Duke Design Health Fellows Program (2019-2020)

This Bass Connections project was implemented in three sequential phases of identification, invention and implementation. Through a partnership with the Duke Heart Center, teams of fellows were immersed in a clinical environment and used structured ethnography tools to collect unmet patient needs (identification phase). These needs were then analyzed and screened using market analyses, intellectual property assessments and other tools before transitioning to concept generation. In the second half of the program, hundreds of concepts were generated, screened and prototyped to produce a strong product (invention phase). The team then developed business, regulatory, reimbursement, clinical and manufacturing plans to implement the product (implementation phase).

Team members Len Assakul, Pratik Doshi, Anish Nigade and Kelly Yang received a 2020 Bass Connections Student Research Award. This group will continue working on ArchGuard, a novel cerebral deflection device that helps prevent stroke in patients with aortic stenosis, a degeneration and calcification of the heart valves.


Fall 2019 – Spring 2020


2021 CIC Graduate Finalist - ArchGuard

This Team in the News

Five Questions with ArchGuard Co-Founders Kevin Rosenthal & Kelly Yang

Design Health Program Impresses on the National Stage

Embedded in the OR

Designing Better Healthcare at Duke

COVID-19 Engineering Response Team Assembles from Every Corner of Duke

Meet the Winners of the 2020 Bass Connections Student Research Awards


Image: Courtesy of Duke Heart Center Twitter account

Courtesy of Duke Heart Center Twitter account.

Team Leaders

  • Paul Fearis, Pratt School of Engineering-Biomedical Engineering
  • Joseph Knight, Pratt School of Engineering
  • Anne-Maria Makhulu, Arts & Sciences-Cultural Anthropology
  • Manesh Patel, School of Medicine-Medicine: Cardiology
  • Eric Richardson, Pratt School of Engineering-Biomedical Engineering

/graduate Team Members

  • Syed Adil, Medicine MD Fourth Year
  • Jianqiao Liu, Biomedical Engineering-MS
  • Wei-Hsien Lee, Biomedical Engineering-MS
  • Michael Lebhar, Medicine MD Fourth Year
  • Mariel Lambrukos, Business Administration-MBA, Health Sector Management
  • Morgan Kennedy, Bachelors of Science - Nursing
  • Kanishka Patel, Biomedical Engineering-MS
  • Kevin Rosenthal, Mech Engg/Materials Sci-MS
  • Zohaib Shaikh, Medicine MD Fourth Year
  • Shikha Sharma, Biomedical Engineering-PHD
  • Robert Stern, Bachelors of Science - Nursing
  • Mahsa Taskindoust, Medicine MD Fourth Year
  • Jacqueline Vaughn, Nursing-PHD
  • Kyle Wolpert, Health Sector Management, Business Administration-MBA
  • Pratik Doshi, Medicine MD Fourth Year
  • Anna Diane, Nursing-PHD
  • Connor Davis, Biomedical Engineering-MS
  • Shujin Zhong, Biomedical Engineering-MS
  • Pratik Bokadia, Medical Device Design (C), Master of Egr Biomedical Egr
  • Yaas Bigdeli, Electrical/Computer Engg-PHD

/undergraduate Team Members

  • Kevin Tian, Computer Science (AB)
  • Benjamin Wesorick, Biomedical Engineering (BSE)
  • Kelly Yang, Biology (BS)
  • Varun Nukala, Neuroscience (BS)
  • Yichun Zhou, Biomedical Engineering (BSE)
  • Anshu Jonnalagadda, Neuroscience (BS)
  • Divya Chowbey, Biomedical Engineering (BSE)
  • Vignesh Gopalan, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Rishika Gundi, Biomedical Engineering (BSE)
  • Jay Gupta, Biomedical Engineering (BSE)
  • Anthony-Fayez Haddad, Biomedical Engineering (BSE)
  • Lillian Hiser, Biomedical Engineering (BSE)
  • Bingxuan Ho, Biology (BS)

/yfaculty/staff Team Members

  • Alejandro Pino, School of Medicine-Medicine: General Internal Medicine
  • Eric Peterson, School of Medicine-Medicine: Cardiology
  • Jigar Patel, School of Medicine-Dermatology
  • Kenneth Gall, Pratt School of Engineering-Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
  • Jon Fjeld, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Konstantinos Economopoulos, School of Medicine-Surgery
  • Allan Kirk, School of Medicine-Surgery
  • Ashutosh Chilkoti, Pratt School of Engineering-Biomedical Engineering
  • Ravi Bellamkonda, Pratt School of Engineering-Biomedical Engineering