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Thomas Merritt Loarie

Thomas Merritt Loarie, American healthcare executive. Achievements include leading development of Intacs corneal ring segments for treatment of nearsightedness (named One of Top 10 Medical Advances by Health Magazine/Cable News Network 1999). Notre Dame Colonel Prep, Wall of Fame, 2009. Named One of 50 Rising Stars: Executive Leaders for the 80's Industry Week magazine, 1983.

Background

  • Loarie, Thomas Merritt was born on June 12, 1946 in Deerfield, Illinois, United States. Son of Willard John and Lucile Veronica (Finnegan) Loarie.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Notre Dame, 1968. Student, University Minnesota, 1969—1970. Student, University Chicago, 1970—1971.

      Student, Columbia University, 1978.

    Career

    • Production engineer Honeywell, Inc., Evanston, Illinois, 1968-1970. With American Hospital Supply Company, 1970—1983, president Heyer-Schulte division, 1979—1983. President and chief operating officer Novacor Medical Corporation, Oakland, California, 1984—1985, board director.

      President American Bar Association Bio Management, Danville, 1985—1987. Chairman, Chief Executive Officer Keravision, Inc., Fremont, 1987—2001, Mercator MedSystems, Inc., San Leandro, 2005—2008, 2005—2008, executive chairman, since 2008. Chairman Silicon BioDevices, Inc., Palo Alto, since 2010.

      Founder, chairman, medical device Chief Executive Officer Roundtable, 1993—2002. Co-founder, chairman CardioProfile, Inc., Berkeley, 2002—2005. Board directors SinoMed, Hong Kong, since 2010, ME2, Inc, Scotts Valley, California, since 2010.

      Assistant professor surgery Creighton University Medical School, Omaha, 1986-1994. Guest lecturer Anderson School Management, University of California at Los Angeles, 2001-2003, Haas School Business, University California, Berkeley, 2002-2003. Trustee Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California, since 2003.

      Member advisory board Occulogix, Inc., Tampa, 2001-2003, Uptake Medical Inc., Seattle, 2003-2006. Program director Catholics at Work, Oakland Diocese, since 2005. Board directors Clarity Medical Systems, Inc., Pleasanton, California.

      Member external advisory board, department mechanical engineering University California, Berkeley, since 2007, chairman, since 2008. Speaker in field.

    Major achievements

    • Achievements include leading development of Intacs corneal ring segments for treatment of nearsightedness (named One of Top 10 Medical Advances by Health Magazine/Cable News Network 1999). Notre Dame Colonel Prep, Wall of Fame, 2009.

    Works

    • Contributor articles on medical technical public policy to Wall St. Journal, Journal Retractive Surgery, others. Columnist Catholic Business Journal, since 2007.

    Religion

    Denomination: Roman Catholic

    Membership

    Board director Marymount School Board, 1981-1984. Board director United Way Santa Barbara, 1981-1984, associate chair, 1982-1983, treasurer, 1983. Member Association Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Contact Lens Association Ophthalmology, Health Industry Manufacturers Association (special representative board directors 1993-1996, since 2006, board directors 1997-2001, executive committee 1997-2001, treasurer 1998-2000, chairman-elect 2000-2001), American Entrepreneurs for Economic Growth, Medical Technology Leadership Forum, California Healthcare Institute (board directors 1998-2001, executive committee 1999-2001), Diablo Venture Alliance.

    Connections

    • Married Stephanie Lane Fitts, August 11, 1968 (divorced November 1987). Children: Thomas M., Kristin Leigh Soule.
    • father: Willard John Loarie
    • mother: Lucile Veronica (Finnegan) Loarie
    • spouse: Stephanie Lane Fitts
    • children: Thomas M. Loarie
    • Kristin Leigh Soule Loarie
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    Born June 12, 1946
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