Richard E. Fan, Ph.D., is an engineer in the Department of Urology at Stanford University.

Dr. Fan’s research relates to the development of clinically driven biomedical instrumentation and medical devices. He is interested in translational application of emerging technologies in the medical and surgical spaces, as well as the development of platforms to explore clinical and pre-clinical evaluation. His primary work is currently focused on image guided detection and treatment of prostate cancer, including MR-US fusion, focal therapies, embedded systems and robotics.

Dr. Fan was an Associate Research Scientist of Urology and Lecturer of Mechanical Engineering at Yale University before moving to Stanford. While at Yale, he Co-Founded the Yale Center for Biomedical and Interventional Technology (, an interdisciplinary center focused on catalyzing greater medical device innovation on campus, where he served as its Inaugural Engineering Director . He also co-developed pilot curriculum in the department of Mechanical Engineering with MENG 404: Medical Device Design and Innovation, an undergraduate design experience focusing on bridging the gap between engineering and medicine.

Academic Appointments

Professional Education

  • PhD, UCLA, Biomedical Engineering (2010)
  • MS, UCLA, Electrical Engineering (2006)
  • BS, University of Arizona, Electrical Engineering (2005)


2018-19 Courses