VIENNA, VA – Invacare veteran Joe Lewarski has left the Ohio-based manufacturer to join GRQ LLC, a health care consulting firm. Lewarski will join the organization as a Principal.
“We are pleased to announce that Joe Lewarski will be joining the firm in a full time capacity on October 1,” said Philip Porte, GRQ founder and managing partner. “Joe is a nationally recognized clinical and government affairs expert with a highly diverse skill set. As a Principal at GRQ, he will work closely with our team to support current clients, along with expanding our services and opportunities with new business.”
For the last seven years, Lewarski has been with Invacare Corp, where he has served as vice president of Clinical Affairs and vice president/general manager of Invacare’s global respiratory business. Lewarski has been working in health care for more than 30 years and held numerous senior management and executive leadership positions in acute care, home care, pharmacy, group purchasing, consulting and medical device companies. His range of business experience includes helping to launch and grow private equity funded start-ups to holding executive positions in large, public companies.
As a registered respiratory therapist and a Fellow of the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), Lewarski holds undergraduate degrees in respiratory therapy and business administration. He has published more than three dozen scientific and research papers in peer-review journals, as well as numerous clinical and industry-related articles and white papers. He is a regular speaker at regional and national pulmonary medicine, respiratory therapy and home care conferences.
Founded in 1978, GRQ is a boutique consulting firm specializing in health policy, coverage, coding, business strategy and government relations focused on the pulmonary and respiratory medicine, home care, pharmaceutical and medical device spaces. In addition, GRQ specializes in professional association management and government relations. Key clients include the National Association for the Medical Direction of Respiratory Care (NAMDRC) and the National Home Oxygen Patients Association (NHOPA).