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Kim Butts Pauly

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Radiology (General Radiology) and, by courtesy, of Bioengineering and of Electrical Engineering

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    Email Tel (650) 725-8551


Academic Appointments

Administrative Appointments

  • Director, Center for Biomedical Imaging at Stanford (2010 - present)

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Investigator, The Academy of Radiology Research (2012)
  • Fellow, ISMRM (2009)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • Board Member, ISMRM (2004 - 2008)
  • Board Member, ISTU (2009 - 2012)
  • Chair, Scientific Program Committee, ISMRM (2007 - 2008)
  • Chair, Technical Program Committee, ISTU (2013 - 2014)

Professional Education

B.S.: Duke University, Physics (1989)
Ph.D.: Mayo Graduate School, Biophysical Sciences (1993)

Research & Scholarship

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

We are investigating the use of focused ultrasound for neuromodulation of the brain for direct stimulation and inhibition of the brain for preclinical mapping of brain function, reduction of epileptic seizures, and for general study of the brain. We are using focused ultrasound to open the blood brain barrier in order to enhance drug delivery to cancers of the brain. We are also using focused ultrasound to thermally ablate tissue for movement disorders such as essential tremor, as well as for cancers in the body.

In addition to the basic science study of neuromodulation and cancer treatment, we are also engineering key MRI methods that enable monitoring these interventions, include MR thermometry, MR-acoustic radiation force imaging, and phase aberration correction using a combined approach of simulation and ultrashort echo time MRI imaging of bone.




Prior Year Coursescourses of Kim Pauly

Postdoctoral Advisees

Michael MarxAurea Pascal-TenorioYuan Zheng

Graduate and Fellowship Program Affiliations



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