About the director
David M. Eckmann, PhD, MD
Director, Center of Medical and Engineering Innovation
Professor and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, Department of Anesthesiology
Dr. Eckmann received his BS in bioengineering from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and his PhD in bioengineering and MD from Northwestern University. He joined the faculty at The Ohio State University after 23 years at the University of Pennsylvania where he held the Horatio C. Wood Endowed Chair as tenured professor of anesthesiology and critical care and professor of bioengineering. He has more than 25 years of continuous funding from NIH, NSF, Department of Defense, NASA, the Office of Naval Research, private foundations and industry supporting his research focusing on the interfacial biofluid dynamics of vascular gas embolism, targeted drug delivery, thin film surface grafting for biomaterial biocompatibility, drug elution and antimicrobial protection, and the interrelationship between cell mechanics and cellular bioenergetics and mitochondrial function. He has served a principle investigator of an NIH T32 in perioperative medicine and is a member of the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research Academy of Research Mentors. He has directed undergraduate and graduate courses in bioengineering and holds patents in biotechnology. Dr. Eckmann is American Board of Anesthesiology certified with expertise in cardiopulmonary physiology, anesthesia for bariatric surgery and airway management. He practices clinically at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.