Bijan Najafi, Ph.D. is currently serving with the Baylor College of Medicine, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery as a tenured Professor and Director of Clinical Research in the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy and Director of Interdisciplinary Consortium on Advanced Motion Performance (iCAMP). He is also serving as an adjunct Professor at the School of Engineering, Rice University, Houston, TX and Adjunct Professor at the Colleges of Engineering and Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson, Az. He completed his Ph.D. in Bioengineering followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Applied Biomechanics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Tech (Lausanne, Switzerland), and in Neuroscience at Harvard University, Neuromotor Control Lab.
He has over two decades of experience in designing bio-inspired sensors for objective evaluation of healthy state of patients with locomotor dysfunctions, over 200 scientific publications in peer reviewed journals or conference proceeding with more than 5200 citations, seven issued patents and10+ pending/provisional patents, and have been PI or a key investigator on over 50 industrial, national and international grants ($50M+). He worked with a wide network of clinical and bioengineering collaborators across the globe primarily in the clinical areas of falls, frailty, gait, cognitive-motor, ergonomic/posture, dementia, and diabetes and diabetic foot ulcers.
His unique expertise is the translation of wearable technologies for more accurate movement assessment of patients in their natural environment where they're the most comfortable and active. His goal is to better understand how people move through their environment. In this way, he believes we may be able to fundamentally change the way we objectively measure quality of life for people across disciplines. He has assisted in successful translation of several innovative technologies for commercialization in the area of remote heath monitoring, precision medicine, and movement assessment including several wearable and mHealth technologies for activities monitoring, gait analysis, balance assessment, automatic fall detection, patient adherence, surgical skills/ergonomics, and various technologies for foot problems management including prevention of diabetic foot ulcers. Thanks to his contribution in translations of innovation from engineering to various clinical applications, he has been awarded as one of the Influential Health and Medical Leaders in the category of achievement in medical devices by Tucson Local Media.
He has mentored over 400 postdoctoral, research fellows/interns, graduate, undergraduate, premed, and medical students - several of them received prestigious awards from their achievements while working in his team. He also serves as editor, associate editor, and guest editor for several scientific journals including as a section editor for Gerontology, ‘Regenerative and Technological Section’ and Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology.