Cancer Imaging

Program Themes

  • Utilize imaging agents to study cancer pathogenesis and develop cancer-targeting therapeutics
  • Codify quantifiable imaging metrics to study cancer biology and improve cancer treatments  
  • Translate novel imaging methodologies to patient care

Program Information

The overarching goal of the Cancer Imaging Program is to utilize imaging for basic discoveries of carcinogenic mechanisms and therapeutic development that will translate into improved patient care.

To provide structure and promote cohesion within the larger program, investigators are organized into four scientific focus areas that address key questions in cancer research and reflect specific areas of expertise of the Program's membership.

  • Imaging of the Tumor Microenvironment: This focus group engages members who study the cancer microenvironment with the goal of identifying new markers and paradigms for drug targeting or cancer detection. This includes development of tools to assess the extent of tumor cell migration into surrounding host tissues for clinical assessment of disease dissemination.
  • Image-Guided Therapies: Members of this focus group develop novel approaches for monitoring cancer treatment and evaluating efficacy in vivo and ultimately in patients. These efforts range from clever utilization of conventional imaging tools for rapid clinical translation to developing targeted imaging agents and the tools for assessing drug delivery.
  • Nanotechnology for Imaging and Drug Delivery: Members of this focus group develop nanodevices that impact many aspects of cancer imaging and treatment such as gene transfer and drug delivery. Efforts in this group include utilization of metallic nanoparticles to specifically deliver contrast agents to disease sites.
  • Stem Cell Imaging: This focus group utilizes imaging approaches to study the biology of stem cells in vivo, for instance in the therapeutic setting, and to observe cancer stem cells. Members investigate the interactions between stem cells and their microenvironment and have developed imaging techniques to track stem cell homing, engraftment, proliferation, and differentiation.

Program Members

  • Norbert Avril, MD

    Professor
    Department of Radiology
    Division of Nuclear Medicine
    School of Medicine
    Research Scholar
    Department of Radiology
    School of Medicine
    Member
    Cancer Imaging Program
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Email: norbert.avril@case.edu

    Phone: 216.844.3363

  • Portrait of Chaitra Badve, MD

    Chaitra Badve, MD

    Clinical Assistant Professor
    Department of Radiology
    School of Medicine
    Member
    Cancer Imaging Program
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Email: chaitra.badve@UHhospitals.org

    Phone: 216.844.8140

  • James Basilion, PhD

    James P. Basilion, PhD

    Professor
    Department of Biomedical Engineering
    School of Medicine
    Case School of Engineering
    Professor
    Department of Radiology
    School of Medicine
    Professor
    Department of Pathology
    School of Medicine
    Director
    Case Center for Imaging Research
    Co-Leader
    Cancer Imaging Program
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Email: james.basilion@case.edu

    Phone: 216.983.3264

  • Portrait of Susann Brady-Kalnay in a laboratory

    Susann M. Brady-Kalnay, PhD

    Professor
    Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology
    School of Medicine
    Professor
    Department of Neurosciences
    School of Medicine
    Professor
    Department of Pathology
    School of Medicine
    Member
    Cancer Imaging Program
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Email: smb4@case.edu

    Phone: 216.368.0330

  • Samuel T. Chao, MD

    Associate Professor
    Department of Medicine
    School of Medicine
    Member
    Cancer Imaging Program
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Email: chaos@ccf.org

    Phone: 216.445.7876

  • Valdir Colussi profile picture.

    Valdir C. Colussi, PhD

    Associate Professor
    Department of Radiation Oncology
    School of Medicine
    Member
    Cancer Imaging Program
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Email: valdir.colussi@UHhospitals.org

  • Frank DiFilippo, PhD

    Associate Professor
    Department of Radiology
    School of Medicine
    Member
    Cancer Imaging Program
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Email: difilif@ccf.org

    Phone: 216.445.9378

  • Jennifer Dorths profile picture.

    Jennifer Dorth, MD

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Radiation Oncology
    School of Medicine
    Member
    Cancer Imaging Program
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Email: jennifer.dorth@UHhospitals.org

  • Portrait of Agata Exner

    Agata A. Exner, PhD

    Professor
    Department of Radiology
    School of Medicine
    Professor
    Department of Biomedical Engineering
    Case School of Engineering
    Associate Director
    Medical Scientist Training Program
    School of Medicine
    Member
    Cancer Imaging Program
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Email: agata.exner@case.edu

    Phone: 216.368.6727

  • Portrait of Chris Flask

    Chris A. Flask, PhD

    Associate Professor
    Department of Radiology
    School of Medicine
    Associate Professor
    Department of Pediatrics
    School of Medicine
    Associate Professor
    Department of Biomedical Engineering
    Case School of Engineering
    Member
    Cancer Imaging Program
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Email: caf@case.edu

    Phone: 216.844.4963

  • Mark Griswold, PhD

    Mark Griswold, PhD

    Professor
    Department of Radiology
    School of Medicine
    Associate Professor
    Department of Biomedical Engineering
    Case School of Engineering
    Member
    Cancer Imaging Program
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Email: mark.griswold@case.edu

