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Jeffrey L. Duerk

Jeffrey L. Duerk is the dean of engineering at Case Western Reserve University, a professor of biomedical engineering, electrical engineering and radiology. He received his PhD in biomedical engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 1987, following BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue University and The Ohio State University, respectively. From 1986-1988 he was a member of the Clinical Science group of Picker International’s NMR Division (now Philips Medical Systems). Thereafter, he joined the faculty of Case Western Reserve University in the Departments of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering. From 2008-2012 was the chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. He is also the founding director of the Case Center of Imaging Research (a campus-wide interdisciplinary center consisting of engineers, physicists, physicians, biochemists and radiochemists working together to develop new biomedical imaging technologies and translational applications) and the founding leader of the Cancer Imaging program in the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. 
Dean Duerk is a world-renowned expert and leader in biomedical imaging, especially MRI, a field in which he has published more than 185 peer-reviewed papers, holds more than 30 patents (over 20 licensed to industry), and won numerous NIH and industry sponsored grants, along with chapters and conference proceedings. His work has a strong emphasis in expanding the role of MR imaging into new applications including image guided procedures, rapid imaging, analysis and compensation of the effects of motion in MRI, topics in intravascular coil development, signal processing aspects of MR, and more recently in the development of Interventional MRI.
In addition to his research accomplishments, Duerk has been a strong advocate and supporter of international collaboration in biomedical engineering research and education. For example, he has played a key role in developing several research and student exchange programs in Germany, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, China, Brazil, Romania and South Korea, among others. He has served in key leadership positions in international professional organizations, including as president of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, chair of the 2004 ISMRM Program Committee (Kyoto, Japan), treasurer of the ISMRM, editor-in-chief of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, and member of the ISMRM Board of Trustees and a 2011 recipient of its Silver Medal. He has also served as the chair of the Program Committee for the IEEE-EMBS flagship annual meeting in Chicago, 2014, a member of the EMBS Ad-Com, IEEE-TMI and IEEE-TBME reviewer over many years.  He is a fellow of the IEEE, the ISMRM, AIMBE and the NAI, and a member of the inaugural class of Distinguished Researchers of the Academy of Radiology Research.