Our Team

Tiffany Wilson Karp

Executive Director

Tiffany Wilson Karp has spent over 12 years bringing innovative medical technology from benchtop to bedside. She joined the Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI) to help establish the organization during its startup phase, directing business development activities, building strategic relationships and bringing together core members of the medical device ecosystem. She works with universities, clinicians, industry, investors and startups focused on innovation, patient care and economic growth. She currently leads all strategic direction and day-to-day operations of the Center.

Patrick Strane

Project Engineer

Patrick Strane is a biomedical engineer at who manages engineering & build work at GCMI. He is a 2013 graduate of the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering program at Georgia Tech and Emory University. He was heavily involved with the BME Guild, which involved training new students to use the machines in the shop, setting up new machines and learning new machine tools to instruct others on their use. Strane brings a unique combination of mechanical and biomedical engineering experience, preclinical research and machine shop knowledge to the GCMI team.


senior design apprentice

Lance Black is a board certified family medicine physician who served 7 years in the United States Air Force as a family medicine physician and flight surgeon.  His undergraduate degree in biological engineering and experience in the military inspired him to pursue medical device design upon completion of his commitment to the Air Force.  Lance brings a unique perspective to the medical device industry, having experienced firsthand design-related problems as a physician. 

Lance is currently pursuing a Masters in Biomedical Innovation & Development at Georgia Tech, and recently completed a preliminary year in the Masters of Industrial Design program there.

Michael Fisher

director, product development

Michael Fisher brings 17 years of medical product development experience to the team.  Prior to joining GCMI, Mike specialized in program management​ and product feasibility ​with two large multi-national medical device companies, several startups, and an academic clinical department. He has significant experience in urology, orthopedics, plastic & reconstructive surgery, and stem-cell/tissue engineering.  In these roles, Mike was involved in new technology acquisitions, platform product development, sustaining engineering efforts, project team management, tech transfer, and international manufacturing/supply chain. 

Dershika Patel

QUality Engineer

Dersi Patel is a biomedical engineering graduate from Georgia Tech. She manages the day-to-day activities of the GCMI Apprentice Program and focuses on QMS organization, design sessions, business development and client communications.  Patel leads relationships with vendors and technical experts as part of diverse proejct teams.

Michael Glatzer

Project Engineer

Mike Glatzer is a biomedical engineer who has focused on medical product development, including the design of spinal implant systems.  He works with KISS principles and has a strong foundation in both mechanical and biomedical engineering. Glatzer worked for several years as a Product Development Engineer at Amendia where he developed a patent pending break-off geometry for minimally invasive pedicle screws, along with several designs for cervical plates, standalone cervical interbodies, and PEEK interbody spacers. He also interfaced with surgeons, directed the prototyping and manufacture of products, and specified test protocols per ASTM standards for FDA approvals.