Eric S Richardson

Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Eric Richardson is an Associate Professor of the Practice in Biomedical Engineering at Duke University and the Director of Duke Design Health. His research and teaching interests focus on medical device design and innovation in global markets. Richardson recently transitioned 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.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Affiliate, Duke Global Health Institute

Contact Information


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

Research Interests

Innovation, Medical Device Design, Design Ethnography, Design Pedagogy, Global Health Technologies, Entrepreneurship.

Courses Taught

  • BME 473L: Medical Device Design I
  • BME 474L: Medical Device Design II
  • BME 493: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • BME 494: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • BME 590: Special Topics in Biomedical Engineering
  • BME 590L: Special Topics with Lab
  • BME 774L: Design Health 2: Design
  • BME 790L: Advanced Topics with the Lab for Graduate Students in Biomedical Engineering
  • BME 791: Graduate Independent Study
  • HLTHMGMT 898: Special Topics
  • I&E 393: Research Independent Study in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • I&E 720: Design in Healthcare 1
  • I&E 721: Design in Healthcare 2
  • I&E 722: Design in Healthcare Deploy
  • INTERDIS 407C: Duke Design Health Fellows Program
  • STRATEGY 898: Special Topics

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Iles, Tinen L., Brian Howard, Stephen Howard, Stephen Quallich, Christopher Rolfes, Eric Richardson, Hanna R. Iaizzo, and Paul A. Iaizzo. “Testing the Efficacy of Pharmacological Agents in a Pericardial Target Delivery Model in the Swine.” Journal of Visualized Experiments : Jove, no. 113 (July 2016).
  • Richardson, E. S., A. J. Hill, N. D. Skadsberg, M. Ujhelyi, Y. F. Xiao, and P. A. Iaizzo. “The pericardium.” In Handbook of Cardiac Anatomy, Physiology, and Devices, Third Edition, 163–74, 2015.
  • Ahlberg, S. E., M. G. Bateman, M. D. Eggen, J. L. Quill, E. S. Richardson, and P. A. Iaizzo. “Animal models for cardiac valve research.” In Heart Valves: From Design to Clinical Implantation, 343–57, 2013.
  • Richardson, Eric S., Christopher Rolfes, Oh Sang Woo, William F. Elmquist, David G. Benditt, and Paul A. Iaizzo. “Cardiac responses to the intrapericardial delivery of metoprolol: targeted delivery compared to intravenous administration.” Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research 5, no. 4 (August 2012): 535–40.
  • Richardson, Eric S., Paul A. Iaizzo, and Yong-Fu Xiao. “Electrophysiological mechanisms of the anti-arrhythmic effects of omega-3 fatty acids.” Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research 4, no. 1 (February 2011): 42–52.