Biomedical Engineering Department Announces New Chairman
We are pleased to share with you the exciting news that professor Robert F. Kirsch has accepted the offer from the president and provost to serve as the chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME), which is based in both the Case School of Engineering and the School of Medicine.
Professor Kirsch emerged as the top candidate among a field of highly qualified individuals drawn by a national search. He is recognized internationally as a leader in his field, having authored more than 60 peer-reviewed publications and 200 conference papers. He has served on more than 50 national review panels and was elected to the maximum two terms on the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and has been named a Research Career Scientist by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Professor Kirsch has led a number of large, multi-investigator, multi-institution research projects over the past 10 years, with total funding (since 2005) of more than $15M for projects as the PI and $23M for other projects as Co-PI. He is the executive director of the Cleveland Functional Electrical Stimulation Center, a consortium including the university, MetroHealth Medical Center and the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center. He is also leading an ongoing strategic planning effort across the university and affiliated hospitals in neural research.
Additionally, Professor Kirsch is an accomplished teacher, as judged by consistently high student ratings and by his leadership of the modernization of the BME curriculum. He is also a dedicated mentor, having graduated 12 PhD and 18 MS trainees, and has served on 45 PhD committees and 55 MS committees.
Finally, Professor Kirsch has demonstrated impressive leadership skills during his many months of service as interim chair of the department, eight years as associate chair for graduate programs in BME, long tenure as chair of the CSE Executive Committee and membership on the SOM Research Committee.
Professor Kirsch’s national profile, coupled with his extensive accomplishments, make him ideally suited to lead our highly ranked biomedical engineering department. We look forward to working with him and BME faculty and staff.
Please join us in congratulating Professor Kirsch and wishing him the best in his new appointment.
Jeffrey L. Duerk
Dean, Case School of Engineering
Leonard Case Professor of Engineering
Pamela B. Davis
Dean, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine
Vice President for Medical Affairs, Case Western Reserve University