About Us

For almost 20 years 3D Dartmouth Device Symposium has been bringing together a distinguished group of thought leaders representing the clinical, business, governmental, financial and legal segments of the medical device community. The Symposium provides an unusual opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss problems common to us all as we strive to bring new technologies to improve patient care.


Aaron V. Kaplan, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.I.
Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)
Professor of Community & Family Medicine
Director, Dartmouth Device Development Symposium
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Director of Research
Cardiovascular Section
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Lebanon, New Hampshire


Dr. Kaplan is a practicing interventional cardiologist and a medical device entrepreneur.  In addition to his clinical responsibilities in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Aaron supervises cardiology fellows and lectures regularly at the Tuck School.  Prior to joining the Dartmouth Faculty, Dr. Kaplan was Director of Interventional Cardiology at the Palo Alto VA and served on the Faculty at Stanford University.  Dr. Kaplan has authored more than 65 peer-reviewed papers and serves on the Editorial Board of Cardiac Catheterization & Intervention and Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine.

Aaron founded The Dartmouth Device Symposia (3D) in 2003 to provide a forum to examine issues central to the clinical development and commercialization of medical devices.  Held each fall, the Symposium brings together a small and balanced group of thought leaders from the clinical, business, governmental/regulatory, financial and legal communities.  Papers emanating from the 3D Symposia have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Circulation, The Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Health Affairs, and Cardiac Catheterization and Intervention.

Aaron is an active medical device entrepreneur who has been on the founding team of a number of venture-backed medical device companies including Conformal Medical, Tryton Medical, LocalMed and Perclose (acquired by Abbott).  Dr. Kaplan has consulted to many medical device companies and was an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Three Arch Partners.  Dr. Kaplan has more than 45 U.S. Patents and was inducted into the National Academy of Inventors (Class of 2015).

Dr. Kaplan received a B.S. in Engineering Sciences (Cum Laude) from Tufts University, M.D. from Wake Forest University, medical training at Northwestern University and cardiology training at Stanford University.


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