Paul G. Yock is the Martha Meier Weiland Professor of Medicine and Mechanical Engineering (by courtesy) and co-chair of Stanford’s Department of Bioengineering. Yock is known for 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 the Smart Needle™ and PD-Access™, a Doppler-guided access system. Yock authored the fundamental patents for intravascular ultrasound imaging and conducted the initial clinical trials. In 1986 he founded Cardiovascular Imaging Systems, which was acquired by Boston Scientific in 1994. Yock has authored more than forty U.S. patents, three hundred peer-reviewed publications, chapters and editorials, and a textbook. Yock’s current research interests include development and testing of catheter-based delivery systems for cardiac cell transplantation and new catheter and molecular imaging techniques for cardiology. Yock also directs the Program in Biodesign, a unit of Stanford’s Bio-X initiative that focuses on invention and technology transfer related to biomedical engineering.

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