B.S. EE, University of Denver
Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
Engineering development and optimization of cardiac assist devices, cardiovascular dynamics, cardiovascular function under stress, modeling of biological systems, mechanisms of gas transport in the mivtocirculation, biomedical instrumentation.
Dr. Jaron is Calhoun Distinguished Professor of Engineering in Medicine, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems and Professor of Electrical Engineering, Drexel University. Dr. Jaron received his Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1967. From 1971 to 1973 he was Director of the Surgical Research Laboratory at Sinai Hospital of Detroit. Prior to joining Sinai Hospital he was Senior Research Associate and later Director of the Surgical Research Laboratory at Maimonides Medical Center in New York. From 1973 to 1979 Dr. Jaron was on the faculty of the Electrical Engineering department and functioned as Coordinator of the Biomedical Engineering program at the University of Rhode Island. He served as Director of the Biomedical Engineering and Science Institute at Drexel University from 1980 to 1996. From 1991 to 1993 he was on a two-year assignment to the National Science Foundation, where he was Director of the Division of Biological and Critical Systems in the Engineering Directorate. From 1996 to 1998 he was Associate Director for the National Center for Research Resources and Director of its Biomedical Technology program at the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Jaron’s major research contributions have been in development of models to study cardiovascular dynamics and the interaction of mechanical cardiac assist devices with the cardiovascular system. He pioneered the application of engineering techniques to the study of the control of cardiac assist devices and led the engineering development of the intraaortic balloon pump system -- the first successful in-series left ventricular assist device to be applied clinically. By integrating engineering techniques, mathematical approaches and physiological information, his research led to an improved understanding of the control system characteristics of cardiac assist devices and to the development of improved techniques that maximize effectiveness of cardiac mechanical support systems. He has also worked extensively on modeling of gas transport in the microcirculation and on modeling, development and assessment of protection techniques for pilots subjected to high acceleration stress. Dr. Jaron's research has resulted in more than 140 articles in archival journals, conference proceedings and book chapters, and more than 60 abstracts.
In addition to his research activities, Dr. Jaron has made extensive contributions to the development of the bioengineering profession worldwide through his extensive professional activities and service with the government. As Director of the Biological and Critical Systems Division at NSF he led in the creation of the new Division of Bioengineering and Environmental Systems and significantly increased funding for bioengineering research. At NIH he was a major driving force within the NIH Bioengineering Consortium (BECON). His many efforts at the agency culminated in the trans-NIH symposium titled: “Bioengineering: Building The Future of Biology and Medicine” which he co-chaired. The symposium, for which he received the NIH Director’s Award, has been hailed by the engineering research community and by the NIH as a watershed for the agency and for the field of Bioengineering. This and his other accomplishments at NIH helped to affirm the importance and the critical role of engineering to the solution of basic and applied research problems in biomedicine.
In 1986 and 1987 Dr. Jaron served as President of the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. He was a member of the board of The American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) and as a member of the Administration Council of The International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE). In 1997 he became president-elect of IFMBE. He assumed the presidency of the organization in July, 2000 and served in this capacity until 2003. From 2003 to 2006 he served as Vice President of the International Union for Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine. In 2008 he was elected to the Executive Board of the International Council for Science (ICSU). Dr. Jaron is a Fellow of the IEEE, the AAAS, the Academy of Surgical Research, and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. He is a permanent member of the World Academy for Biomedical Technology.
Dr. Jaron is a member of the IEEE, the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society of the IEEE, The ASEE, Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, Sigma Xi, the New York Academy of Sciences, the Biomedical Engineering Society, the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs, the International Society for Artificial Organs, the AAAS, the Aerospace Medical Association, and the Cardiovascular Dynamics Society.