About the speakers
Kathleen Farhang, BS is president of her class at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She received a BS in bioengineering, magna cum laude, from University of Maryland with citations in the University Honors and Honors Humanities programs. She is interested in pursuing a career in radiology.
Peter Faulhaber, MD is Director of Clinical PET University Hospitals of Cleveland. He has worked in the field of Positron Emission Tomography for 32 years. At University Case Medical Center he was steward of the transition of PET as a research tool to a clinical modality, and finally the transition to PET/CT. His clinical interests include all aspects of PET imaging in oncology, neurology and cardiology. Dr. Faulhaber is particularly interested in patient outcomes based on PET imaging. He has numerous research collaborations with clinical and basic research colleagues in ovarian, prostate and breast cancer, for example. Dr. Faulhaber is involved in the implementation of the new modality PET/MRI at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. He is part of a recent State of Ohio Third Frontier Award in PET/MRI applications in breast cancer. Dr. Faulhaber has a passion for education in PET/CT imaging and lectures nationally and internationally. He began to write podcasts, in partnership with a software company, on PET three years ago, available at clinicalpetcast.com.
Raymond F. Muzic, Jr., PhD is Associate Professor of Radiology, Biomedical Engineering, and General Medical Sciences – Oncology. His degrees are in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. In collaboration with students and other faculty members, Dr. Muzic conducts research in medical imaging with emphasis on positron emission tomography. Three current research areas are developing a method for measuring glucose transport in diabetes, improving the practicality and accuracy of measuring blood flow in the heart, and improving resolution in breast cancer imaging. Dr. Muzic teaches undergraduate and graduate students in Biomedical Engineering and has previously led the Radiology Resident’s Physics didactic program in Radiology. Dr. Muzic is currently the chair of the Radiation Safety Committee at University Hospitals Case Medical Center.
Dr. Nancy Oleinick holds the PhD in biochemistry and is Professor of Radiation Oncology, Biochemistry, Oncology, and Environment Health Sciences and the Joseph T. Wearn, M.D., University Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. Oleinick has studied the cellular and molecular consequences of exposure to radiation for many years and has taught radiobiology and evaluation of risks of radiation to students at all levels and to residents at CWRU and elsewhere. She led the Radiation and Cell Stress Program within the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, bringing together cancer researchers who are interested in effects of radiation and related agents. At the national level, Dr. Oleinick has served on the editorial boards of major journals in the radiation field and on four panels of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) charged with reviewing grant applications in radiation and cancer research. She has also been a member of numerous panels for compiling and evaluating the body of data on radiation effects and carcinogenesis, including the Presidential Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments, the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on the Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation, Phase I, and the Veterans Advisory Committee on Environmental Hazards.
Pejavar Sridhar Rao, PhD was the Radiation Safety Officer and Radiological Physicist for University Hospitals of Cleveland from 1980 until 2011. In that capacity he was familiar with the regulations, standards and guidelines governing radiation in the medical field. His expertise included handling radiation sources, measurements of radiation levels, and calculation of radiation dose.