Imaging Team

Ours is a multidisciplinary team consisting of healthcare and informatics professionals working together to provide high quality digital images to our customers.

Tom Barr

Imaging Manager, Biomedical Imaging Team

Tom Barr has over 20 years of experience on clinical, technical, and research projects in healthcare related to digital pathology, electronic medical record (EMR), computerized physician order entry (CPOE), laboratory information systems (LIS), and picture archiving and communication systems (PACS). Tom has a bachelor's degree in computer information systems, an associate’s degree in medical laboratory technology, and is EpicCare Ambulatory certified. Tom's current role is to manage all activities of the imaging team, supervise grants associated with imaging, and ensure the overall success of the team.

Nilsa Del Carmen Ramirez-Milan, MD

Medical Director, Biopathology Center CO-I, Nationwide Children's Hospital

Lead Pathologist, TCGA BCR Director, Autopsy Pathology, Nationwide Children's Hospital

Dr. Nilsa Ramirez is an anatomic pathologist with subspecialty training in gynecologic and obstetrical pathology, as well as an associate professor of pathology at The Ohio State University. The Biopathology Center houses the biobanking efforts of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG), the Children’s Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS), the Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program (CTEP), and the Strategic Partnering to Evaluate Cancer Signatures (SPECS) program in sarcomas. Dr. Ramirez is the principal investigator of the COG Tissue Bank, the GOG Tissue Bank, and the pediatric division of the Cooperative Human Tissue Network (CHTN). She is co-investigator and lead pathologist of the Biospecimen Core Resource of The Cancer Genome Atlas project, also housed at the Biopathology Center. She is knowledgeable and experienced in the histopathologic diagnosis of tumors, and in the technology of preserving tissues for biologic research.

Kathleen Nicol, MD

Vice Chair/Section Chief, Clinical Pathology, Nationwide Children's Hospital

Vice Chair, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Nationwide Children's Hospital

Director of Transfusion Services, Nationwide Children's Hospital

Dr. Kathleen Nicol, also a clinical associate professor of pathology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, is board certified in clinical and anatomic pathology and pediatric pathology and serves as a staff pathologist in the section of clinical and anatomic pathology. Her clinical interests are pediatric fine needle aspiration biopsy/cytology, and pediatric transfusion medicine, in addition to surgical pathology and laboratory medicine, including quality control and digital imaging.

Bill Beyer

Senior Developer, Biomedical Imaging Team

Bill Beyer has over 25 years of information technology experience, including 20 years with Bell Laboratories. A master's degree in electrical engineering has provided a strong analytical foundation that has led to many elegant yet highly practical solutions. Bill's past experience includes systems application development, technical management, project management, database architecture, network administration, and high-level customer support. Bill's current focus is on digital image analysis, architecting and maintaining the imaging hardware infrastructure, creating tools and applications to support imaging operations, and developing policies and procedures.

Stephanie Weaver

Biomedical Imaging Coordinator, Biopathology Center

Stephanie Weaver has been a member of the Biopathology Center since 2001. Stephanie's primary role on the Biomedical Imaging Team is coordinating digital pathology reviews that are conducted by pathologists at various institutions for the Children's Oncology Group, Cooperative Human Tissue Network and NRG Oncology, to ensure tissue quality control for the Biopathology Center projects. Stephanie also coordinates efforts among the Biomedical Imaging Team to maintain a strong working relationship with the Biopathology Center staff and all review pathologists. Stephanie is also responsible for other duties within the Biopathology Center, including data entry, document management, customer services and specimen inventory.

Carmen Helsel

Lead Biomedical Imaging Coordinator, Biopathology Center

Carmen Helsel holds master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s of science degree in biomedical communications. Carmen is responsible for coordinating digital pathology reviews that are conducted by pathologists at various institutions, to ensure tissue quality control for various projects under the Biospecimen Core Resource. Carmen also organizes efforts among the Biomedical Imaging Team to maintain strong working relationships with both internal staff and external contacts. Previously, Carmen worked in the pathology department at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and in the multimedia department for a large telecommunications company.

Shital Hobensack

Lead Biomedical Imaging Coordinator, Biopathology Center

Shital Hobensack has over 7 years of experience as a biomedical imaging technician and biomedical research associate in field of digital pathology. Shital has a master's degree in biomedical engineering with a concentration in imaging from Wright State University. Shital's responsibilities include working with multiple medical imaging modalities, coordinating digital pathology review for Biospecimen Core Resource projects, providing technical guidance and training, and conducting independent research. She has experience in the areas of MATLAB programming, graphical user interfaces (GUI) and medical image processing along with two years research experience. Shital previously worked at Holy Family Hospital in India for one year as a biomedical engineer.

Andrew Mullen

Research Imaging Specialist, Biomedical Imaging Team

Andrew Mullen holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Kent State University. At KSU Andrew spent a lot of time doing various biological research, including a year of independent research in the neurophysiology department. There he learned his passion for research and the computational/technological side that goes hand-and-hand with it. He spent some time at St. Ann’s hospital in their pathology department working as a lab assistant, assisting in pathological specimen collection and staining. Andrews role as an imaging specialist in the Biopathology center includes the conversion of pathological slides into digital images using the digital imaging machines and supporting the Imaging coordinators.

Cody Pizzola

Biomedical Imaging Specialist, Biopathology Center

Cody Pizzola has a bachelor’s of science in Biological Engineering from The Ohio State University, with a minor in Biomedical Engineering. Cody has previous experience working on a NASA design team for their Project exploration Systems and Habitation, focusing on the reuse of 3-D printed growth substrate for sustainable plant farming in space. Cody’s responsibilities on the Imaging Team include the conversion of physical pathological tissue slides into digital images through use of digital microscopy imaging robots.