Surgical Planning Laboratory - Brigham & Women's Hospital - Boston, Massachusetts USA - a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School

Surgical Planning Laboratory

Costas Arvanitis Ph.D. (July 2010-August 2016)

Dr. Arvanitis, is Instructor at the Department of Radiology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. He has a B.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering from the Technological Educational Institution of Athens, Greece (2002), M.Sc. in Medical Physics from the University of Patras, Greece (2005) and a Ph.D. in Medical Physics from the University College London, U.K. (2008).

Dr. Arvanitis, for his PhD thesis, at the University College London in UK, worked on the development and optimization of digital radiography devices and methods for breast cancer diagnosis and treatment assessment. Subsequently, at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Oxford (2007-2009), Dr Arvanitis became passionate about acoustically induced microbubble oscillations (acoustic cavitation) and their ability to focus noninvasively acoustic energy at the cellular level and induce a wide range of biologically significant effects. While at University of Oxford, he developed ultrasound systems to study and optimize the ability of acoustic cavitation to noninvasively propel oncolytic adenoviruses deep into solid tumors. During his research fellowship in image guided therapy (NIH-R25) at the Focused Ultrasound Lab at BWH/HMS (2010-2014), he engineered multi-modality and multi-scale approaches to characterize, control and map acoustic cavitation and shed light on the interactions of oscillating microbubbles with neurovascular networks, such as the blood brain barrier.

Currently, as a recipient of the NIH/NIBIB K99/R00 Award (2014-2019), is concentrated on understanding the biological effects of acoustic cavitation and its use to study complex biological systems, such as the neurovascular network and tumor microenvironment, and develop novel targeted therapies for the treatment of brain cancer.

Dr. Arvanitis has published several original articles, one of which has received the 2014 Roberts Prize for the best article in the journal of Physics in Medicine and Biology in 2013, have written two book-chapters, and has one pending patent in focused ultrasound drug delivery. He has also given several invited talks at local laboratories and national and international conferences, mentored undergraduate and graduate students and given lectures, tutorials, and laboratory demonstrations at undergraduate and graduate level at the University of Oxford and Harvard Medical School.


Costas Arvanitis, Ph.D.

Brigham and Women's Hospital

221 Longwood Avenue

Room 514a

Boston, MA 02115

Phone: 617 525 6860


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