Warren S. Grundfest M.D



Department of Bioengineering
Department of Electrical Engineering
Department of Surgery

4121H Engineering V
310-794-5956 fax


  • B.A., Swarthmore College, 1974
  • M.D., Columbia University, 1980
  • General Surgery Residency, UCLA, 1980-1982
  • General Surgery Chief Resident, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, 1982-1985


Awards and Recognitions

  • Pierre Galletti Award, AIMBE
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Fellow, International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE)
  • Fellow, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering
  • Fellow, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery
  • Fellow, International Society for Endovascular Surgery
  • Chair, Council of Societies, AIMBE
  • Named in 100 Notable People in the Medical Device Industry


Research Interests

Minimally invasive surgery has dramatically changed the practice of medicine. A variety of mechanical and energy-imparting devices are used to manipulate and modify tissues within the body without the need for large incisions. These procedures are guided by X-ray, ultrasound, optical, or magnetic resonance imaging techniques. These technologies allow physicians to operate without the need for large incisions, dramatically reducing the need for inpatient care and pain medication, while improving outcomes. The laboratory investigates a variety of devices for cardiovascular, ophthalmologic, orthopedic, urologic, and neurosurgical procedures. Studies are underway to develop improved “optical biopsy techniques” to further reduce the invasiveness of surgery. Several new technologies including terahertz imaging, laser-based destruction of bacteria, MRI-Ultrasound image fusion combined with targeted laser ablation, and advanced optical diagnostics are under investigation. Projects range from basic science to clinical applications.




  • Bioengr CM102 / CM202: Basic Human Biology for Bioengineers I (Fall Quarter)
  • Bioengr CM103 / CM203: Basic Human Biology for Bioengineers II (Winter Quarter)
  • Bioengr C170 / C270: Energy-Tissue Interactions (Fall Quarter)
  • Bioengr C171 / C271:  Laser-Tissue Interaction II:  Biologic Spectroscopy (Winter Quarter)
  • Bioengr C172 / C272:  Design of Minimally Invasive Surgical Tools (Spring Quarter)