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

Surgical Planning Laboratory

Ron Kikinis M.D.

Dr. Kikinis is the founding Director of the Surgical Planning Laboratory, Department of Radiology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, and a Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School. This laboratory was founded in 1990. Before joining Brigham & Women's Hospital in 1988, he trained as a resident in radiology at the University Hospital in Zurich, and as a researcher in computer vision at the ETH in Zurich, Switzerland. He received his M.D. degree from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, in 1982. In 2004 he was appointed Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School. In 2009 he was the inaugural recipient of the MICCAI Society "Enduring Impact Award". On February 24, 2010 he was appointed the Robert Greenes Distinguished Director of Biomedical Informatics in the Department of Radiology at Brigham and Women's Hospital. On January 1, 2014, he was appointed "Institutsleiter" of Fraunhofer MEVIS and Professor of Medical Image Computing at the University of Bremen. Since then he is commuting every two months between Bremen and Boston.

During the mid-80's, Dr. Kikinis developed a scientific interest in image processing algorithms and their use for extracting relevant information from medical imaging data. Since then, this topic has matured from a fairly exotic topic to a field of science. This is due to the explosive increase of both the quantity and complexity of imaging data. Dr. Kikinis has led and has participated in research in different areas of science. His activities include technological research (segmentation, registration, visualization, high performance computing), software system development, and biomedical research in a variety of biomedical specialties. The majority of his research is interdisciplinary in nature and is conducted by multidisciplinary teams. The results of his research have been reported in a variety of peer-reviewed journal articles. He is an author and co-author of over 300 peer-reviewed articles.

As part of his service to the community, he serves as reviewer for a large number of journals and conferences from the fields of imaging, biomedical engineering and, computer science. He has served and is serving as member of external advisory boards for a variety of centers and research efforts. He is the Principal Investigator of 3D Slicer, a free open source software platform for image analysis and visualization.

Over the years Dr. Kikinis has served as the Principal Investigator(PI) and site PI of a number of large and small NIH and NSF funded grants (see here for his NIH funding). This includes the National Alliance for Medical Image Computing (NA-MIC). He is currently serving as the PI of the Neuroimaging Analysis Center (NAC) and the Quantitative Image Informatics for Cancer Research (QIICR). He is also the Director of Collaborations for the National Center for Image Guided Therapy (NCIGT).


Ron Kikinis, M.D.
Surgical Planning Laboratory
Brigham and Women's Hospital
1249 Boylston St., Room 352
Boston, MA 02215

Phone: +1 617.732.7389
E-mail: kikinis at

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updated July, 2019.

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