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Christof Karmonik, PhD

Associate Research Professor of Translational Imaging, Institute for Academic Medicine
Associate Research Member & Director, MRI Core, Research Institute
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College

Research Lab

After completing his postdoctoral training in 2000, Dr. Karmonik joined the faculty at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas as Instructor in the Department of Medicine. He became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology there in 2002. In addition to his academic appointments, Dr. Karmonik was also a senior software engineer for the Schlumberger Companies. He joined Houston Methodist Hospital and Research Institute in 2005.

Description of Research

Dr. Karmonik’s research focuses on enhancing information in medical images by optimized acquisition techniques and advanced post-processing algorithms. Applications include visualization and quantification of hemodynamics in cerebral aneurysms to optimize outcome after flow diverter treatment using 4D phase contrast MRI and computational fluid dynamics together with 3D printing technology, understanding flow changes in the ascending aorta in patients with left ventricular flow devices and probing functional connectivity in the brain in health and disease. 

Areas Of Expertise

functional Magnetic Resonance Computational Fluid Dynamics Computational Surgery Brain imaging Image Processing
Education & Training

Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Visiting Research Fellowship, National Institute of Standards and Technology
MS, University of the Saarland
PhD, University of the Saarland

Characterization of Functional Brain Connectivity towards Optimization of Music Selection for Therapy – A fMRI study AU - Wu, Katherine
Anderson, JR, Townsend, J, Frazier, JT, Brandt, A & Karmonik, C 2019, International Journal of Neuroscience, pp. 1-9.

Multiple Aneurysms AnaTomy CHallenge 2018 (MATCH): Phase I: Segmentation
Berg, P, Voß, S, Saalfeld, S, Janiga, G, Bergersen, AW, Valen-Sendstad, K, Bruening, J, Goubergrits, L, Spuler, A, Cancelliere, NM, Steinman, DA, Pereira, VM, Chiu, TL, Tsang, ACO, Chung, BJ, Cebral, JR, Cito, S, Pallarès, J, Copelli, G, Csippa, B, Paál, G, Fujimura, S, Takao, H, Hodis, S, Hille, G, Karmonik, C, Elias, S, Kellermann, K, Khan, MO, Marsden, AL, Morales, HG, Piskin, S, Finol, EA, Pravdivtseva, M, Rajabzadeh-Oghaz, H, Paliwal, N, Meng, H, Seshadhri, S, Howard, M, Shojima, M, Sugiyama, SI, Niizuma, K, Sindeev, S, Frolov, S, Wagner, T, Brawanski, A, Qian, Y, Wu, YA, Carlson, KD, Dragomir-Daescu, D & Beuing, O 2018, Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 565-581.

Similarity of functional connectivity patterns in patients with multiple sclerosis who void spontaneously versus patients with voiding dysfunction
Khavari, R, Elias, SN, Boone, T & Karmonik, C 2018, Neurourology and Urodynamics. DOI: 10.1002/nau.23837

Higher Neural Correlates in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis and Neurogenic Overactive Bladder Following Treatment with Intradetrusor Injection of OnabotulinumtoxinA
Khavari, R, Elias, SN, Pande, R, Wu, KM, Boone, TB & Karmonik, C 2019, The Journal of Urology, vol. 201, no. 1, pp. 135-140.

Relationship Between Aneurysm Wall Enhancement in Vessel Wall Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Rupture Risk of Unruptured Intracranial Aneurysms
Lv, N, Karmonik, C, Chen, S, Wang, X, Fang, Y, Huang, Q & Liu, J 2018, Neurosurgery.

Concurrent EEG and functional MRI recording and integration analysis for dynamic cortical activity imaging
Nguyen, T, Potter, T, Karmonik, C, Grossman, RG & Zhang, Y 2018, Journal of Visualized Experiments, vol. 2018, no. 136, e56417.

Hemodynamic changes caused by multiple stenting in vertebral artery fusiform aneurysms: A patient-specific computational fluid dynamics study
Lv, N, Cao, W, Larrabide, I, Karmonik, C, Zhu, D, Liu, J, Huang, Q & Fang, Y 2018, American Journal of Neuroradiology, vol. 39, no. 1, pp. 118-122.

Morphological Parameters Related to Aneurysm Wall Enhancement in Patients with Multiple Intracranial Aneurysms
Lv, N, Tang, H, Chen, S, Wang, X, Fang, Y, Karmonik, C, Huang, Q & Liu, J 2018, World Neurosurgery.

Augmented Reality with Virtual Cerebral Aneurysms: A Feasibility Study
Karmonik, C, Elias, SN, Zhang, JY, Diaz, O, Klucznik, RP, Grossman, RG & Britz, GW 2018, World Neurosurgery.

Similarity of functional connectivity patterns in patients with multiple sclerosis who void spontaneously versus patients with voiding dysfunction
Khavari, R, Elias, SN, Boone, T & Karmonik, C 2018, Neurourology and Urodynamics.

Competing flow between partial circulatory support and native cardiac output: A clinical computational fluid dynamics study
Engelke, J, Karmonik, C, Rengier, F, Partovi, S, Popov, AF, Osswald, A, Arif, R, Schmack, B, Raake, P, Simon, AR, Doesch, A, Weymann, A, Lotz, J, Karck, M & Ruhparwar, A 2018, ASAIO Journal, vol. 64, no. 5, pp. 636-642.

Elevated Wall Shear Stress in Aortic Type B Dissection May Relate to Retrograde Aortic Type A Dissection: A Computational Fluid Dynamics Pilot Study
Osswald, A, Karmonik, C, Anderson, JR, Rengier, F, Karck, M, Engelke, J, Kallenbach, K, Kotelis, D, Partovi, S, Böckler, D & Ruhparwar, A 2017, European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, vol. 54, no. 3, pp. 324-330.

Workflow for Visualization of Neuroimaging Data with an Augmented Reality Device
Karmonik, C, Boone, TB & Khavari, R 2017, Journal of Digital Imaging, pp. 1-6.

4D Phase Contrast MRI Protocol Optimization using Patient-Specific 3D Printed Replicas for In-Vivo Imaging before and after Flow Diverter Placement
Karmonik, C, Anderson, JR, Elias, S, Klucznik, R, Diaz, O, Zhang, YJ, Grossman, RG & Britz, GW 2017, World Neurosurgery.

Protocol for a prospective observational study of cortical lower urinary tract control changes following intradetrusor injection of botulinum toxin-A in patients with multiple sclerosis
Elizondo, RA, Karmonik, C, Boone, TB & Khavari, R 2017, BMJ Open, vol. 7, no. 2, e013225.

Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging with Concurrent Urodynamic Testing Identifies Brain Structures Involved in Micturition Cycle in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis
Khavari, R, Karmonik, C, Shy, M, Fletcher, S & Boone, T 2017, The Journal of Urology, vol. 197, no. 2, pp. 438-444.

Time-resolved three-dimensional contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography in patients with chronic expanding and stable aortic dissections
Trojan, M, Rengier, F, Kotelis, D, Müller-Eschner, M, Partovi, S, Fink, C, Karmonik, C, Böckler, D, Kauczor, HU & Von Tengg-Kobligk, H 2017, Contrast Media and Molecular Imaging, vol. 2017, 5428914.

Music Listening Modulates Functional Connectivity and Information Flow in the Human Brain
Karmonik, C, Brandt, A, Anderson, JR, Brooks, F, Lytle, J, Silverman, E & Frazier, JT 2016, Brain Connectivity, vol. 6, no. 8, pp. 632-641.

Paramagnetic Gd3+ labeled red blood cells for magnetic resonance angiography
Aryal, S, Stigliano, C, Key, J, Ramirez, M, Anderson, J, Karmonik, C, Fung, S & Decuzzi, P 2016, Biomaterials, vol. 98, pp. 163-170.

Imagerie de la dissection aortique de type B : ce que veut savoir le chirurgien avant et après l'intervention
Ohana, M, Labani, A, Georg, Y, Jeung, MY, Thaveau, F, Schwein, A, Karmonik, C, Bismuth, J, Chakfe, N & Roy, C 2016, Journal des Maladies Vasculaires, vol. 41, no. 4, pp. 260-271.