Dr. McPherson was trained at the University of Alberta, Dalhousie University, and the University of Iowa. In 1989, he was recruited to Northwestern University to develop an ultrasound based imaging group. He was recruited to The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) McGovern Medical School to head the Division of Cardiology in 2006.
Dr. McPherson is the recipient of many distinctions, awards, and grants for the development and use of new and innovative ultrasound tools and devices for the evaluation and treatment of atherosclerosis in coronary and peripheral vascular beds. These include National Institutes of Health and American Heart Association awards. He is a reviewer for many journals including Circulation, Circulation Research, and the American Journal of Physiology. He is on the editorial board of the American Journal of Physiology; and is a standing grant reviewer/grant review co-chairman for the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association. Dr. McPherson serves on councils and committees for the American Society of Echocardiography, American Federation for Clinical Research and American Heart Association. He is a supervisor for biomedical engineering doctoral students, cardiology fellows, residents, and medical students training in advanced echocardiographic research. Prior to coming to Texas, he was responsible for a large advanced echocardiography training course for the Midwest.
Clinical interests include the evaluation of valvular heart disease, adult congenital cardiology, and clinical echocardiography including transesophageal echocardiography (TEE).
Current research projects include the development of new acoustic agents for ultrasound tissue enhancement and targeted drug and gene delivery, the development of new ultrasound techniques to guide angioplasty and stent placement, and new three-dimensional techniques for cardiac and vascular reconstruction.
Dr. McPherson is the author of 105 manuscripts, 247 abstracts, 20 book chapters, 13 review articles, 7 editorials in the fields of evaluating atheroma, drug and gene delivery, and cardiovascular dynamics. He is the co-editor of the textbook Non-invasive Imaging of Atherosclerosis.