MITRE Appoints Dr. Jay Schnitzer Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
McLean, Va., April 11, 2016—The MITRE Corporation appointed Dr. Jay Schnitzer vice president and chief technology officer (CTO).
Dr. Schnitzer was previously Director of Biomedical Sciences at MITRE. He has been overseeing the organization's internal health transformation research and development (R&D) program. He has been working to identify opportunities for MITRE to make transformative, impactful differences in healthcare. Recently, he led the writing and editing of the Independent Assessment of the Health Care Delivery Systems and Management Processes of the Department of Veterans Affairs, performed in response to Section 201 of the Veterans Choice Act, and he organized and facilitated the Blue Ribbon Panel.
"Jay brings an impressive R&D background to the leadership team and MITRE as a whole," said Alfred Grasso, MITRE president and CEO. "He is a truly brilliant individual. His technical and life sciences expertise offers an invaluable perspective as we look for new and innovative ways to solve complex challenges, particularly in the international and healthcare domains."
Before joining MITRE, Dr. Schnitzer was the director of the Defense Sciences Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where he led a team of 20 program managers and 70 support staff overseeing R&D across multiple domains, from life sciences and biomedical research to quantum physics, including materials science, advanced mathematics, and engineering.
Previously, Dr. Schnitzer was chief medical officer and senior vice president at Boston Scientific Corporation (BSC). His responsibilities at BSC included medical and clinical oversight of the entire product lifecycle for all medical devices manufactured by four business divisions of the company: endoscopy, urology/women's health, neurovascular, and neuromodulation.
Prior to BSC, Dr. Schnitzer was on staff at the Massachusetts General Hospital as an attending pediatric surgeon, with a joint appointment at the Shriners Burns Hospital, and a faculty position at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Schnitzer received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a doctorate in chemical engineering from MIT, and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He is board certified and re-certified in surgery and pediatric surgery.
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