Clinical Engineering Stuff

Clinical engineers and equipment technicians in hospitals are mostly unseen and unknown folks that keep medical technology functioning, effectively and safely.

c. 1977, technicians who assembled and tested patient care equipment at Electronics for Medicine, the first manufacturer of critical care monitoring.

Work history:
Manager, Clinical Technology Projects, New York Presbyterian Hospital, NYC, 2007-2015
Associate Director, Biomedical Engineering, Mount Sinai Health System, NYC, 1984-2003
Assistant Director, Biomedical Engineering, Bellevue Hospital, NYC, 1979-1984
Supervisor, Test Department, Electronics For Medicine, Pleasantville, NY, 1977-1979




How surveys of hospitals miscalculate equipment inspection compliance.

Bellevue Hospital, main lobby c. 1982

An Incident from my first hospital days at Bellevue (hair-raising).







Me attacking the secretary in the St. Luke’s Hospital Biomed shop. c. 1988

The following were peer-reviewed and published by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI).

Article Citation: Alan Pakaln (2004) The Three Critical Issues I’ve Learned in 23 Years in Clinical Engineering. Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology: March 2004, Vol. 38, No. 2, pp. 119-121.

Article Citation: Alan Pakaln (2006) Proposed: A Standard Clinical Engineering Review Procedure. Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology: July 2006, Vol. 40, No. 4, pp. 315-318.


This one was rejected by two reviewers, objections for lack of siting references, plus other issues not related to the written themes – the text of the proposal was ignored completely. 

A book (not quite finished but available) detailing some of my hospital experiences. Available on Amazon.