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The community invests in Dell Med. In return, it’s our responsibility — one we take seriously — to be agents for change and to show real impact.
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We recruit and train physician leaders as comfortable taking on systemic challenges in health as caring for individual patients.
Improving Care. Improving Health.
We’re here to make health — including health care — better. The end goal is a complete revolution in how people get and stay healthy.
Discovery to Impact — Faster
We reward creative thinking and encourage rapid experimentation, using collaborative programs to speed promising research to market.
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Let’s Do Big Things Together
True health demands that the whole work in harmony, which is why we’re dedicated to partnership. Indeed, we can’t achieve our goals without it.
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We’re rethinking the role of academic medicine in improving health — and doing so with a unique focus on our community.
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Jose Colucci, Ph.D.


Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering
University of SÌ£o Paolo, Brazil

M.S., Biomedical Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


José Colucci serves as the director of research and development at the Design Institute for Health, a collaboration between Dell Medical School and the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. The Design Institute is a unique institution where design approaches to solving systemic health care 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 health care. Before joining the Design Institute, Colucci was a senior director and associated partner at IDEO, where he worked for 16 years. IDEO is one of the most prominent design and innovation firms in the world. His work at IDEO included services and products for pharma, medical devices, research institutions and health care delivery. His interests include health care strategy, trends and innovation in science and technology, medical devices, and service design. He has authored many patents and written on topics from the biotech revolution to design thinking. Recently, he has been researching and speaking about the impact of aging on society and its implications for the design of products and services. He speaks frequently at conferences and events about topics from design thinking and human centered design to the future of health care.

Before IDEO, he was the vice president of research and development of ITI, a developer of high-resolution, pen-based computer interfaces in Canada. 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 from the University of São Paulo (USP), an M.S. in industrial design from USP, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He taught as a guest lecturer at Harvard University, the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Olin College of Engineering. He is a member of the advisory board at Mälardalen University (Sweden) and was a collaborator at Harvard’s Global Health Delivery Program. Currently, he has a part-time teaching appointment at The University of Texas at Austin.