Jeffrey Duerk has been named chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME), effective March 15.
A BME alumnus, Duerk is a professor of radiology at the School of Medicine, with a secondary appointment in biomedical engineering. He joined the faculty in 1988 after completing his doctoral degree. He also serves as director of the Case Center for Imaging Research and as director of physics research in the department of radiology at University Hospitals.
He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts, over 15 chapters and invited papers and over 150 peer-reviewed abstracts, primarily related to the physics and technology of magnetic resonance imaging.
A noted inventor with four patents and 14 pending, Duerk is the co-founder of Interventional Imaging Inc. (I3), a development-stage medical device company focused on vascular imaging and interventions. Its proprietary technology platform consists of a disposable catheter and related software. The catheter is patterned after conventional cardiac catheters, and contains micro-coils and electronics for communicating with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner.
Duerk came to Case Western Reserve University from Picker International (now a part of Philips Medical Systems), one of the leading MRI OEM vendors. While at Picker, he specialized in the development of MRI image acquisition techniques, with special emphasis on the effects of motion within or during the MRI scan. Besides his Ph.D. from Case, he holds an M.S. in electrical engineering from Ohio State University and a B.S., also in electrical engineering, from Purdue University.
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