Lt. Cmdr. Scott A. Colburn, RN, is director of the standards program at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, Md. In this position, Colburn manages the center’s participation in developing test methods and performance standards for medical devices, and he oversees the CDRH staff.
While working at St. Luke’s Medical Center, Milwaukee, Wisc., Colburn attended Marquette University; he earned his bachelor of science in nursing in 1999. In 2000, he joined the Walter Reed Army Medical Center staff and became chief of vascular access services/PICC nurse from 2003 to 2004. In 2004, Colburn joined FDA CDRH as a nurse consultant. He became CDRH deputy director in 2009 and acting director in 2011.
Colburn, who joined ASTM in 2011, has affiliations with several groups in Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices. He is also a member of Committees D11 on Rubber, E10 on Nuclear Technology and Applications, E20 on Temperature Measurement, E28 on Mechanical Testing, E31 on Healthcare Informatics, E36 on Accreditation and Certification, E48 on Biotechnology, E56 on Nanotechnology, E61 on Radiation Processing, F12 on Security Systems and Equipment, F23 on Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment, F29 on Anesthetic and Respiratory Equipment, F30 on Emergency Medical Services, G03 on Weathering and Durability, and G04 on Compatibility and Sensitivity of Materials in Oxygen Enriched Atmospheres. In addition, he works on U.S. Technical Advisory Groups to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) technical committees on rubber, anesthetic and respiratory equipment, implants for surgery and non-systemic contraceptives and STI (sexually transmitted infections) barrier prophylactics.
In additional to ASTM International, Colburn is a member of the American National Standards Institute, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, the International Electrotechnical Commission, ISO, the Commissioned Officers Association, the Military Officers Association of America and the Reserve Officers Association. He has received numerous service awards and commendations. Colburn holds a master’s in biomedical science technology management and development from Georgetown University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.