Shelton D. Caruthers, Ph.D.
Shelton Caruthers, Ph.D., is Director of MR at Toshiba Medical Research Institute USA (TMRU) and leads a multi-disciplinary team closely collaborating with Toshiba Medical Systems (TMS) to improve current products and design the next generation.
Shelton has worked in medical imaging for more than 20 years, having received his formal training and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University. Early in his career, he worked as a MRI Clinical Scientist for Philips Healthcare in the Radiology department of Boston University Medical Center supporting their research and that of many others including Buffalo Children’s Hospital, Dent Neurological Institute, and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. From Boston, he moved to Washington University in St. Louis, where he was a Clinical Scientist and manager of multimodality collaborations at a major research facility, emphasizing cardiovascular imaging, molecular imaging, and nanomedicine. Later, Shelton reported to the Chief Technical Office, where he was the regional Director of Research Collaborations for Philips’ Corporate Research Board, overseeing the research collaborations of about 20 North American high-end university customers with multi-modality research programs. From 2009 to 2013 he temporarily left industry to be a full-time faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis in the departments of Cardiology and Biomedical Engineering. In 2013, Shelton returned to Philips Healthcare as Co-Director of the Advanced Clinical Solutions team within the MRI Business Innovations Unit for North America. He joined TMRU in March 2015, and in 2016 became Director of MR.
Shelton holds 3 patents and has published over 150 peer reviewed papers in multiple high-impact journals. He serves as reviewer for JMRI, MRM, and others. He served on various Society and Advisory committees, including President of ISMRM Cardiovascular Study Group. He is also on the advisory board for various universities.
Carsten Oliver Schirra, Ph.D.
Dr. Carsten Oliver Schirra holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from King’s College London. His career has taken him to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, and Washington University in St. Louis Medical School. As scientist at Philips Research, he worked at laboratories in Germany and the USA.
His research activities include clinical research at St. Thomas’ and Guys’ Hospital London, University Hospital Zurich, and Washington University in St. Louis Medical School.
As head of Philips Research Brazil, he oversees research projects focusing on locally relevant topics in Healthcare and well-being. Current focus are solutions such as hospital big data analytics, natural language processing and workflow orchestration, as well as telehealth propositions addressing local market needs.
Carsten is also leading academic and clinical research partnerships between Philips Research and Brazilian institutions, to investigate disruptive propositions in HealthTech.