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

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 773L: Design Health 1: Discover
  • BME 774L: Design Health 2: Design
  • BME 775L: Design Health 3: Deliver
  • BME 790: Advanced Topics for Graduate Students in Biomedical Engineering
  • BME 790L: Advanced Topics with the Lab for Graduate Students in Biomedical Engineering
  • BME 791: Graduate Independent Study
  • HLTHMGMT 898: Special Topics
  • 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
  • INTERDIS 409C: Duke Design Health Research Scholars
  • STRATEGY 898: Special Topics

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.
  • 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.
  • 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).