Speakers Heading to Conference
Dr. Harvey Borovetz is distinguished Deputy Director of Artificial Organs and Medical Devices. His current research interests are focused on the design and clinical utilization of cardiovascular organ replacements for both adult and pediatric patients.
Since 1986, Borovetz has served as the academic liaison for the University’s Clinical Bioengineering Program in Mechanical Circulatory Support. This program supports patients who are implanted with a left ventricular assist device, or bi-ventricular assist devices, as a bridge to cardiac transplantation or bridge to recovery. His work in mechanical circulatory support follows his early efforts in which he helped cardiac surgeons apply extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) to treat successfully a large series of neonates in respiratory distress.
He is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and Inaugural Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society. He is a past member of the Board of Trustees of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs (ASAIO), and a past member of the Board of Directors of The Biomedical Engineering Society. He received the Carnegie Science Center Life Sciences Award in 2007, ASAIO Whitaker Lecturer in 2001 and ASAIO Hastings Lecturer in 2009.
Prof. K.R.Rajagopal is currently a university distinguished Professor and a Regent’s Professor at Texas A&M University. He holds the Forsyth Chair in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Previously at the University of Pittsburgh, he held the James T. Macleod Chair in Mechanical Engineering with joint appointments in the Department of Surgery and Mathematics.
He has worked in modelling the response of both polymeric solids and fluids as well as the transition from polymeric melts to semi-crystalline polymeric solids. Dr. Rajagopal’s research into the crystallization of polymers has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Polymer Technology Center.
He has also won numerous awards and honors including the highest award from the Society of Engineering Science. He has received honorary doctorates from Charles University, the University of Witwatersrand, the University of Pretoria and the University Gheorghe Asachi. He currently serves on the editorial board of over thirty archival journals and he has published over 500 research papers and several books. He is an ISI highly cited researcher.
Prof. R. Krishna Kumar is a Professor of Engineering Design at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. His areas of interest include mathematical modeling and finite element analysis applied to such diverse areas as biomechanics, vehicle dynamics, structural engineering and medical imaging.
He was instrumental in starting a new program on Biomedical Design at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras and was the Head of the Department of Engineering Design till recently. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Engineers and has published extensively in International Journals.
Dr. Keshava Rajagopal from Baltimore is a cardio thoracic surgeon who specializes in end-stage heart and lung disease. After receiving his medical and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program, in 2002, he went on to complete his general surgery and fellowship in cardiovascular biology at Duke University Medical Center. During this time, he undertook advanced training in heart transplantation, lung transplantation, and mechanical cardiac and pulmonary support. Today, he is an expert in using artificial heart and lung support devices and systems, such as VAD’s.
Dr. Si Mai Pham received his MD from University of Pittsburg School of Medicine and his fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery from University of Pittsburgh Medical School.
He is an expert in Heart and Lung Transplant and Immuno suppression Management. His other interests include Mechanical & Circulatory Support System and Ventricular Assist Devices.
Dr. Griffith is a professor of surgery at the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine. His clinical work focuses on coronary artery surgery, mitral and aortic valve replacement and aneurysmal disease of the thoracic aorta. His research interests are concentrated on heart and lung transplantation, cell transplantation and advancing the use of artificial organs.
He has directed more than 1,200 heart transplants and 600 lung transplants and is an innovator in the use of immuno suppression after transplant and mechanical blood pumps prior to transplant. He also served as the founding director for the internationally recognized McGowan Center for Artificial Organ Development.
In September of 2002, he led a team of Heart Center cardiac surgeons to implant a revolutionary new rotary heart pump called the Jarvik 2000 to save the life of a man with heart failure.
He is an NHLBI investigator and is currently developing an artificial lung. He is a recipient of numerous honors and awards, including induction into the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Dr. K R Balakrishnan, Director of Cardiac Sciences at Fortis Malar Hospital, Chennai is an acknowledged expert in the management of end-stage heart failure and credited with India’s First LVAD and HVAD pump implant as destination therapy. He has been instrumental in setting up India’s First Comprehensive Centre for Heart Failure Management at Fortis Malar Hospital, Chennai. His team at Fortis Centre for Heart Failure & Transplant have performed 30 heart transplants and 8 VAD’s in the last few years, which is the highest in India. He is also actively engaged with various institutions to develop Pulsatile and continuous flow LVADs (Left Ventricular Assist Device) and molecular biology of ventricular hypertrophy.
Apart from this, he has an extensive expertise in treating complex Congenital Heart Disease like switches in infancy, repair of TAPVR, common AV Canal and in use of homograft conduits arterial. He also performs other routine cardiac surgeries such as Valvular Heart procedures including repair & replacement, aortic root replacement and Ross procedure.
Dr. G. S. Bhuvaneshwar is the Director, Innovation & Education of Trivitron Healthcare Pvt Ltd, Chennai. Earlier, Dr Bhuvaneshwar headed the Biomedical Technology Wing of Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology, Trivandrum since 2000. He had been associated with the Biomedical Technology Wing since its inception in 1976.
He has been honoured with several awards including the Distinguished Alumnus Award of IIT Madras in 1999, shared FIE foundation award in 1994 for the development of Chitra Heart Valve and NRDC-Awards for meritorious invention for Chitra Heart Valve in 1994, Material Research Society of India-Medal Lecture award in 2002 and Spictra Membrane Oxygenator in 2006.
His major contributions has been in the development of medical devices such as tilting disc heart valve prosthesis (TTK-CHITRA HEART VALVE — TTK Health Care Ltd, Chennai), Hydrocephalus Shunt System (CEREDRAIN – Hindustan Latex Ltd, Trivandrum), Hollow Fiber Membrane Oxygenator (SPICTRA – SIDD Life sciences Ltd., Chennai) and Woven Arterial Prosthesis (developed in collaboration with South India Textile Research Assn, Coimbatore. Technology transfer to TTK Healthcare Ltd, Chennai in progress). He has two US, one European and 5 Indian patents and has authored 25 research papers and a book chapter.