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Surgical Planning Laboratory

Paul R. Morrison (November 1994-October 2012)

Paul is a Medical Physicist in the Department of Radiology at Brigham & Women's Hospital.

He received his M.Sc. in Physics from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1987. On graduating, he worked as a laser specialist in the Department of Dermatology at Boston University Medical Center. Thereafter, he moved across town and began work in the Department of Surgery here at BWH focused on laser applications in otolaryngology. This quickly evolved into a series of clinical projects involving image-guided surgery as well as experiments in MRI of thermal events in tissue – at the interface of a growing collaboration between Surgery and Radiology. This collaboration evolved into what is now the Image Guided Therapy Program headed by Dr. Ferenc Jolesz. In 2000. He moved over to the Department of Radiology, with primary duties in the Cross-sectional Interventional Radiology service and it Tumor Ablation Program (TAP). He is focused on image-guided thermal ablations (cryotherapy, radiofrequency, laser) from both clinical and experimental perspectives. Over the years, he has been involved in hundreds of clinical procedures.

He is a member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM). He has co-authored over 35 original articles on a range of related topics that include: cryotherapy, radiofrequency ablation, lasers, image-guided surgery, computer-asssisted visualization, and computer-assisted navigation; all in a range of organs and systems. In addition to a number of reviews and posters, he has been involved with over 50 scientific abstracts and has given presentations in a variety of academic and professional venues.

E-mail: pmorrison at

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