Hoffman Receives 2014 Rodarte Award

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Eric A. Hoffman, professor of radiology, biomedical engineering, and medicine, received the 2014 Joseph R. Rodarte Award for Scientific Distinction May 19 at the annual international meeting of the American Thoracic Society (ATS).

The award is the highest level of distinction awarded by the Respiratory Structure and Function Assembly of the ATS.

Hoffman has spent the past 40 years as an academician developing novel new quantitative imaging methods for the study of the heart and lungs.  He has been a member of the faculty at the Mayo Medical School, at the University of Pennsylvania and for the last 22 years at the University of Iowa.

He pioneered the use of non-invasive high speed x-ray computed tomography to image the three-dimensional breathing lung  and beating heart. The methods developed are being used around the world to sub-divide the patient populations with chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) and asthma into sub-populations for whom improved treatments can better be targeted.  His work has provided insights into the basic functioning of the lung and its altered function leading to disease states. 

Together with Joseph Reinhardt, Milan Sonka and Geoffrey McLennan, Hoffman co-founded VIDA Diagnostics, a company commercializing lung image analysis software being used in a majority of government and industry sponsored studies using imaging of the lung as a means of developing and testing new interventions for lung disease.