Robert Cecil, Ph.D.

Robert Cecil, Ph.D.
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Robert Cecil, Ph.D.

Department Imaging Institute
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
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About Robert Cecil, Ph.D.

Robert Cecil, PhD, has a dual appointment in the Imaging Institute and the Department of Cardiology in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic, where he influences the future electronic imaging distribution strategy for the Cardiac Catheterization Lab.

Dr. Cecil joined the CT development group at Picker International in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1984. Over the next several years, he was the primary architect of the image display and networking hardware and software designs for the Picker “Q” series CT scanners. He was the principal Picker representative in PACS and electronic imaging for ACR/NEMA, the FDA, and high technology export licensing through the Department of Commerce. In June of 1995, Dr. Cecil took a Staff position as the Network Director for Cleveland Clinic's Division of Radiology.

Dr. Cecil received his PhD in heavy ion relativistic nuclear physics from Kent State University in 1981. While at KSU, he held several computer systems consulting positions, including a four-year engagement by the Northeastern Ohio College of Medicine. Dr. Cecil participated in major scientific research efforts conducted throughout the United States, including at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories, Indiana University Cyclotron Facility and Lawrence Livermore. In 1982, he held the position of Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Virginia during which he pursued experimental studies at The Max Planck Institute in Germany.

Dr. Cecil has seven patents and continues to author a growing list of academic articles for professional medical journals. 

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Doctorate - Kent State University
Nuclear Physics
Kent, OH USA

Graduate - Kent State University
Experimental Physics
Kent, OH USA

Undergraduate - Ohio Wesleyan University
Mathematics & Physics
Delaware, OH USA

Specialty Interests

pacs, medical image digital review, transport and storage

Innovations & Patents

  • Dr. Cecil is the primary architect of the Health System Diagnostic Imaging Electronic Storage System. Initiated in 1999, the system has grown to acquire over 200 Tbyte of new imaging data each year. It serves facilities in Cleveland as well as Florida and Toronto, and wherever radiology or cardiology services are provided.
  • In 2007, Dr. Cecil became the primary architectural planner for a joint patient database project between radiology and the newly created Neurological Institute at Cleveland Clinic. This innovation focuses on direct data capture of patient-entered data, quality assessment and outcomes. This project is pursued jointly with ITD and provides direct realtime transfer of captured data to the EPIC electronic medical record.
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 10/3/2016, Dr. Cecil has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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