Keynote Speakers

Sandy Napel, PhD - Stanford University School of Medicine

Dr. Napel, PhD, is Professor of Radiology and Electrical Engineering and Medicine (Biomedical Informatics). He obtained his BS in Engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Originally appointed as an Assistant Professor at UCSF, he became Vice President of Engineering at Imatron Inc., manufacturer of the first commercial cardiac CT scanner. He was a Visiting Scientist at the Robarts Research Institute in London Ontario before joining Stanford’s Radiology Department in 1991. He founded the Radiology Department 3D and Quantitative Imaging Lab in 1996, which developed many fundamental approaches to volumetric visualization and now processes over 2200 Stanford Medicine patient cases per month, creating alternative visualizations and tracking quantitative measurements from cross-sectional imaging exams for many medical conditions. He also co-leads Stanford Radiology’s Division of Integrative Biomedical Imaging Informatics at Stanford (IBIIS).

Reza Razavi, MD  -  Vice President & Vice Principal (Research), King’s College London

Professor Razavi completed his medical training at the University of London. He was awarded a Professorship at King’s College London in 2004, and by 2007 headed the School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences, leading the 10 year transformation from 20 to over 400 active researchers in this now world class research centre. Currently, he is the Director of the Wellcome Trust/ EPSRC Centre for Medical Engineering and has research strategy roles as Vice-President and Vice-Principal (Research) at King’s College London, and Director of Research at King’s Health Partners. He also continues clinical practice to treat patients as an honorary clinical consultant cardiologist / paediatric cardiologist. The main focus of Professor Razavi’s research is imaging and biomedical engineering related to cardiovascular disease, specialising in cardiac MRI, congenital heart disease, and image guided intervention. His group was the first to perform MRI guided cardiac catheterisation and intervention in patients, and continues to use imaging, computational imaging, and modelling, to develop new and transformative tools for patient care.

Dinesh M. Shah, MD - University of Wisconsin SMPH, Madison, WI

Dr. Dinesh Shah is a tenured professor in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, WI. He holds an MD from the University of Bombay and is a Board certified Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist. His clinical work includes the care of high-risk pregnancies and sonographic imaging. His research is focused on the mechanism of preeclampsia with a specific interest in the role of the renin-angiotensin system and renal injury in preeclampsia using a mouse model. He is the PI on the placenta function project at UWSMPH.

Jeffrey H. Siewerdsen, PhD - Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA

Dr. Siewerdsen is the Vice-Chair and John C. Malone Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, with cross-appointment in the Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare, the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, and the Departments of Computer Science, Radiology, and Neurosurgery. He is also Co-Director for the Carnegie Center for Surgical Innovation ( supporting research and education collaborations between engineering and surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital and is a Principal Investigator in The I-STAR Lab ( His research focuses on the development of new 3D imaging technologies and registration methods for diagnostic and image-guided interventions, including cone-beam CT, deformable registration methods, and the development of data-intensive approaches for patient-specific planning and outcomes assessment. He was previously Senior Scientist at the Ontario Cancer Institute and Associate Professor in Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto, where he helped to form the GTx Program for collaborative research in image-guided therapies.