    Phone: 216.844.8085

  • James Jacobberger
    David Schwartz Photography

    James W. Jacobberger, PhD

    Professor Emeritus
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Consultant
    Cytometry and Microscopy Shared Resource
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Member
    Cancer Imaging Program
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Email: james.jacobberger@case.edu

    Phone: 216.368.4645

  • Portrait of Andrew Janowczyk

    Andrew Janowczyk, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Biomedical Engineering
    Case School of Engineering
    Member
    Cancer Imaging Program
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Email: andrew.janowczyk@case.edu

    Phone: 216.368.5090

  • Efstathios Karathanasis, PhD

    Efstathios (Stathis) Karathanasis, PhD

    Associate Professor
    Department of Biomedical Engineering
    School of Medicine
    Case School of Engineering
    Associate Professor
    Department of Radiology
    School of Medicine
    Member
    Cancer Prevention
    Control & Population Research Program
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Email: stathis@case.edu

    Phone: 216.368.4617

  • Shlomo Koyfman, MD

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Medicine
    School of Medicine
    Member
    Cancer Imaging Program
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Email: koyfmas@ccf.org

  • Portrait of Vijay Krishna

    Vijay Krishna, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Molecular Medicine
    School of Medicine
    Member
    Cancer Imaging Program
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Email: krishnv2@ccf.org

    Phone: 216.445.5966

  • Portrait of Vinod Labhasetwar

    Vinod Labhasetwar, PhD

    Professor
    Department of Molecular Medicine
    School of Medicine
    Professor
    Department of Biomedical Engineering
    Case School of Engineering
    Member
    Cancer Imaging Program
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Email: labhasv@ccf.org

    Phone: 216.445.9364

  • Zhenghong Lee, PhD

    Zhenghong Lee, PhD

    Professor
    Department of Radiology
    School of Medicine
    Associate Professor
    Department of Biomedical Engineering
    Case School of Engineering
    Co-Leader
    Cancer Imaging Program
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Email: zhenghong.lee@case.edu

    Phone: 216.844.7920

  • Portrait of Cheng Lu

    Cheng Lu, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor
    Department of Biomedical Engineering
    Case School of Engineering
    Member
    Cancer Imaging Program
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Email: cxl884@case.edu

  • Zheng-Rong Lu, PhD

    Zheng-Rong Lu, PhD

    Professor
    Department of Biomedical Engineering
    Case School of Engineering
    Professor
    Department of Radiology
    School of Medicine
    Member
    Cancer Imaging Program
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Email: zxl125@case.edu

    Phone: 216.368.0187

  • Dan Ma, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Biomedical Engineering
    Case Western Reserve University
    Assistant Professor
    Case Western Reserve University
    School of Medicine
    Member
    Cancer Imaging Program
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Email: dan.ma@case.edu

    Phone: 216.844.5935

  • Portrait of Mitchell Machtay

    Mitchell Machtay, MD

    Professor
    Department of Radiation Oncology
    School of Medicine
    Associate Director for Clinical Research
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Member
    Cancer Imaging Program
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Email: mitchell.machtay@UHhospitals.org

  • Anant Madabhushi, MS, PhD

    Anant Madabhushi, PhD

    F. Alex Nason Professor II of Biomedical Engineering
    Department of Biomedical Engineering
    Case School of Engineering
    Professor
    Department of Pathology
    School of Medicine
    Professor
    Department of Radiation Oncology
    School of Medicine
    Professor
    Department of Radiology
    School of Medicine
    Professor
    Department of Urology
    School of Medicine
    Director
    Center for Computational Imaging and Personalized Diagnostics
    Case School of Engineering
    Member
    Cancer Imaging Program
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Email: anant.madabhushi@case.edu

    Phone: 216.368.8519

  • image of David B. Mansur

    David B. Mansur, MD

    Associate Professor
    Department of Radiation Oncology
    School of Medicine
    Associate Professor
    Department of Pediatrics
    School of Medicine
    Member
    Cancer Imaging Program
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Email: david.mansur@UHhospitals.org

  • Gordon McLennan, MD

    Professor
    Department of Radiology
    School of Medicine
    Member
    Cancer Imaging Program
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Email: mclenng@ccf.org

    Phone: 216.444.6124

  • Headshot of CWRU Professor Raymond Muzic

    Raymond F. Muzic, Jr., PhD

    Professor
    Department of Radiology
    School of Medicine
    Professor
    Department of Biomedical Engineering
    Case School of Engineering
    Scientific Director
    Quantitative Imaging Laboratory
    School of Medicine
    Member
    Cancer Imaging Program
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Email: raymond.muzic@case.edu

    Phone: 216.844.3543

  • Donna Plecha, MD

    Donna Plecha, MD, FSBI

    Chair
    Department of Radiology
    School of Medicine
    Professor
    Department of Radiology
    School of Medicine
    Member
    Cancer Imaging Program
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Theodore J. Castele Professor
    Department of Radiology
    School of Medicine
    Professor
    Department of Pathology
    School of Medicine

