Assistant Professor , COM IM Cardiology Division
3939 Cardiovascular Rsrch Cntr
Kevin Haworth’s research interests broadly include biomedical ultrasound imaging and therapy. In particular, he is currently directing and conducting research in medical ultrasound including the use of bubbles for diagnostic and therapeutic applications. His work includes studies of cavitation imaging and acoustic droplet vaporization for gas scavenging and imaging. These studies have been funded through the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, and institutional awards. Ongoing studies of passive cavitation imaging are being pursued to develop image-guidance for cavitation-based therapies such as drug delivery and thrombolysis. Additional studies are being performed to modify the imaging algorithm for improved image quality. Dr. Haworth is the principal investigator of an NIH-NHLBI K25 grant entitled "Ultrasound-mediated oxygen scavenging for inhibition of reperfusion injury.” While new therapies to restore blood flow during myocardial infarction (i.e., a heart attack) can be life-saving, up to half of the volume of heart tissue at risk during a heart attack dies, paradoxically, due to the return of blood flow. The previously oxygen-started heart muscle responds to the influx of oxygen by creating free radicals that damage the patient’s heart cells, so-called reperfusion injury. This project uses a novel, ultrasound-mediated technique to sequester oxygen from the blood to limit free radical formation and reduce reperfusion injury.
Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Diseases; Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Director, Image-Guided Ultrasound Therapeutics Laboratories; Scientific Director, Heart, Lung, and Vascular Institute , COM IM Cardiology Division
3935 Cardiovascular Rsrch Cntr
Professor , CEAS - Biomedical Eng
501E Engineering Research Cntr