Mark L Palmeri

Mark L. Palmeri

Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Mark L. Palmeri received his B.S. degree in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering from Duke University, Durham, NC, in 2000.  He was a James B. Duke graduate fellow and received his Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University in 2005 and his M.D. degree from the Duke University School of Medicine in 2007.  He is currently an Assistant Research Professor in Biomedical Engineering and Anesthesiology at Duke University.  He is an Associate Editor for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology and IEEE Transactions in Medical Imaging, and he serves as a member of the RSNA Quantitative Imaging Biomarker Alliance (QIBA) committee for ultrasound shear wave speed imaging. His research interests include acoustic radiation force shear wave elasticity imaging, ultrasonic imaging, finite element analysis of soft tissue response to acoustic radiation force excitation, medical image processing and medical instrumentation design.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Assistant Research Professor of Anesthesiology

Contact Information


  • M.D. Duke University, 2007
  • Ph.D. Duke University, 2005
  • B.S.E. Duke University, 2000

Research Interests

Dr. Palmeri's research interests include ultrasonic imaging, specifically using acoustic radiation force to characterize the mechanical properties of tissue, and finite element analysis of soft tissue response to impulsive radiation force excitation. Other research interests include ultrasonic bioeffects and mechanical testing of soft tissues.


Ultrasound imaging
Mathematical Modeling
Medical Instrumentation
Medical Imaging

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Certificate for Excellence in Teaching. Pratt School of Engineering. 2015
  • Lois and John L. Imhoff Distinguished Teaching Award. Pratt School of Engineering. 2012
  • James B. Duke Graduate Fellowship. Duke University Graduate School. 2002

Courses Taught

  • BME 354L: Introduction to Medical Instrumentation
  • BME 493: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • BME 494: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • BME 590: Special Topics in Biomedical Engineering
  • BME 590L: Special Topics with Lab
  • BME 790: Advanced Topics for Graduate Students in Biomedical Engineering
  • BME 790L: Advanced Topics with the Lab for Graduate Students in Biomedical Engineering
  • BME 791: Graduate Independent Study

Representative Publications

  • Deng, Y; Palmeri, ML; Rouze, NC; Trahey, GE; Haystead, CM; Nightingale, KR, Quantifying Image Quality Improvement Using Elevated Acoustic Output in B-Mode Harmonic Imaging., Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology (2017) [10.1016/j.ultrasmedbio.2017.06.024] [abs].
  • Rouze, NC; Deng, Y; Palmeri, ML; Nightingale, KR, Accounting for the Spatial Observation Window in the 2-D Fourier Transform Analysis of Shear Wave Attenuation., Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology (2017) [10.1016/j.ultrasmedbio.2017.06.006] [abs].
  • Rosado-Mendez, IM; Palmeri, ML; Drehfal, LC; Guerrero, QW; Simmons, H; Feltovich, H; Hall, TJ, Assessment of Structural Heterogeneity and Viscosity in the Cervix Using Shear Wave Elasticity Imaging: Initial Results from a Rhesus Macaque Model., Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology, vol 43 no. 4 (2017), pp. 790-803 [10.1016/j.ultrasmedbio.2016.12.006] [abs].
  • Palmeri, ML; Qiang, B; Chen, S; Urban, MW, Guidelines for Finite-Element Modeling of Acoustic Radiation Force-Induced Shear Wave Propagation in Tissue-Mimicking Media., IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, vol 64 no. 1 (2017), pp. 78-92 [10.1109/tuffc.2016.2641299] [abs].
  • Rouze, NC; Deng, Y; Palmeri, ML; Nightingale, KR, Robust characterization of viscoelastic materials from measurements of group shear wave speeds, IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium : [proceedings]. IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, vol 2016-November (2016) [10.1109/ULTSYM.2016.7728832] [abs].