Paul Fearis

Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Paul Fearis joined Duke after 28 years in the medical device design consulting industry with PDD, Sagentia and latterly his own consultancy Clinvue.

Originally trained in Industrial Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art and in Mechanical Design at Cranfield Institute of Technology in the United Kingdom, Paul helped to define and bring to market a broad range of medical devices for both multinational corporations and startups in the United States and around the world.

Paul specializes in human-centric product design with particular emphasis on front-end innovation and product specification processes, including ethnographic observational research and the identification of unmet, underserved and unarticulated clinical/stakeholder needs.

Contact Information


  • M.A. Royal College of Art (United Kingdom), 1990

Research Interests

Innovation & product development processes, design for manufacture

Courses Taught

  • BME 590L: Special Topics with Lab
  • BME 673L: Advanced Design and Manufacturing (GE, AE)
  • BME 773L: Design Health 1: Discover
  • BME 774L: Design Health 2: Design
  • BME 775L: Design Health 3: Deliver
  • BME 789: Internship in Biomedical Engineering
  • BME 790L: Advanced Topics with the Lab for Graduate Students in Biomedical Engineering
  • HLTHMGMT 898: Special Topics
  • I&E 720: Design in Healthcare 1
  • I&E 721: Design in Healthcare 2
  • I&E 722: Design in Healthcare Deploy
  • MENG 549: Career Preparation
  • MENG 550: Master of Engineering Internship/Project
  • MENG 551: Master of Engineering Internship/Project Assessment
  • MENG 552: Master of Engineering Supplemental Internship
  • STRATEGY 898: Special Topics

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