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Gerson Rosenberg, Ph.D.
Gerson Rosenberg, Ph.D. is the Jane A. Fetter Professor of Surgery at the Penn State College of Medicine, professor of surgery and bioengineering, College of Medicine and College of Engineering and chief, Division of Artificial Organs, Department of Surgery. He is also director of the Penn State Institute for Biomedical Engineering.

Rosenberg received an associate degree in drafting technology and design technology in 1966, a B.S. in mechanical engineering in 1970, an M.S. in mechanical engineering in 1972 and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in 1975, all from Penn State. He also spent a year as a post doctoral scholar in the College of Engineering from 1975 to 1976.

His research focuses on mechanical ventricular assist devices and electric total artificial hearts. He is the principal investigator of the electric total artificial heart project at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. The project is aimed at developing an electric wireless heart that will last at least two years in a human, and eventually, as long as five years. He is part of the team that developed the Penn State Heart, one of only two air-driven artificial heart models for temporary use in humans as a bridge to a transplant. This device is no longer approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in humans.

In 2002, Rosenberg was named engineer of the year by Design News Magazine. Rosenberg developed a mock circulatory system that is used to evaluate blood pumps and later was established as a standard mock system by the National Institutes of Health.

He shares a 1989 patent on an artificial heart with William S. Pierce, M.D. and has submitted four other patents for approval.

Rosenberg has written numerous book chapters and journal articles on artificial organs, specifically artificial hearts and heart assist devices. He is a founding fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering.

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