Sanford Surgeon, Boston Scientific Collaborate to Develop Device

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Catheter system is less invasive way to treat blood clots in the lungs

We are so excited to work with Boston Scientific on a project like this. -- Rich Adcock chief innovation officer at Sanford Health

Patrick Kelly, M.D., with Sanford Vascular Innovations, a division of Sanford Health, will collaborate with Boston Scientific, a global medical technology leader, to develop a device that could transform treatment for life-threatening blood clots in the lungs, known as pulmonary embolisms.

Dr. Kelly has invented a less-invasive catheter system for treating a pulmonary embolism or blood clots in the lungs.

A blood clot in the lung can restrict blood flow, which in turn decreases oxygen levels in the blood and can affect other organs. Large or multiple clots can be fatal. They are most common after surgery, trauma or periods of prolonged immobility. They also are common in pregnant women and older patients.

“Dr. Kelly cares about keeping his patients independent and ambulatory. That’s why he’s worked so tirelessly to find a new treatment for them,” said Rich Adcock, chief innovation officer at Sanford Health. “We are so excited to work with Boston Scientific on a project like this – and, ultimately, to make a difference for our patients.”

Sanford Health and Boston Scientific are working to develop and optimize the catheter’s design. The process of bringing a device like this to market can take many years – from engineering and design to clinical trials and finally FDA approval. “Engaging in collaborative partnerships with physicians, like Dr. Kelly, allows Boston Scientific to accelerate the pace of innovation in solving unmet clinical needs – ultimately influencing lower costs and better outcomes for patient care,” said Jeff Mirviss, president of peripheral interventions at Boston Scientific.

Boston Scientific transforms lives through innovative medical solutions that improve the health of patients around the world. The company regularly partners with physicians and healthcare systems to develop technologies that could improve patient care or reduce healthcare costs.

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas. It is one of the largest health systems in the nation with 45 hospitals and nearly 300 clinics in nine states and four countries. Sanford Health’s 28,000 employees, including more than 1,300 physicians, make it the largest employer in the Dakotas. Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford have allowed for several initiatives, including global children's clinics, genomic medicine and specialized centers researching cures for type 1 diabetes, breast cancer and other diseases. For more information, visit

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