Syracuse Chapter of EMBS Presents
The EMBS HealthTech Symposium Fall 2008
(HealthTech, Fall 2008)

Thursday November 6th 2008 4:00-7:00pm
At the Welch Allyn Lodge
4341 State Street, Skaneateles Falls, NY 13153-0220
Cost: $20 for professionals, $10 for IEEE Members, Free for students & EMBS Members. Payment received at the door
Sponsored by Blue Highway and IEEE Syracuse Section

The program will focus on Emergency Medicine and will include:

"Prediction of patient risk for serious complications from administrative and clinical data"

"Human Physiological Signals: Simple Explanations for Complicated Systems"

For up to the date information, see the EMBS chapter website
Sponsored by Syracuse Section of the IEEE

RSVP: e-mail to EMBS Webmaster (

Come join us for an evening opportunity to meet some of your regional colleagues in the Medical Engineering field.

Biography: David B. Duggan, MD, F.A.C.P
Dr. Duggan, a native of Syracuse New York, is a graduate of Hamilton College and received his MD degree from SUNY Upstate Medical Center. He carried out his residency training and his Clinical and Research Fellowship for Hematology/Oncology at Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr Duggan served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University from 1993 to 2008. In 2007 he was appointed Associate Vice President, Associate Dean for Clinical Initiatives, and Chief Quality Officer for University Hospital. Dr. Duggan devotes most of his time in the administration of clinical quality initiatives, as a consultant from SUNY to the NYS Medicaid Program and the DOH. He continues to see outpatients and attend on the inpatient teaching services throughout the year.

Dr. Duggan has published over forty peer-reviewed manuscripts, most dealing with clinical care of cancer patients, especially breast cancer and lymphomas. He has been selected by The Best Doctors in America continuously since 1997. He has received several Syracuse Medical Alumni Association Clinical Faculty Teaching Award three times.

Dr. Duggan was inducted as a Master of the American College of Physicians in 2008, and has served as a Council Member (1997-1999), Governor Elect (2000), Governor (2001-2006), and most recently as President of the NY Chapter from 2005-2006. He served as Vice Chair of the ACP Publications Committee and as a member of the ACP PIER Steering Committee. He received the NYS Laureate Award from the ACP. He is currently the national representative of the American College of Physicians to the American Joint Committee on Cancer. He has served as a Principle Investigator and member of the Executive, Breast Cancer, and Lymphoma Committees for the Cancer and Leukemia Group B. He is a member of the Onondaga County Medical Society, and serves on its Executive Council. Additionally, he is a member of the Board of Directors for the Health Alliance Coalition of Central New York, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the American Medical Informatics Association. Since 2004, Dr. Dugganís volunteerism is represented on the Skaneateles Area Voluntary Emergency Services Advisory Board, and he has been committed to the United Medical Associates of Syracuse for 13 years.

Biography: Dan Sommers, P.E., EMT-P
Mr. Sommers came to central New York to enter the BioMedical engineering field after spending the first decade of his career designing super-computers at Harris and the second decade designing high-end cell phones at Motorola. During Mr. Sommersís illustrious journey through these engineering disciplines, he earned a BSCEE from Purdue in 1984, an MSCE from Florida Atlantic in 1996 and an MSBioE from GaTech in 2005. Mr.Sommers is also a certified Paramedic who spends is weekends responding to 911 calls.

Mr. Sommers currently works as an R&D engineer at Welch Allyn, Inc. specializing in diagnostic equipment design. In this position, Mr. Sommers can exploit his extensive background in electronics, embedded software, computer systems and low-power devices. Mr. Sommersís field experience in emergency medicine also gives him the design edge of a hands-on perspective for the use of medical equipment. Mr. Sommers is the Student Liaison officer for the Syracuse EMBS chapter and spends his spare time teaching the CapStone senior design course for Syracuse Universityís bioengineering program.

Mr. Sommers is also a constant promoter of engineering education in K-12 and even presented a paper at the IEEE Educatorís conference in Munich last year. He has a smattering of patents, and received the "Patent of the Year" award in 2000 from Motorolaís Personal Communications Systems division. Mr. Sommers has also presented a myriad of technical papers throughout his career, including his two Masters thesisís and his contributions to the IEEE sensors journal. Mr. Sommers typically gets high marks for his presentation style: an engaging mix of energy and passion for technical excellence.