Michael Choma

Michael Choma
Assistant Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging and Biomedical Engineering
Room / Office: SHM I86
Office Address:
300 Cedar Street
New Haven, CT 06519
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 208043
New Haven, CT 06520
Phone: (203) 785-2945
Fax: (203) 785-3024
Email: michael.choma@yale.edu
  • Ph.D., Duke University
  • M.D., Duke University
Michael Andrew Choma, MD, PhD is a physician as well as a biomedical engineer. His area of engineering expertise is in optics and biomedical optics. Michael received his BS in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University (thesis advisor: Joseph Izatt, PhD), and his MD from Duke University. His PhD thesis research into optical coherence tomography (OCT), a non-contact optical imaging method that is the optical analogue of ultrasound imaging, contributed to next-generation OCT technologies that enabled a 100 to 1000-fold increase in clinical imaging speeds without compromising image quality or sensitivity. While a graduate student he also developed an interest in the dynamic morphology and microfluidics of small biological circulations such as the chick embryo heart and the fruit fly heart. While Michael was a resident in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Boston, he pursued this interest in small biological circulations as a Visiting Clinical Fellow at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital (research advisors: Guillermo Tearney, MD, PhD and Brett Bouma, PhD).
After training in Boston, Michael came to the Yale School of Medicine in July of 2009 to start a biomedical optics lab in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology. His research focuses on leveraging technological innovations in optics and photonics to advance the study of normal and abnormal heart development as well as the role of biofluidic forces in developmental biology. In addition, he also has a general interest in helping clinicians translate technological ideas into devices and software.