2016 Scientific Program Committee


Jean-Francois Aubry, PhD

Aubry is director of research at Institut Langevin in Paris, France and invited associate professor at the University of Virginia (radiation oncology). His specific interests are MR-guided transcranial brain therapy, ultrasound-guided transcostal liver therapy and ultrasonic motion detection. He is the president of the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound.


David Brenin, MD

Brenin is the Chief of Breast Surgery and the Co-Director of the University of Virginia Cancer Program's Breast Center. He is the Principal Investigator of a study evaluating ultrasound-guided focused ultrasound ablation of breast fibroadenoma.


Jin woo Chang, MD, PhD

Chang is a Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery and the Director of the Brain Research Institute at Yonsei University College of Medicine in Seoul, Korea. He is a secretary of the World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, and he was the past president of the International Society for Reconstructive Neurosurgery and the Asian Australasian Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery.


Rajiv Chopra, PhD

Chopra is an Associate Professor and Director of the HIFU Research Program within the Department of Radiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He joined UT Southwestern in 2012, prior to which he was a Scientist at Sunnybrook Research Institute in Toronto, Canada. His research focuses on integrating ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging technology for novel diagnostic and therapeutic applications.


James Drake, MD

Drake is Professor of Surgery, Division Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Hospital for Sick Children and holds the Harold Hoffman Shoppers Drug Mart Chair. He is a Senior Associate Scientist in the Sickkids Research Institute, and leads the Centre of Image Guided Innovation and Therapeutic Intervention (CIGITI) and co-lead of the Centre of Excellence in Image Guided Care. He is also Co-Director of the Centre of Mathematical Medicine at the Fields Institute at the University of Toronto.


Katherine Ferrara, PhD

Ferrara is a Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering at UC Davis and the Director of the Center for Content Rich Evaluation of Therapeutic Efficacy (cCRETE). She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the IEEE, American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Biomedical Engineering Society, the Acoustical Society of America and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. Her laboratory is known for early work in aspects of ultrasonics and has more recently expanded their focus to broadly investigate molecular imaging and drug delivery.


Jessica Foley, PhD

Foley is Chief Scientific Officer at the Focused Ultrasound Foundation, where she guides the strategy, development, and implementation of the scientific and research programs. Prior to the Foundation, she was Neuro Projects Manager and Clinical Marketing Manager at InSightec; Senior Scientist at Medtronic; and serving as a 2011-2012 AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation.


Joe Frank, MS, MD

Frank is a tenured scientist at NIH whose research focus is directed towards improving cellular therapies for regenerative medicine and malignancy. His current interest is in investigating the ability of pulsed focused ultrasound to enhance cell homing and the mechanotransductive effects of ultrasound in tissues and diseases.


Pejman Ghanouni, MD, PhD

Ghanouni is an Assistant Professor in the Body MRI section of the Department of Radiology at Stanford University, where he treats uterine fibroids, painful osseous metastases, essential tremor, prostate cancer, and soft tissue tumors of the extremities. He is also actively involved in preclinical research on cancer biomarker detection, FUS hardware and MR sequence development for improved brain targeting, and improved brain and body thermometry.


Gina Hesley, MD

Hesley is a faculty member in the Radiology Department at the Mayo Clinic. She received her MD from the University of Oklahoma and has been involved with MR guided focused ultrasound for uterine fibroid ablation at the Mayo Clinic since 2001.


Mark Hurwitz, MD

Hurwitz is the Vice Chair for Quality, Safety and Performance Excellence and Director of Thermal Oncology for the Department of Radiation Oncology at Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital in Philadelphia. He is a widely recognized leader in the fields of thermal medicine and genitourinary oncology. He recently served as principal investigator for a multinational phase III trial which established the role of MRgFUS in treatment of painful bone metastases.


Young-sun Kim, MD

Kim is a radiologist and an associate professor of department of Radiology of Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine in Seoul, Korea. He performs clinical MR-HIFU ablation therapy for the treatment of uterine fibroids and preclinical translational research of HIFU application to cancer treatment.


Elisa Konofagou, PhD

Konofagou is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Radiology at Columbia University in New York. In 2007, she won the Career Award from The National Science Foundation, which supported her research on non-invasive methods to facilitate drug delivery for neurodegenerative diseases.


Cyril Lafon, PhD

Lafon is a research director at INSERM. His early research included developing interstitial HIFU probes and ultrasound-induced hemostasis and the development of tissue mimicking phantoms for HIFU applications. His recent research interests focus on modeling ultrasound wave propagation, development of ultrasonic therapeutic devices for thermal ablation or drug delivery.


James Larner, MD

Larner is a professor and chair of radiation oncology at the University of Virginia with specialties in neuro-oncology, brain and lung tumors, and stereotactic body radiation therapy. He is the chair of the UVa School of Medicine Research Advisory Committee, member of the UVa Cancer Center External Advisory and Protocol Review and Monitoring Committees, member of the UVa Human Investigations Involving Radiation Exposure Committee.


Suzanne LeBlang, MD

LeBlang is Chief Medical Officer at the Focused Ultrasound Foundation. She has over 10 years of clinical experience performing focused ultrasound treatments on uterine fibroids and bone metastases and serves as Neuroradiologist and Medical Director of MR Guided Focused Ultrasound at the University MRI & Diagnostic Imaging Centers in Boca Raton, FL. She has been visiting faculty at several institutions including Harvard University and Ohio State University.


Nir Lipsman, MD, PhD

Lipsman is a neurosurgeon researcher at the University of Toronto, having completed his medical degree at Queen's University and PhD at the University of Toronto. Dr. Lipsman has a strong interest in surgery for neuropsychiatric disease, as well as the development of Phase I-III clinical trials in neuromodulation, particularly deep brain stimulation and MR-guided focused ultrasound.


Chrit Moonen, PhD

Moonen is currently professor at the Division of Imaging at the University Medical Center in Utrecht, the Netherlands. His recent work is in MRI-guided focused ultrasound, image-guided drug delivery, and molecular and cellular imaging. He received the European Magnetic Resonance Award 2000, is a Fellow of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, of the European Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology, and of the World Molecular Imaging Society.


Alessandro Napoli, MD

Napoli is a professor of radiology in the Department of Radiological, Oncology and Pathological Science at the Sapienza University of Rome where he is also head of the MR-Guided Focused Ultrasound Treatment Unit. Dr. Napoli is very active in the field, serving as president elect of the European Society of Focused Ultrasound Therapy as well as organizing the first two European symposia on focused ultrasound.


Joan Vidal-Jove, MD, PhD

Vidal-Jove is the Head of Surgical Oncology at Barcelona University Hospital and is currently studying focused ultrasound for pancreatic cancer. His early research indicates that FUS with chemotherapy may have the ability to extend survival of patients with unresectable tumors.


Zhen Xu, PhD

Xu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on the development of histotripsy for noninvasive surgeries. She has received IEEE UFFC Outstanding Paper Award and ISTU Lizzi Early Career Award. She is an associated editor for IEEE UFFC.