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Dr. Shuai Xu

McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Assistant Professor of Dermatology
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Dermatology)
Medical Director, Querrey Simpson Institute of Bioelectronics


Areas of Focus

  • Digital health
  • Wearable sensors
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Machine learning
  • Medical devices


  • Advanced sensors for clinical medicine
  • Innovation policy for medical technology
  • Global health deployments of medical technology


Dr. Steve Xu MD, MSc is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Dermatology at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine and the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern's McCormick School of Engineering. He received his undergraduate degree in bioengineering from Rice University summa cum laude. He completed his medical training at Harvard Medical School with special honors as a Soros Fellow, and a Masters in Health Policy and Finance with Merit from The London School of Economics as a Marshall Scholar. Finally, he completed an NIH-funded T32 post-doctoral fellow in Northwestern’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering under Professor John Rogers. Xu has authored more than 75 peer-reviewed publications and is listed as an inventor on 13 pending and granted patents. He has developed several medical device technologies across multiple medical fields including dermatology, orthopedics, cardiology and patient non-adherence that have raised competitive funding from government grants and private investors and garnered coverage from Forbes and the Huffington Post. For his academic interests, Dr. Xu focuses on the role of FDA regulation on medical device innovation and the development of policies that facilitate breakthrough innovation in healthcare. His publications have appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine, Nature, Science and Science Translational Medicine garnering press attention from sources such as The New York Times, CNN, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times. Dr. Xu is the founding chair of educational initiatives for Advancing Innovation in Dermatology, a not-for-profit organization catalyzing new product innovation in the field.