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Associate Professor, Applied Health Sciences

Faculty photo for Steven Shea
  • I received my BBE (Biomedical Engineering) from the Catholic University of America in 1998. I then received my PhD (Biomedical Engineering) from Northwestern University and did my dissertation on using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to detect ischemia in the heart. I went on to work at Siemens Medical Solutions as a research scientist, collaborating with institutions such as Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland Medical Center, the NIH, Hopitaux Universitaires de Genève and the University of Utah. In 2013, I joined the Radiology Department at Loyola University Medical Center as an assistant professor and an MR Scientist. Clinically, I am responsible for optimizing MRI based imaging protocols, spearheading MRI safety guidelines, developing an ongoing process for quality assurance, and conducting MR equipment acceptance testing and annual reviews. Academically, I provide MR physics education for medical students, residents, and fellows, as well as ensure that appropriate staff receive training on MRI safety.

    Research Interests

    My research focuses on the development of new MR image acquisitions, primarily for cancer imaging.

    • Bachelor in Biomedical Engineering, Catholic University of America
    • Master's degree, Northwestern University
    • PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University

    What prompted you to pursue your field?

    I always had a strong interest in science, technology, and medicine from when I was an undergraduate. I was a biomedical engineering major and briefly considered applying to medical school as I was finishing my undergraduate degree. I then decided to pursue a PhD and somewhat lucked into finding an advisor who was researching new MRI methods to image the heart. I then really fell in love with the way that MRI could significantly impact patient care noninvasively and how quickly new imaging methods were developed to treat novel problems.

    What's it like to teach at Parkinson?

    I have really enjoyed the multi-disciplinary nature of the school where a large variety of fields of study are combined together to improve medicine and public health. All of the faculty I have interacted with are very collaborative and look to help each other achieve teaching and research goals.