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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University October 1, 2007 | Vol. 37 No. 5
Elliott McVeigh Named Director of Biomedical Engineering


By Audrey Huang
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Elliot McVeigh has been named the new director of Biomedical Engineering, a department that spans two divisions and two campuses — the School of Engineering at Homewood and the School of Medicine in East Baltimore — and encompasses an undergraduate training program with close to 500 students, a graduate program with more than 100 master's and doctoral degree candidates and a research mission led by 25 faculty.

McVeigh will lead the development and integration of these programs to enhance the training experience of the students, the research mission of the university and the rapid integration of new technologies in patient care.

"Elliot was chosen to head this accomplished department based on his outstanding scientific qualifications and his inclusive vision for the department's future," said Edward D. Miller, dean and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

McVeigh joined the School of Medicine's Department of Radiology in 1988 after receiving his doctorate in medical biophysics from the University of Toronto. In 1991, he also joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Since then, he has helped develop the research program in cardiac MRI and directed the Medical Imaging Laboratory, which seeks to develop new imaging techniques and advance existing ones to solve problems in medicine and biology.

In 1999, while maintaining a part-time faculty appointment at Johns Hopkins, McVeigh joined the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., as a senior investigator in the Laboratory of Cardiac Energetics, where he developed a research program devoted to cardiovascular interventional MRI. Among his many achievements, he is an inventor on eight patents for real-time interventional MRI and real-time MRI devices, has published more than 150 peer-reviewed research papers and has mentored more than 20 graduate students.

McVeigh succeeds Murray Sachs, who will remain on the faculty as a teacher and scholar.

"During his time as director of Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins, Murray led a program that is now known worldwide for its pre-eminence in both research and education," said Nicholas P. Jones, dean of the Whiting School of Engineering. "We are confident that Elliot will build on the department's strong foundation and take it to even greater heights."


Related Web sites

Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins
Medical Imaging Laboratory at Johns Hopkins


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