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Ernest Feleppa, PhD

Ernest Feleppa, PhD
Director, Lizzi Center for Biomedical Engineering and Chair, Biomedical Engineering COE

Ernest Feleppa is Research Director of the Lizzi Center for Biomedical Engineering at Riverside Research in New York. After receiving his BA in physics at Cornell University, Dr. Feleppa pursued graduate studies in biophysics at Columbia University and the Sloan-Kettering Division of Cornell Medical College. Dr. Feleppa earned his doctoral degree in biophysics at Columbia University in 1968 with a dissertation on coherent-optical imaging in biological and medical applications. He then pursued post-doctoral studies in genetics and physiology at Columbia.

Dr. Feleppa joined Riverside Research as a Member of the Research Staff in 1969 and became involved in a variety of research activities there, including biomedical optics, environmental management, and education systems before beginning his pursuit of biomedical-ultrasound research in 1976. Since then, he has been engaged exclusively in diagnostic and therapeutic applications of ultrasound.  During those years, Dr. Feleppa was a key participant in studies that applied advanced ultrasound methods to characterizing and imaging diseased tissues in the eye, liver, kidney, breast, and vasculature.

He was the Principal Investigator of two, recently completed, major, multi-year, NIH-funded projects applying advanced tissue-typing methods to imaging cancers in the prostate gland. Both were academic-industrial-partnership (AIP) grants. Dr. Feleppa also is the Principal Investigator of two major grants for projects to detect metastatic cancer in lymph nodes.  One lymph-node project is in its ninth successful year and the other is a new, five-year academic-industrial partnership, which is the third AIP grant for Dr. Feleppa.  He also was the Principal Investigator of a smaller NIH grant applying optical methods to lymph-node evaluations, and his lymph-node studies are central to an additional NIH-funded study involving acoustic microscopy of lymph nodes. 

Dr. Feleppa has authored or coauthored more than one hundred peer-reviewed articles in technical journals and several book chapters on biomedical ultrasound. He also is the co-inventor on numerous patents assigned to Riverside Research.  He also has served on numerous NIH panels that review research-grant proposals based on their clinical significance and technical merits.

He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. In 2009, he received the prestigious Joseph H. Holmes Basic Science Pioneer Award from the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. In July of 2013, he assumed the position of Editor-in-Chief of Ultrasonic Imaging, a highly respected, international, peer-reviewed, technical journal on biomedical ultrasound.

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