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Gregory Sorensen, MD

Gregory Sorensen, MD

Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Healthcare North America

Gregory Sorensen, MD, is Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Healthcare in North America, charged with leading the USA organization and providing additional oversight for Canada and Latin America.

Dr. Sorensen brings a deep understanding of the value medical technology provides to clinical practitioners in effective diagnosis and treatment of illness, along with the vital role of measurable outcomes in the delivery of healthcare. His work as a practicing neuroradiologist and as principal researcher in advanced neuroimaging in the care of patients supports Siemens Healthcare’s business as a leader in medical imaging, therapy systems, laboratory diagnostics and healthcare information technology. 

In June 2011, Dr. Sorensen joined Siemens as chief executive of the business in the largest global market. Previously, he served as Professor of Radiology and Health Sciences & Technology at Harvard Medical School; faculty member of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology; and Co-Director of the A.A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital, as well as a visiting professor of neuroradiology at Oxford University.

In addition to a distinguished career as a clinician, teacher and mentor, Dr. Sorensen’s research contributions in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) have led to advances in the capability and utility of neuroimaging in the diagnosis and treatment of neurologic illness, including acute stroke and glioblastoma, a serious form of brain cancer, and also to the development of new therapeutic approaches through the use of novel neuroimaging techniques.

Dr. Sorensen’s pioneering work as a principal researcher on dozens of projects in recent years has led to techniques to make diffusion and perfusion MRI usable in the diagnosis and management of acute ischemic stroke, techniques that are now used at thousands of medical institutions worldwide. From the advances in understanding of stroke that have resulted from linking MRI imaging with clinical outcome, Dr. Sorensen and his research teams were able to develop a new predictive model, and ultimately, to define a new syndrome, transient symptoms with ischemia, or TSI. This work is enabling the use of advanced imaging to test novel therapies for stroke patients.

Dr. Sorensen has also led research to identify imaging biomarkers, and apply advanced imaging techniques to the study of disease pathways to aid in therapy development for neurologic illnesses, including stroke, cancer, migraines, and head and neck injuries. He holds seven patents in the field.

One of his more recent projects involved using the advanced imaging techniques he helped to develop to study novel treatments for certain brain cancers using a new hybrid device, a combined MRI-positron emission tomography (MRI-PET) system, the first in the world to image patients. 

Dr. Sorensen is widely recognized as an expert in the field, sits on the editorial boards of several major peer-reviewed medical journals, and is author or co-author of more than 100 original reports, reviews, editorials, and textbook chapters.  He is principal author and a co-author, respectively, of: Cerebral MR Perfusion Imaging, and the 2009 edition of the Duvernoy’s Atlas of the Human Brain Stem and Cerebellum: High-Field MRI, Surface Anatomy, Internal Structure, Vascularization and 3 D Sectional Anatomy.

He also is a member of a dozen professional societies, including serving as a Member of the Board of Trustees and Treasurer of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM); and serves as a member of the Stroke Council and Scientific Program Committee of the American Heart Association.

Dr. Sorensen holds a Medical Degree from Harvard Medical School, a M.S. in Computer Science from Brigham Young University and a B.S. in Biology from California Institute of Technology.  He is married with three children.

  • 02 oct
    Wednesday, October 2
    Opening Dinner and Headline Interviews
  • 03 oct
    Thursday, October 3
    Full Day of Programming, Lab Tours
    and Evening Event
  • 04 oct
    Friday, October 4
    Half-Day of Programming, Lunch, and
    Lab Tours

The Locations

La Jolla, California

Scripps Seaside Forum

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The Atlantic and UC San Diego have negotiated a discounted rate for our attendees at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club and will run a shuttle from the property to our various event venues. When calling for a reservation, please reference “The Atlantic Meets the Pacific”.

La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
2000 Spindrift Drive
La Jolla, CA
(888) 828-0948

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