Dr. Spotnitz received his M.D. degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and recently received his M.B.A. from the University of Florida Warrington College of Business. He is a nationally recognized expert in myocardial contrast echocardiography as a method of evaluating cardiac perfusion, and has received over $600,000 in NIH and Heart Association funding to study this area. Dr. Spotnitz has also served actively as an American Heart Association volunteer and was President of the Virginia Affiliate of the American Heart Association. More recently, as an internationally recognized clinical expert with over seventy publications in the field, he has played a leading role in pioneering research and development of fibrin sealant tissue adhesives in the U.S., founding the Tissue Adhesive Center (TAC) at the University of Virginia in 1997. As Director of this Center, Dr. Spotnitz coordinated the multidisciplinary research efforts of TAC’s members and was active in tissue adhesive translational research, device development, and patenting. Most recently, Dr. Spotnitz has expanded this area of research and founded the Surgical Therapeutic Advancement Center (STAC) as means of facilitating clinical research in surgery and related fields. He is the author or co-author of more than one hundred and sixty publications. Dr. Spotnitz is continuing to extend his skills at providing consultation services for industry in order to develop the best surgical devices to improve the quality of surgical care.