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Phillip Jason White, PhD
Research Fellow, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Assistant Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School

Brigham and Women's Hospital
Department of Radiology
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

Research Location: Eugene Braunwald Research Center

Research Email: white@bwh.harvard.edu

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Research Narrative:

As a physicist formerly specializing in the science of thin films, JASON WHITE has recently turned his attention to the design and development of medical devices. For over a decade, he has worked with a team of scientists and engineers at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School (HMS) to develop a method to perform noninvasive brain surgery with focused ultrasound (FUS). Now well into the initial phases of clinical trials, this project has gained significant media attention and has been profiled by CNNNBC Nightly News, and the BBC. Results from his work in shear-mode conversion at the soft tissue-skull interfaces have been incorporated into an MR-guided FUS system for transcranial brain surgery with which patient trials are currently being performed.

As a Kirschstein Fellow at HMS, he had developed his interest in the application of ultrasound in neuroradiology, neuromonitoring, and neurosurgery. His work in this area continues in the form of numerous projects involving the use of ultrasound to measure intracranial pressure, to detect intracranial hemorrhage, and to monitor for brain shift during surgery.

Formerly, he had been a founding member of the critically acclaimed quintet Vento Chiaro, and was on faculty of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute for eight seasons. His musical activities included numerous appearance on Boston’s WGBH and performances in most major North American cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, and Boston’s Symphony Hall. While at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, he was instrumental in the development of a virtual performance environment in which the acoustical characteristics of a space would be accurately computer-controlled in real-time. In 1994, he was named Schwarz Scholar by Florida State University for his contributions to science and the humanities.

Jason White holds a PhD in Acoustics from Pennsylvania State University. He is presently an Instructor in Radiology at Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women's Hospital.


Education:
Pennsylvania State University, 2005, PhD
Pennsylvania State University, 1998, MEng
Florida State University, 1994, BS, BA