Professor of Surgery, Director of Clinical Research,
Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy
Director of Interdisciplinary Consortium on Advanced Motion Performance (iCAMP)
Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery Baylor College of Medicine
Dr Najafi is currently serving with the Baylor College of Medicine, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery as a tenured professor and Director of Clinical Research in the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy. He completed his Ph.D. in Bioengineering followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Applied Biomechanics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Tech (Lausanne, Switzerland), and in Neuroscience at Harvard University, Neuromotor Control Lab.
Prior to his appointment at Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Najafi served as professor in the Department of Surgery as well as director of the interdisciplinary Consortium on Advanced Motion Performance (iCAMP), chair of research operation at the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA), member of Arizona Center on Aging, Associate Member of Arizona Cancer Center, and scientific advisory board member of the Arizona Arthritis Center.
He has almost two decades of experience in designing bio-inspired sensors for objective evaluation of healthy state of patients with locomotor dysfunctions, over 200 scientific publications in peer reviewed journals or conference proceeding with more than 4000 citations, six issued patents and seven pending patents, and have been PI or a key investigator on over 50 industrial, national and international grants ($40M+). He worked with a wide network of clinical and bioengineering collaborators across the globe primarily in the clinical areas of falls, frailty, gait, cognitive impairment, and diabetes and diabetic foot ulcers.
His unique expertise is the translation of wearable technologies for more accurate movement assessment of patients in their natural environment where they're the most comfortable and active. His goal is to better understand how people move through their environment. In this way, he believes we may be able to fundamentally change the way we objectively measure quality of life for people across disciplines. He has assisted in successful translation of several innovative technologies for commercialization in the area of remote heath monitoring, precision medicine, and movement assessment including several wearable and mHealth technologies for physical activity monitoring, gait analysis, balance assessment, automatic fall detection (PAMSys™, LEGSys™, BalanSens™, ACTIVPers™, etc), patient adherence (PAMTag™), and various technologies for foot problems management including prevention of diabetic foot ulcers (SmartSox Novinoor, SurroSens Orpyx, SmartMat Podimetrics, etc). Thanks to his contribution in translations of innovation from engineering to various clinical applications, he has been awarded as one of the Influential Health and Medical Leaders in the category of achievement in medical devices by Tucson Local Media.
He has mentored over 200 postdoctoral, research fellows/interns, graduate, undergraduate, premed, and medical students - several of them received prestigious awards from their achievements while working in his team. He also serves as editor, associate editor, and guest editor for several scientific journals including as a section editor for Gerontology, ‘Regenerative and Technological Section’, Journal of Surgery, Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, and the Journal of American Podiatric Medical Association (JAPMA).