Prof. Mauro Ferrari

Prof. Mauro Ferrari
Photographer: Michal Roche-Ben Ami​

Prof. Mauro Ferrari is President and CEO of Houston Methodist Research Institute, where he directs more than 2,300 employees and credentialed clinicians engaged in basic science and over 1,000 clinical research protocols in cancer, cardiovascular diseases, neurology, and many others domains of medicine. He also serves as Executive Vice President of the Houston Methodist Hospital System, recently recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top twenty hospitals in the USA. Concurrently, Dr. Ferrari serves as Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical School in Manhattan, New York. His laboratory develops new drugs for cancer. He is recognized as the pioneer of nanomedicine and transport oncophysics. He was the principal architect of the Cancer Nanotechnology Plan at the National Cancer Institute of the USA (2003-2005), which is the largest nanomedicine research program to date, worldwide.

Dr. Ferrari has published over 500 scientific articles, 7 books, and is inventor of over 50 patents issued in the USA and internationally. Dr. Ferrari is a Fellow of AIMBE, AAAS (Biological Sciences), and ASME. He has won numerous scientific awards and recognitions, including the Founders’ Award from the Controlled Release Society, the Blaise Pascal Medal from the European Academy of Sciences, the Aurel Stodola Medal from ETH Zurich. Dr. Ferrari is a Foreign Member of the Italian National Academy of Sciences (Accademia dei Quaranta), a Member of the European Academy of Sciences, and a Corresponding Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, by appointment of Pope Francis. Born in Italy, Dr. Ferrari holds a degree in Mathematics from the Universita’ di Padova, Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and attended medical school at the Ohio State University. Dr. Ferrari holds honorary faculty positions at several universities in the USA and internationally.

He has received honorary doctorates in biotechnology, electrical engineering, and letters (theology). His prior employment includes tenured faculty positions in Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, in Engineering and Medicine at the Ohio State University, and the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Health Sciences Center in Houston, Texas.

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