Ophir, Jonathan, Ph.D.

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Faculty Biography
Jonathan Ophir, Ph.D.

Jonathan Ophir, Ph.D.

Phone:
(713) 500-6469
Fax:
(713) 500-7639
Email:
Jonathan.Ophir@uth.tmc.edu
Administrative Services Officer:
Regina.Hudson@uth.tmc.edu
  • Title(s)

    • Adjunct Professor
    • Director, Ultrasonics Laboratory
  • Location(s)

    • The University of Texas Medical School at Houston
      6431 Fannin Street, MSB 2.130B
      Houston, Texas 77030

Education

Undergraduate
1971
Electrical Engineering (Summa Cum Laude)
University of Kansas Bachelor of Science
Graduate
1977
Doctor of Engineering (electrical engineering)
University of Kansas
Dissertation title: "Computerized Ultrasound Processing, Acquisition and Display System"
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
1973
Master of Science, Electrical Engineering
University of Kansas
Sponsor: NSF

Postgraduate Training

1991
Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer
Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)
San Francisco, California
1986
Digital Signal Processing course
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Houston
1978
Short Course: Image Processing
University of Kansas
Summer 1976
Short Course: Charge Coupled Devices
University of California Los Angeles
1974
American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Summer School
Physics of Nonionizing Radiation
University of Colorado

Professional Focus

Dr. Ophir's current field of research interest is Ultrasonic Tissue Characterization and Elastography, the imaging of the elastic properties of soft tissues using ultrasound. From 1980 until the present time, he has been with the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, where he is currently Professor of Radiology and Director of the Ultrasonics and Elastographics Laboratory. He is also Adjunct Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Houston and at the University of Texas at Austin.Dr. Ophir has contributed more than 150 original articles and several invited review articles to peer reviewed scientific journals, and holds 27 United States and foreign patents in the area of ultrasound instrumentation and measurement techniques, some of which are licensed to major medical ultrasound companies. Dr. Ophir is Associate Editor of Ultrasonic Imaging, and member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine an Biology and the Journal of Clinical Ultrasound.He has served on National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and National Research Council of Canada study sections, and has been a consultant to several corporations, universities and professional organizations. Dr. Ophir is a Fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, past Chairman of the Technical Standards Committee and past Member of the Board of Governors. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (Elsevier), the Journal of Clinical Ultrasound (Wiley), and Reports on Medical Imaging (Dove Medical Press), and is Associate Editor of Ultrasonic Imaging (Dynamedia).
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Honors and Awards

June 2013
Distinguished Investigator of the Academy of Radiology Research
Washington DC
March 2010
University of Texas Chancellor's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award (UTHSCH)
2010
President's Scholar Nomination
University of Texas Health Science Center – Houston,
October 22, 2008
Keynote Lecture
American College of Veterinary Radiology Annual Convention
San Antonio, TX,
October 3, 2007
Invited lecture
National Academy of Sciences
Washington, DC
May 2004
Keynote Lecture, "New Ultrasound Technologies for Pediatric Cardiovascular Applications – The Farewell Symposium"
Held as a tribute to retiring Prof. Johan M. Thijssen
University Medical Center, St. Radbound, Nijmegen, The Netherlands,
October 2001
Front–cover and Invited Review Article, Kidney Images (Elastogram) from research (with Dr. Faouzi Kallel) appeared on the front cover of Comptes Rendus De L’Academie Des Sciences, Physique et Astrophysique (Proceedings of the French Academy of Sciences, Physics and Astrophysics)
Tome 2, Serie IV, No. 8, , Paris, France
Invited review article appeared in the same issue
May 2001
Keynote Address Speaker
74th Congress of the Japan Society of Ultrasonics in Medicine (JSUM)
Tokyo, Japan
2001
Joseph H. Holmes Basic Science Pioneer Award for "Outstanding Contributions to the Growth and Development of Diagnostic Ultrasound"
American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
1998
Best Non–Clinical Paper Published in J. Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology 1998 award
"A New Elastographic Method for Estimation and Imaging of Lateral Displacements, Lateral Strains, Corrected Axial Strains and Poisson's Ratios in Tissues" by E. E. Konofagou and J. Ophir
February 15, 1995
Certificate of Proclamation by Mr. Robert Lanier, Mayor of the City of Houston, Texas
Proclaiming February 15, 1995 as "Inventor's day in Houston in honor of Dr. Jonathan Ophir"
February 15, 1995
Inventor–of–the–Year
Banquet, Lecture and Award, Houston Intellectual Property Law Association (HIPLA)
January 24, 1995
Admiral of the Texas Navy
Commission by special proclamation of the Governor of the State of Texas, George W. Bush, "In Recognition of Exemplary Service to Texas, the United States of America, or Mankind"
1992 – 1995
Governor (elected office)
American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
March 1992
Terrance Matzuk Memorial Award for "Distinction for Innovative Research In the Development of Ultrasonic Instrumentation and Technology"
American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, (w/I.Céspedes and H. Ponnekanti)
San Diego, CA
1987 – life
Fellow
American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
1971
Summa Cum Laude (BSEE)
University of Kansas
August 2008
Front–Cover Citation, Shear Strain Elastograms of Benign and Malignant Breast Lesions appeared on the front cover of IEEE Transactions of Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control
December 29, 2006
Citation of Dr. Ophir’s work on Elastography for Breast Cancer Diagnosis appeared in United Press International (UPI) release, "Analysis: New Technology IDs Cancer Tissue," by Astara March
December 2, 2006
Citation of Dr. Ophir’s work on Elastography for Breast Cancer Diagnosis appeared in an article "Experimental Ultrasound Could Refine Cancer Detection Technique May Reduce Biopsies for Breast Lumps," By Carla K. Johnson
Associated Press (AP)
It appeared in many sources such as the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, MSNBC, FoxNews, CBS News, Yahoo.com
http://www.boston.com/yourlife/health/women/articles/2006/12/02/experimental_ultrasound_could_refine_cancer_detection/
Spring 2007
Citation, Dr. Ophir's research on Elastography was featured in The Magazine of The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, UT–Houston Medicine
In the article "Elastography Jumps to National Market: Technique to Minimize Unnecessary Biopsies" by Darla Brown, pp. 20–21
August 2006
Front–Cover Citation, Comparing Nano–Indentor–Based Modulus Images with Strain Elastograms
Research conducted with Seshadri Srinivasan, PhD, and Thomas A. Krouskop, PhD.
IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferrroelectrics, and Frequency Control, Volume 53, No. 8
May 2001
Front–Cover Citation
Benign and Malignant Breast Tumors In Vivo (Elastograms) from research with E. E. Konofagou, PhD and B. Garra, MD
Appeared on the front cover of IEEE Transactions of Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control
May 2001
Certificate of Merit for "Important Contributions to the Development of Medical Ultrasound in Japan"
From the Japan Society of Ultrasonics in Medicine
1999
Certificate of Distinguished Contribution
The B.F. Goodrich Collegiate Inventors Program
National Competition (w/ Elisa Konofagou)
1999
RWB Stephens Prize for Best Student Paper (by Elisa Konofagou and J. Ophir) from the journal Ultrasonics
November 1999
First place Frank Webber Prize for the Summer Research Forum at UTH–MS
Awarded to the poster: "Elastographic Monitoring of High–Intensity Focused–Ultrasound (HIFU) Based Therapy" by K.R Hirasaki, F. Kallel, A. Alaniz and J. Ophir
Spring 1999
Outstanding Achievement in Research Citation
The University of Texas Health Science Center–Houston Honors Convocation
October 6, 1998
Medal of the Tohoku (Japan) Medical Society, for Scientific Contributions to the Society
Sendai, Japan
July 1998
Front–Cover Citation, Prostate Images (Elastograms) from research (with Dr. Kallel) appeared on the front cover of IEEE Transactions of Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control
June 1998
Citation, Dr. Ophir’s research was cited in the Bulletin of the Materials Research Society, Editor’s Choice Department
May 21, 1998
Front–Cover Citation
Kidney images (elastograms) from research (with Dr. Kallel) appeared on the front cover of Machine Design (Penton Publication)
April 8, 1998
Honorable Mention, Research day, Sigma Xi University of Houston Chapter for poster entitled "Methods for Dynamic Range Expansion and Enhancement of Signal–to–Noise Ratio in Elastography"
Co–authors: E.E. Konofagou, J. Ophir, S.K. Alam and T.A. Krouskop
October 28, 1997
Certificate of Recognition as a Distinguished Scientist
Houston Bio–Materials Research Center
University of Texas
October 16, 1997
Outstanding Achievement in Research Citation
Honors Convocation, University of Texas Health Science Center
July, 1997
Citation, Dr. Ophir’s research on Elastography was featured in Materials Evaluation in the article "A New NDT Technique Called Elastography Will Help Detect Breast Cancer" by M. Insana, pp. 784–785
April 4, 1997
First Place Prize
Science Poster Exhibit (with E.E. Konofagou, et al.)
Sigma Xi Honorary Society
University of Houston Chapter
1996
Citation, Dr. Ophir’s research on Elastography was featured in Radiography in the article "Modern Developments in Diagnostic Ultrasound II: High Frequencies, New Types of Image, and Safety" by T.A. Whittingham
Published by the College of Radiographers, United Kingdom, Vol.2, pp. 311–325
1996
Citation, Dr. Ophir’s research on Elastography was featured in Echoes (The newsletter of the Acoustical Society of America) in the article "Facets of Medical Ultrasound" by R. Roy, Vol. 6(3), pp. 1–5
May 1, 1995
Citation
Dr. Ophir’s research on Elastography was featured in an article in Texas Medical Center News, Vol. 17 (8)
1995
Certificate of Appreciation
Tokyo Metropolitan University
Tokyo, Japan
August, 12, 1994
Dean's Teaching Excellence Award List
University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
1993
Semi–Finalist
B. F. Goodrich 1993 National Collegiate Inventors Hall of Fame (w/ I. Cespedes)
1993
President’s Scholar Nomination
University of Texas Health Science Center
October 27, 1992
Outstanding Achivement in Research Citation
The University of Texas Health Science Center
Houston Honors Convocation
1991
Certificate of Commendation
Ror service as Chairman AIUM Standards Committee
1986 – 1987
Dean's Teaching Excellence Award List
University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
1971
Engineering Exposition Award
University of Kansas
1971
Distinguished Engineering Student Achievement Award Nomination
Phillips Petroleum Co.,
1970
Eta Kappa Nu, Engineering Honorary Society
Secretary, Kansas University Chapter
1967
Distinguished Engineering Student Achievement Award
University of Kansas School of Engineering
Sponsored by Phillips Petroleum Co.
1966 – 1970
Dean's Honor Rolls
All semesters, University of Kansas
1965
Meritorious Military Service Certificate
Israel Air Force