Sleep diagnostics company Itamar Medical Ltd has appointed Jennifer Cook, MD, FAHA, FACC to the newly created position of global medical director, effective immediately. In this role, Cook will lead the company’s continuing efforts in research, clinical, and scientific priorities and oversee scientific collaboration with research institutes, medical associations, and key opinion leaders. She reports directly to Gilad Glick, president and CEO.
“Jennifer has extensive expertise in the field of cardiology with a specific focus in heart failure, and her addition to the Itamar Medical team will enhance our ability to develop game changing solutions to address the growing worldwide sleep apnea epidemic,” says Gilad Glick in a release. “With 20 years of cardiology experience, her capabilities and understanding of the impact of sleep apnea on cardiac health are very aligned with our strategic initiatives to become the world leader in sleep apnea management solutions for the cardiology market. We look forward to her contributions and expect that she will be instrumental in helping us achieve our long-term objectives.”
Cook says, “I know from my own experience treating patients that effective diagnosis and management of sleep apnea is essential for improving cardiovascular health and reducing the risk of serious health conditions. Itamar Medical is at the forefront of innovating effective solutions for sleep apnea management, and I look forward to joining the Itamar Medical team at this exciting time in the company’s growth.”
Cook is an attending physician in charge of the cardiovascular intensive care unit responsible for managing patients receiving mechanical circulatory support and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation at the University of Cincinnati. Previously, she was the associate professor, medical director, fellowship director and physician lead at the Banner University Medical Center at the University of Arizona. In this role, she revitalized the heart transplant program, increased patient volumes and improved outcomes in addition to a variety of other responsibilities. Prior to joining the University of Cincinnati, Cook was an associate professor and a medical director at the Medical University of South Carolina, where she developed the mechanical circulatory support (left ventricular assist) device program and served as principal investigator in multiple medical device and pharmaceutical clinical trials.
Cook earned her MD from Southern Illinois University. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of South Carolina and post-doctoral fellowships in Cardiovascular Disease and Advanced Heart Failure at Washington University in St. Louis.