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The MassMEDIC Gala and Awards Dinner

July 8th, 2019 • Marriott Long Wharf


The MassMEDIC Gala and Awards Dinner: Celebrating Patients and Purpose

Mark your calendar for Monday evening, July 8th, when MassMEDIC will hold its first Annual Gala and Awards Dinner: Celebrating Patients and Purpose at the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel in Boston, Mass.

This evening event will bring together hundreds of leaders from our medtech community to acknowledge and celebrate the region’s impact on global healthcare through the important and groundbreaking medtech innovations of our member companies.

We are delighted to announce that this year’s key note speakers will include

  • Rep. Joseph Kennedy III
  • AARP Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Charlotte Yeh.

In addition, we will hear from patients whose lives have been impacted by medical technology, including Heidi Dohse, a triathlete and competitive cyclist, who is also pacemaker dependent and Adam Millar, a 19-year-old hockey star whose life was saved by an Abiomed Impella device, after he was diagnosed with cardiogenic shock.

Finally, we will honor and celebrate the contribution of MassMEDIC president emeritus Tom Sommer, who retired this fall.

Individual tickets and hosted tables are now on sale. In addition, a limited number of sponsorship opportunities are available. Click here to learn more.

Join us this summer as we celebrate the incredible contribution of this community in the Commonwealth. A portion of the proceeds for this event will go towards supporting a capital campaign for New Hope, Inc., 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving domestic and sexual violence survivors. Learn more about New Hope and its mission here.

Please note: Business Attire is suggested for the evening. This is not a black tie event. 

ATTN: As of July 3rd this event is SOLD OUT. There are no tickets available. Thank you for your interest but there will not be any more tickets made available.



Keynote Speakers

Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III (MA-4th District)


Dr. Charlotte Yeh, MD, Chief Medical Officer, AARP

Patient Voices


Adam Millar, 19, a healthy and active teenager from Westminster, Colorado, devotes much of his time to hockey. On April 16, 2018, Adam developed flu-like symptoms. His mom, Debbie, brought him to a local urgent care where the staff determined he had atrial fibrillation. He was transferred to a local hospital where his condition decompensated, and he went into cardiogenic shock.

Adam was transferred to St. Anthony’s Central in Lakewood, Colorado, where Dr. Nima Aghili, interventional cardiologist, implanted the Impella CP® heart pump to support Adam’s weak heart. He then placed the Impella RP® device to support the ride side of Adam’s heart, providing biventricular support. The next day, Adam’s condition began to improve, but he was still very ill. Adam was transferred to University Hospital in Aurora, Colorado for escalated care. But Adam continued to regain his strength and later that day, the Impella CP device was removed. Three days later, the Impella RP pump was also removed.

Adam was discharged home after two weeks in the hospital. He quickly resumed all activities and was back on the ice in no time. Today, Adam’s heart function is normal, and he plans to play college hockey.


Heidi Dohse is the founder of Tour de Heart which focuses on providing hope and inspiration to heart patients to empower individuals so that they can live active and healthy lives.  She is a professional heart patient and founding member of the Health eHeart Study.  Heidi is passionate about improving patient outcomes. She partners with physicians and researchers around the world to provide insights regarding the patient experience and ideas for engagement. She travels globally educating audiences on the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT), data and healthcare.

Heidi is a trailblazer. In 1982, Heidi was diagnosed with a rare heart arrhythmia. She underwent a successful AV ablation procedure leaving her heartbeat 100% pacemaker dependent. Heidi had open chest surgery in 2010, and with the help of her pacemaker, wearable devices, and applications she had the data she needed to get from the hospital bed to the finish line of a 50-mile bike race. Armed with her heart rate data and trained analytics, she now competes in endurance cycling events around the world. Having completed multiple 200 mile single day bike races and multi-day MTB stage races, her next personal challenge is training her pacemaker to run and swim complete her first IRONMAN event November 2019. Heidi is a living example of how emerging capabilities in healthcare can enable patients to live life to the fullest.


A tribute to MassMEDIC President Emeritus Tom Sommer

For more than 23 years, Tom Sommer led the Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council, acting as president and founder of the organization. During his tenure, Sommer was a stalwart ally of the medtech industry in New England, assisting hundreds of companies and working with lawmakers to ensure that the Commonwealth remained a leader in the global health technology ecosystem. In 2018, Sommer retired from MassMEDIC, leaving behind a legacy that the organization will carry with it for years to come. We hope you'll join us as we celebrate his tenure and wish him success on his future endeavors

Host Sponsors

Networking Sponsors

Networking Sponsorship: $5,000

  • 5 tickets to the event
  • Half page ad in evening program
  • Logo on event signage
  • Logo on website, pre- and post-event email communications
  • Display table

Exhibitor Sponsorship: $3,000

  • 2 tickets to the event
  • Name recognition on website and select event signage
  • Display table

Dinner Table for 8: $1,500

  • Organization shown in “Hosted Tables” listing on our website

Individual Ticket: $255. Each ticket includes reception, hosted bar, program, and plated dinner.

INTERESTED IN SPONSORING THE 2019 GALA? Contact Membership Director, Edward Hommel at or 617.358.9780