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New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Matthew Lungren

The Department of Radiology welcomes Dr. Matthew Lungren. Dr. Lungren joins us as an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Radiology effective July 1, 2014.

Welcome Dr. Lungren!

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Curtis Langlotz

The Department of Radiology welcomes Dr. Curtis Langlotz. Dr. Langlotz joins us as a Professor effective July 1, 2014.

Welcome Dr. Langlotz!

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: David Larson

Photo of David LarsonThe Department of Radiology welcomes Dr. David Larson. Dr. Larson joins us as an Associate Professor of Pediatric Radiology effective July 1, 2014.

Welcome Dr. Larson!

Welcome Utkan Demirci, PhD, Our Newest Faculty Addition to The Canary Center at Stanford

Photo of Utkan DemirciWe are excited to welcome Utkan Demirci as the newest faculty member to join the Canary Center at Stanford. Dr. Demirci comes from the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School and at Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. Dr. Demirci’s major research themes focus on creating new micro- and nano-scale bioengineering and biomedical microfluidic technology platforms at the convergence of engineering, biology and materials science with an emphasis on broad biotechnology applications in medicine. His Bio-acoustic MEMS in Medicine (BAMM) Lab has published numerous original articles on micro/nano-scale biotechnologies and their broad applications in medicine, new microfluidic methodologies in manipulating cells and detecting rare biotargets from unprocessed bodily fluids such as urine and whole blood for diagnostics and monitoring targets, and their use in tandem with traditional laboratory techniques.

Highlights of his micro-scale technology development research include development of rapid disposable microchips for point of care HIV monitoring for CD4 counts, creating technologies to quantify viral load detecting intact viruses from unprocessed whole blood and integrating microchip technologies with a cell-phone to detect ovarian cancer biomarkers from clinical urine samples. In addition, Dr. Demirci’s lab has developed methods to encapsulate cells in nanoliter droplets for biopreservation. These biopreservation techniques are critical for achieving long-term shelf life for microchips targeting POC applications. This approach has allowed for cell vitrification in smaller volumes with lower concentration of toxic cryoprotectants. His lab has created microfluidic-based, nanoliter hydrogel bioprinting platforms to pattern cell-encapsulating gel droplets and to assemble 3-D tissue constructs in vitro to mimic the complexity of native tissues and to enable control over the cellular microenvironment and tissue microarchitecture. They have shown that various cell types such as stem cells and 3-D cancer models can be biopatterned in microfluidic channels, while maintaining their viability and functionality intact.

Dr. Demirci is recognized internationally as an emerging leader in biotechnology and has been invited numerous national and international conferences and meetings to present his work. In 2006, Dr. Demirci was recognized as one of the top innovators in the world (TR-35) by the MIT Technology Review Magazine. In 2012, he received the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) - Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EMBS) Early Career Achievement Award for the invention of microfluidic droplets which had significant impact on inexpensive, disposable, POC diagnostics.

He currently serves on review committees for the NIH, the NSF, the Department of Defense, the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), the Skolkovo Foundation-MIT, the American Institute of Biological Sciences, the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, and the Agency for Science, Research & Technology of Singapore.

View the Canary Foundation's announcement

Visit Dr. Demirci's Bio-acoustic MEMS in Medicine (BAMM) Lab

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Sylvia K. Plevritis, PhD

plevritis-promotion.jpgPlease join the Department of Radiology in congratulating Dr. Sylvia Plevritis! Dr. Plevritis was promoted to Professor in Information Sciences in Imaging at Stanford (ISIS) effective September 1, 2013.

Congratulations, Dr. Plevritis!

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Michelle James, PhD

michelle_james.jpegThe Department of Radiology welcomes Michelle James, PhD. Dr. James joins us as an Instructor in MIPS effective August 15, 2013.

Welcome Dr. James!

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Lawrence V. "Rusty" Hofmann, MD

hoffmann-promotion.jpgPlease join the Department of Radiology in congratulating Dr. Lawrence V. "Rusty" Hofmann! Dr. Hofmann was promoted to Professor in Interventional Radiology effective August 1, 2013.

Congratulations, Dr. Hofmann!

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Sonya Edwards, MD

Photo of Sonya Edwards, MDPlease join the Department of Radiology in welcoming Dr. Sonya Edwards as an Adjunct Clinical Instructor, Breast Imaging. Dr. Edwards joins us July 1, 2013.

Welcome aboard, Dr. Edwards!

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Rupesh Kalthia, MD

Photo of Rupesh Kalthia, MDPlease join the Department of Radiology in welcoming Dr. Rupesh Kalthia as an Adjunct Clinical Instructor, Abdominal Imaging. Dr. Kalthia joins us July 1, 2013.

Welcome aboard, Dr. Kalthia!

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Lex Mitchell, MD

Photo of Lex Mitchell, MDPlease join the Department of Radiology in welcoming Dr. Lex Mitchell as an Adjunct Clinical Instructor, Neuroradiology. He received his BS from Arkansas Tech University in 2000 and MD from University of Arkansas in 2005. He completed his residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Dr. Mitchell joins us July 1, 2013.

Welcome aboard, Dr. Mitchell!

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Joseph Wu, MD, PhD

wu-promotion.jpgPlease join the Department of Radiology in congratulating Dr. Joseph Wu! Dr. Wu was promoted to Professor, Radiology and Medicine effective May 1, 2013!

Congratulations, Dr. Wu!

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Huy Do, MD

Department chair, Dr. Gambhir, acting Neuroradiology Section Chief Dr. Fischbein, Dr. Do, Interventional Neuroradiology Section Chief Dr. MarksPlease join the Department of Radiology in congratulating Dr. Huy Do! Dr. Do was promoted to Professor, Interventional Neuroradiology effective May 1, 2013!

Congratulations, Dr. Do!

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Nishita Kothary, MD & William Kuo, MD

Photo of Department chair, Dr. Gambhir, Dr. Kothary, Dr. Kuo and IR Section Chief, Dr. HoffmanPlease join the Department of Radiology in congratulating Drs. Nishita Kothary and William Kuo! Both Drs. Kothary and Kuo were promoted to Associate Professor, Interventional Radiology effective March 1, 2013!

Congratulations, Drs. Kothary and Kuo!

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Frederick Chin, PhD

Photo of Frederick ChinThe Department of Radiology welcomes Dr. Frederick Chin! Dr. Chin joins us as an Assistant Professor, Radiology effective February 1, 2013!

Congratulations, Dr. Chin!

3DQ Lab Leadership Announcement

Dear Colleagues,

I am very happy to announce that the 3DQ lab will now have new team leadership effective Jan 1, 2013. Dr. Dominik Fleischmann will serve as the Clinical Director, Dr. Roland Bammer as the Technical Director, and Dr. Sandy Napel will continue to be the Scientific Director. Together they bring a very unique skill set that will help our patients to receive the best care possible. They will work closely to help the 3DQ lab to remain profitable while growing it in entirely new directions.

I want to thank Dr. Brooke Jeffrey for his interim leadership and I know he is also excited to help the 3DQ lab transition in this coming year. Finally, much thanks and gratitude goes to the incredible 3DQ Lab staff, namely: Linda Horst, Marc Sofilos, Keshni Kumar, Nancy Ware, Shannon Walters, Kristy Bogart, Rhea Liang, Caryn Damits, Kala Raman, and administrators Debra Frank and Keesha Winston. They have worked tirelessly to learn new protocols and to keep up with an increasing caseload through a long transition.

I also want to thank Dominik, Roland, and Sandy in stepping up to the plate to form a unique partnership for the benefit of the Department and our patients.

Please join me in congratulating them on this new and exciting mission.

Sincerely,

Sanjiv Sam Gambhir M.D., Ph.D.
Virginia and D. K. Ludwig Professor of Cancer Research
Chair, Department of Radiology
Professor by courtesy, Departments of Bioengineering and
Materials Science & Engineering
Director, Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford (MIPS)
Director, Canary Center at Stanford for Cancer Early Detection
Stanford University School of Medicine

Leadership Transition in the Abdominal Imaging Section

juergen-willmann.jpgDear Colleagues,

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Juergen Willmann in his new role as the Section Chief of Abdominal Imaging effective January 1, 2013. Dr. Willmann has been serving as the Associate Section Chief for Abdominal Imaging since January 2012. He has been mentored by both myself and Dr. Brooke Jeffrey and has proven his ability to be an academic and administrative leader. I know Dr. Willmann will do very well in his new role. Please join me in wishing him the very best of success.

As you may know Dr. Brooke Jeffrey has served as the Section Chief for Abdominal Imaging since 1990. Brooke has done a tremendous job in building one of the best abdominal imaging sections in the country. I want to thank him for his exceptional work including mentoring many junior faculty, residents, and fellows over the years. Dr. Jeffrey will continue to serve in his roles as Vice Chair and Associate Chair of Academic Affairs for the Department. He will be very helpful to the Department in many new initiatives. He will also continue to help Dr. Willmann and the Abdominal Imaging in multiple significant ways in the years to come.

Sincerely,

Sanjiv Sam Gambhir M.D., Ph.D.
Virginia and D. K. Ludwig Professor of Cancer Research
Chair, Department of Radiology
Professor by courtesy, Departments of Bioengineering and
Materials Science & Engineering
Director, Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford (MIPS)
Director, Canary Center at Stanford for Cancer Early Detection
Stanford University School of Medicine

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Jennifer McNab, PhD

Please join the Department of Radiology in welcoming Dr. Jennifer McNab as an Assistant Professor (Research), Radiological Sciences Lab. Dr. McNab joins us October 1, 2012.

Welcome aboard, Dr. McNab!

