Benoit Desjardins, MD, PhD, FAHA, FACR

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Professor CE of Radiology
Active Radiologist, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA
Active Radiologist, Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
Attending Radiologist, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Director - CV Translational Imaging, Cardiovascular Program, Translational Imaging Division, Center for Biomedical Imaging, University of Pennsylvania
Active Radiologist, Phoenixville Hospital, University of Pennsylvania, Phoenixville, PA
Cybersecurity Consultant, University of Pennsylvania
Director of Network Practice Optimization - Cardiothoracic, University of Pennsylvania
Department: Radiology

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Department of Radiology
Cardiovascular Imaging Section
1 Donner
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: (215) 615-5476
Fax: (215) 662-7868
M.D. (Medicine)
University of Montreal, 1989.
M.S. (Pure Mathematics)
Carnegie-Mellon University, 1995.
M.S. (Artificial Intelligence)
University of Pittsburgh, 1995.
Ph.D. (Theoretical AI / Formal Philosophy)
University of Pittsburgh, 1999.
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Description of Research Expertise

I am interested in the development of novel techniques for cardiovascular imaging by MRI and CT, including pulse sequence programming and post-processing algorithms. My current main research which is supported by a 1 million dollar NIH grant is on the high resolution imaging of myocardial damage by MRI, in the context of cardiac ablation therapy for arrhythmia (atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia). This involves the development of new free breathing ECG-gated pulse sequences to acquire the data, post-processing algorithms to extract abnormal signal on MR images, semi-automatic methods for generation of 3-D representations of myocardial damage, and techniques for integration with endocardial mapping techniques. I am also interested in developing new techniques to assess aortic compliance from ECG-gated dynamic CTs, as well as new techniques to assess left atrial function from ECG-gated CT and MRI. I am also interested in developing new artificial intelligence techniques to post-process cardiovascular images.

Description of Clinical Expertise

I am a non-invasive cardiovascular radiologist. My clinical skills are applied primarily to non-invasive imaging of cardiac and vascular disease by MRI and CT. I am especially interested in imaging of myocardial damage in ischemic and non-ischemic cardiomyopathies by MRI and CT, and imaging of disease of the thoracic aorta by CT and MRI, including 3-D and 4-D imaging. My skills also include stress testing and MR/CT imaging of patients with pacemakers and ICDs. I have also expertise in thoracic imaging (MRI, CT, CXR), body imaging (MRI/CT), and ER radiology.

Description of Other Expertise

I have expertise in information technology in radiology and cardiology, including RIS, PACS, 3-D workstations, networking and data mining. In particular, I have extensive expertise in cybersecurity, including publications and national and international speaking engagements, as well as membership in national committees. I am also involved in several activities related to artificial intelligence in medicine (my PhD area). I am in several committees both locally and nationally on AI in radiology, and am speaking on the topic internationally. In the next decade, starting with my sabbatical next year, I will focus my efforts on artificial intelligence in medicine.
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