J. Tobey Clark, Director, Instrumentation & Technical Services

Adjunct Lecturer, School of Engineering

Faculty, Biomedical Engineering

280 East Avenue, Suite 2, Burlington, VT 05401 

Phone: (802) 656-0069/Fax: (802) 656-8561           Email: tobey.clark@uvm.edu


Areas of Interest
  • Biomedical instrumentation - instruments for life science research, medical device calibrators, simulators and measurement devices, virtual instrumentation, and clinical instrumentation education and training
  • Healthcare technology management (HTM) - technology planning including evaluation of emerging technologies, medical technology replacement systems, methods for acquisition of cost effective, safe technology, and HTM in developing countries
  • Clinical engineering - medical device related patient safety and clinical engineering in developing countries

Areas of Responsibility

Director, Instrumentation & Technical Services, Univ. of Vermont (1993-Present)

        Instrumentation & Model Facility (IMF) - IMF designs, develops, fabricates and services custom research instruments for the University of Vermont, other universities, non-profit state and health organizations, and Vermont emerging technology companies.

        Technical Services Program (TSP) - TSP provides healthcare technology management assistance and direct technical services to twenty-six hospitals in Vermont, New York and New Hampshire

Adjunct Lecturer, School of Engineering/Faculty, Biomedical Engineering, University of Vermont (1989-Present)

Advisor, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Washington, DC and World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, Switzerland (1991-Present)

  • Develop and deliver presentations and facilitate conferences on healthcare technology management and clinical engineering for developing countries via the American College of Clinical Engineering (ACCE) agreement with PAHO/WHO
    • Boston, Lithuania, Ecuador, Costa Rica* (2), Dominica, Colombia* (3), South Africa*, Brazil, and Peru (* faculty leader)
    • Consult on healthcare technology management and clinical engineering

Recent Presentations

Impact of Clinical Alarms on Patient Safety, Colombian Society for Biomedical Engineering, Pereira, Colombia, June 5, 2008

Medical Equipment Quality Assurance and Safety Systems in the USA, Japanese Society for Medical Instrumentation, Tokyo, Japan, May 30, 2008 (Real Player video)

Medical Equipment Safety Education and Training for Medical Staff in the USA, Japanese Society for Medical Instrumentation, Tokyo, Japan, May 29, 2008

Collaboration in Healthcare Technology, Global Engineering Leadership and Knowledge Sharing, Pan American Health Care Exchange, Long Beach, CA, January 28, 2008

Clinical Alarm Notification and Management, Webcast, Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Project, November 29, 2007

Profile and Importance of the Engineer in the Context of Globalization, International Seminar, Colegio de Ingenieros del Peru, Lima, Peru, November 7-8, 2007

Medical Equipment Technology and Clinical Engineering: On-line Course, 3rd Annual Forum on Health Technologies, CENETEC, Ministry of Health, , Mexico City, Mexico,  September 19, 2007

Electrical Safety: Medical Devices and the Patient Care Environment, Workshop, Commission for the Advancement of Healthcare Technology Management in Asia (CAHTMA), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, September 10-14, 2007

Improving Patient Safety Through Clinical Alarms Management, Medicon 2007, Ljubljuna, Slovenia, June 26, 2007

Medical Device Testing, Management and Quality Control in U.S. Hospitals, 2007 International Forum on Safety and Quality Control of Medical Devices, Wuxi, China, May 24, 2007

Impact of Clinical Alarms on Patient Safety, Poster: Annual National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) Congress, NPSF, Washington D.C, May 2-4, 2007

Recent Publications

Medical Equipment Quality Assurance, Fluke Biomedical Corp., 2008, (co-authors Leah Rafuse and Mike Lane)

Medical Equipment Replacement, Chapter in: A Practicum for Biomedical Engineering & Technology Management, Editor, Les Atles, Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 2008 (co-author Ray Forsell)

A National Online Survey on the Effectiveness of Clinical Alarms, American Journal of Critical Care, Volume 17:Pg. 36-41, January 2008 (co-authors Denise Korniewicz and Yadin David)

Impact of Clinical Alarms on Patient Safety, Editor and Task Force Co-Leader, ACCE/AHTF White Paper, 2006

Regional Clinical Engineering Shared Services and Cooperatives, Clinical Engineering Handbook, by Joseph F. Dyro, Elsevier Science, 2004, Pg: 26-28

Challenges Facing Independent Multi-hospital Healthcare Technology Management Systems, IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology magazine, Vol. 23, No. 3, May/June 2004, Pg: 20-26

Current Grant Support

Medical Equipment Technology and Clinical Engineering: On-line Course, Pan American Health and Education Foundation, $150,000, June 06-May 08

Interactive Simulations of Physical Phenomenon for Online and Classroom Learning, UVM Instructional Incentive Grant, $2,465.50, July 1-2007 June 30, 2008

Principles and Management of Medical Device Quality Assurance, Book Contract, Fluke Electronics Corp., $11,000, Start date - July 2007

Healthcare Technology Management in Developing Counties, UVM International Initiatives grant for speaker travel and meetings, $1,280, Start date - November 2007


1994/2006 - Simulation for Pulse Oximeter, RE39,268, Merrick, et al, Assigned to Fluke Electronics. Corp.

Awards and Certifications

Recent Professional Service

  • HIMSS - Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise, Patient Care Devices - Alarm Communication Management Planning Committee (2007-present)
  • American College of Clinical Engineering Healthcare Technology Foundation (AHTF) Board Member (2004-present)
  • Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology,  Editorial Board member (1992-Present),
  • Session Chair: Intelligent Monitoring & Clinical Engineering Best Practices    - IEEE International Conference on Engineering in Medicine and Biology, NY, NY, 2006
  • Presidential Search Committee, University of Vermont (2001-2002)
  • AAMI Board Vice Chair - Clinical Engineering (1998-2001)
  • AAMI Co-chair - Annual Meeting (1997&1998)


  • M.S. in Electrical Engineering, University of Vermont, 1979
  • B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Boston University, 1972

Complete listing of professional work

Instrumentation & Model Facility(IMF)
Custom vertical arteriograph (click on the picture to download an IMF flyer)

Technical Services Program
Combined PET/CT device (Click on the picture for TSP's Technology Planning flowchart)

Meeting Colombian President Arturo Uribe, Presenter at Meditec - Bogota (Click on photo for my presentation at the conference)

Advanced Clinical Engineering Workshops  (Click on the picture for WHO announcement)

International Forum on Safety and Quality Control of Medical Devices
Wuxi, China - May 2007  (Click on the picture for the presentation)

Impact of Clinical Alarms on Patient Safety
ACCE Healthcare Technology Foundation White Paper (Click on the picture to go to the clinical alarms initiative page)

International Clinical Engineering Internship Students at UVM









Collaborators from Colombia and Peru