Joe E. Kiani
'84 & ‘88, B.S., Electrical Engineering, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA;
M.S., Electrical Engineering, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
Founder, Chairman & CEO
Joe Kiani runs one of the world’s most admired medical technology companies, is an
inventor of worldchanging noninvasive patient monitoring devices, a trusted voice
for patient safety and care, and a convention-breaking maverick.
As the founder, Chairman, and CEO of Masimo Corporation, a global medical technology
innovator, Mr. Kiani has been a beacon for patient safety and innovation in healthcare
for more than 20 years. Convinced that the use of adaptive signal processing could
solve the problems of motion artifact and signal noise that plagued pulse oximetry—widely
recognized as the 5th vital sign—he founded Masimo in 1989 to improve the reliability
of noninvasive patient monitoring. Under his leadership, Masimo has grown from a “garage
start up” into a successful publicly traded company (NASDAQ: MASI) employing more
than 3,000 people worldwide and providing its market-leading Masimo SET® Measure-through
Motion and Low Perfusion pulse oximetry technology to leading OEM patient monitoring
Today, Masimo is an innovative powerhouse delivering key noninvasive medical breakthroughs,
including: rainbow Pulse CO-Oximetry™—the first blood constituent monitoring platform
to measure multiple blood constituents noninvasively that previously could only be
measured invasively and help clinicians reduce risky blood transfusions; Patient SafetyNet™—the
first remote monitoring and wireless clinician notification system shown to help hospitals
improve patient safety and clinical outcomes by dramatically decreasing rescue events
and costly ICU transfers; rainbow Acoustic MonitoringTM—the first noninvasive and
continuous acoustic respiration rate (RRaTM) monitoring technology; and Root, the
new clinical informationplatform, that is expected to reduce clinical distraction,
complexity and cost, and accelerate innovation in patient monitoring and care. Mr.
Kiani and Masimo have helped to solve the "unsolvable" problems plaguing patient monitoring
while building a substantial intellectual property portfolio with more than 600 issued
and pending patents worldwide.
Committed to patient safety, Mr. Kiani is responsible for creating the Patient Safety
Movement Foundation & Coalition and the Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit.
Mr. Kiani founded the Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) in 2013 with a mission
to reduce preventable deaths in hospitals worldwide and eliminate the more than 200,000
preventable patient deaths that occur in U.S. hospitals every year. Under Mr. Kiani’s
leadership, the Patient Safety Movement Foundation held the first Patient Safety,
Science & Technology Summit in January 2013 with President Clinton as the keynote
speaker. Mr. Kiani has convened hundreds of leading clinicians, hospital CEOs, and
medical technology CEOs from around the globe and at this Summit, launched an aggressive
goal—ZERO patient deaths by 2020.
Mr. Kiani believes in turning yesterday's impossibilities into tomorrow's possibilities
and challenging the status quo. This is exactly what he and his company, Masimo, have
done and are continuing to do, and his passion is to share this insight, knowledge,
and the entrepreneurial spirit to improve healthcare for Americans and patients around
the world from San Diego State University.
- College of Engineering – Advisory Board Member
- Board Member, SABA
- Member of the Board of Trustees for Chapman University