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Frank A. Pintar, PhD, appointed Founding Chair of the Marquette University and Medical College of Wisconsin's Department of Biomedical Engineering

Frank Pintar, PhDFrank A. Pintar, PhD, has been appointed Founding Chair of the Marquette University and Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Department of Biomedical Engineering, effective October 1, 2018. Dr. Pintar most recently served as Professor in the Marquette University and MCW Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Director of the Neuroscience and Biomechanics Research Laboratories at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center. He also holds a secondary appointment in MCW’s Department of Neurosurgery.

Biomedical engineering is a multidisciplinary approach with unique influence, integrating education, research, patient care, industry, and marketplace – and where ideas are translated into real solutions. In July 2016, Marquette and MCW partnered to create the Marquette University and MCW department of Biomedical Engineering, which has brought together the engineering education and research expertise of Marquette and the medical research, technology, and clinical expertise of MCW to provide an inclusive education model for the next generation of engineers, scientists, and physicians. Marquette’s longstanding Department of Biomedical Engineering expanded to the new Department, offering both undergraduate and graduate degrees. The new department is an integrated medical and engineering research program that is fully engaged to enhance clinical outcomes. Most importantly, this shared biomedical engineering program presents many opportunities, investments and returns for various stakeholders – from students, faculty, institutional and college leaders, to institutions, donors/investors, and industry partners.

Dr. Pintar received his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Marquette University in 1982, and his Doctor of Philosophy degree in biomedical engineering from Marquette in 1986. He has held dual positions with both Marquette and MCW since 1987.

Since 1990, Dr. Pintar has been a biomedical engineer and investigator with the Neuroscience Research Laboratory and Biomechanics Research Laboratory, Research Service, at the Zablocki VA Medical Center. In 1991, Dr. Pintar was appointed to his current position as Director of the Neuroscience and Biomechanics Research Laboratories. From 2008-2013, Dr. Pintar served as Research Division Chief, MCW department of Neurosurgery, and from 2013-2017 was the department’s Vice Chair for Research. Over the years, Dr. Pintar has served as a research mentor to more than 30 graduate students, post-docs, residents, fellows, and junior faculty in the medical school and engineering school.