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David J. Skorton

  • David J. Skorton
  • Dept: Biomedical Engineering
  • Title: President, Cornell University; Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Professor, Medicine and Pediatrics, Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Address: 300 Day Hall
  • Phone: 607 255-5201
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Dr. Skorton became president of Cornell University in 2006; in addition to his position in biomedical engineering he holds faculty appointments in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medical College. Before coming to Cornell, he was president of the University of Iowa for three years (2003-2006) and a faculty member there for 26 years. He was co-founder and co-director of the University of Iowa Adolescent and Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic, and he also served as director of the Cardiovascular Image Processing Laboratory.

Dr. Skorton is a national leader in research ethics and was charter president of the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc., which is the first entity to accredit protection programs in human research. He has been a member of the editorial boards for 12 journals and has provided national service to the American Heart Association, American Society of Echocardiography, American College of Cardiology, and American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.

He earned his bachelor's degree in psychology in 1970 and an M.D. in 1974, both from Northwestern University. He completed his medical residency and fellowship in cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Research Interests

Dr. Skorton's research has been on cardiovascular imaging and image analysis. In particular, Dr. Skorton has special expertise in image analysis (digital processing) and techniques associated with application of ultrasound and MRI to myocardial tissue characterization. Among his engineering contributions is the development of methods of automated border detection using graph-searching principles. Specifically, he has demonstrated how to use a sequence of images to gain insights when these methods fail with a single image (IEEE Trans Med Imaging 14:42-55, 1995). He does not currently have an active laboratory.

Dr. Skorton's clinical interests include congenital heart disease and heritable connective tissue disease in adolescents and adults.

Selected Publications

  • Skorton, David J., A. Garson, H. D. Allen, J. M. Fox, S. C. Truesdell, G. D. Webb, R. G. Williams. 2001. "Task Force 5: Adults with congenital heart disease: Access to care." Journal of the American College of Cardiology 37 (5): 1193-1198.
  • Thedens, D. R., David J. Skorton, S. R. Fleagle. 1995. "Methods of Graph Searching for Border Detection in Image Sequences with Applications to Cardiac Magnetic-Resonance-Imaging." IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging 14 (1): 42-55.
  • McPherson, D. D., David J. Skorton, S. Kodiyalam, L. Petree, M. P. Noel, R. Kieso, R. E. Kerber, S. M. Collins, K. B. Chandran. 1987. "Finite-Element Analysis of Myocardial Diastolic Function Using 3-Dimensional Echocardiographic Reconstructions - Application of a New Method for Study of Acute-Ischemia in Dogs." Circulation Research 60 (5): 674-682.
  • Skorton, David J., H. E. Melton, N. G. Pandian, J. Nichols, S. Koyanagi, M. L. Marcus, S. M. Collins, R. E. Kerber. 1983. "Detection of Acute Myocardial-Infarction in Closed-Chest Dogs by Analysis of Regional Two-Dimensional Echocardiographic Gray-Level Distributions." Circulation Research 52 (1): 36-44.
  • Skorton, David J., C. A. McNary, J. S. Child, F. C. Newton, P. M. Shah. 1981. "Digital Image-Processing of Two-Dimensional Echocardiograms - Identification of the Endocardium." American Journal of Cardiology 48 (3): 479-486.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences 2011
  • Institute of Medicine 2010
  • Master (American College of Cardiology) 2009