JHU biomedical engineering primary faculty
Elliot R. McVeigh, PhD
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
B.S. Physics, University of Toronto, 1984
Ph.D. Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto, 1988
Immediately following his PhD, Dr. McVeigh joined the faculty of Radiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, working with Elias Zerhouni to develop a research program in cardiac MRI.
In 1991 Dr. McVeigh founded the Medical Imaging Laboratory in the Department of Biomedical Engineering as part of a Whitaker Development Award. Many novel MR imaging techniques were developed in the cardiac MRI research group during this period: myocardial tagging for evaluating local muscle contraction, myocardial perfusion estimates with dynamic imaging of contrast injections, and late enhancement imaging to clearly image myocardial infarction. These techniques form the foundation of the modern cardiac MRI exam. Dr. McVeigh's laboratory also demonstrated the ability of MRI to evaluate the benefit of Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT) in the failing heart; these studies were seminal in understanding how CRT should be used.
In 1999, Dr McVeigh joined the Laboratory of Cardiac Energetics at the NIH in Bethesda to develop a research program in cardiovascular interventional MRI. Working with clinical colleagues, Dr. McVeigh's laboratory demonstrated numerous novel applications for the first time, three of which were the first MRI guided injections of therapeutic agents directly into the myocardium, the first simultaneous electrical and mechanical measurements of cardiac function with MR, and the first MR guided aortic valve replacement in the beating heart.