Advancing Patient Care

Jonathan is a Senior Research Engineer in our Musculoskeletal Education Research Center. Continue reading to learn more about his role at Globus and how this group is working to advance patient care.

  • A Conversation with Jonathan

    Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you came to Globus.

    My name is Jonathan Harris and I am a Senior Research Engineer at Globus. While pursuing an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at Texas Tech University, I became interested in the medical device field when I worked in an orthopaedic lab researching pubic symphysis implant designs. This interest brought me to Philadelphia, where I earned a master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at Drexel University. During graduate school, and the year after graduation, I investigated pediatric thoracospinal deformity at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. My desire to not just understand spine pathologies but how to correct these deformities led me to Globus Medical in 2013.

    Describe your position in the research group.

    Within the Musculoskeletal Education Research Center (MERC), the biomechanics group designs and executes investigational cadaveric studies in collaboration with orthopaedic, trauma, and neurological surgeons. The goal of each study is to evaluate next generation implantable devices or novel surgical techniques. Data from these studies provides valuable information to the Product Development team and clinicians, aiding in device design and the surgeon's decision-making process of surgeons.

    My role as a Senior Research Engineer is to provide valuable support to the junior members in the group, whether it is teaching surgical techniques, how to use the various equipment, editing academic manuscripts, white papers, and conference abstracts or presentations, or providing support with study design and statistical analyses. I also instruct Product Development members in authoring Clinical Literature Reports for some of our regulatory submissions.

    What sets your department apart from other companies?

    The Musculoskeletal Education and Research Center at Globus Medical is unique within the orthopaedic device market and a testament to the company’s dedication to expand the performance of novel devices and/or surgical techniques in advancing patient care. Most companies provide grants and study materials to academic institutions (like how I funded my research in undergrad) but general funding is much different than building a state-of-the-art lab and dedicated research team. Additionally, the intimacy and proximity of MERC, the Product Development team, and the machine shop expedites scientific investigations and allows us to be one of the most productive research labs in the world.

    What do you like best about working at Globus?

    Building on my experiences in graduate school and academic research, autonomy is very important to me. Performing research at Globus Medical affords me the opportunity to have projects that I can call my own and the freedom to shape each study in collaboration with the surgeon and my principal investigator. It is rewarding to not only answer the questions of either the clinician(s) or the Product Development team but to additionally explore other areas that have not been addressed in scientific literature.

    What does it take to be successful at Globus?

    You have to have passion and curiosity about your area of expertise. Nothing else will drive you to achieve a level of personal satisfaction in your work.

David: Project Engineer - Rod Link Reducer

  • A Conversation With David

     

    Why did you join Globus?

    I joined Globus because I wanted a fast paced product development atmosphere that would really allow me to contribute to the way patients are treated. I knew I wanted to go into the musculoskeletal department and design new products. I wouldn’t have such an opportunity with other companies straight out of school.

    How is the Rod Link Reducer different that the competition?

    The Rod Link Reducer is a novel form of deformity manipulation with not much like it on the market right now. It enables correction through the convex pedicle screws where before correction could only be achieved through concave pedicle screws. It uses temporary rods to manipulate the segments above and below the apex of the spine for a more powerful correction on a challenging curve that can be harder to correct with traditional techniques.

    What was the most challenging part of this project?

    This was a different type of project because we began with something already partially developed. It was a challenge to learn the technology and understand the techniques that would specifically meet the patient and surgeon needs. We had to make sure we knew all the details before we really started digging into the design.

    What would you tell someone thinking about joining Globus as a Project Engineer?

    Every day is different and it allows me to use a wide span of skills. I am constantly learning and expanding my skill set. Globus is also unique compared to other companies in the way Engineering, Software, Clinical, and Field Service teams interact. It makes for an excellent solution database and an enjoyable team environment.

    What would you tell someone looking to get into this type of career?

    The culture at Globus is very fast paced, especially in product development. We really strive to act with a sense of urgency to treat the needs of our patients and the needs of the surgeons. It’s a lot of commitment but very rewarding.

    For more information about joining Team GlobUS, visit our careers page.


Globus engages in diverse activities to further the advancement of patient care by working with educators, researchers and volunteers to advance knowledge, understanding and delivery of spine care. These efforts further Globus’ impact on the treatment of spinal disorders beyond the delivery of innovative implants and instruments and strengthen our insight into patient care.


 

Medical Education

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