    Email: donna.plecha@uhhospitals.org

    Phone: 216-983-4829

  • Image of headshot of Tarun Podder

    Tarun Podder, PhD, CEng, DABR, CRE

    Associate Professor
    Department of Radiation Oncology
    School of Medicine
    Director. Physics Residency Program
    Department of Radiation Oncology
    School of Medicine
    Member
    Cancer Imaging Program
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Email: tarun.podder@case.edu

    Phone: 216.844.2580

  • Andrew Rollins, PhD

    Andrew Rollins, PhD

    Professor
    Department of Biomedical Engineering
    Case School of Engineering
    Member
    Cancer Imaging Program
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Email: andrew.rollins@case.edu

    Phone: 216.368.1017

  • Robert G. Salomon, PhD

    Professor
    Department of Chemistry
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Professor
    Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
    School of Medicine
    Member
    Cancer Imaging Program
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Email: rgs@case.edu

    Phone: 216.368.2592

  • Image of headshot of Anirban Sen Gupta

    Anirban Sen Gupta, PhD

    Professor
    Department of Biomedical Engineering
    Case School of Engineering
    Member
    Cancer Imaging Program
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Email: axs262@case.edu

    Phone: 216.368.4564

  • Portrait of Rakesh Shiradkar

    Rakesh Shiradkar, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor
    Department of Biomedical Engineering
    Case School of Engineering
    Member
    Cancer Imaging Program
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Email: rxs558@case.edu

    Phone: 216.368.3502

  • Andrew E. Sloan, M.D.

    Andrew E. Sloan, MD

    Professor and Vice Chair of Research
    Department of Neurological Surgery
    School of Medicine
    Professor
    Department of Pathology
    School of Medicine
    Member
    Developmental Therapeutics Program
    Cancer Imaging Program
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Email: andrew.sloan@UHhospitals.org

  • Jeffrey Sunshine, M.D., PhD

    Jeffrey Sunshine, MD, PhD

    Professor
    Department of Radiology
    School of Medicine
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Neurological Surgery
    School of Medicine
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Neurology
    School of Medicine
    Member
    Cancer Imaging Program
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Email: jeffrey.sunshine@uhhospitals.org

    Phone: 216.844.3112

  • Sidhartha Tavri, MD

    Assistant Professor
    Division of Interventional Radiology
    School of Medicine
    Member
    Cancer Imaging Program
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Email: Sidhartha.Tavri@UHhospitals.org

    Phone: 216.844.3363

  • Pallavi Tiwari, PhD

    Pallavi Tiwari, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Biomedical Engineering
    School of Medicine
    Case School of Engineering
    Member
    Cancer Imaging Program
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Email: pxt130@case.edu

    Phone: 216.368.0177

  • Profile picture of Bryan Traughber

    Bryan J. Traughber, MD

    Medical Director
    Quantitative Imaging Laboratory
    Case Center for Imaging Research
    School of Medicine
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Radiation Oncology
    School of Medicine
    Member
    Cancer Imaging Program
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Email: bryan.traughber@case.edu

    Phone: 216.844.2558

  • Satish Viswanath

    Satish Viswanath, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Biomedical Engineering
    School of Medicine
    Case School of Engineering
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Radiology
    School of Medicine
    Member
    Cancer Imaging Program
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Email: satish.viswanath@case.edu

    Phone: 216.368.3888

  • Image of headshot of Horst von Recum

    Horst A. von Recum, PhD

    Associate Professor
    Department of Biomedical Engineering
    Case School of Engineering
    Member
    Cancer Imaging Program
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Email: horst.vonrecum@case.edu

    Phone: 216.368.5513

  • Ethan Walker, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor
    Department of Biomedical Engineering
    Case School of Engineering
    Member
    Cancer Imaging Program
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Email: yvv@case.edu

    Phone: 216.983.3256

  • Portrait of Yanming Wang

    Yanming Wang, PhD

    Professor
    Department of Radiology
    School of Medicine
    Secondary Faculty
    Department of Chemistry
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Director
    Department of Radiopharmaceutical Division
    Case Center for Imaging Research
    School of Medicine
    Member
    Cancer Imaging Program
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Email: yanming.wang@case.edu

    Phone: 216.844.3288

  • Image of headshot of David Wilson

    David L. Wilson, PhD

    Professor
    Department of Biomedical Engineering
    Case School of Engineering
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Radiology
    School of Medicine
    Member
    Cancer Imaging Program
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Email: dlw@case.edu

    Phone: 216.368.4099

  • Profile picture of Min Yao

    Min Yao, MD, PhD

    Professor
    Department of Radiation Oncology
    School of Medicine
    Chair
    Committee on Appointments and Promotions
    School of Medicine
    Member
    Cancer Imaging Program
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Email: min.yao@UHhospitals.org