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Paul Yock is the Martha Meier Weiland Professor of Medicine and founding cochair of Stanford’s Department of Bioengineering, with a courtesy appointment in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is also founder and director of the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign. He has authored over 300 peer-reviewed publications, chapters, and editorials, two textbooks, and over 50 US patents.
Dr. Yock is internationally known for his work in inventing, developing, and testing new devices, including the Rapid Exchange™ stenting and balloon angioplasty system, which is now the primary system in use worldwide. He also invented the fundamental approach to intravascular ultrasound imaging and founded Cardiovascular Imaging Systems (CVIS), later acquired by Boston Scientific.
Recent honors include the Transcatheter Therapeutics (TCT) Career Achievement Award, the American College of Cardiology Distinguished Scientist Award, and the National Academy of Engineering’s 2018 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education.
He began his faculty career as an interventional cardiologist at the University of California, San Francisco and then moved to Stanford in 1994. After completing his undergraduate and graduate studies at Amherst College and Oxford, respectively, he received his MD from Harvard Medical School followed by internship and residency training at UCSF and a fellowship in cardiology at Stanford.