Ernest Feleppa, PhD

Ernest Feleppa, PhD

Areas of Expertise

  • Biomedical-ultrasound research with clinical focus
  • Ultrasonic imaging
  • Quantitative ultrasound
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic applications of ultrasound
  • Ultrasound physics

Background and Current Work

Dr. Ernest Feleppa has been a member of Riverside Research’s Lizzi Center for Biomedical Engineering since 1969 and is currently the Research Director of the group. He was the principal investigator of two recently completed, major, multi-year projects that are funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for applying advanced tissue-typing methods to imaging cancers in the prostate gland. Currently, Dr. Feleppa is the principal investigator of a third major grant to detect metastatic cancer in lymph nodes. These lymph-node studies are based on an earlier, nine-year project that demonstrated the great potential value of our ultrasonic methods for detecting lymph-node cancers. He also serves as lead co-investigator on an NIH-funded project to identify cancerous thyroid nodules. Dr. Feleppa has authored and co-authored more than one hundred peer-reviewed articles in technical journals and several book chapters on biomedical ultrasound. He also is the co-inventor on numerous patents assigned to Riverside Research.

Education, Awards, and Recognition

Dr. Feleppa earned a BA in physics from Cornell University and a PhD in biophysics from Columbia University. He is the 2009 recipient of the Joseph H. Holms Award as a pioneer in basic science related to medical ultrasound.


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