Arthur F Gmitro, PhD

Department Head, Biomedical Engineering
Professor, Medical Imaging
Professor, Optical Sciences
Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Phone Number: 
(520) 626-4720
Professional Bio: 

Dr. Arthur F. Gmitro is a Professor of Medical Imaging and Optical Sciences at The University of Arizona. He is also a member of the Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Gmitro received his PhD in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona in 1982. Before returning to the UA as a faculty member in 1987, he was an Assistant Professor of Diagnostic Radiology at Yale University.

Dr. Gmitro has been involved in medical imaging research for over 30 years, has done work in technology development in CT, MRI, and optical imaging, and has published more than 60 papers on a variety of topics in medical imaging. He has applied these technologies in clinical and research applications including neurological imaging, cancer, and cardiovascular imaging. The focus of his research is on the development of new imaging technologies and their application in basic and applied clinical science. A major area of research in his laboratory is development of optical biopsy systems for cancer detection. They have pioneered the development of the confocal microendoscope and are actively involved in developing and testing this technology in the area of cancer diagnosis. His laboratory has also developed a multi-modality imaging platform utilizing window chambers in animal models to enable better preclinical testing of novel diagnostic and therapeutic approaches.

Dr. Gmitro is the recipient of the Rudolph Kingslake award from SPIE (Society of Photooptical Instrumentation Engineers) and the Francois Erbsmann prize from IPMI (Information Processing in Medical Imaging). Dr. Gmitro’s major areas of research are in Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Biomedical Optical Imaging. He has done fundamental work in the development of these technologies and directs an active research program in both areas. Dr. Gmitro is the Director of the NIH supported Training Program in Biomedical Imaging and Spectroscopy and Leader of the Cancer Imaging Program.

Dr. Gmitro has been actively involved with mentoring and advising graduate students. He has been the primary research advisor for 19 Ph.D. graduate students as well as 8 M.S. students and 3 postdocs. He continues to serve as Director of a T32 Training Grant from NIBIB entitled “Biomedical Imaging and Spectroscopy”, which is training predoctoral students in the fundamental mathematics, physics, engineering, and clinical applications of biomedical imaging.

Research Information

Research Program: 
Cancer Imaging
Research Focus: 

I have been involved in medical imaging for over 30 years and have done research work in technology development in CT, MRI, and optical imaging. I have applied these technologies in clinical and research applications including neurological imaging, body imaging, and cancer. The focus of my research is on development of new imaging technologies and their application in basic and applied clinical science. A current area of research in my laboratory is in the development of optical biopsy systems for cancer detection. We have pioneered the development of the confocal microendoscope and are actively involved in developing and testing this technology in the area of cancer diagnosis. My laboratory is also working to develop a multi-modality imaging platform utilizing window chambers animal models to enable better preclinical testing of novel cancer diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. We have developed and used the window chamber models to measure pH, angiogenesis, vascular permeability, and molecular expression profiles using optical, MRI, and nuclear imaging modalities.

Selected Publications: 

Professional Information

Positions and Honors: 

Rudolph Kingslake Award, SPIE, 1984
Francois Erbsmann Prize, IPMI Conference, 1989

Other Experience and Professional Memberships/Affiliations: 

Optical Society of America
Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine

Academic Information

Doctorate: 
PhD, University of Arizona, 1982
Master's Degree: 
MS, University of Arizona, 1979
Undergraduate School: 
BS, University of Illinois, 1974