2016 Visionary Award

Nathan McDannold


Kullervo Hynynen, PhD

Pioneering physicist, Kullervo Hynynen, PhD, received the Focused Ultrasound Foundation's 2016 Visionary Award. This honor is given every two years at our Symposium and recognizes an individual who has created a larger vision for what the future of focused ultrasound may hold and whose effort, passion, and persistence have been crucial to advancing the field.

"I am very honored to receive this unexpected award," said Dr. Hynynen. "In the early days, when I would present at scientific meetings about the potential of focused ultrasound, it was quite discouraging when only a few people made up the audience. That certainly has changed with the recent clinical success, but I think that we are just scratching the surface of the potential of this technology. I have no doubt that focused ultrasound will become a major surgical tool and disrupt the way brain diseases are treated. The next few years will be very exciting for those who are involved in focused ultrasound research."

Dr. Hynynen has been conducting research in the field for more than 30 years, has over 300 publications, and was instrumental in the development of the first clinical system for MR-guided focused ultrasound. He currently leads a team of more than 50 engineers, scientists, students, and technicians who design and test systems, conduct preclinical studies, and facilitate clinical research at Sunnybrook and other hospitals in Toronto.