Speakers

Dr. Frank Shellock, Ph.D., FACR, FISMRM, FACC, FACSM
Presenting on: MRI Safety & Patient Management

Frank G. Shellock, Ph.D. is a physiologist with more than 30 years of experience conducting laboratory and clinical investigations in the field of magnetic resonance imaging. He is an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Radiology and Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Adjunct Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy, Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, School of Dentistry, University of Southern California and the Director of MRI Studies at the Biomimetic Microelectronic Systems, National Science Foundation (NSF) - Engineering Research Center, University of Southern California, and the Founder of the Institute for Magnetic Resonance Safety, Education, and Research (www.IMRSER.org).

Dr. Shellock has authored or co-authored more than 250 publications in the peer-reviewed literature and is a member of the Sub-Committee on MRI safety issues for the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International. Additionally, he serves in advisory roles to government, industry, and other policy-making organizations. Recently, the American College of Radiology appointed him to the ACR Subcommittee on MR Safety and The Joint Commission (TJC) appointed him to the Diagnostic Ionizing Radiation and Magnetic Resonance Expert Panel.

In 1994, Dr. Shellock received the Kressel and Crues Educational Award for exceptional educational contributions to the Section for Magnetic Resonance Technologists (SMRT). The American College of Radiology awarded him a Distinguished Committee Service Award for years of dedicated service to the Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards Committee – Body MRI. Dr. Shellock is a recipient of a National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and has received numerous grants from governmental agencies, private organizations, and medical device companies. Dr. Shellock has lectured both nationally and internationally and has provided plenary lectures to numerous organizations including the Radiological Society of North America, the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. Dr. Shellock’s company, Magnetic Resonance Safety Testing Services, specializes in the assessment of MRI issues for implants and devices, as well as the evaluation of electromagnetic field-related bioeffects (www.MagneticResonanceSafetyTesting.com).

William Paz, CRT, ARRT (R), (CT)
Presenting on: ECG Gating in Cardiac CT

William Paz is a cardiac CT technologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He received his education and clinical training as a Radiology Technologist from Pasadena City College. William joined Cedars-Sinai in 1993 as an x-ray technologist and transitioned into a CT technologist, where he excelled and thus promoted to lead CT technologist. Recruited as a cardiac CT technologist 12 years ago, Paz has dedicated himself to improving cardiac CT existing protocols, as well, as build new ones. He teaches and mentors CT technologists in gated/cardiac related exams to meet cardiologist standards. William also works closely with cardiologist, assisting in research projects aimed to improve cardiac health.

Mark Hyun, CNMT, NCT, RS, RT (N,R,CT), FASNC
Presenting on: ECG Gating in Cardiac CT

Mr. Hyun is currently a nuclear medicine/nuclear cardiology research specialist & cardiac CT technologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California since 2010. Prior to returning to Cedars, he was a chief nuclear medicine technologist at an outpatient imaging center for nearly 10 years. He formerly served as a technical manager of nuclear medicine department at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center over 15 years.

Kristine Bowlin, BS, RT(T)
Presenting on: Pediatrics in Radiation Oncology

Kristine Bowlin, Manager of Radiation Oncology at Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles, is a seasoned radiation therapist who has experience treating both adult and pediatric patient populations. She honed her skills as a therapist at UCLA where she was exposed to a myriad of treatment methods, and disease types. She is actively engaged with research and the radiation therapy trade, having contributed to multiple articles and presented at the Radiation Therapist Symposium in 2018. In addition, she has guest lectured to radiation therapy students enrolled at National University. She is spearheading her department’s accreditation drive and enjoys being part of a close knit team that is pushing the boundaries of quality in radiation therapy and pediatric care. Outside of the clinic, Kristine enjoys hiking, gardening, and has recently taken up roller hockey.

Alisha Chlebik, BS, RT(T)
Presenting on: Pediatrics in Radiation Oncology

Alisha Chlebik, a radiation therapist, has spent the last decade treating pediatric patients at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She graduated from California State Long Beach with a bachelor’s degree in radiation therapy. She has lent her expertise in this special patient population to academic and clinical research in the form of published articles and conference presentations. In addition, she is a clinical preceptor and has appeared as a guest lecturer at National University. In the rare instance she isn’t participating in research or clinical care of patients, Alisha can be found traveling or prepping for the annual Malibu Triathlon.

