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Ohio University to welcome esteemed physicians for final two 2019 Russ Prize Lectures

 | Feb 3, 2020
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Ohio University to welcome esteemed physicians for final two 2019 Russ Prize Lectures

Feb 3, 2020

Ohio University’s Russ College of Engineering and Technology will welcome this month two more recipients of the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 2019 Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize for the final Stocker Lectures celebrating the prize.

Cardiologist Paul G. Yock will present "The Biodesign Process: A Needs-Based Approach to Health Technology Innovation" on Tues., Feb. 18, at noon in Baker University Center 240/241; and Richard Schatz, also a cardiologist, will present “The History of the Palmaz Schatz Stent: The Story Behind the Story” on Thu., Feb. 20, at 5 p.m. in Stocker Center 103.

OHIO President M. Duane Nellis and NAE President C.D. Mote, Jr. honored Yock and Schatz along with Julio C. Palmaz, Leonard Pinchuk and John B. Simpson with the prize last year for creating percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI,) the non-surgical procedure formerly known as angioplasty with a stent.

The Martha Meier Weiland Professor of Medicine and founding co-chair of Stanford’s Department of Bioengineering, Yock is well known for the Rapid Exchange™ stenting and balloon angioplasty system, which is now the primary system in use worldwide. Yock also developed the fundamental approach to intravascular ultrasound imaging and founded Cardiovascular Imaging Systems (CVIS), later acquired by Boston Scientific. His talk will dive into the challenge of executing the biodesign process while keeping in mind different users – patients, providers and regulating agencies – and their needs before trying to invent a solution. Yock also holds courtesy appointments at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and Department of Mechanical Engineering, and is the founder and director of the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign.

Schatz, research director of cardiovascular interventions at the Scripps Heart, Lung, and Vascular Center and director of gene and stem cell therapy, will present the story of how the stent he Palmaz became the first stent to reduce restenosis, heralding a new era in the treatment of coronary disease. Nearly 100 million patients have been treated with it worldwide, making the Palmaz-Schatz Stent one of the top 10 medical device patents of the last 50 years.

Yock’s lecture will be streamed at this link. Schatz’s will be recorded. You can view them both, once complete, along with recordings of prior lectures by 2019 Russ Prize recipients here.

The $500,000 biennial Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize recognizes a bioengineering achievement that significantly improves the human condition. Modeled after the Nobel Prize, it was created with a charitable gift to Ohio University from Russ College alumnus Fritz Russ, BSEE ’42, HON ’85, and his wife, Dolores.