Welcome to the webpage of the ACCE International Committee!
The International Committee is the focal point for ACCE activities aimed at promoting safe and effective application of science and technology in patient care and advancing the profession of clinical engineering worldwide as summarized below.
- Vision: Improve health care worldwide through proper management and maintenance of health technology.
- Mission: Advance the Clinical Engineering (CE) profession worldwide through collaboration with and assistance to CE organizations and professionals.
- Help to educate and secure recognition and support from health authorities, administrators and clinical colleagues.
- Help to strengthen CE organizations and professionals.
- Contribute to worldwide public education on the importance of proper management and maintenance of health technology for better patient care and safety.
- Share knowledge and experience that meet local needs and desire.
- Strengthen collaboration with national and international organizations that have a similar vision, mission and goals.
International Committee Activities
To fulfill its mission and attain the goals above, IC will carry out the following activities:
- Cooperation with national and international organizations with common and converging vision, mission and goals.
- Collaboration and support of CE associations in foreign countries considering the unique needs, desires and resource limitations of each country.
- Transfer of knowledge and experience through presentations, educational programs, and technical consultations.
- Advocacy of the profession to national and international health authorities.
Composition of the IC
The IC is composed of two types of members:
- Voting members: Up to 10 (ten) ACCE members led by a Chair appointed by the President;
- Non-voting members: guests invited by IC for one of the following reasons: (a) have unique expertise, (b) to represent international organizations or foreign associations with which ACCE has signed a collaboration agreement, or (c) to represent organizations interested in supporting IC activities.
Current Voting Members
- Julio Huerta, EE, MPH, CHTM - Has over 30 years of experience leading clinical engineering operations in the USA. He has
participated in the development of HTM standards and efforts to improve the
practice of Clinical Engineering around the world. He works with the American
Red Cross Technology Services supporting Disaster Relief Operations. During his
tenure as ACCE Treasurer, he championed the concept of attracting international
professionals with a membership fee structure that considered the purchasing
power parity of each country. He has a master degree from the University of
North Carolina and is a certified healthcare technology manager.
- Jonathan A. Gaev, MSE, EE, PMP, CCE – Founder
of Applied Project Management, LLC, a company that provides project management
training and consulting to small businesses and individuals. Previously he worked for ECRI for 29 in
various roles, including international programs and for the Hospital of the
University of Pennsylvania. He has
significant experience in Asia, Europe and Latin America. He
designed and managed a web-based product to support medical equipment maintenance,
and recently managed medical device evaluation and testing in Asia. He is
an international speaker on medical technology and technology management.
He received the ACCE 2012 Professional Achievement in Technology Award /
Professional Development Award.
Salim Kai, MS, BS, CBET - a Regional Resident Manager of Clinical Engineering with Crothall
Healthcare at the University of Kentucky HealthCare, where he leads the
Clinical Engineering department including strategic and operational leadership,
selection and procurement of biomedical equipment and services and medical
device cybersecurity. He has over 30 years of hospital enterprise experience
with expertise in medical device investigation, healthcare risk management, and
patient safety. Salim is an ABET program evaluator in Engineering Technology,
holds a Master's degree in Patient Safety Leadership from the University of
Illinois at Chicago, and Bachelors of Science in Physics from Eastern Michigan
(Baset) Khalaf, PhD - is a Professor of Health Care Technology Management at
Durham College-Canada and has 37 years of experience in Clinical Engineering
and Health Technology Management (HTM). He served at various managerial position
in industry, government, academia as well as a consultant with international
organizations (WHO, QRC, AAMI, PNU and JICA). Since 2003, he has served in
various honorary appointments as an advisor with the National Department of
Health in South Africa. He is also the convenor and presenter of equipment
maintenance and HTM workshops and training courses. He has earned a PhD
from the Université De Versailles Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines, France.
Avinash Konkani, PhD, MS, BE – a healthcare technology management professional educated in Biomedical, Human Factors and Systems Engineering and more than twelve years of experience in academia and healthcare facilities. He has worked as a clinical engineer in India and currently is a senior clinical engineer in the USA. He is actively involved with ACCE and AAMI, serving on different committees addressing the challenges faced by the HTM community. He is certified ABET Program Evaluator for Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission. He has published several peer-reviewed articles and he is a reviewer for several scientific journals. He obtained a doctoral degree in systems engineering from Oakland University, Rochester, MI.
Louis W. Schonder, CBET - Director of earthMed, an NGO assisting with medical education in developing countries, that he founded after receiving the 2007 AAMI Foundation/ACCE Robert L. Morris Humanitarian Award. For 12 years prior, he served as a volunteer biomed with Project Open Hearts. In 2018, he retired from ECRI Institute after 9 years of medical equipment planning and consulting. He was a testing technician at CITECH/ECRI from 1991. He has been a leader of PAMIA since 1991, serving as President 1993-94. Graduating from electronics trade school, he worked as biomed equipment technician, and became a Certified Biomedical Electronics Technician in 1986.
Binseng Wang, ScD, CCE (IC Chair) – Vice President, Program Management, with Sodexo Clinical Technoloy Management (CTM). Previously, he was responsible for quality and regulatory affairs for several medical device manufacturers and service companies in the USA. He started his career in Brazil. He has advised many governments (e.g., China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Sub-Saharan nations, Taiwan, and Vietnam) per request of PAHO/WHO, IADB, WB and other international agencies. He has published 4 books and dozens of articles. He was inducted into the CE Hall of Fame by ACCE. He earned a doctoral degree from MIT and is a certified clinical engineer.
If you are interested in contributing to IC activities or want to inquire about a potential collaboration with ACCE, please send an email to International.Chair@accenet.org