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

Surgical Planning Laboratory

Ion-Florin Talos M.D. (July 2000-June 2010)

Dr. Talos is the lead-investigator of the Clinical Computational Anatomy Core of the NAC, a member of the image-guided therapy research group, and an Assistant Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School. He graduated from the University of Cologne School of Medicine in 1991. Before joining the Surgical Planning Lab in 2000, he completed a neurosurgery residency at the Technical University of Aachen and University of Muenster, Germany. He also pursued post-doctoral studies at the University of Paris VI, France. He is a member of the German Society of Neurosurgery and of the German Chamber of Physicians. In 1999, after passing the USMLE and CSA, he obtained the ECFMG certification.

Research focus

  • Characterization of white matter changes induced by brain tumors and patterns of tumor invasion using diffusion tensor MRI;
  • Implementation of multi-modality imaging based neuronavigation (in particular functional and diffusion tensor MRI) in conjunction with intraoperative MRI for brain tumor resection;
  • Brain shift - development of biomechanical models capable to predict direction and magnitude of brain shift based on in vivo measurements of tissue compliance and physiological variables, in collaboration with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Professors Simona Socrate and Alex Slocum, Daniel Kacher, Asha Balakrishnan);
  • Development of minimally invasive High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound therapies for intracranial lesions, in collaboration with Drs. Ferenc Jolesz, Kullervo Hynynen and Nathan McDannold;
  • Neuroanatomy - development of MRI-derived multi-modality atlases of the brain and ontology-based symbolic models of functional neuroanatomy. Together with Dr. Peter Ratiu, Dr. Talos authored the Cross-Sectional Atlas of the Brain (and CD-ROM), Harvard University Press, 2005 (ISBN:0674019237)


  • Dr. Talos has been a member of the teaching faculty of the Human Nervous System and Behavior course at Harvard Medical School since 2001. He is the recipient of an Excellence in Teaching award from Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine for 2004.

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