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Roderic Ivan Pettigrew, PhD, MD


CEO of Engineering Health (EnHealth)
Executive Dean for Engineering Medicine (EnMed) at Texas A&M and Houston Methodist Hospital
Member, National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Engineering , 2007, 2010

Roderic Ivan Pettigrew, Ph.D., MD, serves as CEO of Engineering Health (EnHealth) and executive dean for Engineering Medicine (EnMed) at Texas A&M and Houston Methodist Hospital. He is an internationally renowned Physician, Scientist, and Bioengineer with expertise in health technologies emerging from the convergence of the life sciences, the physical sciences, and engineering. Dr. Pettigrew holds the endowed Robert A. Welch Chair in Medical Science. He was the founding Director of the U.S. National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) at the NIH [2002-2017].
His new undertaking is EnHealth, which is the world’s first initiative to holistically integrate engineering into all of the colleges of a university that is a part of the health care enterprise. EnMed is the first constituent program, creating a new school that integrates engineering into medical training to develop students/physicians who invent solutions to healthcare problems.

As the founding Director of NIBIB, Dr. Pettigrew oversaw all governance operations and managed a composite budget of almost $5 Billion. Under his guidance, NIBIB became internationally recognized for its global leadership in developing and accelerating the application of transformative health care technologies. Before his appointment at the NIH, Pettigrew was a professor of radiology and medicine (cardiology) at Emory University, professor of bioengineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Director of the Emory Center for Magnetic Resonance Research at the Emory University School of Medicine.

An MIT graduate (Ph.D. ’77) who finished his medical training in Nuclear Medicine at UCSD (’83), he is known internationally for his pioneering work involving four-dimensional imaging of the cardiovascular system using magnetic resonance (MRI). Dr. Pettigrew’s current research focuses on integrated imaging and predictive modeling of coronary atherosclerotic disease.

Dr. Pettigrew’s scholarly achievements have earned him many awards and recognitions. He has been elected to membership in the U.S. National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Engineering, and also elected to the National Academy of Sciences, India. Other awards include the Pierre Galletti Award of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, the Pritzker Distinguished Achievement Award of the Biomedical Engineering Society, the Distinguished Service Award of the National Medical Association, the Inaugural Gold Medal of the Academy of Radiology Research, the Distinguished Service Medal of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, and the Gold Medal of the Radiological Society of North America.