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Erika Rubesova, MD

Radiology Department Chair, Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, MD, PhD and newly promoted Clinical Associate Professor, Erika Rubesova, MD Pediatric Radiology Chief, Richard Barth, MD and newly promoted Clinical Associate Professor, Erika Rubesova, MDPlease join the Department of Radiology in congratulating Dr. Erika Rubesova! Dr. Rubesova was promoted to Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatrics effective August 1, 2012!

Congratulations, Dr. Rubesova!

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Volney Van Dalsem, MD

Photo of Volney Van DalsemPlease join the Department of Radiology in congratulating Dr. Volney Van Dalsem! Dr. Van Dalsem was promoted to Clinical Professor, Abdominal Imaging effective September 1, 2012!

Congratulations, Dr. Van Dalsem!

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: David Wang, MD

Photo of David Wang, MDPlease join the Department of Radiology in congratulating Dr. David Wang! Dr. Wang was promoted to Clinical Assistant Professor, Interventional Radiology effective September 1, 2012!

Congratulations, Dr. Wang!

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Erik Mittra, MD, PhD

Photo of Erik Mittra, MD, PhDPlease join the Department of Radiology in congratulating Dr. Erik Mittra! Dr. Mittra was promoted to Clinical Assistant Professor, Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging effective August 1, 2012!

Congratulations, Dr. Mittra!

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Linda Morimoto, MD

Please join the Department of Radiology in welcoming Dr. Linda Morimoto as a Clinical Instructor, Body MRI. Dr. Morimoto joins us July 1, 2012.

Welcome aboard, Dr. Morimoto!

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: David Rex, MD, PhD

David Rex, MD, PhD, Clinical Instructor, NeuroradiologyPlease join the Department of Radiology in welcoming Dr. David Rex as a Clinical Instructor, Neuroradiology. Dr. Rex joins us July 1, 2012.

Welcome aboard, Dr. Rex!

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Henry Guo, MD, PhD

Photo of Henry Guo, MD, PhDPlease join the Department of Radiology in welcoming Dr. Henry Guo as a Clinical Instructor, Thoracic Imaging and Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging. Dr. Guo joins us July 1, 2012.

Welcome aboard, Dr. Guo!

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Garry Gold, MD

Please join the Department of Radiology in congratulating Dr. Garry Gold! Dr. Gold was promoted from Associate Professor to Professor, MSK effective February 1, 2012!

Congratulations Dr. Gold!

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Pejman Ghanouni, MD, PhD

The Department of Radiology welcomes Dr. Pejman Ghanouni! Dr. Ghanouni joins us as an Assistant Professor, Radiology effective January 1, 2012!

Congratulations, Dr. Ghanouni!

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Nancy Fischbein, MD

Dr. Nancy Fischbein has recently been promoted from Associate Professor to Professor, Neuroradiology.

Congratulations Dr. Fischbein!

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Helen D'Arceuil, PhD

The Department of Radiology welcomes Helen D'Arceuil, PhD. Dr. D'Arceuil joins us as an Instructor in RSL effective 11/21/2011.

Welcome Dr. D'Arceuil!

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Juergen Willmann, MD

Photo of Juergen WillmannDr. Juergen Willmann has been appointed Associate Professor.

Congratulations, Professor Willmann!

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Howard Harvin, MD

Dr. Howard Harvin was recently promoted from Clinical Instructor to Clinical Assistant Professor, Body Imaging.

Congratulations, Dr. Harvin!

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Jeffrey Tseng, MD

On October 1, 2011, Dr. Jeffrey Tseng joined the Department of Radiology in the Nuclear Medicine section as a Clinical Assistant Professor.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Tseng!

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Rajesh Shah, MD

Rajesh Shah, MD joins the Department of Radiology August 1, 2011 as a Clinical Assistant Professor in Interventional Radiology.

Congratulations, Dr. Shah!

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: David Wang, MD

Welcome to David Wang, MD, who joins the Department of Radiology in the Interventional Radiology section as Clinical Instructor effective August 1, 2011.

Congratulations Dr. Wang!

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Bao Do, MD

Bao Do, MD has a new appointment as Clinical Instructor in the Musculoskeletal and Body Imaging sections, effective July 11, 2011.

Congratulations, Dr. Do!

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Dominik Fleischmann, MD

The Department of Radiology would like to congratulate Dr. Fleischmann on his recent promotion from Associate Professor to Professor, CV Imaging!

Congratulations Dr. Fleischmann!

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Dr. Shreyas Vasanawala

Vasanawala_100.gifDr. Shreyas Vasanawala has been promoted to associate professor. He joined the Department of Radiology faculty in July of 2007, after receiving his MD and a PhD in biophysics from Stanford University, followed by residency training in radiology at Stanford University Medical Center and a pediatric radiology fellowship at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital (LPCH). During his fellowship, Dr. Vasanawala received specialty training in pediatric musculoskeletal imaging at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and in pediatric cardiovascular imaging at Sick Kids in Toronto. At Stanford, Dr. Vasanawala's research aims to improve magnetic resonance imaging techniques for pediatric and abdominal imaging.

Please view his prior awards at "Awards and Honors: June 11, 2010"; "In the News: Shreyas Vasanawala, MD"; "Awards and Honors II: February 19, 2010"; "Dr. Vasanawala and Colleagues Receive the Prestigious Caffey Award"; Awards and Honors: April 22, 2009; "Awards and Honors: March 23, 2009"; "Awards and Honors II: February 13, 2009"; "Awards and Honors I: July 11, 2008"; and "New Faculty Hires and Promotions: July 3, 2007."

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Brian Hargreaves, PhD

hargreaves_100.gifBrian Hargreaves, PhD, has been promoted to associate professor of radiology. He joined the Department in 2005 after completing graduate and post-graduate work in Electrical Engineering at Stanford. His research focuses on the application of new MRI methods to clinical body MRI (including abdominal, vascular, breast, and musculoskeletal imaging) and the development of novel excitation schemes, efficient imaging methods, and reconstruction tools that provide improved diagnostic contrast compared with current methods. His group supports many clinical methods at Stanford Hospital including breast MRI, MRI of subjects with metallic implants, and MR angiography methods.

Dr. Hargreaves is married with a 10-month-old daughter, and enjoys skiing, hiking, and cycling.

To view his prior blog postings, please access "Awards and Honors: February 22, 2010"; "Drs. Gold and Hargreaves' Osteoarthritis Research Featured on ABC7 News"; "Drs. Gold and Hargreaves Detect Osteoarthritis Using Sodium MRI"; and "Awards and Honors: April 17, 2008."

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Bruce Daniel, MD

Daniel_Bruce.jpgDr. Bruce Daniel, was recently promoted to professor of radiology. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Daniel was chief resident in radiology at the University of Michigan before coming to Stanford in 1995. After 2 years as a National Cancer Institute (NCI) fellow at Stanford, he joined the faculty in the body imaging section. In addition to his role as a body imager, Dr. Daniel was involved in nearly all the clinical MRI-guided interventions using the Stanford MRT scanner, including many biopsies, vascular procedures, and ablations. He also built the Breast MRI Program, which is now a vital service for many breast cancer patients. His research interests include new diagnostic MRI methods for detecting and staging breast cancer and MR-guided interventions in the breast and prostate.

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Heike Daldrup-Link, MD

daldrupLinkHeike_6.13.jpgHeike Daldrup-Link, MD, has been appointed as associate professor of radiology. Dr. Daldrup-Link is a pediatric radiologist with a clinical emphasis on oncologic imaging and the head of the Daldrup-Link Lab, with focus on “cellular MR imaging techniques for improved cancer characterization and monitoring of stem cell therapies."

She is currently a member of the Stanford Cancer Institute, the Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford (MIPS), and the Center for Biomedical Imaging at Stanford (CBIS). Prior to coming to Stanford, Dr. Daldrup-Link was an associate professor of radiology and pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, (UCSF).

Dr. Daldrup-Link earned her medical degree from the University of Munster, Germany, in 1992 and completed a radiology residency and a 2-year fellowship in pediatric radiology at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. From 2003 to 2010, she worked at UCSF as a pediatric radiologist and researcher. Dr. Daldrup-Link has published more than 85 scientific articles and is a member of the board of directors of the Society for Pediatric Radiology (SPR); the Children’s Oncology Group (COG); the editorial board of Pediatric Radiology; the NIH Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy Study Section; as well as the program committees for the Association of University Radiologists (AUR) and Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meetings. She published a textbook entitled Essentials of Pediatric Radiology: A Multimodality Approach, which was most recently supplemented with a free app for the iPAD: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/essentials-pediatric-radiology/id440976594?mt=8. Happy case solving!

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New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Jianghong Rao, PhD

Rao.jpgJianghong Rao, PhD, has been promoted to associate professor of radiology. Dr. Rao is head of the Rao Lab whose main focus is to "design, synthesize, and evaluate novel molecular probes for imaging or manipulating targeted biomolecules in normal and diseased states.”

Dr. Rao first came to Stanford in 2004 as an assistant professor of radiology. He is currently a member of the following programs: the Biophysics Program at Stanford, the Bio-X Program, the Cancer Biology Research Program, and the Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford (MIPS). Most recently, he became an assistant professor (by courtesy) in the Stanford Department of Chemistry. Prior to coming to Stanford, Dr. Rao was an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Completing his BS in chemistry at Peking University in China, Dr. Rao earned his MS in chemistry from Rutgers University in New Jersey, and went on to receive his PhD in organic chemistry from Harvard University. After graduate school, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Diego, in chemical biology. Dr. Rao has published over 40 articles, and his recent awards include the Human Frontier Science Program Young Investigator Award, Burroughs Wellcome Career Award at the Scientific Interfaces, and the UCLA Frontiers of Sciences Faculty Development Award.

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Amelie Lutz, MD

Photo of Amelie LutzThe Department of Radiology welcomes Dr. Amelie Lutz! Dr. Lutz joins us as an Assistant Professor, Radiology effective May 1, 2011!

Congratulations, Dr. Lutz!

