History

Duke BME Division FoundersDuke University has a strong record of innovative partnerships at the intersection of engineering and medicine, built on a deep-rooted culture of collaboration and the physical proximity of its top-10 ranked School of Medicine and top-5 Biomedical Engineering department. 

  • Duke's Department of Biomedical Engineering, founded in 1967 by Duke's medical and engineering schools, was one of the nation's first such programs and has consistently ranked among the very best in the country. Innovations stemming from Duke BME over the decades have ranged from the development of clinical ultrasound to the first bioabsorbable cardiovascular stent to the use of light waves to detect cancer (see more).
  • The Duke-Coulter Translational Research Partnership was launched in 2005 as one of nine U.S. biomedical engineering programs to receive a Partnership Award from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation to support collaborative research between biomedical engineers and clinical faculty. In 2011, the partnership was endowed with $20 million by Duke and the Coulter Foundation. In its first decade, the program has awarded $7.1 million to support 36 projects. These projects in turn have attracted $385 million in follow-on funding, and resulted in 6 licenses to industry and 8 new companies bringing biomedical innovation to market.

In 2015, the School of Medicine and Pratt School of Engineering, with support from the Office of the Provost, created MEDx. An initiative rather than an institute, MEDx is structured to enhance existing ties and encourage new collaborations among faculty from both schools as well as other schools, institutes and initiatives at Duke.

April 2015 Town Hall Presentation

Below is a presentation delivered at a Town Hall Meeting on April 1, 2015 by Nancy C. Andrews, MD, PhD, Dean of the School of Medicine, and Tom Katsouleas, PhD, Dean of the Pratt School of Engineering, to discuss the creation of MEDx.

Town Hall 2015 Presentation