Professor of Radiology, Stanford University
Katherine Ferrara is a Professor of Radiology at Stanford University. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, IEEE, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Biomedical Engineering Society and the Acoustical Society of America. Dr. Ferrara’s initial academic training was in biology. She followed this with training as a physical therapist, 4 years of clinical experience and a second BS, MS and PhD in engineering. Early in her career, she was a project engineer for General Electric Medical Systems and contributed to the design of early magnetic resonance and ultrasound prototype systems. Following an appointment as an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, she served as the founding chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at UC Davis, now a department of 33 faculty members. Her laboratory is known for early work in aspects of ultrasonics and has more recently expanded their focus to broadly investigate molecular imaging and drug delivery. Dr. Ferrara’s laboratory has received numerous awards including the Achievement Award from the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control Society, which is the top honor of this society.