New Staff Hires and Promotions: Amy Morris

amy_smile72.jpg Amy Morris, graphic designer, recently joined our Department full-time, after working as our temporary visual arts specialist since March of 2008.

Amy has over 10 years of experience in the design business. Prior to coming to Stanford, she worked as a freelance designer while also working as a software interface designer at IBM, where she contributed to a U.S. patent and 4 patent applications. While getting her design degree, Amy was employed as a senior loan processor at a mortgage company. In addition, she holds a California Real Estate License.

Amy has an active life outside of work: "I have 5 children, ages 2, 4, 5, 11, and 14. I love to spend time with them and watch how extraordinary everyday things are in their eyes; I think it keeps me young and open-minded. I am an avid cake artist, and I love a challenge! I enjoy circuit training, intense cardio, and strength training; I’m also a fitness coach."

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Parag Mallick, PhD

mallick.jpgParag Mallick, PhD, has recently joined the Department of Radiology as an assistant professor as well as member of the Canary Center at Stanford for Cancer Early Detection , Bio-X, and Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford (MIPS).

Dr. Mallick received his BS in computer science and biochemistry from Washington University in St. Louis and his PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles, in chemistry and biochemistry. He next moved to the state of Washington as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, where he researched clinical and quantitative mass spectrometry-based proteomics.

Prior to coming to Stanford, Dr. Mallick was as an assistant professor in the Departments of Medicine and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC) and the director of clinical proteomics at the Center for Applied Molecular Medicine (CAMM), where he developed a systems biology and quantitative biology research group. He was also a visiting scientist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. At Stanford, his research focus is on systems biology approaches for the discovery of serologic and imaging biomarkers for cancer early detection in lung, pancreatic, prostate cancers, and lymphoma.

Included among his hobbies are juggling (with the Los Angeles Troupes, Cirque Berzerk, and The MUMs) as well as magic, which he practices as a member of The Magic Castle in Hollywood.

To read more about Dr. Mallick, please access his profile on the Stanford Medical School website at http://med.stanford.edu/profiles/Parag_Mallick/ .

New Staff Hires and Promotions: Rhea Liang

Liang_150.jpgRhea Liang has joined the Stanford Radiology 3D and Quantitative Imaging Lab as an MR imaging technologist. Ms. Liang has been working in MRI for over 20 years and has a BS in radiology technology. Prior to joining our Department, she served as the MRI lead technologist at Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) Camino Division for over 9 years.

Before coming to the United States, Ms. Liang was a medical illustrator in Shanghai, China: "I love 3d imaging technology because it makes me feel that I am resuming my medical illustration work."

New Staff Hires and Promotions: Charles Stanley, ASRT

Stanley_150.jpgCharles Stanley, ASRT, has joined Stanford Radiology as the manager of the 3D and Quantitative Imaging Lab (the 3DQ Lab). Mr. Stanley has over 25 years of experience in radiologic technology, with advanced certifications in MRI (ARRT), CT (ARRT), and radiology administration (AHRA).

Prior to joining our Department, he served as the imaging manager for the University of Virginia Health System for 10 years where he managed the CT, MRI, and noninvasive cardiovascular imaging (NCVI) services as well as the Advanced Visualization Lab. While at the University of Virginia, Mr. Stanley served on numerous RFP committees regarding equipment and service purchases as well as developed and maintained a large 3D imaging lab utilizing various types of post processing systems. His management expertise also extends to the imaging industry, where he was the operations manager for InSight Health Corporation and the director of imaging services at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.

In addition, Mr. Stanley has extensive community service and consulting experience. Some of his contributions include serving as an associated sciences board member of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA); an executive board member of the Section for Magnetic Resonance Technologists; and a medical, scientific, and technical advisory board member at Institute for Magnetic Resonance Safety, Education, and Research.

New Staff Hires and Promotions: Anita Samantaray, MPH

Samantaray_Anita.jpgAnita Samantaray, MPH, recently joined our Department as the program manager of our Center for Cancer Systems Biology (CCSB).

Prior to joining our Department, she was the project manager of Family and Community Medicine in the Stanford University School of Medicine. In addition, Anita has worked at the University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA)/Drew Schools of Medicine as manager of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension (Internal Medicine) and as a health sciences specialist at the Palo Alto VA Hospital in the Division of Cardiology (Internal Medicine).

Anita received her master's degree in public health at Loma Linda University after earning her bachelor of science in neurobiology, physiology, & behavior from the University of California, Davis. Outside of work, she is involved with Empower Tanzania, an organization that works in partnership with Tanzanians to develop sustainable models to enhance the quality of life and resilience of rural areas through health improvements, education and economic empowerment.

Anita is a Bay Area native who enjoys being newly married, studying languages, scuba diving, and practicing transcendental meditation.

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Sharon Pitteri, PhD

Thumbnail image for sharon-pitteri.jpgThe Department of Radiology welcomes Dr. Sharon Pitteri! Dr. Pitteri joins us as an Assistant Professor, Radiology effective November 1, 2010!

Congratulations, Dr. Pitteri!

New Staff Hires and Promotions: Ming T. Chou, MAcc

Ming_100.jpgMing Chou, MAcc, joined our Department on October 4th as the finance and administrative manager for the MIPS/Nuclear Medicine Section.

Mr. Chou has a wealth of experience in finance. Prior to joining our Department, he was the senior financial analyst for the Stanford Department of Pathology. When he first came to Stanford in 2003, he served as the research accountant for the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR). Outside of Stanford, Mr. Chou has also worked in many finance positions in industry as well as academia. He earned his master of accountancy from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Martin Laufik, MD

MLpic_150.jpgMartin Laufik, MD, recently joined our Department as a clinical instructor of body imaging at the Veterans Administration Hospital and Stanford Medical Center. Prior to joining our faculty, Dr. Laufik was a Stanford body imaging fellow. His academic interests include liver and renal imaging, as well as teaching.

Dr. Laufik obtained his BS in biology and BA in economics at Stanford, where he graduated with honors. He attended medical school at the University of California School of Medicine, San Diego. Dr. Laufik left California to complete his preliminary medicine internship at Cabrini Hospital/Mount Sinai in New York City and residency in diagnostic radiology at the University of Arizona, Tucson. In recognition of his teaching expertise, Dr. Laufik has received a 2009 Resident Teaching Award from the University of Arizona and an Excellence in Teaching Award from Stanford University.

When he isn't practicing, Dr. Laufik enjoys soccer, running, travel, and cheering for our Stanford sports teams.


New Staff Hires and Promotions: Faron Addison

FaronA.jpgFaron Addison started working at Stanford University in 2008 and has worked within several areas, including the Office of Medical Development, the Graduate School of Business (GSB), the Department of Psychology, and the Molecular Imaging Instrumentation Laboratory (MIIL). Recently, he accepted a permanent position in the Radiological Sciences Laboratory (RSL) supporting Drs. Robert J. Herfkens and Brian Rutt.

Prior to coming to Stanford University, Faron worked as a due diligence auditor of mortgage-backed securities for a large bank in New York City from 1999 until 2004. He then relocated to San Jose, CA, to take a job as AVP of operations for Aurora Loan Services in Campbell, CA. In 2008, he joined Stanford University as a temporary worker until becoming permanent in September of 2010.

Faron is from Richmond, VA, and currently attends the University of Phoenix and is working towards attaining his BS/BA in business administration. In his spare time, Faron claims he "is an advocate of the equestrian world and has been riding horses for over 20 years." He also enjoys beach life.

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Joe Wu, MD, PhD

Wu_100100.jpgJoseph Wu, MD, PhD, has been promoted to associate professor of medicine (cardiology) as well as radiology effective September 1. Prior to joining our faculty, Dr. Wu completed his fellowship and residency at the University of Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center. He received his MD from Yale University School of Medicine and his PhD from UCLA Department of Molecular Pharmacology.

Dr. Wu's clinical interests include adult congenital heart disease, nuclear cardiology, and echocardiography. His basic research focus is on the biological mechanisms of adult stem cells, embryonic stem cells, and induced pluripotent stem cells. He and his team use a combination of gene profiling, tissue engineering, physiological testing, and molecular imaging technologies to better understand stem cell biology in vitro and in vivo. They are interested in monitoring stem cell survival, proliferation, and differentiation for adult stem cells, while for embryonic stem cells, they are currently studying their tumorigenicity, immunogenicity, and differentiation. Further information is available at his lab website: http://wulab.stanford.edu/.

Dr. Wu has published over 100 articles. He has also received many awards, including the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award for Biomedical Scientists, the American College of Cardiology Cardiovascular Imaging Award, the Baxter Foundation Faculty Award, the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, and the NIH Transformative R01 Award.

To read more about Dr. Wu's prior awards, please see "In the News: Joe Wu, MD, PhD"; "Awards and Honors I: October 9, 2009"; "Research by Dr. Wu and Colleagues Induces Fat Cells to Become iPS Cells"; "Awards and Honors: April 17, 2009"; http://radiology.stanford.edu/blog/archives/2008/11/awards_and_hono_63.html; http://radiology.stanford.edu/blog/archives/2008/10/_joseph_wu_md_p.html ; http://radiology.stanford.edu/blog/archives/2008/06/awards_and_hono_42.html ; and http://radiology.stanford.edu/blog/archives/2007/04/awards_and_hono_1.html.

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Michael Zeineh, MD, PhD

Zeineh_2010.gifMichael Zeineh, MD, PhD, joined the Department of Radiology as an assistant professor in the Neuroradiology Section on September 1, 2010. As an undergraduate at the California Institute of Technology, Dr. Zeineh developed an interest in advanced microscopic neuroscientific imaging, which led him to complete a combined MD-PhD program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His PhD work focused on using high-resolution structural and functional MRI to investigate the neural underpinnings of memory formation and retrieval. Toward the end of his radiology residency at Stanford, he received a two-year Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Research Fellowship to pursue high-field imaging in neuroradiology.

