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Eric S Richardson

Professor of the Practice in the Department of Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering


Eric Richardson is a Professor of the Practice in Biomedical Engineering at Duke University and the Founding Director of Duke Design Health. His research and teaching focus on medical device design and manufacturing in global and underserved markets. He emphasizes interdisciplinary approaches and academic-industry collaborations. In 2018, Richardson transitioned to Duke from Rice University, where he was the Founding Director of the Global Medical Innovation Program, which develops and implements medical technology in emerging markets. He was also the Associate Director of the Texas Medical Center Biodesign Fellowship, a program that offers venture formation curriculum to create digital health and medical device startups. Prior to Rice, he was a Principal R&D Engineer at Medtronic in California, where he developed transcatheter heart valves that currently serve over 500,000 patients worldwide. Richardson has several publications, patents and book chapters related to cardiac medical devices, and is involved with several startups.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor of the Practice in the Department of Biomedical Engineering · 2023 - Present Biomedical Engineering, Pratt School of Engineering
Affiliate, Duke Global Health Institute · 2019 - Present Duke Global Health Institute, University Institutes and Centers

Education, Training & Certifications

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities · 2009 Ph.D.