Will Clifton

Lecturer of Bioengineering, Rice University; Director, Global Medical Innovation (GMI)

Will Clifton, M.D., is a life-science entrepreneur and bioengineer with a background in medical device and innovation education. As director of the Global Medical Innovation (GMI) track in Rice's Master of Bioengineering (M.B.E.) program, his focus is on the global future of medical innovation, where the city of Houston, with its prolific medical research community and diverse culture, is a natural home.

Prior to joining Rice in 2018, Dr. Clifton was a senior director of medical affairs at Procyrion, where he spent six years developing a minimally invasive pump to treat heart failure, taking it from a prototype through first-in-human clinical trials. Dr. Clifton’s research led to one issued patent, multiple peer-reviewed publications, and an upcoming multi-continent clinical study.

Dr. Clifton earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), where he continued to study medical technology with a focus in minimally invasive surgical technologies with mentorship from Dr. William Cohn, a thoracic and cardiac surgeon at BCM and the Texas Heart Institute.