UB's Farhi Named Fellow of American Institute of Medical And Biological Engineering

By Lois Baker

Release Date: July 18, 1994 This content is archived.


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Leon E. Farhi, M.D., distinguished professor and former chair of physiology at the University at Buffalo, has been named a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering.

Farhi has studied the human circulatory system and physiological problems of human lung gas exchange for more than 35 years. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 scientific articles and abstracts.

He was instrumental in developing new approaches for measuring cardiac output and distribution of respiratory gases within the lungs and tissues of the human body. Working with colleagues at UB, he developed a technique to measure circulatory functions in a weightless state that was applied by NASA in a space shuttle flight in 1989.

Farhi received his medical degree in 1947 from the Universite St. Joseph in Beirut, Lebanon. He has served as editor-in chief of the Journal of Applied Physiology: Respiratory, Environmental and Exercise Physiology, an editor of Undersea Biomedical Research and on the editorial board of Respiration Physiology.

He is a director of the Biomedical Engineering Society and has served on several review panels for the National Institutes of Health and the Council of the American Physiological Society.

He is the principal investigator of two NASA-sponsored research projects with funding of more than $3 million to study cardiopulmonary function in microgravity.

Farhi resides in Eggertsville.