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Frank J. Bova, PhD

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Biography

Frank J. Bova, PhD, attended Sewanhaka High School in Elmont, New York graduating in 1968 followed by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  In 1972 he graduated with a Bachelor in Biomedical Engineering and in 1973 a Masters in Biomedical Engineering. He went on to receive a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering Sciences with a specialization in Medical Physics from the University of Florida in 1977.

In 1978 Dr. Bova joined the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Florida. In 1991 he was appointed as the Albert E. and Birdie W. Einstein Fund Professor of Computer-Assisted Stereotactic Neurosurgery within the Department of Neurosurgery. In January of 1999 he joined the faculty of Neurosurgery at the University of Florida and was appointed Professor of Neurosurgery.

Since 1979 Dr. Bova has been a member of the Graduate research Faculty at the University of Florida and was appointed to the Doctoral Research faculty in 1987. He holds appointments in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering, the Department of Neuroscience and the College of Veterinary Medicine. In 1990 Dr. Bova and Dr. William Friedman received the University of Florida College of Medicine’s Faculty Research Prize in Clinical Science for their work in the development of the University of Florida’s Stereotactic Radiosurgery system. Their work has resulted in 10 patents dealing with both mechanical and computer system associated with radiosurgery and image guided procedures. In 2001 Dr. Bova received the ISRS Fabricant Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Stereotactic radiosurgery.

Dr. Bova has been very active in the Florida Chapter of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, holding the office of President for 1997-8. He had previously served as the President of the Southeast Chapter of the AAPM from 1985-86. He is also active in the American Association of Physicists in Medicine serving as a Board member in 1998-2000. He has also served as a Board member of the International Society of Radiosurgery. Dr. Bova has served on committees for the State of Florida’s Department of Radiation Control, the American Cancer Society, American College of Radiology, the Florida Radiological Society, the American Society of Therapeutic Oncologists, the American Association of Physicists in Medicine and the International Streotactic Radiosurgery Society. He has also serves as a Delegate to the International Electrotechnical Commission and a Liaison to the NEMA for Therapeutic Radiology. He has been active in the American Board of Radiology, chairing the Physics section of the written examination for Therapeutic Oncologist from 1994-1999. From 2008-2009 served as Chair of the University of Florida Faculty Senate and as a member of the University of Florida Board of Trustees.

Dr Bova is Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of radiology and a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

In 1985 Dr. Bova and Dr. William Friedman began a collaborative project that was responsible for establishing the University of Florida’s radiosurgery program. Since its inception this program has treated over 3800 radiosurgery patients. In 1998 the Radiosurgery/Biology Laboratory at the University of Florida Brain Institute was established. Dr. Bova is the Director of this facility. His research productivity has been recognized by the University of Florida with his second appointment as a UF Research Foundation Professor

Dr. Bova is the PI for the McKnight Brain Institute Radiosurgery/Biology Laboratory. This facility is charged with support for clinical image guidance support for Shands Teaching Hospital. The facility is also active in developing new technologies in the area of image guidance, computer-assisted neurosurgery and radiosurgery.

In March of 2014 Dr. Bova was designated “ Inventor of the Year” by the University of Florida Office of Technology and Licensing. In April of 2014 he was awarded the College of Medicine’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Bova’s University of Florida Mixed Virtual Surgery Training Simulators:

 

Frank J. Bova, PhD., University of Florida Inventor of the Year

“Science” magazine article in which Dr. Bova talks about a career in Medical Physics

“Discover” magazine article in which Dr. Bova demonstrates changing the way brain surgeons learn to operate

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