Honorary Life Members 2012

The 7 Honorary Life Members for 2012 are:


Dr. Jaron is Calhoun Distinguished Professor of Engineering in Medicine, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Drexel University and Adjunct Professor, Jefferson University Medical College. Dr. Jaron received his Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1967. From 1971 to 1973 he was Director of the Surgical Research Laboratory at Sinai Hospital of Detroit. Prior to joining Sinai Hospital he was Senior Research Associate and later Director of the Surgical Research Laboratory at Maimonides Medical Center in New York. From 1973 to 1979 Dr. Jaron was on the faculty of the Electrical Engineering department and functioned as Coordinator of the Biomedical Engineering program at the University of Rhode Island. He served as Director of the Biomedical Engineering and Science Institute at Drexel University from 1980 to 1996. From 1991 to 1993 he was on a two-year assignment to the National Science Foundation, where he was Director of the Division of Biological and Critical Systems in the Engineering Directorate. From 1996 to 1998 he was on leave at the National Institutes of Health as Associate Director for the National Center for Research Resources and Director of its Biomedical Technology program. Dr. Dov Jaron?s many contributions to the development of cardiovascular models; to bringing a cardiac assist device to the clinical setting; and his extensive contributions to the profession have established him as an outstanding, internationally renowned and Distinguished engineer/scientist.Dr. Jaron led the engineering team that developed the first successful in-series cardiac assist device, the intraaortic balloon pump (IABP), and pioneered its clinical application. Currently, the IABP is used routinely world wide to support patients„ failing circulation. By integrating engineering techniques, mathematical approaches and physiological information, his research on the development of models of cardiovascular system dynamics was critical in understanding the interaction of in-series cardiac assist devices with the circulation and in optimizing their effectiveness. More recently, Dr. Jaron’s research has focused on elucidating specific complex mechanisms of the microcirculation by creating models that integrate biochemical and mechanical interactions in the system at different hierarchical levels. This research is aimed at providing an insight into the pathogenesis of microvascular dysfunction diseases. Currently, it is focused on mechanisms of production and transport of Nitric Oxide in the microcirculation. The importance of this research has been evidenced in many grant awards and a large number of high quality doctoral students. Dr. Jaron’s research has resulted in more than 140 articles in archival journals and conference proceedings, 11 book chapters, and more than 90 abstracts. He has given a very large number of invited talks in the U.S. and abroad.

In addition to his research activities, Dr. Jaron has made major contributions to the development of the biomedical engineering profession worldwide through his extensive professional activities and service with the government. As Director of the Biological and Critical Systems Division at NSF he led in the creation of a new Division of Bioengineering and Environmental Systems and significantly increased funding for bioengineering research. At NIH he was a major driving force within the NIH Bioengineering Consortium (BECON). His many efforts at the agency culminated in the trans-NIH symposium titled: “Bioengineering: Building The Future of Biology and Medicine” which he co-chaired. The symposium, for which he received the NIH Director’s Award, has been hailed by the engineering research community and by the NIH as a watershed for the agency and for the field of Bioengineering. His accomplishments at NIH helped to affirm the critical role of engineering to the solution of research problems in biomedicine and were instrumental in the establishment of the NIH Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering.

Dr. Jaron has held many high level appointments in professional societies and advisory panels. In 1986 and 1987 Dr. Jaron served as President of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. He was a member of the Board of The American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) when the Institute was established and a member of the Administration Council of The International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE). He was President of the IFMBE from 2000 to 2003. In 2003 he became Vice President of the International Union of Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine (IUPESM) and its representative to the International Council of Science (ICSU). Dr. Jaron was Chair of the IEEE Awards Board for three consecutive years from 2004-2007, overseeing and managing the awards program for the largest professional organization in the world, covering close to 400,000 members world-wide. He has been a member of the Scientific Council for the International Center of Biocybernetics, Polish Academy of Sciences since 1998 and assumed the position of Chairman of the Scientific Council in 2002. For close to 10 years, Dr. Jaron has co-directed an initiative on Science for Health and Well Being (SHWB) in which 12 Unions of ICSU (The International Council for Science) have participated. He was selected to the ICSU Planning Group for a new ICSU program on Systems Analysis Approach to Health and Well Being in the Urban Environment, and in 2008 was elected to the Executive Board of ICSU.

