The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Fellows Program highlights inventors who demonstrate a “prolific spirit of innovation.”
This year's picks from Washington University in St. Louis are nothing if not prolific.
Between them, Yoram Rudy, of the School of Engineering & Applied Science, and Jeffrey I. Gordon, MD, of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, have published nearly 780 papers in peer-reviewed journals and hold more than 30 patents.
Last year, three faculty members were inducted into the NAI. Other NAI fellows at Washington University include Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton, Provost Holden Thorp and Jennifer K. Lodge, vice chancellor for research.
Gordon and Rudy will join the more than 145 new fellows in April when they will be inducted officially at a ceremony to be held at the Eighth NAI Annual Meeting in Houston.
Rudy's inventions have changed the way cardiologists measure deadly irregular heartbeats. His labs noninvasive, painless cardiac imaging technology, electrocardiographic imaging (ECGI), led to the CardioInsightTM device and related technologies. Together, these innovations work to provide more detailed heart rhythm information than standard lead EKGs without the need for — or risks associated with — catheter placement.
In 2015, Medtronic acquired CardioInsight Technologies, Inc, a non-invasive cardiac electrical mapping system that enables better patient outcomes and reduced cost of delivery of care by improving diagnosis, evaluation and personalized treatment planning for patients with cardiac arrhythmias. The CardioInsight Mapping Vest captures cardiac electrophysiological data non-invasively from a patient, and the CardioInsight Workstation combines CT scan data with data from the vest to create personalized, 4-D cardiac maps.
Rudy is the Fred Saigh Distinguished Professor of Engineering and also a professor of biomedical engineering at the School of Engineering & Applied Science. He also holds appointments in medicine, cell biology & physiology, radiology and pediatrics at the School of Medicine. Beyond his teaching duties, he serves as the director of the Cardiac Bioelectricity and Arrhythmia Center.
After earning a master's degree in physics from the Technion in Haifa, Israel, Rudy went on to study medicine and then earn a PhD in biomedical engineering from Case Western Reserve University.
In 2004, he joined Washington University. He has been a visiting professor in computational medicine at Oxford University since 2014.
Rudy holds eight patents, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering of the United States of America. He has received numerous awards for his innovations, including the National Institutes of Health Merit Award, the Biomedical Engineering Society Distinguished Lectureship Award, and the Heart Rhythm Society Distinguished Scientist Award.