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Eberhart Named Fellow of Biomedical Engineering Society

April 12, 2005

Robert C. Eberhart, Ph.D., a professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, has been recognized as a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). The title is awarded to Society members who demonstrate exceptional achievements and experience in the field of biomedical engineering.

Dr. Eberhart is also a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a Founding Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. He received a Career Achievement Award from the Houston Society for Engineering in Medicine and Biology in 1997 and was president of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs during 1995. Dr. Eberhart received his Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley in 1965 and was the director of the Joint Program in Biomedical Engineering at UTA and UTSW from 1983 to 2001. His research interests include artificial organs, biomaterials and fluid mechanics.

Dr. Eberhart is the co-inventor, along with Dr. Shih-Horng Su, of an expandable, bioresorbable coronary artery stent. To repair damaged or blocked arteries, a stent-covered balloon is inserted into the aorta and expanded and contracted; the bioresorbable stent remains in place to keep the vessel open. The stent is coated with endothelial cells, which resist fracture and are able to protect the injured (expanded) vessel wall. The stent dissolves away with time, so a second surgery is not necessary as it would be with a metal stent. The development of the stent took place while Su was a doctoral student at UTA.

In 2003, Dr. Eberhart and his wife, Carol, began the Robert and Carol Eberhart Endowed Scholarship Fund for biomedical engineering students at UTA.