Gina Passmore, Ed. D, RT(T)
Presenting on: Oncology Health Care Providers & Burnout Risk

Dr. Gina Passmore is the Program Manager for Oncology Quality and Outcomes for Sharp Healthcare in San Diego, California. Prior to her role as Program manager, Gina has held positions as Department Manager of Radiation Oncology in both San Diego and Maine, Program Director of Medical Sciences programs at Suffolk University in Boston and Lead Radiation Therapist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Gina obtained an Undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of New Brunswick in Canada, prior to receiving her certification in radiation therapy from the Hamilton Regional Cancer Center/ McMaster University program. She achieved her Master’s degree in Adult and Organizational Learning at Suffolk University in Boston, and her Doctorate of Education in Transformative Leadership at the University of New England.

Gina continues to be active as adjunct faculty for both University of Wisconsin La Crosse’s Medical Dosimetry program and National University’s Radiation Therapy program, whenever possible.

Jotsna Singh, BS, RT(T)
Presenting on: Vision RT: Improving Patient Experience and Outcomes

Jotsna Singh is a Clinical Sales Support Manager for VisionRT. She travels with the sales team to share her clinical experience with utilizing SGRT.

Prior to joining the VisionRT team, Jotsna worked as a lead therapist at UCSD for 7 years and then a chief therapist at UCSD for 4 years. Through those years she served as a patient and therapist advocate, helping to ensure her patient received the highest standard of care and that her therapist are always striving to achieve more. While at UCSD she also served as a clinical coordinator for students and new therapists.

Jotsna’s educational background includes a bachelor’s of science degree in radiation therapy. She is currently a board certified radiation therapist.

Jotsna has lectured at numerous local, state, regional, national and international conferences during her career.

Ed Dickey, MHA, RT(T)
Presenting on: History of Proton Therapy - Past & Present

Ed Dickey had over 30 years of experience within the medical field, focused on radiation therapy and specifically proton therapy, with more than 17 years in leadership positions including vice president, director, and chief positions. His experience as help provide him with the technical expertise to oversee all aspects of radiation oncology care.

He has overseen the opening of two radiation therapy centers in both the not-for-profit freestanding and hospital sectors. His unique experience has helped him to successfully design multiple facilities to be more responsive to an anticipated increasing patient demand.

Ed Dickey is committed to the highest standards of excellence to ensure all patients receive quality care and has served as an independent consultant on over five major proton projects with the aim of bringing each project to the highest standards in patient flow, staff output, and safety.

He is one of five tasked to review and test a Japanese proton system for FDA clearance within the United States.

He has taught on radiation therapy for close to 20 years and has a Master's degree from Capella University and a BS degree from Siena Heights University.

MaryBeth Sullivan-Dickey, RT(T)
Presenting on: History of Proton Therapy - Past & Present

Marybeth Sullivan-Dickey is a highly skilled manager and Radiation Therapist with more than 28 years of experience in day-to-day quality radiation therapy treatments and staff management in both photon and proton facilities.

Marybeth is the Director of Clinic Operations at California Protons. She is one of the most experienced Proton Radiation Therapist in the industry today, proactively assists physicians in managing treatment and quality assurance. Marybeth serves as liaison between the therapy team and medical dosimetry. Her extensive background in proton therapy allows the ability to foresee complications with setup and delivery, enhancing the safety, quality and practice of precise therapy.

Damien Holman, B.S., R.T.T
Presenting on: Cannabinoids and Cancer - " Clearing the Smoke"

Damien Holman holds a Bachelor’s degree in Radiation Therapy from Cal State University Long Beach. He has held positions for Radiation Medical Group in San Diego, UCLA Health, and most recently for City of Hope in his hometown of Torrance. Damien began looking into CBD and THC’s role in cancer care after hearing from patients and neighbors about its role in symptom management, and its even curative properties. The results may surprise you.

Patti Smithson, CRT (R)
Presenting on: VOLUNTEERING IN TANZANIA -Medicine and Medical Imaging at FameAfrica

Patti moved to Northern California in 2003 from British Columbia, Canada where she raised her family and worked in accounting. In 2005, she enrolled at the Santa Rosa Junior College, one day after establishing her US Permanent Residency, and soon embarked on her pathway to become a Radiologic Technologist. She graduated as Class Valedictorian in 2009 at the age of 50.

Patti has worked for Sutter Lakeside Hospital since then. After becoming Lead Tech and learning CT, she was offered her current position of Imaging Coordinator in 2015.

