Internal Advisory Board

Major User, PI and Facility Director: Rebecca Fahrig, PhD, Associate Professor

Dr. Fahrig, an Associate Professor in the Department of Radiology at Stanford University will lead the project and supervise all aspects of the proposed upgrade installation. She will also oversee day to day operation of the shared facility in conjunction with Dr. Garry Gold. Dr. Fahrig has extensive experience with digital flat panels, and is an expert in the design, characterization and implementation of novel 3D imaging systems for diagnostic and image-guided procedures. Dr. Fahrig earned her Ph.D. at the University of Western Ontario in 1999, where she worked on the development of a C-arm-based imaging system for 3D conebeam CT angiography; her work in the area of C-arm imaging is now optimization of flat-panel based C-arm imaging, with work in the area of conebeam reconstruction, image correction, and protocol optimization.

Major User, PI-Clinical: Garry Gold, MD, Associate Professor

Dr. Gold is Associate Chair of Research at the Stanford School of Medicine, Department of Radiology. Dr. Gold's research has pioneered the use of rapid MRI techniques to evaluate articular cartilage in osteoarthritis. He is the principal investigator on an NIH R01 to translate these techniques to clinical imaging. Dr. Gold has worked closely with basic scientists in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and at the Lucas Center to advance methods of using imaging to study cartilage biomechanics. Dr. Gold's research is funded by an NIH R01 to use MRI to evaluate patellofemoral pain. Dr. Gold is also Principle Investigator of the Stanford/General Electric Healthcare MRI collaboration, which is a project involving multiple investigators and research areas.


Internal Advisory Board Member: Lawrence "Rusty" Hofmann, MD, Associate Professor

Dr. Hofmann is an Associate Professor of Radiology and Chief of lnterventional Radiology in the Department of Radiology at Stanford University. Dr. Hofmann is also an adjunct faculty member in Radiology at Johns Hopkins University. He is an expert in treating patients with peripheral vascular disease with endovascular therapies. He runs the Interventional Radiology Translational Therapies laboratory in the Molecular Imaging Program. The purpose of the lab is to develop minimally invasive, highly targeted alternatives for tumor treatment, vascular incompetence and tissue transplant, as well as to improve MR detection of tumors, using multimodal imaging for Interventional Radiology. Primary models currently use gene therapy for hepatocarcinoma (HCC) in rats, HIFU for hindlimb ischemia in rabbits, and engrafting cell infusion for liver challenged mice.


Internal Advisory Board Member: Kim Butts Pauly, PhD, Professor

Internal Advisory Board Member: Kim Butts Pauly, Ph.D. is Professor of Radiology, and, by courtesy, of Bioengineering. She directs the interventional MRI program in the Department of Radiology and has 20 years of experience with MRI and pulse sequence programming. She has authored/coauthored 70 peer-reviewed articles, including novel methods for MR thermometry of frozen and heated tissue. In addition, she was involved with the fully integrated X-ray and MRI system, including the development of x-ray compatible MR coils.


Internal Advisory Board Member: Gary H. Glover, PhD, Professor

Dr. Glover is Professor of Radiology, Biophysics and Neurosciences, as well as Electrical Engineering and Psychology (by courtesy), and is Director of the Radiological Sciences Laboratory (RSL) in the Department of Radiology. He has extensive experience in virtually all aspects of diagnostic medical imaging dating back to 1975, and has been a pioneer in developing novel magnetic resonance imaging techniques for more than 25 years. He has strong research ties with GE, and at Stanford participated in the specification of the gradient system and other system aspects of the GE Signa 3T and 7T scanners. He sits on the advisory boards for three other MRI/S Centers. He has extensive experience in multisite trials, and participated in the ADNI Imaging Core to design the imaging protocols and serves as Chair of the Calibration Working Group for the fBIRN multicenter Functional Neuroimaging Schizophrenia Testbed.


Internal Advisory Board Member: Michael McConnell, MD, Associate Professor

Dr. McConnell is Director of Cardiovascular Health Innovation and PI of the MyHeart Counts mHealth research study. He also directs the Cardiovascular MRI Program and co-directs the Preventive Cardiology Clinic in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. His research studies novel MRI and molecular imaging techniques, from mouse to man, to evaluate coronary artery and vascular diseases, including the characterization of atherosclerotic plaque and vascular inflammation. He directs the NIH-funded Multi-Disciplinary Training Program in Cardiovascular Imaging at Stanford (CVIS). Dr. McConnell also leads the efforts of Stanford Cardiovascular Health to integrate mobile health technologies to improve the care of patients with or at risk for cardiovascular disease. He actively collaborates with scientists in Electrical Engineering, Bioengineering, Vascular Biology, Radiology, Cardiac/Vascular Surgery, Chemistry, and Psychology.


Internal Advisory board member: Nishita Kothary, MD, Associate Professor

Dr. Kothary is an Associate Professor of Radiology at the Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Kothary’s clinical and research interests are in Interventional Oncology, specifically for primary and secondary liver cancer.  Her research interests lie in early diagnosis, Radiogenomics and the use of advanced imaging in the diagnosis and treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma. Dr. Kothary is an active member of the Zeego Lab, with interest in new cone beam CT applications for perfusion imaging and dual phase imaging of the liver. 


Internal Advisory board member: Jeremy Heit, MD, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Heit is a neurointerventional radiologist who specializes in treating stroke, brain aneurysms, brain arteriovenous malformations, brain and spinal dural arteriovenous fistulae, carotid artery stenosis, vertebral body compression fractures, and congenital vascular malformations. Dr. Heit treats all of these conditions using minimally-invasive, image-guided procedures and state-of-the-art technology. Dr. Heit is developing novel imaging techniques for the evaluation of patients with ischemic cerebrovascular disease, including stroke, and vasospasm. He is working with the Zeego Lab Team to develop panel perfusion imaging for rapid triage of patients with acute ischemic stroke and cerebral vasospasm.