Chad Bouton

Professor & Center Head, The Center for Bioelectronic Medicine,
The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

Director, The Center for Bioelectronic Medicine,
The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

Division Leader, Neurotechnology and Analytics,
The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

Vice President, Advanced Engineering, Northwell Health

Phone: (516) 562-3457

About the Investigator
Prior to joining the health system, Mr. Bouton was a research leader at Battelle, the world’s largest nonprofit research and development (R&D) organization, and was involved in medical device R&D programs for 18 years. He developed cancer detection algorithms in the late 90’s to help surgeons pinpoint and remove tumors more effectively. Later, he developed neural decoding methods that allowed the first paralyzed person with a brain implant to move again with their own thoughts.

Mr. Bouton’s work has been featured on 60 Minutes and TEDx, and he holds over 70 patents worldwide. He has been awarded two R&D 100 Awards and was recognized by the US Congress for his work in the medical device field. He has been named Inventor of the Year and Distinguished Inventor by Battelle, and was selected by the National Academy of Engineering in 2011 to attend the Frontiers in Engineering Symposium. Mr. Bouton received his BS in Electrical Engineering at Iowa State University and his MS in Engineering Mechanics at Iowa State University with Honors.

Lab Members

Timir Datta-Chaudhuri, PhD
Assistant Investigator, Bioelectronics and Biosensing Lab
Phone: (516) 562-0480

Todd Levy, BS, MS
Electrical Engineer, Neural Decoding and Data Analytics Lab
Phone: (516) 562-0100

Chunyan Li, PhD
Assistant Investigator, Clean Room Laboratory Director, Microfabrication Lab
Phone: (516) 562-1078

Harbaljit Singh Sohal, PhD
Assistant Investigator, Pre-Clinical Device Lab and the Microfabrication Lab
Phone: (516) 562-1201

Theodoros P. Zanos, PhD
Assistant Investigator, Neural Decoding and Data Analytics Lab
Phone: (516) 562-1204


Iowa State University
Degree: MS
Field of Study: Engineering Mechanics

Iowa State University
Degree: BS
Field of Study: Electrical Engineering

Honors and Awards
2012 Iowa State University Alumnus of the Year Award
2012 Scientific and Technical Team Award for Cardinal Health R&D Program
2011 Selected by the National Academy of Engineering for Frontiers of Engineering (FOE)
Selected as one of the top 80 leaders in engineering
2011 Battelle’s Distinguished Inventor Award
2011 Tech-Columbus Inventor of the Year Semi-Finalist
2010 Recognized in US Congress for work in Neural Prosthetics and
Contributions to Medical Device Field
2010 Battelle Inventor of the Year Award for contributions to the medical device field,
including cancer detection systems and neural decoding technologies.
2009 Health and Life Sciences President’s Award – Optical Biological Detection System
2008 Medical Design Excellence Award® (MDEA) for the development of the Medrad XDS™
Extravasation Detector system and the underlying patented technology
for rapid detection of fluid accumulation in biological tissues.
2007 Research and Development Magazine – R&D 100 Award for the development of
improved methods for decoding human brain activity with the purpose of
allowing disabled individuals to control devices such as a personal
computer and a wheelchair, directly with their thoughts.
2007 Research and Development Magazine, Editor’s Choice Award for the most outstanding
technology of the year in the area of decoding human brain activity.
2007 Battelle Outstanding Technical Achievement Award for work in the area of decoding
human brain activity with applications for disabled individuals.
2006 Commercial Recognition Award (Medrad, Inc.), recognized by Medrad’s CEO and
Executive Director of Computed Tomography for “Technical Excellence and
Leadership” during the development of a new medical product for rapid detection
of IV infiltrations and extravasations.
2004 Battelle Outstanding Technical Achievement Award for the innovation and
development of a new medical sensing technology for fluid detection in biological applications.
2000 Research and Development Magazine – R&D 100 Award for the development of
a cancer detection system for intraoperative use, including contributions to detection
algorithm development allowing surgeons to more rapidly and accurately pinpoint cancerous tissue.
2002 Battelle Key Contributor Award, Technical and Leadership Contributions to
Nerve Mapping Technology Evaluation Program.
1998 Battelle Key Contributor Award, Significant Technical Contributions to the
Neoprobe Neo2000 System Development Program.
1996 Research Excellence Award from Iowa State University indicating his research
quality was in the top 10% of all masters and PhD graduates.
  1. Bouton CEShaikhouni A, Annetta NV, Bockbrader MA, Friedenberg DA, Nielson DM, Sharma G, Sederberg PB, Glenn BC, Mysiw WJ, Morgan AG, Deogaonkar M, Rezai AR., “Restoring cortical control of functional movement in a human with quadriplegia,” Nature. 2016 Apr 13. doi: 10.1038/nature17435. [Epub ahead of print]