As a Stanford neuroradiology fellow, Dr. Zeineh was also awarded General Electric (GE) seed funding to support his ongoing research during his fellowship. His research work and interests are driven by the challenge to noninvasively characterize the microscopic pathology underlying neurologic disease, particularly disease entities with a significant component of pathology invisible to conventional imaging methods. Specifically, Dr. Zeineh utilizes high-field MRI, advanced susceptibility based processing, and diffusion tensor imaging, as well as other novel contrast mechanisms, with the following applications: 1) MR imaging and characterization of amyloid plaques in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients; 2) early in vivo biomarker imaging for Alzheimer’s disease; 3) improved imaging of seizure foci in localization-related epilepsy; 4) identifying network derangements and microstructural alterations in Parkinson’s disease; 5) imaging biomarkers for multiple sclerosis with quantitative imaging (measurement of myelin content); and 6) general applications of ultra-high field MRI for neurologic disease.

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Roland Bammer, PhD

rbammer_2010_100.jpgRoland Bammer, PhD, has been promoted to associate professor of radiology (research) and, by courtesy, of neurology & neurological sciences effective August 1, 2010. Prior to joining our faculty in 2004 as an assistant professor, Dr. Bammer was a research associate at the Richard M. Lucas Center for Imaging. He earned his PhD in electrical engineering from Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria. In 2002, he received his venia docendi (teaching professorship) in medical physics as well as biophysics from the Medical University of Graz, Austria.

His research interests include the development of novel imaging and reconstruction techniques that promise to significantly improve MR exams in both children and adult patients by reducing the overall scan time; improving the diagnostic capacity of the images; and providing an alternative contrast mechanism and the means to understand more clearly the underlying tissue microstructure, particularly in terms of how it is composed and how the brain is anatomically/functionally connected with different regions.

Dr. Bammer has published over 120 peer-reviewed articles, and he has 10 patents, with 4 pending. He has also earned many grants in support of his research and is currently principal investigator on one R21 and four R01 active research projects. In addition to these funding awards, he has received the following honors this past year: the Caffey Scientific Paper Award, 2010, from the Society for Pediatric Radiology and the Senior Fellow of the Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies (FRIAS), 2010, from the University of Freiburg, Germany.

To view his other blog postings, please access "Awards and Honors: May 19, 2010"; "Awards and Honors: May 21, 2009"; and "Awards and Honors: September 14, 2007";

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Andrei Iagaru, MD

Iagaru_09_100.pngDr. Iagaru recently joined our Department as an assistant professor of radiology, with a subspecialty in nuclear medicine. He completed medical school at Carol Davila University of Medicine, Bucharest, Romania, and an internship at Drexel University College of Medicine, Graduate Hospital, in the Department of Medicine. He began his residency at the University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, in the Division of Nuclear Medicine, where he was the chief resident. Dr. Iagaru finished his residency and completed a PET/CT fellowship at Stanford University's School of Medicine in the Division of Nuclear Medicine. His research interests include whole-body MRI and PET/CT for early cancer detection; clinical translation of novel PET radiopharmaceuticals; radioimmunotherapy; optical imaging of breast cancer; as well as PET/CT imaging for thyroid, breast, cervical and ovarian cancers, melanoma, lymphoma, and sarcomas.

Over the past three years as an instructor in Nuclear Medicine, Dr. Iagaru has received several awards including the Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) 2009 Image of the Year Award; SNM/American College of Nuclear Medicine (ACNM) Mid-Winter Conference 2010 Best Essay Award; 2009 Western Regional SNM Scientist Award; and a Stanford Cancer Center 2009 Developmental Cancer Research Award in Translational Science. With his interests, background, and training, Dr. Iagaru will find many opportunities for collaboration, teaching, and introducing his successful research into the clinical practice of nuclear medicine.

Please see his other award postings: "Awards and Honors: June 29, 2010"; "Awards and Honors: March 15, 2010"; "Awards and Honors: July 17, 2009"; "Awards and Honors: May 26, 2009"; and "Awards and Honors I: July 15, 2008".

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Heike Daldrup-Link, MD

DaldrupLink_100.jpgHeike Daldrup-Link, MD, who was previously an associate professor of radiology and pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, (UCSF), joined the Stanford Department of Radiology September 1, 1010. She earned her medical degree from the University of Munster, Germany, in 1992 and completed a radiology residency and fellowship in pediatric radiology and molecular imaging at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, in 2004. While at UCSF as a research fellow, Dr. Daldrup-Link studied uses of contrast media for image enhancement. She currently leads several projects including “Monitoring of Stem Cell Engraftment in Arthritic Joints with MR Imaging” (R01); and “Novel Imaging Approach to Monitor Chondrogenic Differentiation of IPS Cells” (R21). Dr. Daldrup-Link is also a practicing radiologist with an interest in pediatric oncology, molecular imaging, general pediatric radiology, and teaching. She is member of the board of directors of the Society for Pediatric Radiology (SPR); member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG); member of the editorial board of Pediatric Radiology; permanent member of the NIH Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy Study Section; as well as a member of the program committees for the Association of University Radiologists (AUR) and Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meetings. Recently, she published a textbook entitled Essentials of Pediatric Radiology: A Multimodality Approach, which provides a concise overview of both basic and complex topics encountered by pediatric radiologists in their daily practice. Her textbook also includes a free web-based case review and an online practice exam.

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Jafi Lipson, MD

Jafi.gifDr. Jafi Lipson joined the Department of Radiology on August 1, 2010 as an assistant professor in the Breast Imaging Section. A graduate of Harvard College, UCSF School of Medicine, and UCSF Radiology Residency, Dr. Lipson completed her medical training as a Stanford Breast Imaging Fellow in June 2010. Her research interests include medical informatics applications in breast imaging and breast radiologic-pathologic correlation.

Her prior research activities focused on radiation dose with CT and the associated risk of cancer. As an NIH-funded T32 Research Fellow under the mentorship of Dr. Rebecca Smith-Bindman, Dr. Lipson conducted a study of four Bay Area hospitals in which she reviewed 1,200 CT examinations and dose reports; estimated the effective dose from each examination; and calculated the associated risk of cancer attributable to that effective dose. Her study culminated in an article entitled "Radiation Dose Associated with Common Computed Tomography Examinations and the Associated Lifetime Attributable Risk of Cancer" (Arch Intern Med. 2009 Dec 14;169(22):2078-86), which is one of only a few articles that have raised national attention regarding the issue of medical radiation and the need for clinical practice guidelines to track and reduce dose.

Dr. Lipson's current projects include the creation and evaluation of an Annotated Breast Map, which is an automated, WIKI-form visual summarization of a patient’s breast history; integration of the BI-RADS lexicon for mammography, ultrasound, and MRI into the RSNA RadLex lexicon; and classification and quantification of dynamic contrast enhanced breast MRI patterns of response to poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitor therapy in the neoadjuvant treatment of triple-negative and BRCA-associated breast cancer.

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Daniel Sze, MD, PhD

Sze.bmpDaniel Sze, MD, PhD, has been promoted to professor of radiology (diagnostic) in the Interventional Radiology Section. As an undergraduate, he double majored in biochemistry and studio arts at Harvard. After a brief stint as a graphic designer and medical illustrator, he went on to complete an MD and PhD in biophysics at Stanford; an internship at California Pacific Medical Center; and a residency in radiology at UCSF, where he was chief resident. He returned to Stanford for a fellowship in interventional radiology and joined the faculty in 1997. His clinical and research interests include image-guided treatment of cancers using oncolytic viruses, radioembolization, chemoembolization, and ablation. Other interests include the treatment of aortic dissections and aneurysms; the management of portal hypertension and cirrhosis; venous reconstruction and pulmonary embolism; organ transplant-related complications; and magnetic resonance-guided interventions. Dr. Sze received the Young Investigator Award from the Society of Interventional Radiology in 2002. In addition, he has authored over 100 peer-reviewed papers, and he has been a principal investigator or co-investigator in over 40 clinical trials.

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: Daniel Spielman, PhD

SpielmanDan_150.gifDan Spielman, PhD, has been promoted to professor of radiology, effective 7/01/10. Dr. Spielman has been a faculty member at Stanford since 1993, when he joined our Department as an assistant professor. In June of 2000, he was promoted to associate professor.

Prior to joining the Stanford Radiology faculty, Dr. Spielman attended Stanford University as a graduate student, earning his MA in statistics and his PhD in electrical engineering. While in graduate school, he began working as a research assistant in the Electrical Engineering Department, joining our Department in 1990 as a research affiliate in the Stanford Radiological Science Laboratory (RSL).

He has over 90 publications on in vivo magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) and spectroscopic imaging (MRSI) and has 10 U.S. patents (either issued or pending) on novel MRSI techniques and associated signal processing methods. His current research effort focuses on high field 1H spectroscopy of the human brain and metabolic imaging of small animal models using hyperpolarized 13C MRSI. Applications of his work include diagnosis and understanding of neurodegenerative disorders, cancer detection and treatment monitoring, and metabolic studies of ischemic heart disease.

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: March 26, 2010

Stevens2010_150.jpgKathryn Stevens, MD, has been promoted to associate professor of radiology in the Musculoskeletal Imaging Section of our Department. Completing her medical education at St. Mary's Hospital Medical School at the University of London, she graduated first out of 2000 doctors qualifying in London that year, earning the University of London Gold Medal. While completing her medical degree at the University of London, she was active in the army reserves, and she became the British Army Women's Parachute Champion in 1986.

Dr. Stevens completed her radiology residency in Nottingham. She won a Wishbone Grant for research in power Doppler ultrasound and fulfilled a one-year fellowship in musculoskeletal radiology at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Center in Oxford, England. In 2000, Dr. Stevens came to Stanford as a research fellow, securing the Dr. Karol Sicher Cancer Research Fellowship and the Stanford Dean’s Fellowship. Although she only intended on staying for one year, she was persuaded to continue in a clinical capacity, eventually joining the faculty in 2003.

