On the evening of May 18th, during the banquet dinner for the 2017 ACCES Annual Educational Seminar and Trade Expo, a clinical engineering professional from Atlantic Canada, Mark Ryan, was recognised as the ACCES 2017 Clinical Engineering Professional of the Year for having distinguished himself through his hard work, exceptional service, technical skills, and dedication to the clinical engineering profession.

Mark Ryan is a Biomedical Engineering Technologist employed in the Biomedical Engineering Department at the IWK Health Centre since 2004. Mark completed his post-secondary education in Biomedical Engineering Technology in Newfoundland. He began his biomedical engineering career in Ontario before coming to Halifax to join the IWK Biomedical Engineering Team.  Mark’s hard work and professional commitment is also evident in his attaining his CBET (Certified Biomedical Engineering Technologist) and completing his Bachelor of Technology Degree from Memorial University. He is currently a member of ACCES and a certified member of TechNova.

As a valuable member of the Biomedical Engineering Department at the IWK Health Centre, Mark specializes in many Critical Care disciplines such as Respiratory Therapy, Patient Monitoring, PICU, and Emergency Care. He is considered a key resource in these areas by clinicians and peers alike: he is always eager to share best practices and mentor newer Biomedical Engineering Technologists; and he enjoys working with clinical teams to solve complex problems. As a well-respected resource, Mark serves on many Health Facility Project committees.

Mark also possesses an unwavering desire to go above and beyond in helping others that need assistance, routinely volunteering to work overtime in special emergency situations that may impact patient care. He has taken this desire to greater heights and has volunteered his personal time and technical skills to support Operation Smile missions both in Africa and in South America. Operation Smile is an international non-profit medical charity that has provided hundreds of thousands of free surgeries for children and young adults in developing countries. Mark is married to his wife Nancy and is a devoted father to three young children to whom he dedicates much of his time, making the world a better place for them. He is an avid outdoorsmen and sports enthusiast and uses these experiences to balance his family and professional life.

Dedicated to helping others, always striving to achieve, well accomplished in a quiet way: Mark Ryan is a true professional, deserving of the ACCES 2017 Clinical Engineering Professional of the Year Award!