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Focused Ultrasound Pioneer Joins Foundation Team


Charlottesville, Virginia, October 24, 2019 – The Foundation is pleased to announce that Narendra (Naren) Sanghvi, PhD, has joined the team in the newly created role of Resident Focused Ultrasound Guru.

Naren Sanghvi

Sanghvi has built a legendary career in focused ultrasound over more than 45 years. He began working with focused ultrasound in the Fry brothers’ laboratory at Indiana University School of Medicine. Following several years of work on a system to treat brain disorders, he began the pursuit of treating the prostate with focused ultrasound and formed a company, Focus Surgery Inc. That entity is now a part of SonaCare Medical, where Sanghvi has been the Chief Scientific Officer.

Sanghvi will be available to support all members of the Foundation’s team by lending his opinion and advice. He will also contribute to the formulation of the Foundation’s overall strategy and serve as an organization spokesperson.

“Naren has unexcelled experience and expertise in virtually every aspect of the field, from design and construction of equipment to preclinical laboratory studies, clinical trials, and navigating the regulatory and reimbursement landscape,” said Foundation Chairman Neal F. Kassell, MD. “His unique commercial perspective is also invaluable as the Foundation is dedicating resources to ensuring companies are successful in this space.”

Last year, Sanghvi was the recipient of the Foundation’s 2018 Visionary Award, presented at the Foundation’s biennial Symposium. He has also guest authored a blog post and given a webinar on “High Intensity Focused Ultrasound: Past and Present.”

“It is an honor to join the Focused Ultrasound Foundation because of the work it has done over the past 13 years to advance the field of therapeutic ultrasound,” said Sanghvi. “The Foundation has been integral in aligning the scientific, medical, and commercial entities in this field, with the noble mission of bettering the lives of countless patients.”

“SonaCare Medical would like to congratulate Naren on this great honor and opportunity,” said Mark Carol, MD, Chief Executive Officer of SonaCare. “Naren is one of the most respected members of the focused ultrasound community. His contributions to the field in general, and to SonaCare specifically, are unquantifiable. I am delighted to be able to call Naren my personal focused ultrasound mentor and, most importantly, a dear friend, and am glad that he will have this chance to bring his charm and knowledge to a new generation of focused ultrasound devotees.”

Sanghvi is a member of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, the Acoustical Society of America, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and the International Society of Therapeutic Ultrasound (ISTU). In 2018, he received ISTU’s William and Francis Fry Honorary Fellowship for Contributions to Therapeutic Ultrasound.