Pierre DuPont is Staff Scientist, Cardiovascular Surgery; and Chief, Pediatric Cardiac Bioengineering, at Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA USA. He received a PhD in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. He subsequently joined the College of Engineering at Boston University where he was a professor in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. He recently moved his group from BU to Boston Children’s Hospital.
Pierre Dupont’s group develops new technologies for performing image-guided minimally invasive surgery. The research is interdisciplinary, drawing from many branches of engineering. Specific topics of interest include the design and control of novel medical robots and instruments, modeling tool-tissue interaction, the development of multi-probe or multi-modal imaging techniques for surgical guidance; and the teleoperation or automation of instrument motion.
The goal of his research is to create technology that enables minimally invasive interventions for procedures that are currently performed as open surgery. This approach minimizes the collateral trauma and risks of surgical interventions and, consequently, facilitates earlier intervention in the disease process.