Paul G. Yock, MD
Founder & Director, Stanford Biodesign
Martha Meier Weiland Professor of Medicine, Stanford University
Paul Yock is the Martha Meier Weiland Professor of Medicine and Mechanical Engineering (by courtesy) and Founding Co-Chair of Stanford’s Department of Bioengineering. He also holds a courtesy appointment on Operations, Information, and Technology in the Stanford School of Business.
Paul is internationally known for his work in inventing, developing, and testing new devices, including the Rapid Exchange™ balloon angioplasty system, which is now the primary system in use worldwide. He also invented a Doppler-guided access system known as the Smart Needle™ and PD-Access™. The main focus of Paul’s research program has been in the field of intravascular ultrasound. He authored the fundamental patents for mechanical intravascular ultrasound imaging and helped conduct the initial clinical trials. In 1986, he founded Cardiovascular Imaging Systems, which was acquired by Boston Scientific in 1994. Paul has also co-founded several other medical technology companies.
In his academic career, Paul has authored over 300 peer-reviewed publications, chapters and editorials, textbooks, and over 45 US patents. Recent awards include the Transcatheter Therapeutics (TCT) Career
Achievement Award, the American College of Cardiology Distinguished Scientist Award, and an honorary doctorate from Amherst College. Paul is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Current research interests of Paul’s group at Stanford focus on development and testing of catheter-based delivery systems for cardiac cell transplantation and new catheter and molecular imaging techniques for cardiology. He also founded and directs the Program in Biodesign, a unit of Stanford’s Bio-X initiative that focuses on invention and technology transfer related to biomedical engineering.