Directors

A Alavi | P Cosman | D Jordan | J Neidich | D Sewell | A Sheth | C Taswell

Abass Alavi, MD
Dr. Alavi serves as Professor of Radiology and Neurology, as well as Director of Research Education in the Department of Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is ABIM certified in internal medicine and ABNM certified in nuclear medicine. He received his M.D. from the Tehran University of Medical Sciences and the honorary degrees of MD, PhD and DSc respectively from the University of Bologna, Shiraz University, and the University of the Sciences, as well as another honorary doctoral degree from the University of Tabriz in Iran where he was born. Dr. Alavi has produced more than 1,000 publications which have received about 50,000 citations with an h-index of 110, primarily in the areas of nuclear medicine, radiology, neurology and oncology. In recognition of his contributions as a leading researcher in PET imaging and the first to perform human PET studies of the brain and whole body using the F18-fluorodeoxyglucose radiotracer, he received the Georg Charles de Hevesy Nuclear Pioneer Award in 2004 and later in 2012 received the Benedict Cassen Prize for Research in Nuclear Medicine.
Pamela Cosman, PhD
Pamela Cosman is a Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC San Diego. She obtained her B.S. with Honor in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Her research is in signal/image/video processing and compression, and wireless communications. Past projects include studying the effects of image compression on the diagnostic utility of CT and MR images, studying the visibility of packet losses in compressed video, quantifying body posture and movement of mutant nematodes, and video compression and error concealment algorithms for 3D video. Prof. Cosman is active in mentoring and promoting women in engineering, and in 2017 won the Athena Pinnacle Award for an Individual in Education, as well as the UC San Diego Affirmative Action / Diversity Award. Dr. Cosman is the author of The Secret Code Menace, a children’s book that teaches some concepts from wireless communications to children through a fictional story. Dr. Cosman is a Fellow of the IEEE.
David Jordan, PhD
Prof. Jordan is ABR certified in medical nuclear physics, diagnostic radiological physics, ABSNM certified in nuclear medicine physics and instrumentation with additional certifications from the ABMRS and ABMP in MRI safety and MRI medical physics respectively. He received his BS in engineering physics, an MS in nuclear engineering and radiological sciences, as well as a PhD in nuclear engineering and radiological sciences, all from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He currently serves as a senior medical physicist at the University Hospitals Case Medical Center and assistant professor of Radiology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. As a teacher, Prof. Jordan has repeatedly received the Physics Teacher of the Year award from the University Hospitals Radiology Residency. His recent publications focus on the fields of radiology, nuclear medicine, and applied physics relating to PET, CT and MRI.
Julie A Neidich, MD
Dr. Neidich serves as Associate Professor of Pathology and Immunology, and Director of the Cytogenomics and Molecular Pathology Laboratory in the Division of Laboratory and Genomic Medicine at the Washington University St Louis School of Medicine. She is ABP certified in pediatrics, and ABMG certified in clinical, cytogenetic, biochemical, and molecular genetics with many years of experience in all aspects of genetic medicine and diagnostics. She obtained her BA at Bennington College and her MD at George Washington University. Dr. Neidich then received her pediatrics training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine Montefiore Medical Center and her genetics training at the University of Pennsylvania Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Before joining the faculty at Washington University, Dr. Neidich held faculty positions at Cornell University Medical College and Stanford University School of Medicine, as well as medical director positions at Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute, Ambry Genetics, GeneDx and Pathway Genomics. Her special expertise focuses on phenotype-genotype correlations, neurogenetics, molecular cytogenetics, and biochemical genetics. She is a founding fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Daniel D Sewell, MD
Dr. Sewell serves as Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Medical Director of Senior Behavioral Health at UCSD. He is ABPN certified in psychiatry and geropsychiatry. He obtained his BA in biology at Grinnell College, his MD at the University of Iowa, and completed his residency in psychiatry and fellowship in geropsychiatry at UCSD. He has published many research papers in psychiatry and maintains special expertise in differentiating dementias from non- dementing illnesses. Dr. Sewell is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the current President of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry. He received the UCSD 2005 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award in recognition of his "exemplary compassion, competence and respect in the delivery of care" and the AAGP 2014 Educator of the Year Award.
Amit Sheth, PhD
Prof. Sheth is an educator, researcher and entrepreneur at Wright State University in Ohio. He received his BE (Hons) in electrical engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, then an MSc in computer and informational science and PhD in computer and information science, both from Ohio State University. He is the LexisNexis Ohio Eminent Scholar, executive director of Kno.e.sis - Ohio Center of Excellence in Knowledge-enabled Computing, and an IEEE Fellow. Kno.e.sis is an Ohio Center of Excellence in BioHealth Innovation involving researchers from Computer Science, Cognitive Science, School of Medicine, and Biomedical Science. His current NSF- and NIH-sponsored projects involve the use of personalized digital medicine, mobile technologies, IoT/sensor and social media analysis for clinical and health applications to asthma, dementia, depression, drug addiction and other diseases/conditions. His recent research themes include smart data, NLP and machine learning, citizen sensing, semantic perception and semantic sensor web. Prof. Sheth is especially proud of his students’ exceptional success in academia, industry research and as entrepreneurs.
Carl Taswell, MD, PhD
Dr. Taswell is ABNM certified in nuclear medicine and ABPN certified in psychiatry, and serves on the faculty at UCSD with expertise in functional neuroimaging. He received his BA in biochemistry from Harvard College, his MSc in mathematics and MD in medicine both from New York University, and his PhD in scientific computing and computational mathematics from Stanford University. He has completed a post-doctoral fellowship in biostatistics at Harvard School of Public Health, as well as clinical training in psychiatry at UCSD and in nuclear medicine at UCSF. Since receiving a top ten scholarship award in the 1974 Westinghouse Science Talent Search, he has published numerous research papers spanning the fields of biochemistry, immunology, medicine, statistics, mathematics, informatics and brain imaging. Ever passionate about biomedical computing, he has designed and built software including LDACPA, ELIDA, WavBox, FirWav, GeneScene and NPDS. Dr. Taswell is also a member of the IEEE, SIAM, ACM, AMIA, ATA, SNMMI and AAGP.