Prof. James Bassingthwaighte

(BA 1951 UC) (MD 1955 U of T) (PhD 1964 Mayo)

James Bassingthwaighte is a Professor of Bioengineering and Radiology at the University of Washington. An active teacher and researcher, he is known for an integrative, quantitative approach to cardiovascular physiology. He earned his MD at U of T, completing his PhD at the Mayo Clinic where later joined the faculty, before moving onto the University of Washington where he chaired the Department of Bioengineering and founded the National Simulation Resource Facility for Circulatory Mass Transport and Exchange. In 1997, he founded the Physiome Project, an international effort to define the physiome through the development of databases and models which facilitate the understanding of the integrative function of cells, organs, and organisms. The author of two books and more than 300 papers, he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of both the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, and the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering. He has been honoured by the American Physiological Society, Maastricht University, and McGill University, among other institutions.