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Mohamed R. Mahfouz, Ph.D.

Professor and Co-Drirector
Biomedical Engineering, Co-Director Center for Musculoskeletal Research, The University of Tennessee
Mohamed R. Mahfouz earned his Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from Colorado School of Mines in 2002, a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Denver in 1997, and a Master of Science degree in Systems and Biomedical Engineering from Cairo University in 1992. He is a tenured Professor in the Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering Department of The University of Tennessee, and has earned the prestigious title of Career Development Professor, an award given to only six up-and-coming elite faculty members annually University-wide. In addition, Dr. Mahfouz serves as the Biomedical Engineering Program Director, is on the Graduate Programs Committee, and is a Co-Director of the Center for Musculoskeletal Research. Prior to joining the faculty at The University of Tennessee in 2004, Dr. Mahfouz worked as a Joint Oak Ridge National Laboratory/University of Tennessee (ORNL/UT) Senior Research Assistant and was responsible for developing, directing and coordinating new research efforts for the ORNL/UT Center of Musculosketetal Research (CMR). Dr. Mahfouz has authored a number of book chapters, been the author or co-author of over 60 refereed journal articles, and has presented frequently at professional meetings since 2001.
Dr. Mahfouz' research efforts are currently concentrated on a project entitled The Operating Room of the Future, which uses sensing technologies in the area of computer assisted orthopedic surgery (CAOS) and implants. In its various applications, the scope of his surgical navigation research combines different aspects of current medical technologies, such as patient-specific models from biplanar static radiographs, ultra-wide band RF technology and micoelectromechanical (MEMS) systems, to provide a promising aid for physicians in the future, while seeking integration with commonly used surgical tools. His work in in vivo fluoroscopy has earned Dr. Mahfouz international recognition for his studies of three-dimensional implant movement. As part of this research effort, Dr. Mahfouz built a database of 3D patient-specific femur models that enabled automatic measurements to be made. These measurements have been used to locate landmarks and calculate the axes necessary to optimize the bone cuts and implant fitting for total knee replacement surgery. In addition, his comparison of 3D measurements of male and female femurs resulted in quantification of a number of significant gender differences. This work was revolutionary with respect to implant design, and has played a large role in the design of a gender-specific knee implant. Dr. Mahfouz holds a number of imaging-related patents used for patient diagnostics and treatment.

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Date Created: July 17, 2019