Board of Advisors

Tulane Biomedical Engineering Board of Advisors

(Excerpts from the Board Charter)

The entire Charter is available as a PDF file


The Biomedical Engineering Board of Advisors is an independent body that will be chartered to advise and support the Chair of Biomedical Engineering in the continual development and improvement of the Department.


The role of the Board of Advisors is to provide assistance to the Chair for academic planning and accreditation, instructional and research program expansion, and financial management of the Department. To fulfill its advisory role, the board maintains an ongoing relationship with University and School administration.

The Board shall have the responsibility to regularly:

  1. Receive and react to a reports on the state of the Department
  2. Advise and assist the Department Chair regarding the development and operation of the Department

Strategic objectives for the Board include:

  1. Providing a link between the Department of Biomedical Engineering and practicing engineers
  2. Enhancing visibility of the Department of Biomedical Engineering both regionally and nationally
  3. Facilitating continued professional development of the faculty Assisting in recruitment of high quality undergraduate and graduate students
  4. Supporting fund raising and sustaining growth of Biomedical Engineering planning and reviewing physical plant improvements

Members of the Board


Richard B. Ashman, Ph.D.

(Board Chair) (Ph.D. 1982)
President, Charter Research Inc.

Nisra Thongpreda
(BMEN class of 1984; MS in 1988)
Synthes Spine

Marta L. Villarraga, Ph.D.
(BMEN class of 1990; MS 1992; Ph.D. 1996)
Principal Engineer,
Exponent® Failure Analysis Associates®, Inc.

Kevin A. Thomas, Ph.D.
(BMEN class of 1981; MS 1983; Ph.D. 1985)
Senior Director, Research & Technology and Product Development,
MacroPore Biosurgery, a division of Cytori Therapeutics, Inc.
Currently consultant to PaxMed International, LLC

Stephanie Kute, Ph.D.
(BMEN Class of 1995, MS 1996)
Project Manager, Battelle Memorial Institute, Medical Device Solutions, Columbus OH 43201-2693

Edward W. Karp
President, Cyber-Health, Inc.
(M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1998)


James T. Bennett, M.D.

(ChE class of 1974; MD 1978)
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Tulane University School of Medicine

Sherri A. Longo, M.D.

(BMEN class of 1986; Med School class of 1990)
Department of Obstetrics-Gynecology
Ochsner Clinic

J. Monroe Laborde, M.S., M.D.
(Tulane Engineering Curriculum Class of 1969, MD 1973; CWRU MS BME 1976)
Touro Infirmary


Stephen C. Cowin, Ph.D.
(Tulane Faculty 1963-1988)
Director, New York Center for Biomedical Engineering
School of Engineering
The City College of New York
(emeritus member)

William C. Van Buskirk, Ph.D.
(Ph.D. Stanford University, 1970)
Professor and Chair Emeritus of Biomedical Engineering
Dean Emeritus of Engineering


Michael D. Carbo - Chair
(BSEE in 1978; JD from Tulane in 1981)
Michael D. Carbo, P.L.C.

Alan J. Stone
(BMEN class of 1983; JD from Tulane in 1987)
Partner in Litigation, Department of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

Government/Government relations:

Donna J. Dean, Ph.D.
Senior Science Advisor
Lewis-Burke Associates LLC

Ex-Officio Members

Nicholas J. Altiero
Dean, School of Engineering
Tulane University

Donald P. Gaver
Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Tulane University

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