Lance Black, M.D., brings a strong background in medicine, engineering, and biomedical innovation to his leadership as lead instructor in Riceâ€™s Capstone Engineering Design for Bioengineering. He also serves as a medical device lead for the TMC Innovation Institute located in the Texas Medical Center.
Prior to joining Rice in 2018, Dr. Black served in the U.S. Air Force as a family and flight medicine physician with additional training in aerospace medicine. In 2010, he was deployed on a six-month assignment as chief of the medical staff to Manas Transit Base in Kyrgyzstan where he created a mobile modular medical facility for use in underserved areas.
Dr. Black has five years of experience in academia and biomedical engineering design working as an assistant professor of family medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University and as a medical affairs manager for the Global Center for Medical Innovation, which is affiliated with Emory University/Georgia Institute of Technology. These experiences, coupled with the techniques learned in the professional masterâ€™s degree programs in Biomedical Innovation & Development and in Industrial Design at the Georgia Institute of Technology, will shape Capstone Engineering Design at Rice.
Dr. Blackâ€™s efforts in lifecycle medical innovation and entrepreneurship have led to one patent and five applications. He is the founder of MD Medical Designs, Inc. and a co-founder of Renastent, LLC â€“ two medical device startup companies in Marietta, GA. He founded the Atlanta Chapter of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs and served as a board member to the Houston Chapter. As a board member of American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeonsâ€™ Innovation Assessment Workgroup, he collaborates with colleagues to ensure orthopaedic innovation is impactful and to share best practices and ideas for promoting invention and technology translation from engineering design course work.