Sha Chang, Ph.D. –Founder and President

Dr. Chang is the developer, researcher, and clinical user of the recyclable compensator-IMRT solution that is developed and clinical used in University of North Carolina, where she is a Professor in the department of Radiation Oncology. Dr. Chang brings decades of experience in initiating and leading a variety of innovative R&D for clinical application, preclinical research, and cutting-edge technology development. Dr. Chang founded EmpowerRT to address the huge global cancer care disparity in a unique way – use the power of social enterprise to enable IMRT in low-resource radiotherapy clinics in LMICs using largely their existing resources.

 

 

 

 

 

Parth Amin, ** – Director of Partnerships

Board of Advisors

Alan Fenwick, Chief Advisor

Alan brings over five decades of experience in program/proposal management, strategic planning, sales/marketing, M&A, new venture analysis, contracts and general management across a broad array of civil/military aerospace customers.He has held executive level roles and has worked in the private and public sector both domestically and internationally. After retirement Alan has devoted his time to mentor new startups, where he is currently the Mentor in Residence at the UNC Campus Y Social Venture Incubator.

Mahesh Varia, MD – Clinical Advisor

As our clinical advisor, Dr. Varia brings an illustrious 4 decades of experience in radiation oncology. As the longest serving physican-faculty member at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, Dr. Varia brings a wealth of clinical research and research publications, which have focused on analysis of cancer treatment results, exploring the role of tumor hypoxia and its association with adverse prognosis, clinical trial of concurrent chemotherapy and radiation therapy, and in developing management guidelines for cervical cancer. He also has been involved with compensator based IMRT since its inception in the early 1990’s, in particular with patient selection, radiation treatment planning,and patient management of patient receiving IMRT over these years. He has dedicated his spare time to medical volunteering in LMIC, especially India where he has participated in free medical camps annually for over 15 years.

David Weissburg, Business Advisor

As a successful serial entrepreneur in medical device and life science markets, David has assisted early-stage companies with strategy, funding, distribution and FDA compliance. Recently, David was the CEO of Morphomics, which was a startup spun out of UNC. There he developed the regulatory and business strategy and led Morphormics from initial funding through product development and FDA clearance to significant sales. He successfully sold the company to Accuray.

Peter Sandwall

Peter is ABR-certified clinical medical physicist and also the founder of Precision Physics, which has a
strong track record in improving global care disparity in south America. He helps LIMCs to establish new RT clinics and perform machine commissioning work using a novel voluntourism model. Peter is active in other global health organizations and he is passionate about helping humanity through education, outreach, and community development.

Jim Cramb, MS–Technical Advisor (Physics)

As our technical advisor, Jim brings decades of experience in medical physics. Jim was the Director of Physical Sciences Department in the University of Melbourne for 14 years and provided training to visiting medical physicists from LMICs with whom Jim maintains contact. Jim is an active lecturer for IAEA in LMICs on the topic of low toxicity radiation therapy technologies, which so far has been focused on modern technologies.

 

John Dooley, BS – Technical Advisor

John brings over 35 years of software development experiences, five of which is in EmpowerRT software development and software management in clinic environment. John also has experience with different commercial treatment planning systems and radiation oncology clinic IT management. John has extensive experience in clinical software development, installation and configuration support, and connectivity with other systems.