Dr. Jaron is a Fellow of the IEEE, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Academy of Surgical Research, the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, the Biomedical Engineering Society, the World Academy of Biomedical Technology, and the International Academy for Medical and Biological Engineering. In 2006 Dr. Jaron received the Merit Award from the International Union for Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine (IUPESM). In 2009 he was elected as a foreign member of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Hiroshi KANAI (Japan)

Hiroshi Kanai was born in Tokyo, Japan, on June 1, 1930. He received the B.Eng. and Dr.Eng. degrees from the University of Tokyo, Japan, in 1953 and 1967, respectively.In 1961, he became an Associate Professor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan,and in 1967 he became a Professor at the same University.

From 1968 to 1969, he was with the University of Pennsylvania, as a Visiting Associate Professor. From 1982 to 1983, he was with the University of Utah, as a Visiting Professor, After which he returned to his position as a Professor at Sophia University. He has been working on hemodynamics, such as the analysis and the modeling of the circulatory system and the instrumentation for the measurement of hemodynamics. He also worked on the physical properties of living tissues such as the electromagnetic, optical and dynamic properties of living tissues. He also worked for the application of these results to clinical diagnostics and therapy.

He has played an important role in national policy-making. He has served as chair and/or member of many governmental and industrial committees, including the Japanese Industrial Standards Committee, the Science Council of Japan, the Governmental Council for Science and Technology Policy, and the New Energy and Industrial Development Organization.

He submitted many papers to IFMBE and affiliated BME journals.

He also presented many papers and lectures at ICMBE and affiliated BME Conferences.


Prof. Murray currently holds the position of Academic Director, Regional Medical Physics Department, covering Medical Physics and Medical Engineering in the North of England with units established in 13 hospitals and is responsible for research, development and innovation, and for translational medicine projects linking academic research and clinical practice.In addition to this position, Prof. Murray is professor of Cardiovascular Physics at Newcastle University, and head of the Cardiovascular Physics and Engineering Research Group, with worldwide research collaboration.

Prof. Murray has a long established clinical and research interest in cardiovascular measurement. Experience includes blood pressure measurement, electrocardiography, invasive electrocardiography, patient monitoring, defibrillation, pacing, angioplasty, stenting, medical device evaluation, medical device safety. Significant experience in research and research publications. This has included 196 peer reviewed papers, over conference publications, 9 chapters in books, 1 book, 1 booklet, 3 books edited, 20 conference proceedings edited (Computing in Cardiology, sponsored by the European Society ofCardiology, IEEE and National Institutes of Health, USA), 2 journal supplements, 9 years Editor of IFMBE Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing, 6 years Editor of Clinical Physics and Physiological Measurement (scientific journal of Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine).

Joachim NAGEL (Germany)

Joachim Nagel received his Diploma in Physics from the University of the Saarland, Germany, in 1974 and his D.Sc. in Medical Engineering Physics from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, in 1979. Following appointments in industry and as a faculty member at the Department of Biomedical Engineering of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, he joined the University of Miami, Florida, USA, in 1986, where he served as a Professor of Biomedical Engineering (1986-96), Professor of Radiology (1990-96), and Professor of Psycho-physiology (1988-96), Director of the Medical Imaging & Instrumentation Lab (1986-1996), and Director of Biomedical Engineering at the Behavioral Medicine Research Center (1986-1996). In 1996, he Biomedical Engineering at the University of Stuttgart with appointments as Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Radiology at the University of Miami.Prof. Nagel was the President of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE), and the President of the International Union for Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine (IUPESM), a member of the Extended Board and the Council of the European Alliance for Medical and Biological Engineering and Science (EAMBES) and the Chairman of the Academic & Research Division of EAMBES.

Joachim Nagel was the chairman of the IFMBE Publications and Publicity Committee as well as the Federation Journal Committee. He is a member of the Scientific Council of the International Centre for Biocybernetics of the Polish Academy of Science, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IOP), a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), a (founding class) Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), and an Academician Member of the UNESCO/UATI World Academy of Biomedical Technologies. He is a honorary member of the Romanian Society for Clinical Engineering and Medical Computing (1990) and the Czech Society for Biomedical Engineering & Medical Informatics (2005). He has served on the IEEE/EMBS Administrative Committee as the first European (region 8) and as a US (region 3) representative, and he was a member of the IEEE Engineering Research & Development Committee (Technology Policy Council). Dr. Nagel is the coordinator of the European project BIOMEDEA – Biomedical Engineering Preparing for the European Higher Education Area and the leader of the IFMBE participation in the WHO World Alliance on Patient Safety as well as of the IFMBE participation in the World Standards Cooperation.