Since 2009, Patti dreamed of volunteering overseas in a medical capacity. In November 2018, she achieved her goal by traveling solo over 10,000 miles to Karatu, Tanzania to volunteer at FameAfrica. Her future plans are to volunteer in other developing countries every other year and share her experiences with her peers.

Jimmy Zhou, PhD, DABR
Presenting on: Radiation Safety in Fluoroscopy - Technical Considerations

Yifang "Jimmy" Zhou, PhD is chief diagnostic medical physicist at Cedars-Sinai. His team covers clinical imaging physics service for Cedars-Sinai Health System, from diagnostic X-ray, fluoroscopy, mammography, CT, MRI to nuclear medicine. The work focuses on analytical approaches to improvement of clinical practice. He lectured imaging physics for diagnostic radiology residents for many years. He is a member of Radiation Safety Committee and Laser Safety Officer at Cedars-Sinai. His clinical research includes quantitative CT dose optimization, digital mammography, and cardiac CT. He served as the course co-director for the International Symposium on Pancreatic & Biliary Endoscopy on “Radiation Safety in Fluoroscopy”.

Dr. Zhou has numerous peer-reviewed and conference publications and holds a US patent on CT dose optimization. His has been a medical physicist for 20 years. He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Radiological Sciences from UC- Irvine.

Corey Hidalgo
Presenting on: LGBTQ+ in Healthcare

Corey is a Radiologic Technologist at his alma mater California State University, Northridge (CSUN), where he has managed and supervised the Radiology Department for the past eight years. He graduated from the Bachelors of Science in Radiologic Technology (BSRT) Program at CSUN in 2010 and has since been involved in the program in many positions.

From taking diagnostic images to teaching radiation physics and regulations, Corey has always found himself between the patient care field and the education field and loves every minute of it. He is currently the President of the Radiologic Sciences Alumni Chapter at CSUN, whose goal is to support and encourage Radiologic Technology students in a multi-platform approach. An advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and equity, Corey strives to seek equitable healthcare for all persons.

Maureen Sigafoos, CMD, RT(T)
Presenting on: Clinical Expectations of Radiation Therapy Instructors and Students

Maureen Sigafoos is a Clinical Assistant Professor and a Clinical Coordinator for the Radiation Therapy Program at National University. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the CSU Long Beach Radiation Therapy Program and is currently working on her Masters in Organizational Leadership. She is not only licensed in Radiation Therapy but also Medical Dosimetry. She is dedicated to assisting students reach their full potential and ensuring they are well prepared for the radiation therapy profession upon graduating.

Joseph Hewes, MBA, R.T. (R)(CT)(ARRT), CIIP
Presenting on: Digital Imaging - Optimizing Each Exam for Each Patient

Joseph Hewes is the special imaging clinical coordinator at Loma Linda University where he oversees CT and MRI students. He teaches a wide variety of didactic courses, from radiologic physics to imaging informatics. He has a passion for making technical and challenging subjects understandable and relatable. Mr. Hewes graduated from Loma Linda University with his MBA in healthcare administration in 2016. He has been a clinical radiologic technologist for more than a decade and continues to be active in the clinical setting.

Barbara Smith, MS, RT(R)(QM)FASRT, FAEIRS
Presenting on: CQR Requirements

Barbara Smith was an instructor in the Radiologic Technology program at Portland Community College for 34 years. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Education from Oregon State University, later she completed an Associate of Applied Science in Radiography from Portland Community College and her Master’s degree in Postsecondary Adult and Continuing Education from Portland State University. She has lectured nationally and internationally on a variety of topics.

Currently she is co-editor of “Merrill’s Atlas of Radiographic Positions and Radiologic Procedures”. Professionally she has worked on committees for many organizations and is a life member of the Oregon Society, a fellow of the ASRT (2002) and AEIRS (2010) and an ARRT Trustee.

Michael Eisenhauer
Presenting on: Applications of AI in Radiology

Mike has extensive professional, technical and clinical experience in medical imaging. He has spent his entire career in the medical imaging space, experiencing the evolution of imaging moving from analog to digital. He is currently employed by Samsung as a Senior Business Development Manager for Digital Radiography. Driven by technologies that improve diagnosis and improve patient care, Mike enjoys educating the imaging community on current innovations and serving as a resource to his many customers and colleagues.