Elliot McVeigh has been named the new director of Biomedical Engineering, a
spans two divisions and two campuses — the School of
Engineering at Homewood and the School of
Medicine in East Baltimore — and encompasses an
undergraduate training program with close to 500
students, a graduate program with more than 100 master's
and doctoral degree candidates and a
research mission led by 25 faculty.
McVeigh will lead the development and integration of
these programs to enhance the training
experience of the students, the research mission of the
university and the rapid integration of new
technologies in patient care.
"Elliot was chosen to head this accomplished
department based on his outstanding scientific
qualifications and his inclusive vision for the
department's future," said Edward D. Miller, dean and
CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine.
McVeigh joined the School of Medicine's Department of
Radiology in 1988 after receiving his
doctorate in medical biophysics from the University of
Toronto. In 1991, he also joined the
Department of Biomedical Engineering. Since then, he has
helped develop the research program in
cardiac MRI and directed the Medical Imaging Laboratory,
which seeks to develop new imaging
techniques and advance existing ones to solve problems in
medicine and biology.
In 1999, while maintaining a part-time faculty
appointment at Johns Hopkins, McVeigh joined
the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., as a
senior investigator in the Laboratory of
Cardiac Energetics, where he developed a research program
devoted to cardiovascular interventional
MRI. Among his many achievements, he is an inventor on
eight patents for real-time interventional
MRI and real-time MRI devices, has published more than 150
peer-reviewed research papers and has
mentored more than 20 graduate students.
McVeigh succeeds Murray Sachs, who will remain on the
faculty as a teacher and scholar.
"During his time as director of Biomedical Engineering
at Johns Hopkins, Murray led a program
that is now known worldwide for its pre-eminence in both
research and education," said Nicholas P.
Jones, dean of the Whiting School of Engineering. "We are
confident that Elliot will build on the
department's strong foundation and take it to even greater