Our faculty and staff of clinicians, radiologists, statisticians, pathologists, programmers, physicists, computer specialists, research associates and breast cancer advocates are committed to working on the HIPIMR to investigate clinically relevant research questions of value to women about breast imaging and breast cancer.

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John Shepherd, PhD

Principal investigator

I am a Researcher/Professor at the UH Cancer Center, a Fulbright Scholar and an expert in mining biomarkers from medical imaging using advanced machine learning techniques; Co-I San Francisco Mammography Registry 1999-2018; PI of the NIH-funded 3-Component Breast Imaging Study. ; Director of the  Artificial Intelligence Precision Health Institute; , the Body Composition Exercise Physiology and Energy Metabolism CORE lab, and the Shepherd Research Lab; 2017 President of the International Society for Clinical Densitometry;  ISCD’s John Bilezikian Global Leadership and Oscar Gluck Humanitarian Awards for his IAEA contributions. I have chaired  10 international workshops on quantitative imaging and have over 200 peer-reviewed publications that have been referenced over 10,000 times.

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Jami Fukui, MD

Co-Investigator, Medical Director

Dr. Fukui is an Assistant Professor at the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center. Her interests are in breast cancer clinical and translational research, developing clinical trial protocols, and providing cancer care to residents of Hawaiʻi.

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Gertraud Maskarinec, MD, PhD

Co-Investigator, Epidemiologist

Dr. Maskarinec, a physician in preventive medicine and nutritional epidemiologist, has the goal to contribute to chronic disease prevention by understanding the etiology of breast cancer, Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL), and type 2 diabetes.

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Yurii Shvetsov, PhD

Senior Biostatistician

I am an Assistant Professor in Population Sciences at the UH Cancer Center. I provide support to member investigators in the area of biostatistics. I am the PI of the NIH funded study, “Improving Breast Cancer Risk Prediction with Composite Measures of Obesity and Body Fat”

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Thomas Wolfgruber

Data Analyst and Infrastructure Manager

I am a post-doctoral researcher primarily studying mammography for risk detection using machine learning. As a data scientist and software engineer I support the general scientific and technological goals of the group. My experience ranges from co-authoring scientific papers published in peer-reviewed journals to more day-to-day tasks like server administration.

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Brandon Quon

Database Manager

I am a biostatistician at the UH Cancer Center. I provide statistical programming support for investigators interested in utilizing the registry for breast cancer research. My other main roles include data harmonization, reporting, and database maintenance.