Program Testimonials

Marlie Adamson

Marlie entered the summer program as a senior at Helix Charter High School in San Diego, CA.

"I came to the Fogarty Institute because I wanted to do something more with my summer than just be a volunteer at a hospital; I wanted the chance to work with Dr. Fogarty and also be able to work closely with professionals in the medicine field. From my time here, I've learned that there's a whole new side to medicine instead of just being a doctor or a surgeon; for example, there's engineers, medical device innovators, dealing with the FDA-just a bunch of sides that I'd had no idea about. Watching heart surgeries was the best, and also I've had the opportunity to watch many surgeries that people my age usually don't get to see. Overall, I've had a great experience here at the Fogarty Institute!"

Marlie Adamson
Mark Aziz

"In addition, the program provided me, as an interventional cardiologist, with hands on training in advanced coronary interventions and cutting edge structural heart procedural interventions. This unique mix of high quality and quantity procedures prepared me very well to find my dream job as an interventional cardiologist and endovascular specialist."

Mark Aziz
Advanced Endovascular Fellow
Veronique Caty, MD

"By working with the leaders in vascular technique development during this fellowship, I have gained experience with cutting edge technologies and procedures. I will use and share this knowledge to improve patient care in Montreal, Canada."

Veronique Caty, MD
Interventional Radiologist
Advanced Endovascular Fellow
Mark deBettencourt

Mark entered the summer program as a senior at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, CA.

"I've always wanted to be a doctor, so I came to the Fogarty Institute to help me figure out whether or not it would be a good fit. I've loved watching surgeries in the CATH Lab, and I've done a lot of work helping to set up the Innovation Center (FOG Shop.). Since being here I've confirmed that I'm really interested in medicine, and I've loved getting exposed to a bunch of different fields of medicine that I didn't even know existed!"

Mark deBettencourt
Summer Intern
Teresa St Goar

Teresa entered the summer program as a senior at Castilleja School in Palo Alto, CA.

"While I originally came to intern at the Fogarty Institute to help with the marketing side of the company, I ended up learning so much more about various aspects of the Institute ranging from medical device startups, to regulatory strategies, to dealing with the FDA, and even to shadowing a few surgeries. I think the Fogarty Institute is unique in that its mission is so tailored to patient health that it attracts the best kind of people to its ranks, and I've really enjoyed working with everyone here this summer!"

Teresa St Goar
Summer Intern
Cambia Green

Taira entered the summer program as a junior at Woodside High School in Woodside, CA.

"I was really interested in coming to the Fogarty Institute because I was pretty sure I wanted to incorporate clinical research into my future practice, but I had only been exposed to a more community based arena of medical research. During my time here I found watching the procedures to be awesome and fascinating, I think mostly because I want to go into surgery. Here in Silicon Valley there's cutting edge technology, but it is also a really good area for being on the cutting edge of medicine. Tech-people and doctors have been separated, or work independently in many other areas of the country, and I noticed in Silicon Valley, when they work together it bodes better for everyone."

Cambia Green
Summer Intern
Cambia Green

Taira entered the summer program as a junior at Woodside High School in Woodside, CA.

"I came to the Fogarty Institute this summer because I wanted to learn more about possible careers in medicine. I like that the Fogarty Institute tries to help the patient instead of making it all about money; they always put the patient first. My favorite part of the internship was watching surgeries, and I liked the environment of getting to be so close to a hospital."

Taira Hovden
Summer Intern
Sydnee Hyman

Sydnee entered the summer program as a 3rd year student at Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana.

"I came to the Institute because I felt like I wanted to explore the possibilities around medicine in terms of the engineering space, the business space, and the clinical physician space. It's really interesting to see how broad the scope of this industry is and how many different areas there are to get involved with.

At the Fogarty Institute there's a really good mix of autonomy and collaboration. Experts make themselves available to the companies for mentorship, advice, and guidance, but without meddling too much and changing the direction of the company without their consent. I think it's a really, really exciting place with so many passionate, intelligent people from such diverse backgrounds, and I feel really fortunate to have gotten to work here."

Sydnee Hyman
Summer Intern
Hiro Igeta

"The 3 month Innovation Fellowship at Fogarty Institute for Innovation has been very meaningful to me. I've had the opportunity to learn how the Silicon Valley ecosystem works in the field of medical device development. This experience has been invaluable due to the exposure I received and projects I worked on. I've met so many amazing and talented professionals, and been given the chance to learn so much from them. I look forward to staying in touch and will do my best to convey the knowledge that I gained back to my colleagues at Aso Iizuka Hospital in Japan."

Hiro Igeta
Fogarty Innovation Fellow
Bahman Nouri, MD

"The program has really helped me focus on my interventional vascular skills, at a volume and tempo I would not have experienced in any other setting."

Bahman Nouri, MD
Interventional Cardiologist
Advanced Endovascular Fellow
Raj Pannu

"Providing vascular care is my passion. Despite my training in Vascular medicine at Mayo clinic and Vascular and Interventional Radiology at St. Luke’s Roosevelt hospital, I could see the gaps in my education that could take very long to fill without the mentorship being offered at Fogarty Institute of Innovation in the Advanced Endovascular Fellowship Program. The volume of complex endovascular cases performed is the envy of most. Graduating from this Fellowship Program will enable me to provide the latest and the best therapies to my future patients."

Raj Pannu
Advanced Endovascular Fellow
Wayne Allen, CEO
Wayne Allen, CEO
Embo Medical
Liam Mullins, CTO
Liam Mullins, CTO
Embo Medical

"We spent time at the Fogarty Institute to help refine the strategy for Embo Medical, and to gather expert clinical input for device refinement. The institute enabled one-to-one and group meetings with world class CEOs, clinicians, and critical stakeholders in medical device innovation. Through these meetings, and further introductions to their extended network, our expectations were exceeded. We found the ecosystem at the Fogarty Institute powerful, and look forward to continuing the relationship."

Thomas J. Fogarty, MD, Founder, FII

"The internship provides an invaluable hand-on experience, along with real-life lessons from the broad range of mentors with whom they interact."

– Thomas J. Fogarty, MD, Founder, FII