Dr. Lance Black is the Medical Device Innovation Lead at the Texas Medical Center Innovation Institute, a part of the world’s largest medical center. He also serves as a Biomedical Engineering professor at one of TMC’s member institutes, Rice University.
As a family and armed services physician, Lance frequently encountered poorly designed medical devices. It was frustrating to have the device's design impact how he practiced medicine. Given these issues, he chose to refocus his efforts from clinical practice to the development of medical devices, from ideation to commercialization.
At the TMC Innovation Institute, Lance provides guidance and support to TMC Accelerator companies, Biodesign fellows, and external partners aimed at the growth and development of Houston’s healthcare innovation ecosystem.
At Rice University, Lance teaches the biomedical engineering senior design course helping students appreciate the product development process.
Prior to arriving in Houston, Lance was supportive of the trends of technological innovation in healthcare. He was the Medical Affairs Manager at the Global Center for Medical Innovation, and Editor at Large for the Medical Association of Georgia.
In the US Air Force, Lance served as Family Medicine Physician and Flight Surgeon where he was deployed twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He, first, served as Chief of the Medical Staff at Manas Transit Base in Kyrgyzstan, and then as a Squadron Flight Surgeon in Okinawa, Japan. During his time in Manas, Lance helped to create a mobile modular medical facility aimed to uplift the surrounding defunct healthcare system. In Japan, he responded to in-flight emergencies and orchestrated protocols ensuring the safety of F-22 pilots and their crew.
Lance completed his medical degree at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, his undergraduate studies in Biomedical Engineering from LSU, and graduate studies at Georgia Tech in Biomedical Innovation and Development.
He has been awarded innovation prizes at the Georgia Tech’s Convergence Innovation Competition, and the National Industries for Severely Handicapped National Scholar Award.