Eric S Richardson

Professor of the Practice in the Department of 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.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • 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

  • STRATEGY 898: Special Topics
  • INTERDIS 409C: Duke Design Health Research Scholars
  • INTERDIS 407C: Duke Design Health Fellows Program
  • I&E 722: Design in Healthcare Deploy
  • I&E 721: Design in Healthcare 2
  • I&E 720: Design in Healthcare 1
  • HLTHMGMT 898: Special Topics
  • BME 791: Graduate Independent Study
  • BME 790L: Advanced Topics with the Lab for Graduate Students in Biomedical Engineering
  • BME 790: Advanced Topics for Graduate Students in Biomedical Engineering
  • BME 775L: Design Health 3: Deliver
  • BME 774L: Design Health 2: Design
  • BME 773L: Design Health 1: Discover
  • BME 590L: Special Topics with Lab
  • BME 590: Special Topics in Biomedical Engineering
  • BME 494: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • BME 493: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • BME 474L: Medical Device Design II
  • BME 473L: Medical Device Design I

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Ahlberg, S. E., M. G. Bateman, M. D. Eggen, J. L. Quill, E. S. Richardson, P. A. Iaizzo, and P. Nair. “Animal Models for Cardiac Valve Research.” In Heart Valves: From Design to Clinical Implantation, 509–24, 2023.
  • Coniglio, Amanda C., Veraprapas Kittipibul, Ralph Pelligra, Eric S. Richardson, Christopher L. Holley, and Marat Fudim. “One Small Step for a Patient, One Giant Leap for Orthostatic Hypotension.” Cureus 14, no. 11 (November 2022): e31612.
  • Economopoulos, Konstantinos P., Paul Fearis, W Neal Simmons, Eric S. Richardson, and Sean P. Montgomery. “A Portable Negative Pressure Isolation System as a Solution to Minimize Exposure of Health Care Providers to Infectious Pathogens.” Am Surg 88, no. 8 (August 2022): 1901–3.
  • Sheth, Kunj R., Jeffrey T. White, Kathleen Puttmann, David Waters, Matias Soto, Martin Bell, Tasha Aboufadel, et al. “Quantifying the forces needed for ureteral stent removal: Initial evaluation of magnetic stent removal devices on benchtop and porcine models.” Journal of Pediatric Urology 16, no. 5 (October 2020): 596.e1-596.e8.
  • Erickson, Melissa M., Eric S. Richardson, Nicholas M. Hernandez, Dana W. Bobbert, Ken Gall, and Paul Fearis. “Helmet Modification to PPE With 3D Printing During the COVID-19 Pandemic at Duke University Medical Center: A Novel Technique.” J Arthroplasty 35, no. 7S (July 2020): S23–27.