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Principal Medical Science Advisor


Careers that Change Lives

This position is in the Peripheral Vascular Business Unit, which is one of the fastest growing businesses in the entire Medtronic portfolio. The Peripheral Vascular Product portfolio contains both life-saving technologies for the abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysms and endovascular treatments for the peripheral vasculature (iliac, SFA, BTK, Carotid) and significantly improve the quality of life for patients.

The Medtronic Peripheral Vascular Medical Science Advisor (MSA) will operate as a clinical resource to health care professionals and internal business partners providing expert scientific knowledge to Peripheral Vascular products and therapies. The role of the MSA is to establish solid peer to peer scientific/clinical relationships with Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs) in health care, education, and research. The MSA will also partner cross-functionally with internal stakeholders to provide therapy expertise and translation of evidence in support of product strategies. The MSA will provide oversight to unsolicited requests for technical or clinical information by physicians utilizing Medtronic products and services. The primary focus of this position will be United States but the MSA role is also global in nature given Scientific Congresses and KOLs.

Position Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will:

  • Establish, develop, and foster solid relationships with Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs) and internal business partners. Identify and foster relationships with emerging leaders at strategic academic and community research centers early in their career.
  • Serve as the key representative of Medtronic Peripheral Vascular for health care professionals, providing deep and advanced disease state, therapy, and product information. Facilitate the work of the KOLs when it aligns with Medtronic medical communication strategies through publication and podium support.
  • Gather feedback and insights from KOLs to better inform Medtronic's research & development teams to overall strategic direction.
  • Facilitate initial discussions, intake, and evaluation of physician initiated research proposals, including ensuring timely communication between requestor and company.
  • Understand and effectively communicate current scientific knowledge. MSA will be required to maintain their technical expertise within a therapeutic area through attendance at major conferences, Congresses, workshops, and training programs.
  • Monitor all major meetings for abstract deadlines and work with investigators of Medtronic sponsored research to drive podium presence in support of corporate medical communication strategies and plans.
  • Support field and internal training needs as therapy expert. Review and provide input on therapy related training materials to ensure scientific accuracy of content. Collaborate with marketing to ensure all key product messages and claims are scientifically valid and accurate.
  • Engage in continuous learning within the therapeutic area. The MSA will establish himself/herself as reliable, trusted resources of accurate, up-to-date medical and scientific knowledge requested and desired by their clients.
  • Respond in a timely way to personal or electronic solicited and unsolicited inquiries with any available information which may include reprints or posters, medical letters, literature citations, referrals to internal and external experts, slides, and other teaching-related material.
  • The MSA will be responsible for following the Medtronic Code of Conduct, the MSA Department Operating Procedures and the ADVAMED guidelines.

Must Have: Minimum Requirements:

MD or PhD plus 7+ years of work experience communicating medical information to internal/external health sources (e.g sales force, outside health professions, public, and the federal government

  • Experience promoting the benefits of medical device products and services
  • Experience coordinating continuing education workshops, seminars, and programs
  • Ability for Significant travel (50-60% of time) both by automobile and air.

Nice to Have:

  • Advanced degree in health sciences (PharmD, Ph.D., M.D.) preferred with a minimum of 3 years of relevant clinical or therapeutic experience.
  • Preferably, candidate will have experience in pharma, biotech and or/medical devices
  • Demonstrated success in effective interpersonal and communication skills and ability to build and foster relationships with KOLs.
  • Highly motivated and capable of comprehending large amounts of scientific content, which is then communicated in a clear, concise fashion.
  • Significant direct experience communicating complex scientific information in manner that meets the needs of a variety of internal stakeholders and external healthcare practitioners.
  • Advanced presentation and computer skills with expertise in literature identification and evaluation.

Together, we can change healthcare worldwide. At Medtronic, we push the limits of what technology can do to help alleviate pain, restore health and extend life. We challenge ourselves and each other to make tomorrow better than yesterday. It is what makes this an exciting and rewarding place to be. We can accelerate and advance our ability to create meaningful innovations - but we will only succeed with the right people on our team. Let's work together to address universal healthcare needs and improve patients' lives. Help us shape the future.

The physical demands described within the Responsibilities section of this job description are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

It is the policy of Medtronic to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Medtronic will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. This employer participates in the federal E-Verify program to confirm the identity and employment authorization of all newly hired employees. For further information about the E-Verify program, please click here:

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position.

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