  2. Bouton C, Annetta N, Glenn B, Mysiw W, Rezai A., “Neural Bridging and High Definition Neuromuscular Stimulation in Tetraplegia,” 11th World Congress of the International Neuromodulation Society. June 8-13, 2013; Berlin, Germany.

  3. Bermeo T., Sharma G., Bouton C., Burnaugh A., Annetta N., “Experiences in Implanting Microelectrode Arrays (MEA) for Chronic Neural Recording in Non-human Primates,” 29th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Surgical Research, September 26-28, 2013, Clearwater Beach, FL.

  4. Annetta N., Buck V., Eubanks F., Friend J., Glenn B., Masters M., Schimmoeller A., and Bouton C., “High Definition Neuromuscular Stimulation System for Hand and Wrist Movement in a Tetraplegic Subject,” IEEE EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering. November 2013; San Diego, CA.

  5. Bouton C, Annetta A, Arora S, Buck V, Eubanks C, Friend J, Glenn B, Mack N, Masters M, Schimmoeller A., “High Definition Neuromuscular Stimulation and Encoding,” IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference Brain Machine Interface Workshop. September 2012; San Diego, CA.

  6. Bouton C, “What’s on Your Mind? Neural Decoding,” Medical Design Magazine, 2010.

  7. Bouton C, Lombardi T, Ruggeri F, and Stark G., “Experimental Detection of Subcutaneous Contrast Extravasation Using Radio Frequency Permittivity Sensing,” Journal of Computer Assisted Tomograph, Volume 33 – Issue 6 – pp 824-827, 2009.

  8. Bouton C, “Decoding Neural Activity from an Intracortical Implant in Humans with Tetraplegia,” Biomedical Science & Engineering Conference at Oak Ridge National Laboratory,  vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 18-19, 2009.

  9. Bouton C, “Reduction to Practice of Subdermal/Subdural Blood and Material Detection Technology,” University of Pittsburgh: Science 2003.

  10. Mickel C, Minut A, Peterson C, Walker S, Wieman R, Xu D, and Bouton C, “Modeling Compton Scattering and Photoelectric Absorption of X-rays in Media Containing Heavy Elements,” Center for Research in Scientific Computation Technical Report CRSC-TR00-17, North Carolina State University, July 2000.

  11. Coorpender S, Finkel D, Kyzar J, Sims R, Smirnova A, Tawhid M, Bouton C, and Smith R, “Modeling and Optimization Issues Concerning a Circular Piezoelectric Actuator Design,” Proceedings of the 1999 Winter Annual Meeting of the ASME.

  12. Bouton C and McConnell K, “Robust Vibration Suppression (RVS) Method for Robotic, Manufacturing, and other Electromechanical Systems,” in Sensors and Controls for Advanced Manufacturing, Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 3201, pp. 144-153, 1997.

  13. McConnell K and Bouton C, “Noise and Vibration Control with Robust Vibration Suppression,” Sound and Vibration, June 1997.

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