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José Colucci Jr, Ph.D.

Director of Research and Development, Design Institute for Health

Associate Professor of Practice

José Colucci serves as the Director of Research & Development of the Design Institute for Health (DIH), a collaboration between the Dell Medical School and the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. DIH is a unique institution, where design approaches to solving systemic healthcare challenges are integrated into medical education at Dell Medical School and applied in practice to population health.

Colucci brings decades of experience designing products, services and strategies in healthcare. Before joining the DIH, Colucci was a Sr. Director and Associated Partner at IDEO, where he worked for 16 years. His work at IDEO included services and products for pharma, medical devices, research institutions and healthcare delivery. His interests range from healthcare strategy, trends and innovation in science and technology, medical devices, and service design. He’s authored many patents and written on topics from the biotech revolution to design thinking. Recently, he’s been researching and speaking about the impact of aging on society and its implications for the design of products and services.

Before IDEO, he was the Vice-President of Research & Development of ITI, developer of high-resolution, pen-based computer interfaces in Canada; and prior to that, he was the General Manager of the Medical Engineering Division at FUNBEC—Brazil's largest manufacturer of medical electronics for cardiology.

Colucci has a B.S. in mechanical engineering by the University of São Paulo (USP), an MS in industrial design by USP, and also an M.S. and a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.