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

Surgical Planning Laboratory

Ferenc A. Jolesz M.D.

Dr. Jolesz is the B. Leonard Holman Professor of Radiology in the Department of Radiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. As the Director of Advanced MR Imaging at the Harvard Neurodiscovery Center and the Director of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Division and the Image-Guided Therapy Program at the Brigham, he both oversees and participates in clinical practice and translational research.

A native of Budapest, Hungary, Dr. Jolesz completed his medical training (including a Residency in Neurosurgery) before moving to the United States in 1979. Following his arrival in Boston, he served as a Research Fellow in Neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and in Physiology at Harvard Medical School. By 1985, he had completed a Residency in Diagnostic Radiology and a Fellowship in Neuroradiology at the Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Dr. Jolesz has achieved international recognition as one of the great innovators and leaders in radiological research. Indeed, he continues to distinguish himself with ongoing, cutting edge research in magnetic resonance imaging and image-guided therapy. The related translational research involves extensive interdisciplinary collaborations and the development and clinical implementation of several novel minimally invasive methods.

Dr. Jolesz maintains a research focus in basic and clinical neurosciences, magnetic resonance imaging, and image-guided therapy. Along with a highly trained and dedicated research staff of over 100 people, Dr. Jolesz spearheads the development and implementation of innovative image processing methods and has brought several minimally invasive therapies into successful clinical application.

In the early 90’s, Dr. Jolesz and his team introduced the intraoperative use of MRI for neurosurgery and other applications like prostate brachytherapy. Today, more than 100 intraoperative MRIs are installed in operating rooms around the world. Dr. Jolesz and his colleagues also introduced the first MRI-guided focused ultrasound surgical (MRgFUS) procedure. This noninvasive method has been applied to the treatment of benign (uterine fibroids) and malignant tumors (breast, liver and prostate cancer, brain tumor). Close to 100 MRgFUS therapy delivery systems are now installed worldwide. In addition to these accomplishments, Dr. Jolesz and his team are responsible for introducing several new methods in MRI, the most successful being the Fast Spin Echo (FSE and 3DFSE).

Throughout his career, Dr. Jolesz has received multiple funding awards from the National Institutes of Health as well as from other sources. Currently, he is the co-principal investigator of the NIH-funded National Center for Image-Guided Therapy (NCIGT) and the principal investigator of a Program Project involving the interventional use of MRI and a multidisciplinary program that trains young scientists and physicians in image-guided therapy. Besides these duties, Dr. Jolesz serves within several professional societies and on the editorial boards of prestigious peer-reviewed journals. A demonstration of Dr. Jolesz’s prolific research are his more than 400 articles that have been published in scholarly, peer-reviewed journals as well as his contributions to many book chapters and review articles in the fields of surgery, computer science, neurology, neurosurgery, radiology, and image-guided therapy.

Dr. Jolesz is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He received the Outstanding Researcher Award from the Radiological Society of North America and the Gold Medal of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. He is also an honorary member of the Hungarian Radiological and Neuroradiology Society and a member of the Hungarian National Academy of Sciences. In addition, Dr. Jolesz holds an honorary doctorate in medicine from Semmelweis Medical School and Kaposvar University in Hungary. He also received a Fulbright Scholarship.

In 2006 the Ferenc A. Jolesz Chair in Radiology was established. The endowment was granted to Clare Tempany, MD.

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