University of Minnesota


Earl E. Bakken
Medical Devices Center

Innovation Fellow Alumni

Kevin Goodwin

Kevin Goodwin
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Kevin Goodwin, MD, MBA, MS, MA (2017-2018)

"As a general surgery resident entering the program, I had a solid understanding of the clinical pathophysiology and the impact devices could have on patients. However, it was the Innovation Fellows Program that taught me the complex nuances of the device development process. Developing a usable product to solve a problem does not come from one enlightening moment as I previously thought. Instead, solutions are created by following a specific creative process that focuses on disciplined innovation to identify the true need in order to find the most effective solution. The steps that follow discovery including intellectual protection, product testing, financing and business pitching are also nuanced but becomes easier with practice.  Completing this fellowship has armed me with a new perspective on evaluating the problems I see in patient care both in the hospital and in the operating room. I will continue to apply disciplined innovation in my cardiac surgery practice going forward and only hope to be able to impact patients for the better."

Dr. Kevin Goodwin was born and raised in the Western Suburbs of Chicago. He attended the University of Notre Dame where he completed a dual degree program receiving a MBA and BS in Science Preprofessional Studies with a minor in Science, Technology and Values. While at the University of Notre Dame, he also enjoyed participating in the annual Bengal Bouts boxing tournament, studying abroad in London and completing mission trips to Uganda and Panama.

Kevin then matriculated into Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine where he graduated with honors both in research and bioethics. During his medical studies, he concurrently completed a MA in Bioethics and Healthy Policy. Dr. Goodwin received a MS in Biomedical Engineering during his year as an Innovation Fellow and is presently completing his residency in general surgery at the University of Minnesota (anticipated Spring 2020). Over the course of these educational pursuits, he has been involved in a variety of research projects including evaluating the success rate of off label use for PFO closure devices, working as a NDnano Undergraduate Research Fellow studying the performance of nanostructure based solar cells, studying a response team model for the treatment of pulmonary embolism and assessing outcomes following Left Ventricular Assist Device implantation.

In his free time, Kevin enjoys attending Chicago and Fighting Irish sporting events, visiting breweries in the twin cities area, and exercising along the Mississippi River.


(Last Updated Feb 2020)

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