Radiology PSTP Scholars
BA: Northwestern University (2002)
MD: Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine (2006)
MS: Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine (2011)
Subspecialty Interest: Interventional Oncology
Under the direction of Drs. Robert Lewandowski and Andrew Larson, I am investigating novel loco-regional image-guided approaches to treating unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). In the majority of patients, HCC remains confined to the liver, deriving its blood supply from the hepatic artery. Healthy liver tissue is predominantly supplied by the portal vein. My research involves minimally invasive image-guided techniques that exploit this anatomy. The goals of my research involve developing catheter-based and ablative techniques to: 1) increase intratumoral therapeutic delivery, 2) reduce off-target effects to healthy tissues, and 3) provide real-time feedback of treatment success. Utilizing animal models of HCC, I am developing novel high-resolution imaging and therapeutic strategies to treat this disease.
BS: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Mechanical Engineering (2007)
MD: Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine (2011)
My research interests include novel applications of clinical and pre-clinical cardiovascular MRI, quantitative hemodynamic assessment of cardiovascular disease and MRI acceleration techniques. I was first introduced to cardiovascular MRI as a medical student and pursued research with Dr. James Carr. Following an internship in Internal Medicine at Northwestern, I worked for two years as a Clinical Research Associate under the mentorship of Dr. Carr and Dr. Michael Markl. A large majority of my work has focused on using three-dimensional time resolved phase contrast (4D flow) MRI to evaluate quantitative and qualitative hemodynamic changes in the aorta that result from cardiac or valvular disease. We have studied patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy as well as adult and pediatric patients with bicuspid aortic valve using this imaging sequence. Additionally, I have evaluated the impact on image quality, quantitative performance and scan time of iterative reconstruction acceleration approaches in clinical cardiac MRI. My most recent project focuses on using MRI myocardial tissue characterization to improve diagnosis and risk-stratification in patients at risk for developing chemotherapy-induced cardiotoxicity during the course of cancer treatment. I am also currently a student in the Master of Science in Clinical Investigation program here at Northwestern.