Dr. Calvin R. Maurer Named to Department of Neurological Surgery, Biomedical Engineering at UR Medical Center

March 02, 1999

Calvin R. Maurer, Jr., Ph.D., has been appointed assistant professor in the Departments of Neurological Surgery and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Maurer has spent the majority of his research career developing computer-assisted, image-guided surgical techniques. Such techniques enable surgeons to use three-dimensional images like magnetic resonance (MR) and x-ray computed tomography (CT) to help plan a surgical approach prior to performing a procedure or operation. These techniques also allow surgeons to use images when performing needle biopsies of a brain tumor, when directing energy at a tumor during stereotatic radiosurgery, or during implantation of a stimulator in the brain of a Parkinson’s disease patient.

Maurer most recently served as a research fellow at King’s College London, where he developed a method of determining the position of a patient’s cranial surface using ultrasound. This technique will potentially allow surgeons to perform image-guided surgery more accurately, without the use of invasive stereotactic frames or bone-implanted markers. Maurer also participated in an augmented reality project in which preoperative image information is overlaid on the physical scene and viewed by a surgeon using a stereo-operating microscope.

Prior to his work in London, Maurer was an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University. During his time there, he helped design and build a neurosurgical navigation system, which utilizes markers implanted in the patient’s skull. Maurer also developed surgical planning software for stereotactic equipment used during neurosurgery, and created new software interface tools for a stereotactic radiosurgery system.

At the University of Rochester, Maurer will continue his research in medical image processing, with his primary focus being the development of new methods of using three-dimensional medical images to plan and perform surgery.

"Dr. Maurer’s appointment is an enormous step forward for the University of Rochester and for the Department of Neurosurgery," said Robert J. Maciunas, M.D., chair of the Department of Neurosurgery. "His arrival consolidates our multidisciplinary program in computer-assisted, image-guided surgery. We anticipate major developments in new surgical technologies being made available to our patients."

Maurer has authored over twenty journal papers in medical image processing and image-guided surgery. He earned both his Ph.D. and his master’s degree in biomedical engineering at Vanderbilt University. He received his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University.

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