His main research interests are in the fields of cardiovascular monitoring instrumentation and physiology, medical image acquisition and image processing, physiological signals, Bio-MEMS, neurosciences, and biological effects as well as therapeutic applications of ultrasound. He has published more than 200 scientific papers, books, book chapters, patents, and conference papers.

Robert NEREM (USA)

Professor Robert Nerem, Ph.D. has been Professor of Ohio State University since 1972. Professor. Nerem served as Associate Dean for Research in the Graduate School from 1975 to 1979. From 1979 to 1986 he served as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Houston. He serves as a Member of Research and Development Advisory Board of Tengion Inc. He serves as Director of Georgia Biomedical Partnership, Inc. Professor. Nerem serves on the scientific advisory board of AtheroGenics, Inc. (Alpharetta, GA). Research interests include atherosclerosis, biomechanics, cardiovascular devices, cellular engineering, vascular biology, and tissue engineering. He served as a Member of Scientific Advisory Board of Tengion Inc. Professor. Nerem joined Georgia Tech in 1987 as the Parker H. Petit Distinguished Chair for Engineering in Medicine. He served as the Director of the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience until October 2009. He serves as the Director of the Georgia Tech/Emory Center (GTEC) for the Engineering of Living Tissues, an NSF-funded Engineering Research Center, and he is a part-time Senior Advisor for Bioengineering in the new National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering at the National Institutes of Health. He served as a Fellow and founding President of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering from 1992 to 1994 and serves as President of the Tissue Engineering Society International. In 1988 Professor. Nerem was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), and he currently serves on the NAE Council. In 1992 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and in 1998 a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Professor. Nerem is the author of more than 125 refereed journal articles. He received his Ph.D. in 1964 from Ohio State University.

Susana Llanusa RUIZ (Cuba)

Susana Llanusa Ruiz is an electrical engineer, specialist in digital systems. Llanusa is associate researcher and associate professor at the National School of Public Health, Havana. She has received several national awards for her work in research and development of medical equipment. She was the President of the Latin American Regional Council on Biomedical Engineering CORAL (2004-07). She is president of the Cuban Society of Bioengineering. Llanusa has carried out assessments of Cuban programs funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and of Cuba’s Virtual Health University.

Susana was President of the Organizing Committee for Latin American Congress on Biomedical Engineering, Havana 2001 and the V edition, 2011 in Havana, V, VI, VII and VIII Congress of the Cuban Bioengineering Society, Havana 2003, 2005, 2005 and 2007. Susana is an expert of the research Program of health policy and systems in Cuba. She published more than 20 papers and co-authored four electronic books. She presented at more than 50 international and national conferences. She has teaching experience as an instructor at the National School of Public Health and Associated Instructor at the Technical University of Havana.

Tatsuo TOGAWA (Japan)

Education: 1960 B.S. Applied Physics, Waseda University. 1962 M.S. Physics, University of Tokyo. 1965 Ph.D.Applied Physics, University of Tokyo.

Employment: 1965-1967 Research Assistant, Institute for Medical Electronics, University of Tokyo. 1968-1973 Assistant Professor, Institute for Medical and Dental Engineering, Tokyo Medical and Dental University. 1973-1998 Professor, Institute for Medical and Dental Engineering, Tokyo Medical and Dental University. 1993-1995 Director, Institute for Medical and Dental Engineering, Tokyo Medical and Dental University. 1999-2003 Professor, Institute of Biomaterial and Bioengineering, Tokyo Medical and Dental University. 2003- Professor, School of Human Sciences, Waseda University.

Awards: 1987 Publication Award, Medical Instrumentation Society of Japan. 1998 Okuaki Memorial Award, The Japan Society of Clinical Monitoring

Honorary title: 1994 Doctor Honoris Causa, Linköping University, Sweden

Honorary memberships: 1997 Foreign Member, Polish Academy of Science. 1997 Member, International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering. 1999 Fellow, Institute of Physics, U.K.