Lance Black, MD, MBID is the Associate Director of the Texas Medical Center’s TMCx Accelerator program. Also within the TMC Innovation umbrella, Lance served previously as Medical Device Innovation Lead – where he utilized his extensive military, medical, and engineering expertise to support the resident companies of TMCx in developing innovative healthcare technologies. After earning his B.S. in Biological Engineering from Louisiana State University and his M.D. from LSU Health Sciences Center of New Orleans, Lance entered the U.S. Air Force, where he completed a residency in family medicine with additional training in aerospace medicine. He had the opportunity to deploy twice during his service – first 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. His work with wounded warrior amputees during his military career and his background in biological engineering prompted him to refocus his efforts from patient care to the design and development of medical devices. Following the completion of his commitment to the military, Lance attended Georgia Tech’s Masters of Biomedical Innovation and Development program – which included one year in its Masters of Industrial Design program. At TMC Innovation, Lance enjoys being around amazing, motivated people whom he believes are ‘the change’ needed in healthcare. He is passionate about technology and learning new approaches to healthcare. Lance is inspired every day at TMC by the fact that he is able to collaborate with people who are passionate about what they do.