HHS News
Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2003
Contact: Cheryl A. Fee
(301) 451-6772


HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson has appointed two new members to the National Advisory Council for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, the principal advisory body of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), a component of the National Institutes of Health within the Department of Health and Human Services. The council provides recommendations on the conduct and support of biomedical imaging and bioengineering research and research training.

The new council members are: Barbara J. McNeil, M.D., Ph.D., of Harvard Medical School; and Norbert J. Pelc, Sc.D., of Stanford University School of Medicine.

Dr. McNeil is the Ridley Watts Professor and founding head of the department of health care policy at Harvard Medical School, and a professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital. Her research activities focus on quality of care issues in the areas of quality measures for chronic cardiac diseases, incentives and practices for assuring quality, and assessment of care guidelines in improving outcomes of care. She recently completed a 10-year study involving nearly 50 academic institutions in the U.S. on the benefits of a variety of radiology approaches to the initial and subsequent management of patients with cancer. Dr. McNeil received her M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and her Ph.D. in biological chemistry from Harvard University.

Dr. Pelc is the associate chair for research and a professor in the radiology department at Stanford University School of Medicine. In addition, he holds a courtesy appointment in electrical engineering and is involved in the biophysics program in the recently announced bioengineering department at Stanford. Dr. Pelc's current research interests are in advanced magnetic resonance applications, especially for cardiovascular and body imaging, new system geometries and reconstruction methods for volumetric computer tomography, digital x-ray imaging, and hybrid modality platforms. He received his Sc.D. in medical radiological physics from Harvard University.

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, a component of the National Institutes of Health, supports and conducts interdisciplinary research and training in biomedical imaging and bioengineering. For additional information about the Institute, visit the NIBIB website at www.nibib.nih.gov.