Dennis R. Scanlan, Sr., founded Scanlan International 96 years ago. A well-established promoter/manager of speed skater Bobby McLean and figure skater Sonja Henie, Scanlan was interested in new opportunities to increase their chances of competitive success.
“Our instruments must be the best in the world.”
– D.R. Scanlan, Sr.
Through this search, he discovered the unique qualities of Swedish stainless steel (then called non-rustable steel) and how it could benefit not only professional skating, but also the medical device industry.
Scanlan began his surgical instrumentation company in 1921 by introducing stainless steel instrumentation to the United States medical community. Working with renowned surgeons such as the Mayo brothers and Harvey Cushing, he combined new and advanced designs with the finest in materials and craftsmanship. This unique combination and commitment to high quality marked the beginning of a legacy, which would continue to grow and prosper for four generations.
“Scanlan instruments must fit each surgeon’s hand.”
– D.R. Scanlan, Jr.
Dennis Scanlan, Jr., carried on his father’s commitment and enhanced the company by continuing to work with world-renowned surgeons and nurses to create advanced and highly specialized instrumentation, single-use and instrument care products for cardiovascular and vascular surgeons. His dedicated efforts resulted not only in the development of new products, but also new relationships within the medical community. He established the Lillehei Surgical Society and actively supported new evolving medical associations.
Scanlan surgical instruments… created by talented artisans whose skills are handed down from father to son… a continuing tradition of pride.
Timothy M. Scanlan, President and Chief Executive Officer, leads the third and fourth generations of the Scanlan Family into the future. Aggressively pursuing excellence and the commitments of his father and grandfather, he continues to expand the company resources to meet the ever-changing needs of the medical community. Today, Scanlan International continues to handcraft each surgical instrument (using the finest in materials and the most qualified artisans available) for cardiovascular, vascular and thoracic surgeons, as well as for the orthopedic, neuro, micro, and plastic surgical specialties. Our dedication to quality has established rigorous QC programs involving the FDA, GMP (ISO 9001 and EN46001) for the entire line of instrumentation, single-use and instrument care products. Scanlan also offers a unique, in-house design modification and repair facility (at the corporate headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota) to meet the exact needs of surgeons. Before, during and after the sale of each Scanlan product, we are dedicated to providing healthcare professionals and their patients with a standard of excellence and reliability second to none.
“We must remember why we make our products: To improve the quality of life.”
– Timothy M. Scanlan
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