Under Mr. Vukelich’s leadership, the industry has doubled in size yearly, on average, for 20 consecutive years. In 2020, the reprocessing industry saved providers over $442 million in device acquisition costs and an additional $3.6 million in waste disposal cost savings. AMDR’s members provide reprocessed or remanufactured “single-use” devices (SUDs) to over 10,300 hospitals, acute surgical care centers, and physician’s offices. A majority of U.S. military hospitals, all of U.S. News & World Report “Honor Roll” hospitals, and a majority of German academic medical centers use reprocessed SUDs.
Mr. Vukelich joined AMDR in 2000, the same year the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued requirements putting reprocessors on equal regulatory footing with medical device manufacturers. During his time at AMDR, he has worked with regulators and legislators as they implemented the federal Medical Device User Fee and Modernization Act of 2002 (MDUFMA), the Medical Devices Technical Corrections Act of 2004 (MDTCA), the Medical Device User Fee Stabilization Act of 2005 (MDUFSA), the FDA Amendments of 2007, the comprehensive healthcare insurance reform legislation of 2009-2010 and the comprehensive European Union Medical Device Regulation of 2016. Mr. Vukelich has represented the industry’s interests before regulatory agencies and international bodies worldwide.
Mr. Vukelich is among the world’s most authoritative experts on the legal, regulatory, public relations and political issues surrounding the reprocessing industry. He is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), the American Society of Association Executives, and is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) through ASAE.
Mr. Vukelich received a B.A. in Political Science and Public Communication with Pi Sigma Alpha honors from the American University in Washington, D.C. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the American University’s Washington College of Law. He is a native of Minneapolis and a member of the Florida and District of Columbia Bars. He is former National Speech and Debate Association’s national debate champion (1996).
Mr. Weeda’s law firm has provided counsel to AMDR since its inception in the late 1990s.