Joseph Manak, Ph.D., is Director of X‑ray and Clinical Research at Canon Medical Research USA, Inc. (CMRU), responsible for the X‑ray advanced development programs and clinical research and collaborations in North America.
Joe has worked in the medical imaging field for more than 15 years, receiving a B.Sc. in Physics from IIT in Chicago and a Ph.D. in Experimental Particle Physics from the University of Notre Dame. After receiving his degree, he spent 13 years working as a researcher on X‑ray systems at the General Electric Global Research Center in upstate NY. During that time, Joe worked on interventional X‑ray, mammography, radiography and CT screening security systems. His work included development of novel X‑ray system concepts, detectors, image processing techniques and reconstruction algorithms. In addition to systems work, Joe spent time developing and refining system concepts by working with doctors from hospitals in New York City (MSK) and Dartmouth. During that period, he also served as an NIH study section member on three occasions, chaired the X‑ray physics section twice at RSNA, and participated in a successful NIH grant with Xioachan Pan from the University of Chicago.
In May 2014, Joe moved to TMRU to direct the X‑ray research and development programs. At TMRU, Joe lead efforts to determine the root cause of X‑ray image quality and dose issues, development of iterative reconstruction, development novel image processing algorithms and the Harmony integrated interventional suite concept. In 2016, Joe’s responsibilities were expanded to Director of the Clinical Research Group at TMRU, where he works on execution and defining the task of TMRU’s clinical research programs at UHN, University of Buffalo and NIH. In addition, Joe participates in the discovery process and development of clinical trend maps.
Joseph has 12 patents and has published over 80 peer reviewed papers in physics and medical imaging (MIC, NIM, IEEE).