At Stanford, Dr. Stevens, "strives to be a excellent clinician" while maintaining her "British sense of humor." One of her main priorities is resident education, which she considers one of the most rewarding aspects of her job, and she was delighted to receive the Junior Faculty of the Year Award in 2009. She also maintains an active teaching role in the Departments of Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and Rheumatology, and is an avid collector of teaching cases, amassing over 35,000 images over the past 10 years.

Dr. Stevens has published over 40 peer-reviewed publications and numerous other review articles. Her main research interests include clinical applications for newly developed MRI pulse sequences and ultrasound-guided interventions for sports injuries. When she is not in the office, her hobbies include hiking, skiing, composing quirky poetry, eating cheesecake, and travelling the globe.

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: December 7, 2009

Levin_100.jpgCraig Levin, PhD, has been promoted to professor of radiology. Currently, he leads the Molecular Imaging Instrumentation Laboratory (MIIL) where his lab's main research interests are to advance instrumentation and signal processing algorithms for noninvasive imaging of basic cellular and molecular processes associated with disease. The new "cameras" developed by his lab image photon emissions from molecular contrast agents or "probes" designed to target specific cellular and molecular processes associated with disease in cells located deep within the tissues of living subjects. The technical goals of the instrumentation projects are to advance the photon detection efficiency as well as spatial, energy, and temporal resolutions. The algorithmic goals are to understand the physical system comprising the subject tissues, photon transport, and camera, and to realize the best available reconstructed image quality and quantitative accuracy. The work involves the design, development, and testing of novel position-sensitive photon sensors and systems; low-noise readout electronics; data acquisition electronics; computer modeling; computer graphics; tomographic image reconstruction algorithms; signal/image processing algorithms; and data/image analysis. Key goals of their research include . . .

incorporating these innovations into practical imaging devices and introducing these new in vivo imaging tools into the clinic as well as into preclinical research to advance studies of novel probes and molecular mechanisms of disease to aid the discovery and monitoring of novel treatments. If successful, these innovative tools will substantially enhance the visualization and quantification of subtle molecular signatures associated with disease, enabling molecular imaging to play an earlier role in disease management.

This work has been supported by grants from the NIH National Cancer Institute, NIH National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, California Breast Cancer Research Program, the Whitaker Foundation, GE Healthcare, and Philips Healthcare. Student and postdoctoral fellowships have been supported by the Stanford Bio-X Program, School of Medicine Dean’s Fellowship Program, Society of Nuclear Medicine, Belgian-American Education Foundation, AXA Foundation, and the Department of Defense. Since May of 2004 (when Dr. Levin arrived at Stanford) through December 2008, his research program has generated over 70 research articles in some of the premier journals of the field of imaging system technology advancement. Between May 2004 and December 2008, he and his lab have also delivered over 100 scientific conference presentations and 70 invited talks; garnered more than $8 million in research grants and $1 million in fellowship funds; and completed 16 patent applications. Since beginning at Stanford Radiology in 2004, Dr. Levin has also trained over 48 young scientists, including postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduate students.

New Staff Hires and Promotions: October 16, 2009

Ko_Kim_100.jpgKim Ko joined our Department on August 24, 2009, as our new human resources administrator. Born and raised in O'ahu, Hawai'i, Ms. Ko moved to California a few months ago. "I knew I always wanted to move to the Bay Area," she said. "So, I was really excited when this opportunity to work at Stanford came up. There are certain comforts of home that I miss, of course, like my family and friends, but I'm really excited to begin this new chapter in my life."

For her undergraduate education, Ms. Ko attended . . .

the University of Hawaii, graduating in 2004 with a bachelor's in business administration and with majors in both the management of information systems and marketing. After graduation, she worked briefly as a communications analyst for Linda Lingle, the current governor of Hawai'i. Lacking a passion for politics, Ms. Ko left after five months and began working at Norwegian Cruise Line America (NCLA) as an administrative assistant in the Honolulu land office. On her first day, she was placed in the human resources department (HR) and began her career by conducting phone interviews and hiring crewmembers to staff NCLA's second cruise ship, the Pride of America.

Working her way up the ranks at NCLA, Ms. Ko held many different positions in the HR department, which included working as an HR manager onboard each of the three American-flagged ships (the Pride of Aloha, Pride of America, and Pride of Hawai'i). "Each position was a very interesting and different experience," Ms. Ko commented. "Ship life definitely created some very interesting stories to tell! Through my employment with NCLA, I was able to take a 19-day cruise last year from San Francisco down to South America. I visited Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, and Chile. I was able to go to Machu Picchu for a three-day adventure, and it is one of the most amazing and beautiful places I have ever been. I have also traveled to different parts of China, and visited the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. One of my life's goals is to travel to all seven continents."

Ms. Ko's spare time is mostly devoted to surfing on the Internet, which includes keeping in touch with people on social networking sites, shopping, and learning things through Wikipedia. Back in her home state, she also used to participate in a modern dance group called Giinko Marischino, which performed at various venues across the state of Hawai'i. She hopes to find a similar group in the near vicinity to continue in the performing arts, and to refine her skills in belly dancing.

New Staff Hires and Promotions: March 3, 2009

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Sheila Galuppo was recently hired as our marketing manager for outpatient imaging at Stanford Hospital and Clinics. For over 15 years, she has worked in medical sales, building close working relationships with community physicians and their staff. Before joining our Department, she worked as the marketing manager for an independent start-up imaging center in the San Jose area for four years. Drawing on her knowledge and experience concerning excelling in a very competitive imaging industry, Ms. Galuppo's goal for Stanford Radiology is to obtain radiology referrals from our community physicians.

Born and raised in the San Jose area, Ms. Galuppo is from a second-generation Italian immigrant family: "I went to UC Santa Cruz as a marine biology major with dreams of becoming a veterinarian specializing in marine mammals. My mentors as a child were Jacques Cousteau, Marty Stauffer, Marlin Perkins, and, of course, mom and dad. Funny, how life takes us on a journey. While working as a veterinarian technician after college, I met many sales representatives coming to the physician's office, and I discovered a new passion, medical sales, and I have never looked back. I am also an avid scuba diver, although I prefer warm water diving in my older years. My other hobbies include camping, hiking, and dog training. Two years ago, I rescued a four-month old Basset Hound named Daisy. She and I have been in obedience training classes for over a year with the goal of obtaining her therapy dog license. We would like to volunteer at care centers and children's hospitals. There is nothing like bringing a smile to a child with the unconditional love of a furry friend."

(Image of Ms. Galuppo courtesy of Mark Riesenberger)


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Daisy on Halloween 2008


New Staff Hires and Promotions: March 2, 2009

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Douglas Cathon, MA, ARRT, has joined our Department as our Radiology quality manager at Stanford Hospital and Clinics. Prior to coming to Stanford, Mr. Cathon worked at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He has over 30 years of management experience working in quality management; leading community programs; and teaching business and health courses, on topics including principles of management, organizational behavior, organizational theory, and human resources. Mr. Cathon has published a book entitled Management Dominos and has over 40 publications in professional journals on subjects such as stress management, performance, buying a computer system, and marketing. Other key areas of his experience include quality assessment and improvement; imaging operations management; departmental policy and procedural manuals; Certificates of Need and RFP's; cost analysis; coding/billing; supply control; and short- and long-range planning.

In addition, Mr. Cathon has clinical experience from his work as a radiological technologist in all areas of radiology and from his service in the Navy as a hospital corpsman with experience as an operating room technician; lab technician; X-ray technician; and pharmacy technician. In the Navy, he was also the leading petty officer on a number of duty stations, which included 10 ships, 2 clinics, and 4 hospitals, and he has 5 years of experience as a Total Quality Management instructor. In 1982, Mr. Cathon received a Navy Achievement Award for designing a medical department on board a ship. His educational background includes an MA in human resource development from Webster University, St. Louis, MO; an MA in health services management from Webster University, St. Louis, MO; a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education (medical technology and business) from Wayland Baptist University, Plainview Texas; and EPIC-Radiant certification in the radiology RIS system. He is also an American Health Care Radiology Administrators Fellow.

When he is not at work, Mr. Cathon enjoys spending time with his two children and four grandchildren as well as driving his 94 Corvette.

(Image courtesy of Mark Riesenberger)

New Staff Hires and Promotions: January 8, 2009

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Alice Gardner, MM, recently joined our Department as an administrative associate in the Abdominal Imaging Section. Prior to coming to California in 2004, Ms. Gardner lived for most of her adult life on the back roads of rural Vermont, raising her family in a picturesque valley while running a home business growing and drying flowers. In Brattleboro, Vermont, she worked at the School for International Training as an administrative manager for their master's programs. After moving to California, Ms. Gardner worked for over two years as a seminar and program coordinator at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto. She earned her master's degree in management from Cambridge College in 2000.

Although she lived in Vermont for most of her life, Ms. Gardner grew up in Connecticut and also spent seven years in Scotland at the Findhorn Foundation. From a young age, she has been interested in spirituality and in 2002, after discovering the teachings of Eckhart Tolle, she spent five days at a retreat led by Mr. Tolle and subsequently authored a book about her experiences entitled Life Beyond Belief.

According to Ms. Gardner, her four years in California have been great: "I am thoroughly enjoying the wonderfully temperate climate here, as well as the social environment with my friends, family, and as a member of the Stanford community. I enjoy nature photography very much, and I have included some of my recent photos for the blog. Also, my last name, Gardner, is very fitting because I really am a gardener; I am certificated by the Royal Horticultural Society in England, and I enjoy the year-round flowers and plants in California a lot. I love the great outdoors and enjoy camping, walking, biking to work, and just plain being outdoors."

