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Throughout his life and especially during medical school, Sandip saw how chronic pain sufferers are marginalized, ignored, disrespected and are given essentially no options. Compelled to change the status quo, Sandip has devoted his professional life to help those afflicted with this extremely debilitating disease.  


Sandip has seen how current medical imaging and diagnostic tests for identifying pain generators are inaccurate. As a musculoskeletal radiologist and Assoc. Professor of Radiology, Sandip struggles through these shortcomings on a daily basis. He views the lack of a good diagnostic test a major obstacle in helping patients with pain get the relief they need so that these patients can go on to lead more normal lives.


For nearly 20 years, his group has been developing clinical imaging methods that exactly pinpoint the site of pain generation using positron-emission tomography (PET) agents that specifically target molecular and cellular pain biomarkers to pinpoint 'painful' pro-inflammatory and/or pro-nociceptive tissues. He is optimistic that this new approach will be the new standard way to diagnose and treat pain. 

Outside of work, Sandip enjoys photography/videography, running, the beautiful outdoors and Dad jokes.

  • B.S., California Institute of Technology

  • M.D., Harvard University-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Health Sciences and Technology Program

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Biswal M.D.

Daehyun is a Research Associate in the Department of Radiology at Stanford University in Stanford, California. He currently performs MRI Research on PET/MRI for chronic pain, peripheral nerve MRI, and metal artifact correction. He has been th recipient of a number of awards including the Merit Awards from the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.  Daehyun is the expert in protocoling the studies and engineering advances in MR neurography that are utilized in the study. Daehyun has authored a number of publications in MR and PET/MR science.

  • B.S., Computer Science & Engineering, Seoul National University, South Korea.

  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan



Yoon Ph.D.

Peter is a Research Assistant in the Department of Radiology at Stanford University in Stanford, California. He has been and continues to be instrumental in recruiting patients for this study, maintaining compliance, organizing the data and analyzing the imaging data. Peter is the author of a number of publications centered on the imaging of chronic pain patients with PET/MRI. He won the Alavi-Mandell Award for a publication entitled "18F-FDG PET/MRI in Chronic Sciatica: Early Results Revealing Spinal and Non-Spinal Abnormalities." in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. Peter's outside interests include opera singing and medical illustration.

  • B.A., Colby College, Connecticut.


Cipriano B.A.

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Mary Ellen grew up in Annapolis, Maryland. She attended college at Duke University, where she majored in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Chemistry. After graduation, Mary Ellen moved to Nashville, Tennessee to join the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) and earned her combined MD/PhD at Vanderbilt University. She completed her PhD in Human Genetics in the laboratory of Dr. Tricia Thornton-Wells, where she studied the radiogenomics of Alzheimer’s Disease. She developed a pipeline of tools to analyze and quantify images from MR and PET images, which she then used as quantitative traits in genetic analyses to tease apart the etiology of Alzheimer Disease. She is continuing her quantitative MR and PET imaging research with various mentors across Stanford. Outside of work, Mary Ellen enjoys swimming with the Stanford Masters' team, shopping farmer's markets, mountain biking, playing with her dog and hiking the amazing trails around Northern California, all with her husband Cody.

  • B.S., Duke University, North Carolina.

  • M.D., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, Tennessee

Mary Ellen 

Koran M.D. Ph.D.


Luke is currently a clinical associate professor of radiology at Stanford School of Medicine. Luke was born in South Korea and was raised in Southern California. After spending fifteen years on the East Coast and ten years in Texas, Luke moved back to California with his family to join Stanford Radiology in 2019. Luke’s clinical focus include body imaging and musculoskeletal imaging.

  • B.S., Yale University, Connecticut.

  • M.D., Yale University, Connecticut.



Yoon M.D.

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