Effective 2012, Dr. Jeffrey L. Duerk transitioned to be the Leonard Case Professor of Engineering and Dean of the Case School of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). He assumed that position from having been the Allen H. and Constance T. Ford Professor and Chair of Biomedical Engineering at CWRU.
From 1986-1988 he was a member of the Clinical Science group of Picker International’s NMR Division (now Philips Medical Systems). Thereafter, he joined the faculty of CWRU and University Hospitals of Cleveland’s Departments of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering where today he is the Director of the Case Center for Imaging Research. He is professor in the Departments of Radiology and BME. He was also the founding leader of the Cancer Imaging program in the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Dr. Duerk is an advocate of multidisciplinary research and has spent the last 25 years working with scientists, engineers, physicians and students to develop new imaging techniques which facilitate immediate clinical utilization to improve patient care. His work has a strong emphasis in expanding the role of magnetic resonance (MR) imaging into new applications including image guided procedures, rapid imaging, analysis and compensation of the effects of motion in MRI, topics in intravascular coil development, signal processing aspects of MR, and more recently in the development of Interventional MRI.
In 2003, he and his colleagues founded Interventional Imaging, Inc., a startup medical imaging device company utilizing technology developed in his laboratory at Case; he has remained active with the company over its operation including serving on its Board of Directors and as a consultant on scientific and technical issues. He has received numerous government grants, has served on various NIH study sections and is a regularly invited lecturer on topics ranging from MR imaging to entrepreneurship within academia.
He is a member of the Editorial Boards of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Journal of MRI, the premier journals in the MRI field, and also of Annals of Biomedical Engineering; he is also a reviewer for many other journals related to medical imaging. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a Fellow of AIMBE and a Fellow of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. He has served the ISMRM and its predecessors as a member of the: Board of Directors, Treasurer, and a past member of virtually all committees. He is a past chair of the ISMRM’s Scientific Program Committee responsible for their first meeting in Asia (Kyoto, Japan, 2004); he is also now a Past President of the society and a 2011 recipient of its Silver Medal. Dr. Duerk has published over 180 peer reviewed manuscripts, graduated approximately 15 PhD graduate students, has 14 licensed patents, and has 10 patents pending.
Dr. Duerk received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 1987, following BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and The Ohio State University, respectively.