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New Faculty Hires and Promotions: January 5, 2009

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Rebecca Fahrig, PhD, has been promoted to associate professor (research) of radiology. Prior to joining our Department, Dr. Fahrig completed her PhD in medical biophysics at the University of Western Ontario and a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University. She has won numerous awards including selection as a School of Medicine Faculty Fellow for 2008; the Greenfield Award for the Best Paper (nonradiation dosimetry) published in Medical Physics in 2005; the Fellowship Research Trainee Prize (along with Zhu, PhD, candidate) from the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Physics Subcommittee; and the Faculty Scholar in Translational Research Award from the Baxter Foundation. Dr. Fahrig's research focuses on imaging for guidance of minimally invasive procedures. She works on software and hardware that permit the use of a C-arm system for both fluoroscopy and CT imaging, and she has extended the applications of C-arm CT to retrospectively gated 3D/4D cardiac imaging in the interventional suite. Dr. Fahrig is also developing an MR-compatible X-ray fluoroscopy system, including a new rotating-anode X-ray tube for use in the fringe fields of 1.5T and 3.0T magnets. For her prior award posting, please access http://radiology.stanford.edu/blog/archives/2008/04/awards_and_hono_36.html.

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: December 17, 2008

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Daniel Rubin, MD, MS, was appointed as an assistant professor of radiology in 2008. He was recruited to Stanford Radiology to participate in building a new section in the information sciences called ISIS (Information Science in Imaging at Stanford). Dr. Rubin's background is in clinical and investigational radiology as a radiologist and as a researcher. He attended Stanford Medical School and received his master's degree in biomedical informatics. He also completed his residency as well as his body and research fellowships at Stanford University. Dr. Rubin's academic focus is on the intersection of biomedical informatics and imaging science where he is developing computational methods and applications to access and integrate diverse clinical and imaging data; to extract information and meaning from images; to enable data mining and the discovery of image biomarkers; and to translate these methods into practice by creating computer applications that will improve diagnostic accuracy and clinical effectiveness. He is also chair of the RadLex Steering Committee of the RSNA, an effort to create a standard terminology for all of radiology; chair of the Informatics Committee of the American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN); and co-chair of the Medical Imaging Systems Working Group of the American Medical Informatics Association. For Dr. Rubin's prior blog posting, please access http://radiology.stanford.edu/blog/archives/2008/08/ncis_invivo_ima.html.

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: November 26, 2008

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Xiaoyuan (Shawn) Chen, PhD, head of the Molecular Imaging Probe Laboratory (MIPL) has been promoted to associate professor (research) of radiology. Dr. Chen was born in China and received his bachelor's and master's degrees in chemistry from Nanjing University. In 1999, he received his PhD in chemistry from the University of Idaho and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Syracuse University, New York, and another at Washington University, St Louis, before joining the faculty of the University of Southern California as an assistant professor of radiology. In 2004, he joined our Department to help build the Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford (MIPS). His research group currently includes 10 postdoctoral fellows as well as several medical students and visiting scholars. Major areas of Dr. Chen's research include the development of novel molecular imaging probes to visualize and quantify the fundamental molecular processes in cancer and cardiovascular diseases; the application of state-of-the-art imaging technologies to guide and monitor molecular therapeutics; and the application of nanotechnology in molecular cancer diagnostics and therapy.

In addition to his research, Dr. Chen has published over 150 papers and numerous book chapters, and he sits on the editorial board of 10 journals and is a regular reviewer for over 30 journals. He is currently funded through the pharmaceutical industry and two federal government foundations: the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Department of Defense (DOD). He also serves as a regular study section member on multiple foundation panels, such as those of the NIH, DOD, and Susan G. Komen Foundation. Dr. Chen describes his hobbies outside of work as follows: "I am so focused on surviving at Stanford that I have lost pretty much all of my hobbies. I still hope to find some time for Chinese calligraphy, which I have practised for some 20 years."

New Staff Hires and Promotions: November 18, 2008

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Shannon Walters, RT (R)(MR), was recently hired as a 3D technologist in the 3D Laboratory. Prior to joining our Department, Mr. Walters worked for Stanford Hospital & Clinics in MRI for two years. He earned his bachelor's degree in the radiologic sciences and is ARRT registered. Mr. Walters and his wife, who works at Stanford in the SHC Ultrasound Section, have a daughter who is twenty-one months old. Besides his daughter, Mr. Walters' other hobbies include mountain biking, camping, and hiking.

New Staff Hires and Promotions: September 29, 2008

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Armando Mendoza, RT (MR), recently joined our Department as a radiology assistant in the Radiological Sciences Laboratory (RSL) where he reports to Anne Sawyer, BS, RT (R)(MR), FSMRT. Originally from the Philippines, Mr. Mendoza received his bachelor's degree in business administration in 1989 and left San Jose, California, for Indiana in 1991. While out of state, he worked initially as a travelling radiologic technologist; then, as a travelling MRI technologist; and next, as the imaging director at Terre Haute Regional Hospital. Prior to coming to Stanford in 2008, he was an MRI application specialist. When he is not at work, Mr. Mendoza enjoys playing golf, volleyball, and basketball as well as spending time with his nieces and nephews (please see the photo on the left).

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: April 24, 2008

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Debra Ikeda, MD, director of the Stanford University breast imaging section, has been promoted to full professor of radiology. For 16 years, Dr. Ikeda has served as the director of the breast imaging section. Prior to coming to Stanford, she received her medical degree from the University of Connecticut, Farmington, and completed her internship and residency in radiology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. After completing fellowships at the University of San Francisco Medical Center and Malmo General Hospital in Sweden, Dr. Ikeda came to Stanford to build our breast imaging section into a state-of-the-art center. She has developed and led two of the leading CME courses in the world of breast imaging, each attended by over 300 participants. She has also been very active in teaching our residents and fellows and was awarded "Teacher of the Year" for her efforts. Her achievements include chairing the American College of Radiology (ACR) BIRADS Lexicon Committee, which resulted in the publication of the ACR MRI BIRADS text that is used to report breast MRI throughout the world. Dr. Ikeda's research focuses on the roles and limitations of breast cancer detection and imaging using X-ray methods, ultrasonography, and MRI. New research involves imaging of Asian women, evaluation of breast density, imaging of accelerated partial breast irradiation, optical imaging, and digital mammography with CAD.

(Image courtesy of Mark Riesenberger)

New Staff Hires and Promotions: March 3, 2008

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Bonita Crabbe has been the administrative associate for Dr. Gambhir since November of 2006. Prior to working at Stanford, Ms. Crabbe was the senior secretary for the 3M Company in Milpitas, California, and in Minnesota. She has also worked as an executive secretary to the superintendent and board of trustees in an elementary school district in Millbrae, California. In addition, Ms. Crabbe's employment experience includes working for more than a decade at a major airline at the San Francisco airport, where she enjoyed fantastic travel experiences including Tahiti, Hawaii, Mexico, Jamaica, Nassau, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Northern Europe, the Greek Islands, and the Cayman Islands. The oldest of four children and a fourth generation Norwegian, Ms. Crabbe grew up in Minnesota, enjoying Scandinavian crafts and family traditions, including lutefisk and lefse. In high school, she was inducted into the National Honor Society and was the editor of the school year book. Ms. Crabbe attended the University of Minnesota, majoring in business and home economics. She received a Certified Professional Secretary Certificate (and a number of other certificates along the way) and became highly skilled at writing and reading shorthand. Ms. Crabbe has two adult children: Julie of Tiburon, California, and Scott of Salem, Oregon. Julie is the executive coordinator for the CFO of a San Francisco healthcare provider and proud "mom" of Zeke, a chocolate lab who weighs 120 pounds and thinks he is a lap dog even though he is as tall as a pony. Scott is the vice president of a commercial construction company and proud "dad" of his faithful companion, a lovable yellow lab named Harley. When she is not at work, Ms. Crabbe likes traveling, reading, crafts, sewing, garage sales, and street festivals. Her favorite trip was a cruise through the Greek Islands, with a day trip to the ancient city of Ephesus (now called Kusadasi) where archeologists have uncovered amazing ruins from New Testament times. Her tour included an outdoor concert in an ancient amphitheatre where the Apostle Paul preached some 2000 years ago. She also visited the Isle of Patmos, where the Apostle John lived in exile.

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: February 12, 2008

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Justus Roos, MD, was appointed as an assistant professor of radiology in 2008. Dr. Roos began at Stanford in January 2005 as a research fellow and became a research associate in our Department in January 2006. Prior to Stanford, he was an attending radiologist at the University Hospital, Zurich. Dr. Roos completed his residency in diagnostic pathology at the University Hospital, Geneva, and diagnostic radiology at the University Hospital, Zurich. His current research focuses on CT applications, with two main scholarly concentrations: the computer-aided detection of pulmonary nodules in chest CT scans and cardiovascular CT visualization. One of his major projects includes the development and validation of new 3D post-processing methods of CT angiography data in patients with peripheral arterial occlusive disease. In 2006, Dr. Roos received the Hounsfield Award from the Society of Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance (SCBT/MR) for his scientific research. When he is not working, Dr. Roos enjoys spending time with his wife and two children as well as pursuing his hobbies: alpine skiing, playing tennis, mountain biking, cooking, and dancing.

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: January 23, 2008

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Zhen Cheng, PhD, became an assistant professor (research) of radiology and member of the Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford (MIPS) in September of 2007. He was an undergraduate at Sichuan University, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. Dr. Cheng also holds an MS from the National Research Center of Isotope Engineering and Technology & China Institute of Atomic Energy and a PhD from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Missouri-Columbia. From 2001 to 2003, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Radiology at Harvard Medical School. His awards include a Young Investigator Travel Scholarship to attend the 2005 Academy of Molecular Imaging Annual Conference and a 1997-1998 graduate fellowship at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Cheng is currently a member of the Cancer Molecular Imaging Chemistry Laboratory (CMICL) of MIPS where he is developing novel molecular imaging probes and non-invasive techniques for the early detection of cancer and its metastasis. He is also researching the molecular, metabolic, and physiological characteristics of cancers and their responses to therapy by identifying novel cancer biomarkers with significant clinical relevance; by devising new chemistry for the preparation of probes; and by validating new strategies for probes by using high-throughput screening.

