The Department of Medical Imaging is excited and honored to have two new faculty members - Andrew Karellas, PhD, DABR, FAAPM, FACR, and Srinivasan Vedantham, PhD, FAAPM - to lead a program to develop the next generation of CT scanners for human imaging.
Dr. Karellas joins the department as Professor of Medical Imaging, the Director of Biomedical Imaging Innovation and Clinical Translation in Next-Gen CT and the Vice-Chair of Faculty Development. He comes to us from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He brings a wealth of research experience.
Dr. Karellas received his PhD from UCLA in Medical Physics. He has been Professor of Hematology and Oncology at the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology and Acting Vice-Chair for Research, Department of Radiology, Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Karellas is a Fellow of the American College of Radiology (2012) and a Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (2001). He received a Dedicated Service Recognition Award as a Deputy Editor for Medical Physics, a Lifetime Achievement Award from Upstate New York Association of Physicists in Medicine and a Lifetime Service Award from the American Board of Radiology. He was elected as a “SPIE Senior Member”.
Dr. Karellas has patents for Quantitative Radiographic Imaging Systems and Digital and Tomosynthesis Imaging and several current research support grants from NIH.
Dr. Vedantham joins the department as Professor of Medical Imaging, Associate Director of Biomedical Imaging Innovation and Clinical Translation in Next-Gen CT, and Director of the Office for Project Statistical and Design Support. He comes to the University of Arizona after serving as faculty at the Department of Radiology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and as adjunct faculty in Biomedical Engineering at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA.
Dr. Vedantham received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He served as faculty in the Department of Radiology at Emory University. He received the Cancer Research Award from the Georgia Cancer Coalition and the Dr. Karen Mudry Award from the Institute of Biomedical Engineering Research (IBER). He contributed to the article that received the Farrington Daniels Award for the best paper in radiation dosimetry in the Medical Physics Journal and the article that was selected as Editor’s Choice in Basic Science in the Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery. He was elected a Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine.
Dr. Vedantham’s research interests are in the design, development and clinical translation of novel x-ray imaging systems and imaging techniques with particular focus on oncological and interventional imaging. He along with his collaborators and colleagues had made major contributions to breast cancer imaging including small-field digital mammography for stereotactic core biopsies, full-field digital mammography, and digital breast tomosynthesis. Currently, he is working on developing advanced tomographic techniques and systems for breast imaging and its clinical translation. This design, development and clinical translation oriented research is funded by the NIH. He is also conducting research in interventional imaging with a focus on the development of advanced detector technology.