Jeffrey Kolthammer, Ph.D., an employee at Toshiba Medical Research Institute USA

Jeffrey Kolthammer, Ph.D.

Director, PET Systems R&D

Jeff Kolthammer, Ph.D., is Director of PET Systems R&D at Canon Medical Research USA, Inc. (CMRU), contributing to the strategic direction, system design and Canon Medical Systems (CMS) collaboration in Molecular Imaging.

Jeff has worked in molecular imaging for more than 15 years and holds degrees in Physics and Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. He started his medical imaging career at Picker International, studying novel SPECT detector and reconstruction technologies. At Philips Healthcare, Jeff worked as an imaging systems scientist through the advanced development of the first open PET-CT and time-of-flight PET-CT designs. In a break from industry R&D, he spent two years working on the molecular side of molecular imaging: agent development, small-animal models and benchtop stem-cell research. Jeff returned to Philips to lead industry-academic partnerships in PET-MR and cardiac PET, the latter in concert with completing his Ph.D. training. Throughout his career, Jeff has collaborated with research departments on system and clinical performance evaluation, including projects with VA Cleveland, University of Vermont, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania. He joined CMRU in 2013 as manager of MI clinical science.

At CMRU, Jeff is responsible for development and execution of research programs that bring together clinical needs and business opportunities with a diverse and multidisciplinary team of engineers and scientists. Jeff holds undergraduate degrees in physics and music and a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, from Case Western Reserve University.

Jeff has eight patents and has 16 peer-reviewed papers in the nuclear medicine field, found in high-impact journals such as J. Nuclear Medicine, Physics in Medicine and Biology, and Molecular Imaging and Biology.