2020

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Cardiologist, ASU professor, tx hepatology fellow join faculty

Medical Center leadership is proud to announce the following additions to its faculty and leadership staff.

Bibhuti B. Das, M.B.B.S.

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Das

Dr. Bibhuti B. Das, associate professor of pediatrics and a pediatric and adult congenital heart disease cardiologist at the Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of pediatrics.

After receiving his undergraduate degree in pre-medicine from Ravenshaw College, Cuttack, India, in 1985, Das earned his M.B.B.S. at M.K.C.G. Medical College in 1990. He then had residency training in pharmacology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, from 1991-92 and residency training in pediatrics at S.M.S. Medical College, Jaipur, India, from 1993-96. He was a senior resident in hematology and oncology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences from 1997-98.

Das came to the U.S. in 1998 and had residency training in internal medicine at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York, from 1998-99 and residency training in pediatrics at Lincoln and Mental Health Center, Bronx, New York, from 1999-2001. He then had fellowship training in pediatric cardiology at the Heart Institute for Children, University of Illinois, Chicago, from 2001-02, and fellowship training in pediatric cardiology at the Children's Hospital of Colorado, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, from 2002-04.

He joined the University of Louisville, Kentucky, as a medical director of the heart failure and transplant program and as an assistant professor of pediatrics in 2004 and earned promotion there to associate professor of pediatrics in 2010. He served as an associate professor of pediatrics at Children's Health, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, from 2011-17. He served as medical director of the pediatric heart failure and transplant program at Children's Medical Center from 2013-17. Subsequently, he joined the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Heart Institute, Memorial Health Care, Hollywood, Florida, as pediatric heart failure and transplant cardiologist, in 2017, and became associate professor of pediatrics and pediatric and adult congenital heart disease cardiologist at Texas Children's Hospital in 2019.

Editorial board member for Children's M.D.P.I., Basel, Switzerland, Case Reports in Pediatrics, Hindawi, and a journal reviewer for several professional publications, Das is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Cardiology and is an active member of several national and international organizations. A highly sought speaker, he has given 18 invited lectures and national and international presentations. The author or co-author of 94 articles in peer-reviewed professional journals and three book chapters, he has helped garner more than $450,000 in research support for projects centered mainly on pediatric cardiovascular disease.

Jan Petrasek, M.D., Ph.D.

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Petrasek

Dr. Jan Petrasek, recently a transplant hepatology fellow at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine (digestive diseases).

After receiving his M.D. from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, in 2003, Petrasek had residency and fellowship training in internal medicine, gastroenterology and transplant hepatology at the Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Prague, from 2003-08. While he had postdoctoral training in liver immunology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, from 2008-13, he received his Ph.D. in immunology and biochemistry from Charles University in 2010. He had an internal medicine residency, gastroenterology fellowship and postdoctoral training in cell biology, biochemistry and structural biology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, from 2013-19 before completing his transplant hepatology fellowship there in 2020.

The author or coauthor of 34 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, eight review papers and three book chapters, Petrasek has given 38 conference presentations and nine invited presentations at scientific meetings internationally. An Alpha Omega Alpha inductee and recipient of numerous scholarly awards, he is an active member of the American Society of Transplantation, the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease and the American Gastroenterology Association, among many other national and international organizations. He serves as an editorial board member for Hepatology Communications and is an ad hoc reviewer for four national and internationally known journals.

Yufeng Zheng, Ph.D.

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Zheng

Dr. Yufeng Zheng, a professor at Alcorn State University, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of data science in the John D. Bower School of Population Health.

Recipient of the B.S. in optical engineering in 1989, the M.S. in optical engineering/image processing in 1994 and the Ph.D. in optical engineering/image processing in 1997 from Tianjin University, China, Zheng served as a senior software engineer at Huawei Tech Company in Beijing from 1997-99 and senior CT imaging algorithm engineer at GE Hangwei Medical Systems Company in Beijing from 1999-2001 before moving to the U.S. A postdoctoral research associate at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, from 2001-05, Zheng joined the Alcorn State University faculty as an assistant professor in 2006 and earned promotion to associate professor in 2012 and professor in 2019.

Patent holder of a face recognition system and method using face pattern words and face pattern bytes, Zheng has two additional patents pending on original inventions: computer-aided detection methods and system for breast cancer screening and a compression-based face recognition method and system. An invited speaker at five scientific meetings or conferences internationally, Zheng is principal investigator of a $194,851 USDA NIFA grant, “Predicting Vineyard Canopy Coverage Using Airborne Images and Neural Network,” and a subaward PI of a $96,665 NSA grant, “Enhance Cybersecurity with User Interaction Biometrics.”

The author or coauthor of three books, six book chapters, 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 51 journal papers, Zheng’s research interests include image procession and pattern recognition; neural network and artificial intelligence; information fusion (image/score fusion), biometrics (facial recognition); machine learning and computer vision; and computer-aided diagnosis (medical imaging).