December 05, 2011 09:46 ET

Jay S. Yadav, M.D., Named Chairman of SEMDA Board

CardioMEMS Founder and CEO Assumes Leadership Role in the Southeastern Medical Device Association

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - Dec 5, 2011) - Jay S. Yadav, M.D., founder and CEO of CardioMEMS, an Atlanta-based medical device company that has developed and is commercializing a proprietary wireless sensing and communication technology for the human body, has been elected Chairman of the Board of the Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA).

Dr. Yadav, an interventional cardiologist and a consulting cardiologist at the Piedmont Heart Institute, founded CardioMEMS in 2000 to develop new devices to improve the management of chronic cardiovascular diseases such as heart failure. Prior to his work with CardioMEMS, Dr. Yadav was the founder of Angioguard, acquired by Johnson & Johnson, and an initial investor and director of SMART Therapeutics, later acquired by Boston Scientific. Dr. Yadav is also on the board of directors for several private medical device and technology companies.

"It is an honor for me to take on a leadership role with SEMDA," Dr. Yadav said. "I consider SEMDA a vital organization for the growth and promotion of the southeastern medical device community and look forward to contributing to the advancement of the organization."

A strong believer of contributing to the community, Dr. Yadav has been co-chair of the Metro Atlanta Bioscience Leadership Council, chairman of the Medical Device Committee and a director of Georgia Bio and The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE). He is an active member of the American Heart Association and chair of the 2013 Atlanta Heart Ball.

Dr. Yadav has authored two books, over two hundred publications, and has received numerous awards including the AHA Top Ten Scientific Advances in 2003, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2004, the SEMDA Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2010, a 2011 Atlanta Telecom Professional of the Year Award, and a 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for healthcare in the southern region. Recently, Dr. Yadav was honored as a "Health Care Hero" by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

"We are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Yadav join the Board of SEMDA," said David Hartnett, SEMDA's 2011-2012 president and vice president, Bioscience-Health IT Industry Development at the Metro Atlanta Chamber. "He is a thought leader, entrepreneur, successful business person and medical practitioner. I look forward to working with him, and I believe everyone in the medical device community will benefit from his involvement with SEMDA, today and in the future."

The Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA) is a non-profit trade association that supports and promotes medical device companies in the Southeast. Created in 2004, the association provides a unique resource and networking opportunity for medical device companies, inventors, physicians, and investors interested in accelerating the growth of the medical device industry in the Southeast. Through quarterly and members-only meetings, as well as its highly regarded annual Conference, SEMDA meets the needs of members of the medical device community. Learn more at

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