Board of Directors

ABMRS founding Board of Directors is composed of the following members and representatives:

US (Voting) Representatives


Heidi Edmonson, PhD, MRSO (MRSC™), MRSE (MRSC™)

General MR safety, special expertise in MRI of patients with implanted devices/MRI pulse sequences and artifacts, accreditation expert (ACR and TJC). Medical physicist, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.

Vice Chair

Robert Watson, MD, PhD, MRMD (MRSC™),

General MR safety, neuroradiologist. Chair, MRI Safety Committee. Chair, Division of Neuroradiology. Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN.

Secretary / Treasurer

William Faulkner, RT (R)(CT)(MR), MRSO (MRSC™)

MR Technologist, MR Education and Operations Consultant. CEO, William Faulkner & Associates, LLC.

Tobias Gilk, MArch, MRSO (MRSC™), MRSE (MRSC™)

Architect, special experience in MR safety and equipment siting / implementations. Sr. Vice President of RADIOLOGY-Planning and Founder of Gilk Radiology Consultants.

Max Amurao, PhD, MRSE (MRSC™),

Medical physicist. Director of Radiation Safety for Clinical Programs at Columbia University / New York Presbyterian Hospitals.

Trevor Andrews, PhD, DABMP (MRI), MRSE (MRSCTM)

MRI physicist, University of Vermont. Former Clinical Scientist and Development Lead at Philips Healthcare. R&D experience with pulse sequence design, relaxometry, RF pulse design, RF shimming.

Jerry Froelich, MD, FACR

Quality and Safety of MR environments. Professor of Radiology, Medical Physics and Cardiology at University of Minnesota, Director, Division of Thoraco-Abdominal Imaging.


Senior Diagnostic Medical Physicist University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Emanuel Kanal, MD, MRMD/SE (MRSC™), MRSE (MRSC™)

General MR safety, radiologist/risk-benefit assessment, additional expertise in MR contrast agent safety. Director of MR Services at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

John Nyenhuis, PhD

General MR safety, special expertise in gradient dB/dt safety issues. Professor at Purdue University.

Joseph Och, MS, DABMP, MRSE (MRSC™)

System Director of Medical/Health Physics, Geisinger Health System

Jeffrey Rogg, MD, MRMD (MRSC™)

Associate Professor, Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Director of Neuroradiology Medical Director of MRI for Rhode Island and The Miriam Hospitals.

Daniel Joe Schaeffer, PhD

General MR safety, special expertise in RF safety issues. Principal Engineer GE Healthcare MR Systems (Retired), Visiting Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University, Durham, NC.

William F. Sensakovic, PhD, DABR, MRSE (MRSC™)

Medical Physicist, Florida Hospital; Assoc. Prof., University of Central Florida; Asst. Prof. Florida State University

Steven Sherry, MD, MRMD (MRSC™)

Radiology Resident at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Nuclear Engineer / Project Manager, Naval Reactors Headquarters.

Wendy J. Stirnkorb, CRA, RT (R) (MR), MRSO (MRSC™)

General MR Safety, Imaging leadership, Leadership development. Special expertise in MR Operations, LEAN Six Sigma and technologist engagement. Administrative Director of Cardiopulmonary and Imaging Services, Regional West Medical Center, Scottsbluff, Nebraska. President and CEO of Stirnkorb Consulting, LLC. Gering, Nebraska

Terry Woods, PhD

General MR safety, Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

International (Non-Voting) Representatives

Georg Frese, Dipl. Phys.

MR safety expert, Convenor of the MR safety standard IEC 60601-2-33, Vice chair of the German Standardization Committee for MRI (NAR AA8).

David Grainger

Senior Device Specialist at Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), United Kingdom.

Cormac McGrath, PhD, MRSO (MRSC™), MRSE (MRSC™)

Lead MRI Clinical Scientist for the Northern Ireland Regional Medical Physics Service, Past Chair of the MR-SIG for the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM), UK.

Siegfried Trattnig, MD, MRMD (MRSC™)

Director of the MR Center of Excellence at Medical University of Vienna, developer of Austrian MR safety standards; representative to the Intersocietal Committee/European Work Group on MR Safety.

Organizational Liaisons (Non-Voting)

Ellen Lipman, M.S., R.T.(R)(MR), CAE

American Society of Radiologic Technology (ASRT) Delegate


American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Delegate