Phillip Jason White

I am an Assistant Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School and lead a research group in the Focused Ultrasound Laboratory at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). My students and I are interested in the application of ultrasound for biomedical imaging, sensing, and therapy. Among others, we collaborate with researchers within the BWH Departments of Neurosurgery, Transplant Surgery, Cardiovascular Imaging, and the Massachusetts General Hospital Departments of Orthopedic Surgery and Emergency Medicine. Other collaborators include those at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and the Boston University Department of Biomedical Engineering.

I have been instrumental in the development of high-intensity focused ultrasound for noninvasive brain surgery and am interested in the continued development of this technology for multiple indications (e.g., cancer, multiple sclerosis, and functional neurosurgery) and the translation of techniques toward novel diagnostic applications (e.g., surgical guidance, portable screening, and wearable monitors).

I teach courses on the physics of biomedical imaging (ultrasound, x-rays, nuclear medicine, and MRI) and on radiation biology.

Formerly, I was trained as a classical musician at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and a founding member of Vento Chiaro, the critically acclaimed wind quintet with whom I performed for 11 seasons.

I received a PhD in Acoustics from Pennsylvania State University with a thesis on the complex modes of ultrasound transmission through the human skull bone.