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Chad Bouton, MS

Vice President, Advanced Engineering & Technology at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

Prior to joining the Northewell Health, 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.


  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.