Professor Mohamed Mahfouz

Dr. Mahfouz earned his Bachelors and Masters (1987 and 1992) Degrees in Biomedical Engineering (BME) from Cairo University, a Masters in Electrical Engineering (1997) from the University of Denver, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Systems (2002) from the Colorado School of Mines. He served as Director of Research at Rocky Mountain Musculoskeletal Research Laboratory in Denver (1999) and accepted a Senior Research Scientist position at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), while serving as Center Co-Director of the University of Tennessee (UT)/ORNL Center for Musculoskeletal Research (CMR). He was named Program Director for BME at UT (2007) and Chair of Institute of Biomedical Engineering iBME (2013). Currently, he is Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the Mechanical Aerospace & Biomedical Engineering (MABE) of University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Upon completion of his Ph.D. degree, Dr. Mahfouz served as the Technical Director from 1999 to 2002 and then Director of Research during 2003 at the Rocky Mountain Musculoskeletal Research Laboratory (RMMRL), in Denver, Colorado. In 2003 Dr. Mahfouz accepted a Senior Research Scientist position at Oak Ridge National Laboratory where he also served as the Center Technical Director from July 2003 through August 2004 for the University of Tennessee (UT)/Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Center for Musculoskeletal Research (CMR) from July 2003 through August 2004.

In August 2004, Dr. Mahfouz accepted a joint UT/ORNL faculty appointment, where he is an Associate Professor of biomedical engineering and a Co-Center Director for the joint UT/ORNL Center for Musculoskeletal Research (CMR). In 2007 he was named the program coordinator for biomedical engineering at UT. He was a senior research scientist in the Computational Sciences and Engineering Division at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Dr. Mahfouz was awarded the prestigious title of Research Fellow by the UT College of Engineering for his outstanding academic and research efforts in 2007 and 2011. He is a Career Development Professor at UT, a prestigious award only given out to six up-and-coming, elite faculty members annually across the whole University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

In addition to his roles at UT, Dr. Mahfouz serves as President and CEO of TechMah, LLC. TechMah, LLC is a provider of novel solutions for scientific applications requiring multidisciplinary collaboration. TechMah supplies clients with the expertise and resources required for application development in the fields of medical imaging, orthopedic surgery, real-time positioning, electronic hardware, and many others. Dr. Mahfouz leads TechMah’s highly skilled engineers work with clients to support product development at many levels level, including FDA submission and algorithm development. TechMah provides key support for many orthopedic companies during implant and surgical device development, using an innovative set of tools for anatomical analysis across ethnicities and genders. These have been utilized in products related to the knee, hip and shoulder to name a few.

Dr. Mahfouz has brought numerous technologies and opportunities to UT and ORNL. He completed his Ph.D. on a novel method of 2D to 3D registration for clinical fluoroscopic study of in vivo joint movement. He continued this research in developing his own proprietary software, Simulated Algorithmic Anatomical Modeling (SAAM), for this purpose and has used it to study implanted knees, hips, ankles, shoulders and the lumbar spine over the last 7 years.

His extensive knowledge of biomedical imaging systems includes x-ray, fluoroscopy, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), and positron emission tomography (PET) imaging, and image registration. His bioinstrumentation expertise includes microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), ultrasound, and surgical navigation. In his quest to design the “Operating Room of the Future,” Dr. Mahfouz has done ground breaking research in the area of indoor wireless positioning systems using novel ultra-wideband (UWB) wireless technology.

Dr. Mahfouz has published a number of conference papers and has given multiple workshop presentations which pertain to his research in this field. He has developed a novel wireless positioning system which achieves millimeter and potentially sub-millimeter 3-D accuracy, which opens up many new medical applications including smart surgical tools, non-invasive ultrasound bone registration, high speed wireless digital communication in the operating room (OR) and other medical applications.

He has also done ground breaking research in the area of MEMS sensor development. This includes MEMS capacitive pressure sensor arrays on both rigid and flexible substrates. These can be used in smart provisional and smart implant systems pertaining to Total Knee Arthroplasty, which will allow more quantitative analysis of the knee joint both intra-operatively and post-operatively. Dr. Mahfouz has also built an A-mode ultrasound system which can do non-invasive 3-D registration of bones intra-operatively during orthopaedic Computer Assisted Surgery (CAS). This system is tracked in the global frame by the UWB positioning system and can also be used for intra-operative bone morphing applications.

In addition, Dr. Mahfouz has worked to incorporate pattern recognition in the fields of forensic and physical anthropology. Dr. Mahfouz focuses on utilizing new and advanced technologies to build systems from the ground up for medical applications. This unique and powerful design approach will shape the evolution of surgical navigation systems and OR technologies for years to come.

Dr. Mahfouz’s future goals at UT are to help the University develop an internationally renowned Biomedical Engineering program. His more focused goals are to continue developing one of the best research programs pertaining to biomedical sensors and biomedical imaging. Dr. Mahfouz wants to establish a program that will attract the best graduate students and post-doctoral researchers to the University of Tennessee. His constant push towards scientific discovery and application in the biomedical field combined with his high quality of work make him an outstanding contributor to the biomedical engineering field.

He is a Career Development Professor at UT, a prestigious annual award given to only six up-and-coming elite faculty members across the entire University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Download CV
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