Lynde Lutzow, M.D.


Lynde Lutzow, M.D.
General Surgery Resident, Temple University Hospital

Dr. Lynde Lutzow is a general surgery resident at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. She also is a formally trained industrial and interaction designer.

Before embarking on surgical career, she worked in medical device development at Ximedica in Providence, RI, specializing in design research and human factors. Her work informed the development of all classes of medical devices and healthcare services for clients like Kimberly-Clark, Covidien, Smith+Nephew and CVS. She has guest lectured at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Massachusetts College of Art & Design (MassArt) and for the Open Style Lab program.

Dr. Lutzow is fascinated by the intersection of medicine, design and human behavior, and specializes in healthcare innovation with the goal of improving patient safety, surgical outcomes and user experience. She holds a BFA in industrial design from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and obtained her medical degree from Tufts University in Boston, MA.


What are you looking for in an IDEA-winning product?

A simple and unfussy solution to a frustrating problem that integrates seamlessly into a natural user workflow.

What is the biggest shift in the design world you’ve noticed since your career began?

The increasing recognition of design and design thinking within the healthcare setting. It’s exciting—healthcare needs design minds more than ever!

What keeps you inspired?

Working with interdisciplinary teams, brainstorming with my patients to solve practical problems, keeping a clinical sketchbook to track of all the mundane or dreadful tasks that need fresh design solutions

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