The Bettendorf Community School Foundation is announcing the 2018 Bettendorf Community Schools Foundation Visiting Science Scholar - Dr. Ryan Goff. The program features role models to high school students thinking of entering a career in the fields of science, technology, engineering or math. Dr. Goff will be presenting to and visiting with Bettendorf High School students on Friday, Jan. 26. On Saturday, Jan. 27, he will be featured at the Bett STEM Expo at Middle School 11 am - 2 pm.
Dr. Goff is a 2005 graduate of BHS who attended Paul Norton Elementary. He is a research and development manager at Endologix, Inc., a medical device company with a portfolio of implantable devices focused on the treatment of aortic diseases, specifically aortic aneurysms. Currently, Ryan spends much of his time on new product development and device testing. This includes everything from early concept development to regulatory submission activities. Ryan has been instrumental in developing internal anatomic databases, medical image analysis, and technical documents defining key physiologic conditions for device testing.
Prior to working at Endologix, Ryan performed his doctoral work at the University of Minnesota with a focus on treatment of abnormal cardiac rhythm by freezing specific, diseased locations of heart to restore normal rhythm, called cardiac cryoablation. This work was done under the guidance of Prof. Paul Iaizzo in his Visible Heart Laboratory. During this time Ryan performed preclinical device testing and basic science studies. The strong collaboration of the lab with industry and physicians allowed Ryan to gain hands-on experience, side-by-side with clinicians, to a wide range of cardiac therapies/devices: cardiac ablation, cardiac pacing, stents, and aortic and mitral valve treatments/replacements. Ryan was also a scientific contributor to The Atlas of Human Cardiac Anatomy, an open access website dedicated to cardiac anatomy and physiology utilizing the unique imaging resources of the lab -http://www.vhlab.umn.edu/atlas/index.shtml.
In addition to his graduate work, Ryan also worked at Medtronic, where he worked on the team developing the Micra Leadless Pacemaker (a miniature pacemaker delivered via a minimally invasive method) and developed prototypes for next generation leadless devices. Prior to this, Ryan received his BS in Biomedical Engineering at The University of Iowa, where he participated in research in the vascular and spinal areas.
The BCSF Visiting Scholar Program was started through a sizable donation to the Bettendorf Community Schools Foundation by a Bettendorf graduate to be used to recognize BHS graduates who have gone on to secure successful careers in a field of science as well as recognize the impact of the late Donald Schaefer, a retired Bettendorf High School science teacher.
The Bettendorf Community Schools Foundation works to enhance the educational opportunities for the students of the Bettendorf Community School District through the development and disbursement of funds. For more information about the Bettendorf Community Schools Foundation, contact Julie Funk, Director of Administration & Outreach (563) 359-3681, ext. 3094.