Robert Lufkin, MD – Co-founder at




-Lifelong love of artificial intelligence starting with LISP programming ELIZA style chatbots and music composer programs in middle school
-In high school attended special classes at MIT in computer programming and physics
-Worked throughout high school at Harvard Primate Research lab where Hubel and Wiesel had their lab. [They later won Nobel Prizes for their work there describing the mammalian visual cortex which proved to be the basis for deep convolutional neural networks]
-National Merit Scholarship finalist
-Attended Brown University with ScB in Biomedicine and minor in Computer Science
-Worked throughout college as a technician/operator with mainframe IBM Model 67 computers for the Computer Science Department.
-Attended University of Virginia, University of Oregon and UCLA Schools of Medicine for Medical School, Internship, Residency, and Fellowship in MRI

-Awarded C. Richard Bowman Scholarship for Academic Excellence

-Ran the Patient Arm of the Clinical Trial portion of the FDA PMA submission for the FONAR MR scanner

-Developed innovative devices for MR guided interventional procedures including high nickel stainless steel needles [requiring FDA approval] which were later sold by a major vendor as the ‘Lufkin Needle’.

-Principle Investigator on multimillion dollar grants from both Siemens and GE Medical systems to develop new technology in magnetic resonance imaging [which required FDA approval].

-Published over 200 peer reviewed scientific papers, 32 chapters and 13 textbooks on medical imaging.

-Elected President of the American Society of Head and Neck Radiology.

-Elected President of the Society for Magnetic Resonance Imaging and awarded the society’s highest honor for his research.

-International reputation for excellence and has given invited lectures and keynotes in 18 countries.

-Named one of the most creative people in Los Angeles by Buzz Magazine.

-Tenured Professor and Chief of Head and Neck Radiology at UCLA School of Medicine until 2012 when he left to devote fulltime to applications of artificial intelligence in medicine.

-Co-founded to create decentralized medical artificial intelligence platform to  transform healthcare.