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Chancellor’s Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Announced

Sydney Everett (Staff)
June 7, 2019

Washington University recently announced the faculty member who will receive the Chancellor’s Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which will be presented during a ceremony on November 8th.

McKelvey School of Engineering Professor Yoram Rudy, Fred Saigh Distinguished Professor of Engineering will receive the Chancellor’s Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

The following information about Professor Rudy was featured in the announcement on the Source.

Rudy’s inventions have changed the way cardiologists measure deadly irregular heartbeats. His lab’s noninvasive, painless cardiac imaging technology, electrocardiographic imaging (ECGI), led to the CardioInsight™ 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.

Yoram Rudy photo

In 2015, Medtronic acquired CardioInsight Technologies Inc., a noninvasive cardiac electrical mapping system that has the potential to enable better patient outcomes and reduce the 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 noninvasively from a patient, and the CardioInsight Workstation combines CT scan data with data from the vest to create personalized, 3D cardiac maps.

Rudy is the Fred Saigh Distinguished Professor of Engineering and also a professor of biomedical engineering at the McKelvey School of Engineering. He also holds appointments in medicine, cell biology and 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 Inventors and 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 (NIH) Merit Award, the Biomedical Engineering Society Distinguished Lectureship Award and the Heart Rhythm Society Distinguished Scientist Award.