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The Story Behind the Development of Ultrasonic Doppler Flow Imaging Techniques at the University of Washington

Donald W. Baker


This presentation will trace the events and circumstances in the University which led to the development of Medical Ultrasound Diagnostic Instruments and Applications which are in use all over the world. The events and processes that fostered the technology transfer to the then fledgling Advanced Technology Laboratories will be presented. The Seattle area is now the world center for Diagnostic Ultrasound with both Philips and Siemens world headquarters located here. The spinout of these industries from University Research will be detailed.


Donald Baker received his BSEE from the University of Washington in 1960. He was the Technical Director for the UW Center for Bioengineering in 1967-1979, and then consulted at Advanced Technology Laboratories (ATL) and Squibb Medical Systems. He was instrumental in starting ATL, now Philips Ultrasound. He is interested in research, development and application of noninvasive ultrasonic instrumentation with particular emphasis on the cardiovascular system, but his interests also include technology transfer of instrument concepts to industry. Though now retired, he continues to help individuals wishing to start new medical technology companies, and has served on the board of directors for Diagnostic Ultrasound Corp. He received awards from the American Institute of Ultrasound and Medicine and the Society of Vascular Technology for his groundbreaking work. Dr. Baker received the Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatis Award from the University of Washington in 2002. This is the highest award given an alumnus by the University for contributions to man, community, and to one’s field of endeavor.

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Donald W. Baker
Philips Ultrasound
EEB 105
20 Feb 2003, 9:30am until 12:00am