Robert C. Eberhart, PhD, received an AB in 1958 in applied physics from Harvard College. He received his PhD in 1965 in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He was a staff scientist at the Institute for Medical Sciences, San Francisco, from 1964-1975. He became an associate professor at The University of Texas at Austin in 1975.

Dr. Eberhart joined the faculty of UT Southwestern as an associate professor in 1976 and became a full professor of engineering in surgery in 1986. He served as Chairman of the Joint UT Southwestern-UT Arlington Graduate Biomedical Engineering Program from 1983 to 2000.


Harvard University (1959), Physics
Graduate School
Uni of California, Berkeley (1965), Mechanical Engineering

Research Interest

  • Biocompatible materials for controlled drug and gene delivery
  • Bioresorbable intravascular and nonvascular stents
  • Functional imaging of circulatory assist devices (cell adhesion to pump-oxygenators)
  • Hypothermia in surgery and critical care
  • Laparoscopic instrumentation (magnetically anchored devices, virtual reality/hepatic training)


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Trocar-less Instrumentationfor Laparoscopy: Magnetic Positioning of Intra-abdominal Camera and Retractor
Park S, Bergs RA, Eberhart RC, Baker L, Fernandez R and Cadeddu JA Annals of Surgery March 2007 Issue 3 Vol 245 379-384
Drug-eluting bioresorbable stents for various applications.
Zilberman M, Eberhart RC Annual Reviews of Biomedical Engineering 2006 Vol 8 153-180
Finite element simulation of cooling of realistic 3-D human head and neck.
Dennis, BH, Eberhart RC, Dulikravich GS, Radons SW J. Biomechanical Engineering 2003 Vol 125 832-840
An expandable, bioresorbable endovascular stent.
Su S, Chao R, Landau CR, Nelson KD, Timmons RB, Meidell RB, Eberhart RC Annals of Biomedical Engineering 2003 Issue 3 Volume 31 667-677
Transient adhesion of platelets in pump-oxygenator systems: Influence of SMA and nitric oxide treatments.
Li J, Sly MK, Chao R, Constantinescu A, Kulkarni PV, Wians FH, Jessen ME, Eberhart RC J Biomaterials Science: Polymer Edition 1999 Vol 10 235-246

Honors & Awards

  • Inaugural Fellow
    Biomedical Engineering Society (2005)
  • Founding Fellow
    American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (1994)
  • President
    American Society for Artificial Internal Organs (1993)
  • C. William Hall Outstanding Research Award
    Southern Bioengineering Conference (1987)
  • Fellow
    American Society for Mechanical Engineering (1987)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
  • American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
  • American Society for Mechanical Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering Society
  • Society for Biomaterials