Michael A. Mussallem has been chairman and chief executive officer of Edwards Lifesciences since 2000 when the company spun-off from Baxter International. Prior to his current position, Mussallem held a variety of positions at Baxter from 1979 until 2000 with increasing responsibility in engineering, product development and general management. Currently, Mussallem serves on the board and executive committees of the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) and is a trustee of the University of California, Irvine Foundation. Mussallem is the former chairman of the board of directors of both AdvaMed and the California Healthcare Institute (CHI). Mussallem received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and also an honorary doctorate degree from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana.