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Jonathan Ophir Jonathan Ophir received his BSEE (Summa cum Laude), MSEE and Doctor of Engineering degrees from the University of Kansas, Lawrence Kansas in 1971, 1973 and 1977, respectively. His Doctoral dissertation describes an early implementation of Digital Scan Conversion techniques for diagnostic ultrasound. During 1976-1977 he worked as a project engineer for Philips Ultrasound Inc., where he developed a commercial version of their first real-time Digital Scan Converter. He then spent 3 years as an Assistant Professor of Radiology at the University of Kansas Medical School in Kansas City, Kansas, where he was involved in the development of prototype sonographic contrast agents, ultrasound phantoms and instrumentation for Ultrasonic Tissue Characterization. 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 Laboratory. He is also Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Houston and at the University of Texas at Austin.
His current field of research interest is Ultrasonic Tissue Characterization and Elastography, the imaging of the elastic properties of soft tissues using ultrasound.
   
Dr. Ophir has contributed more than 100 original articles and several invited review articles to peer reviewed scientific journals, and holds 15 United States and foreign patents in the area of ultrasound instrumentation and measurement techniques. His teaching activities include courses in Ultrasound Physics given to student sonographers, radiology residents and graduate students. He has been a Visiting Professor and Invited Lecturer in the US and overseas. He has served on a number of National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation study sections, and has been a consultant to several corporations and organizations. 
   

He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, past Chairman of the Standards Committee and past Member of the Board of Governors. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology and the Journal of Clinical Ultrasound, and is Associate Editor of Ultrasonic Imaging. In 1992 he was a co-recipient of the Terrance Matzuk Award from the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine for "distinction in innovative research in the development of ultrasonic instrumentation and technology". In 1995 he was recognized as Inventor of the Year by the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association and by Mr. Bob Lanier, the Mayor of the City of Houston, Texas. In 1995 he also received an honorary commission as an Admiral in the Texas Navy by Texas Governor George W. Bush.

In 2001 Dr. Ophir received the Joseph H. Holmes Basic Science Pioneer Award from the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.



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