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David Huang M.D., Ph.D.
Learn how Dr. Huang creates for good by developing vision-saving imaging technology

The National Academy of Engineering Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize is a $500,000 biennial award for a bioengineering achievement in widespread use that improves the human condition.

This achievement creates for good at the highest level, helping the public better understand and appreciate the contributions of engineers to our health, well-being, and quality of life. The prize was established at Ohio University by alumnus and esteemed engineer Fritz Russ, and his wife, Dolores.

Dr. David Huang

Peterson Professor of Ophthalmology, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Director of the Center for Ophthalmic Optics and Lasers at the Casey Eye Institute, Oregon Health and Science University

Co-recipient of the National Academy of Engineering 2017 Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize for inventing optical coherence tomography (OCT), an imaging technology essential for preventing blindness, and treating glaucoma and other diseases

2019 Russ Prize Recipients

for seminal contributions to coronary angioplasty, enabling minimally invasive treatment of advanced coronary artery disease

Dr. Julio C. Palmaz

Chief scientific advisor of Vactronix Scientific and an honorary Ashbel Smith Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio

Dr. Leonard Pinchuk

Distinguished research professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Miami

Dr. John B. Simpson

Revolutionized the field of medicine through innovations that fundamentally altered how physicians treat cardiovascular disease

Dr. Richard C. Schatz

Research director of cardiovascular interventions, and director of gene and stem cell therapy, at the Scripps Heart, Lung, and Vascular Center

Dr. Paul G. Yock

Martha Meier Weiland Professor of Medicine, and founding co-chair of Stanford’s Department of Bioengineering, with courtesy appointments in the Graduate School of Business and the Department of Mechanical Engineering


Ohio University thanks late alumnus Fritz Russ and his wife, Dolores, for creating the $500,000 Russ Prize at the University. We’re proud to steward their vision in collaboration with the NAE.

Want to know more about partnerships, research, and programs at Ohio University in these areas and more?

  • Onsite cleaning of fracking wastewater to reduce pollution
  • Developing and refining airspace navigation systems to improve safety
  • Preventing and remediating oil and gas pipeline corrosion
  • Instrumenting and improving roadway surfaces to extend pavement lifespan and increase safety
  • Using and designing UAVs to monitor bridges, roads, and other infrastructure
  • Improving transportation logistics to increase safety and efficiency
  • Understanding and improving the quality of components produced by additive manufacturing
  • Understanding how cancer cells travel through the bloodstream to slow their spread
  • Understanding and mitigating the cyber security risks within large, integrated systems