interest in finding novel ways to implement his physics knowledge in medicine. He was recruited to help a University of Michigan Hospital joint program to develop a fiber-optic gastroscope, finding a sense of urgency and purpose in medical device research after watching a procedure under the guidance of Dr. Basil Hirschowitz. He completed a Bachelor of Science in physics from the University of Michigan in 1958 and pursued postgraduate coursework at Harvard University until 1960 when he joined American Cystoscope Makers.

After eight years as a physicist for American Cystoscope Makers, Mr. Curtiss was promoted to Vice President of Research and Development, a role he held through the early 1980s. Mr. Curtiss would go on to become the director of advanced research and development for Welch-Allyn and vice president of product development for IRIS Fiber Optics, a consultant for Skaneateles, and an industry representative to the FDA Panel for the Classification of Gastrointestinal and Urological Devices. He holds seven patents for spectroscopy devices, including one of the first glass-clad fiber optic cables for use in medical imaging. Since 1990, Mr. Curtiss has maintained an independent consulting practice based in Bedford, Massachusetts. He has contributed articles and scientific papers to publications including Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the Journal of the Optical Society of America, and Gastroenterology Optical Spectra. He counsels others in the field to follow their interests and to not feel limited by what they think they should be doing, noting that some of his greatest discoveries were the result of pursuing research he found personally compelling. As a testament to his success, Mr. Curtiss is featured in the first edition of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.

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