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New Faculty Hires and Promotions: January 23, 2008

KamayaAya_100.gifAya Kamaya, MD, was appointed as an assistant professor in the abdominal imaging section of the Radiology Department on October 1, 2007. Since the completion of her fellowship in body imaging at Stanford in 2005, she has been a clinical instructor and clinical assistant professor in the abdominal imaging section at Stanford. During this time, she was given two teaching awards for her outstanding contributions to resident education, compassionate patient care, and research. She is currently the assistant fellowship director of the Stanford Body Imaging Fellowship. Prior to coming to Stanford for her fellowship, she completed her residency in diagnostic radiology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she was awarded the Executive Council Award from the American Roentgen Ray Society for her work on "Color Doppler Twinkling Artifact" and the Laurence A. Mack Research Award from the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound for her work on "Linear Streak Artifact." She completed medical school at the University of Utah in her hometown of Salt Lake City. As an undergraduate, she double majored in engineering sciences and Asian Studies, securing her two bachelor's degrees at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Her research interests include investigating new ultrasound technologies such as photoacoustic ultrasound, in conjunction with the Electrical Engineering Department at Stanford; liver imaging; and women's imaging. Outside of work, her favorite activities include skiing and snowboarding through powder (her favorite ski resort is Snowbird, UT), as well as running at the Stanford Dish, surfing, and traveling.

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New Faculty Hires and Promotions: January 23, 2008

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Lewis Shin, MD, will be starting as an assistant professor of diagnostic radiology in February 2008. He has been a clinical instructor in our Department since August of 2007 after completing a body imaging fellowship from 2005 to 2007 through our Advanced Techniques for Cancer Imaging Program, which is funded by the National Cancer Institute. Prior to coming to Stanford, he attended Brown University where he received his BS in neuroscience in 1996 and his medical degree in 2000. Dr. Shin completed his internship and residency in diagnostic radiology at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, New York. His research interests include real time MRI airway imaging and body imaging, specifically diffusion-weighted imaging and virtual colonoscopy with CT and MR. Born and raised in New York, his hobbies
include ice hockey and golf.

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New Faculty Hires and Promotions: January 10, 2008

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John MacKenzie, MD, MS, became an acting assistant professor of pediatric radiology and chief of pediatric musculoskeletal imaging at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital (LPCH) in September of 2007. At LPCH, he is helping to expand the options for imaging and image-guided interventions for children, and he is excited to be back on the Farm. After completing his Bachelor of Science degree at Stanford with honors in computer science and the biological sciences, Dr. MacKenzie left Stanford for medical school at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, which was initially a culture shock for him. However, Dr. MacKenzie enjoyed the East Coast enough to complete his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital and two fellowships: a musculoskeletal and body MRI fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and a pediatric radiology fellowship at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. His research interests include molecular imaging applications for bone and joint disorders, and he is currently developing a research program in hyperpolarized carbon-13 imaging with members of Stanford Radiology (Drs. Dan Spielman, Shreyas Vasanawala, and Dirk Mayer) and General Electric (Ralph Hurd and Yi-Fen Yen). When he's not working, you may see him riding his green bike around campus reliving his undergraduate days as well as commuting to and from Caltrain. Dr. MacKenzie lives in San Francisco and enjoys hiking and carpentry; both his father and grandfather were carpenters. A native of Colorado, Dr. MacKenzie is currently teaching his seven-year-old daughter how to ice skate.

New Staff Hires and Promotions: December 17, 2007

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Regina Clarke-Katzenberg, MS, has been the life science research assistant (LSRA) to Dr. Rusty Hofmann in cardiovascular interventional radiology (CVIR) since May of 2007 and became the Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford (MIPS) (P087) lab manager in November of 2007. Regina was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City and has dual citizenship in the United States and Ireland. She received her BS in biochemistry from Cornell University in 1985 and her MS in molecular biology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1987. Regina has been at Stanford since 1989, with publications from work in three departments prior to joining CVIR: Molecular Pharmacology (dioxin-induced CYP1A1p450 mouse liver gene regulation); Transplant Surgery (competing effects of TNF and EBV or MLR on HUVEC activation); and Cardiovascular Medicine (impact of nitric oxide regulation on cardiovascular disease and tumor angiogenesis). Her current focus in radiology is multi-modal imaging to develop clinically feasible therapies. Regina has two teenage sons, Ben and Adlai, and a best friend, George. Their hobbies include Los Altos High School Water Polo, skiing, and boating.

New Staff Hires and Promotions: October 30, 2007

DSouza_0071_100.jpgAloma L. D'Souza, PhD, joined the Department in July of 2007 as the laboratory manager for Dr. Gary Glazer, MD. Together with Dr. Sam Gambhir, MD, PhD, she has been busy establishing the new research laboratory that focuses on the study of prognostic cancer biomarkers. Dr. D'Souza received her doctorate degree and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in biochemistry at Rush University, Chicago, where her research centered on cartilage biomarkers, in vitro engineered cartilage, and osteoarthritis. Prior to Stanford, Dr. D'Souza worked at Genentech, Inc., in the Department of Molecular Oncology. Her work included the functional identification and characterization of tumor over-expressed proteins and the evaluation of potential targets for intervention with therapeutic agents. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, painting, and art and architecture appreciation.

New Staff Hires and Promotions: October 23, 2007

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Eugenio L. de Hostos, PhD, became the new lab manager for the Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford (MIPS) on September 1, 2007. As a senior research scientist, his background is in cell and molecular biology, particularly the biology of the cytoskeleton. Dr. de Hostos received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and earned his PhD from the Stanford Biology Department and the Carnegie Institute at Stanford in 1989. After graduating, Dr. de Hostos worked as a postdoctoral scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Munich, Germany, and at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He was subsequently hired as an assistant professor at Rice University, but left academia to work in the biotechnology industry at Exelixis and Cytokinetics in south San Francisco. At Cytokinetics, he worked on the development of anti-cancer drugs that target mitosis. He enjoys traveling and spending time with his daughter and wife, who is also a scientist at Stanford.

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New Staff Hires and Promotions: October 15, 2007

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Deborah Burgstrum became the grants manager for our Department on July 16, 2007. She received her BS from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California, in business/accounting. Ms. Burgstrum has worked for Stanford for a total of 14 years, which includes 7 years in research administration. She spent 10 of the 14 years in the Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences and then moved to the Medical School, spending approximately 4 years in Pathology and Infectious Diseases before moving to Radiology. However, she says that "Radiology is the 'keeper'" and that she's "planning to be here a long time." In her spare time, she makes jewelry as a hobby, and she has an interest in ancient history and the arts, which includes a love for wandering through art museums. She is also a cat person.

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New Faculty Hires and Promotions: October 8, 2007

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Patrick Barnes, MD, became a professor of radiology on September 1, 2007. Dr. Barnes received his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where he was also a resident. After completing his residency, he became a fellow in pediatric neuroradiology and cardiovascular radiology at Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, in Boston, Massachusetts. Before coming to Stanford in 2000, he was an associate professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School and director of neuroradiology and MRI at the Boston Children's Hospital. At Stanford, he has been the section chief of pediatric neuroradiology and the medical director, MRI/CT, at Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital since 2002. He was chosen as the Senior Faculty of the Year for 2002-2003, 2004-2005, and 2005-2006 for his outstanding contributions to resident education, compassionate patient care, and research. Dr. Barnes has provided outstanding clinical, educational, and administrative leadership for the Neuroradiology and Pediatric Radiology Programs in the Department of Radiology, and he continues to help build the Developmental Neuroscience Program in the Department and at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.

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New Staff Hires and Promotions: October 3, 2007

Pam Hertz, RVT, joined our Department on August 6, 2007, as the new research veterinary nurse. She earned her certificate and diploma as a licensed registered veterinary technician in June of 1999 from Foothill College. Prior to coming to Stanford, she had been working in small animal veterinary practices since 1996. Her immediate supervisor will be Wendy Baumgardner, RVT, LATg, who will train her in the various areas of animal research and policy. Ms. Hertz says that she looks "forward to working with and learning from Wendy; she has been a great teacher." In her time off, she enjoys snow skiing, day hikes, golfing (she still needs lots of practice), and spending time with family and friends. Although she does not have any pets of her own now, she enjoys spending time with her friends' pets.

New Staff Hires and Promotions: January 2007-April 2007

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Andrew Kloak has been the faculty affairs assistant for Anita McMillan, faculty affairs administrator, since January of 2007. A native of Chicago, he graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a BA in history; served as the managing editor of the weekly newspaper, The River North News; and subsequently, ran his own building and transportation consulting business. Moving to the Bay Area in 1999, Mr. Kloak worked for five years as the administrative manager for the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority, a regional governmental agency in Menlo Park, California. Prior to coming to our Department, he served as a fellowship manager for the Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI) for International Studies at Encina Hall on the Stanford campus.

