David Harrington, PhD
Health Care Consultant, Medway, MassachusettsHarrington began his biomedical career in 1962 as a designer of instrumentation for research applications and for the lunar missions. In 1968, he joined Harvard Apparatus, designing infusion pumps, physiological recording systems, animal ventilators, and custom devices for clinical researchers. After a brief stint in his own company making portable ventilators, he joined Electrodyne, developing and marketing patient monitoring systems. Subsequently became head of medical engineering at the Tufts-New England Medical Center in 1976. While there, he was the principle instructor in the Franklin Institute Biomedical program for associate level technicians for 17 years. Harrington became active in AAMI in 1969, making his first presentation to the association in 1972. In 1977, he helped establish the Medical Device Society in eastern Massachusetts. In 1989 he was one of the original planners for a new group that became the American College of Clinical Engineers in 1991, and served as the group’s newsletter editor for the first 3 years. After retiring from Tufts-New England in 1996 he spent the next several years traveling the world on medical missions doing installation of medical devices in some 50 countries.