James G. Fujimoto obtained his bachelors, masters, and doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He performed his doctoral studies under the supervision of Prof. Erich Ippen in ultrafast optics. Since 1985 Dr. Fujimoto has been in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT where he is currently Elihu Thomson Professor of Electrical Engineering.
Dr Fujimoto’s group and collaborators were responsible for the invention and development optical coherence tomography (OCT). His group’s paper, “Optical Coherence Tomography,” which appeared in Science in 1991 has remained one of the highest cited papers in the field of biophotonics. OCT is now standard clinical imaging modality in ophthalmology for the detection and treatment monitoring of macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. There are an estimated 20-30 million ophthalmic imaging procedures performed worldwide every year. There are hundreds of researchers internationally working on OCT in such diverse fields as cardiology, endoscopy and cancer surgery. Last year, the global sales of OCT systems exceeded 400 million US dollars and there are ~40 OCT systems companies.
Dr. Fujimoto has been influential as an educator and is also active in scientific service, having served as co-chair of international meetings such as the Conference on Lasers and Electro Optics, the European Conferences on Biomedical Optics, and Ultrafast Phenomena. Since 2003 Dr. Fujimoto has served as co-chair of the SPIE Biomedical Optics symposium,
the largest international meeting on biophotonics. He served as a Director of the OSA from 2000 to 2003 and is currently serving as a Director of the SPIE.
Working with Mr. Eric Swanson, Dr. Fujimoto was a co-founder of the startup company Advanced Ophthalmic Devices, which developed OCT for ophthalmic imaging and was acquired by Carl Zeiss. The team also co-founded LightLab Imaging, which
developed cardiovascular OCT and was acquired by Goodman, Ltd and St. Jude Medical. Dr. Fujimoto received the Discover Magazine Award for Technological Innovation in 1999, was co-recipient of the Rank Prize in Optoelectronics in 2002, received
the Zeiss Research Award in 2011, was co-recipient of the Champalimaud Vision Prize in 2012 and received the IEEE Photonics Award in 2014. He is in the National Academy of Engineering, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Fujimoto is also a Fellow of the OSA, SPIE, APS and IEEE.