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Shyam Panchal, MACI, became the clinical project manager in March of 2007 reporting to Dr. Rusty Hofmann, chief of interventional radiology. He received his BS in microbiology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and his MA in clinical investigation from the Boston University School of Medicine. Mr. Panchal's areas of expertise include clinical trial design and conduct. He has been involved with clinical operations, research, and trial development since 1998 when he served as a clinical microbiologist and histologist aide at O'Connor Hospital in San Jose, California. From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Panchal was also the lead clinical database architect for three global clinical trials at Abbott Laboratories: Providing Regional Observations to Study Predictors of Events in the Coronary Tree (PROSPECT), a vulnerable plaque study; ABSORB-FIM, a study on the bioabsorbable coronary stent; and SPIRIT-V, a post-marketing study for XIENCE V CE. Although new to our Department, Mr. Panchal has worked at Stanford in the past. In 1999, he served as an emergency room assistant for Stanford Emergency Services, and from 2000 to 2004, he worked as the clinical research associate for the comparative and clinical studies of the cardiac transplant population in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine.

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Helen Roque was hired as an administrative associate in March of 2007 reporting to Dr. Ann Leung, associate chair for clinical affairs and section chief of thoracic imaging. Ms. Roque has a long history of working at Stanford University as an administrative associate in the Division of Cardiology in the Pediatrics Department and in the Pathology Department. Her duties in the Division of Cardiology included providing administrative support to the Division and the Division Chief; administering postdoctoral affairs; and coordinating the Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship and clerkship programs. In Pathology, Ms. Roque was responsible for a variety of activities including the annual salary setting process; the staff employee recruitment and selection process; the administration of personnel transactions and payroll administration; and coordinating and processing employment visas. Prior to working at Stanford, she served as a human resources administrator at the Communication Intelligence Corporation in Redwood Shores, California, and as a human resources specialist, compensation analyst, and personnel administrator at Logitech Inc. in Fremont, California.

New Faculty Hires and Promotions: March-April 2007

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Laura Varich, MD, has been promoted to clinical associate professor effective April 1, 2007. She was born and raised in the peninsula and completed her undergraduate and medical school education at UC Davis. Dr. Varich finished her radiology residency at UC San Diego Medical Center and her fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital. For close to nine years, she has worked as a clinician/educator in pediatric radiology at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. She is currently the associate program director for pediatric radiology, and she is active in the educational process for medical students, radiology residents, and pediatric radiology fellows. In recognition for her outstanding teaching, she has received two resident teaching awards. When she is not working, she enjoys raising her two daughters, bicycle riding, and painting.
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New Faculty Hires and Promotions: January 2006-February 2007

We continue our ongoing efforts to expand our clinical capabilities through our new faculty recruitments, especially in the areas of pediatrics and interventional radiology.

New faculty recruitments include:


Gold01B.jpgGarry E. Gold, MD, became an associate professor of radiology at Stanford University in June of 2006. He received a master's degree in electrical engineering from Stanford in 1988 and his MD from Stanford in 1992. He began working with Dr. John Pauly in 1988 on ultra-short echo time imaging in MRI. In 1994-95, Dr. Gold completed a postdoctoral research fellowship with Dr. Albert Macovski and Dr. Robert Herfkens and was awarded the 1995 International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) Young Investigator Moore Award for his work. In 1998, Dr. Gold did a fellowship in musculoskeletal radiology with Dr. Donald Resnick and subsequently joined the faculty at Stanford. Dr. Gold has authored over 60 journal articles, 170 abstracts, and five patents in MRI. He is the principal investigator on two NIH-funded projects to improve MR imaging of osteoarthritis using real-time MRI for the study of biomechanics. He has been the principal investigator or a co-investigator on over 30 funded research projects. At Stanford, Dr. Gold practices clinical musculoskeletal radiology while teaching medical students, residents, and fellows. He also teaches two courses in imaging physics and human anatomy for medical students and graduate students, and he serves as an advisor and co-advisor for many engineering graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Most recently, Dr. Gold was awarded the Kaiser Award for Outstanding and Innovative Contributions to Education and the President's Medal from the International Skeletal Society.

HofmannLawrenceRusty_150150.jpgLawrence "Rusty" Hofmann, MD, became an associate professor and the section chief of cardiovascular-interventional radiology in January of 2006. Prior to coming to Stanford, Dr. Hofmann received his medical degree from the Ohio State University School of Medicine and completed his residency in diagnostic radiology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, where he was elected chief resident. He completed his fellowship in cardiovascular and interventional radiology at Stanford University Medical Center and returned to The Johns Hopkins Hospital to become an assistant professor of radiology and surgery for five years before coming to Stanford in 2006. Dr. Hofmann's research interests include image-guided molecular interventions and minimally invasive treatment for deep venous thrombosis. He is a founding member of the American Journal of Nanomedicine, and he has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, including the American Journal of Roentgenology, the Journal of Vascular Surgery, and the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. In his free moments, Dr. Hofmann enjoys spending time with his family watching the Ohio Buckeye football games and taking his three sons fishing on his boat.

Kothary_100100.jpgNishita Kothary, MD, has been an assistant professor of radiology at Stanford since April of 2006. Prior to coming to Stanford, Dr. Kothary was an assistant professor at Columbia University in New York. She completed her residency in diagnostic radiology at George Washington University in Washington D.C., which was followed by a fellowship in neuroradiology at New York University Medical Center, New York, and a second fellowship in interventional radiology at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Her clinical and research interests include image-guided oncologic interventions, spine interventions, and women's health. She is also actively involved in mentoring medical students, residents, and fellows, and she is the education and fellowship director for the Division of Interventional Radiology. In her free time, Nishita enjoys traveling to remote places, especially the Serengeti, and she is a budding piano student.

KUO100100.jpgWilliam T. Kuo, MD, assistant professor of vascular and interventional radiology, received his BS degree with honors from Duke University and MD degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine with distinction in radiology, winning the Meschan award for radiology excellence. He completed his surgical internship at the Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, WA, and trained in a combined interventional and diagnostic radiology residency program at the University of Rochester Medical Center where he served as chief resident and became one of the first physicians in the nation to complete the Clinical Pathway in Vascular and Interventional Radiology. Following residency, Dr. Kuo received additional endovascular training by completing his fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center. His interests include peripheral and pulmonary arterial thrombolysis; embolotherapy for the treatment of gastrointestinal hemorrhage; chemoembolization for hepatic malignancies; treatment of renal and peripheral vascular disease; and techniques for the retrieval of trapped inferior vena cava filters. At Stanford, Dr. Kuo is initiating translational nanotechnology research that will investigate the in vitro effects of carbon and metallic nanoparticles for tumor therapy. His work has been published in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology and Techniques in Vascular and Interventional Radiology. Dr. Kuo is also a distinguished reviewer for the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. When he is not at work, he can probably be found running, playing tennis, or ski boarding.


Newman_100100.jpgBeverley Newman, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, did her undergraduate and medical school training at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, graduating cum laude in 1976. She next completed internships in internal medicine and general surgery and was a resident briefly in nephrology and immunology in South Africa before immigrating to the United States in 1978. Dr. Newman worked as a resident in pediatrics, which was followed by a radiology residency at Boston City Hospital and Boston University Medical Center. Next, she finished a fellowship in pediatric radiology at Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard University. Dr. Newman was a junior staff member in the Department of Radiology at Boston Children's Hospital for a year before being recruited to the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Pittsburgh Children's Hospital. She remained there for 22 years, rising to the rank of professor of radiology and section chief of body imaging and neonatal radiology. In mid-2006, Dr. Newman relocated to Stanford University as associate chief of pediatric radiology at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. She has received multiple awards and honors over the years including multiple prizes in medical school, the Radiology editor's reviewer recognition award with distinction, and the Fellowship of the American College of Radiology. Dr. Newman has also been an active reviewer for multiple radiology journals including Radiology, American Journal of Radiology, Pediatric Radiology, and Journal of Pediatrics. Her particular areas of research interest are chest and cardiac imaging in children and newborns. Dr. Newman is delighted to be working with the knowledgeable and enthusiastic Stanford radiology faculty.

DavidPaikA.jpgDavid S. Paik, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Radiology at Stanford University. He did his doctoral work in biomedical informatics at Stanford focusing on computer-aided interpretation of medical images including anatomic modeling, visualization, and computer-aided diagnosis. He is currently working on several major projects that focus on bringing a quantitative and principled approach to medical image analysis with the ultimate goal of integrating image-derived information with other biomedical information sources.

Jeffrey_Tseng_PictureA.jpgJeffrey Tseng, MD, was appointed an instructor of radiology in July 2006. He received his medical degree from Yale University and finished his radiology residency at the University of Washington. Dr. Tseng has also completed a fellowship in nuclear medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a second fellowship in PET/CT and molecular imaging at Stanford. His research interests include molecular imaging, cancer biomarkers, drug development, and PET. He enjoys playing ice hockey and attending music concerts around the Bay area.

Wu_100100.jpgJoseph Wu, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor of medicine (cardiology) and radiology. He received his MD from Yale and his PhD from the Department of Molecular Pharmacology at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research focuses on adult and embryonic stem cell biology, gene therapy, and molecular imaging.

zaharchuk100100.jpgGreg Zaharchuk, MD, PhD, became an assistant professor of radiology in August 2006 after completing his residency and neuroradiology fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco, in June of 2006. His previous training includes medical school at Harvard and doctoral training in the joint Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST) in the area of applied physics. His research interests center around the development and application of advanced magnetic resonance imaging techniques, particularly the quantification of cerebral hemodynamics and oxygenation. In his spare time, he plays with his two sons, Kenji (age 5) and Noah (age 0), and builds IKEA furniture. He spent his undergraduate years at Stanford and spends much time bicycling through campus vicariously reliving those days!


Faculty promotions include:

pal_100100.jpgSunita Pal, MD, has been promoted to clinical assistant professor of diagnostic radiology, effective 2/01/07. Since 2004, Dr. Pal has been a clinical instructor at Stanford, where she was also a breast imaging fellow and resident in the Department of Radiology. She also received her medical degree from Stanford University, but spent her undergraduate days on the East Coast at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Dr. Pal's research interests include using MRI in the early detection of breast cancer and in predicting breast tumor response to chemotherapy.

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