Michael D. Abràmoff, MD PhD
Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa
Professor of Computer Engineering, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Iowa
"Autonomous AI and patients: Safety, Efficacy, Equity"
Dr. Michael D. Abramoff, MD, PhD, is a fellowship-trained retina specialist, computer scientist and entrepreneur. He is Founder and CEO of IDx, the first company ever to receive FDA clearance for an autonomous AI diagnostic system. In this capacity, as an expert on AI in healthcare, he has been invited to brief the US Congress, the White House and the Federal Trade Commission. He continues to treat patients with retinal disease and trains medical students, residents, and fellows, as well as engineering graduate students at the University of Iowa.
Dr. Abramoff has published over 260 peer reviewed journal papers (h-index 58) on AI, image analysis, and retinal diseases, and many book chapters, that have been cited over 27,000 times. He is the inventor on 17 patents and 5 patent applications on AI, medical imaging and image analysis. In 2010, Dr. Abramoff’s research findings led him to found IDx, to bring to patients more affordable, more accessible, and higher quality healthcare.
IDx is a leading AI diagnostics company on a mission to transform the quality, accessibility, and affordability of healthcare. The company is focused on developing clinically-aligned autonomous AI. By enabling diagnostic assessment in primary care settings, IDx aims to increase patient access to high-quality, affordable disease detection. In 2018, IDx became the first company ever to receive FDA clearance for an autonomous AI diagnostic system. The system, called IDx-DR, detects diabetic retinopathy without requiring a physician to interpret the results.
Kyle J. Myers, Ph.D.
Director, Division of Imaging, Diagnostics, and Software Reliability
Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, U.S. FDA
“AI-Enabled Systems in Medical Imaging: USFDA Research and Regulatory Pathways”
Kyle J. Myers, Ph.D., received bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Physics from Occidental College in 1980 and a Ph.D. in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona in 1985. Since 1987 she has worked for the Center for Devices and Radiological Health of the FDA, where she is the Director of the Division of Imaging, Diagnostics, and Software Reliability in the Center for Devices and Radiological Health’s Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories.
In this role she leads research programs in medical imaging systems and software tools including 3D breast imaging systems and CT devices, digital pathology systems, medical display devices, computer-aided diagnostics, biomarkers (measures of disease state, risk, prognosis, etc. from images as well as other assays and array technologies), and assessment strategies for imaging and other high-dimensional data sets from medical devices.
She is the FDA Principal Investigator for the Computational Modeling and Simulation Project of the Medical Device Innovation Consortium. Along with Harrison H. Barrett, she is the coauthor of Foundations of Image Science, published by John Wiley and Sons in 2004 and winner of the First Biennial J.W. Goodman Book Writing Award from OSA and SPIE. She is an associate editor for the Journal of Medical Imaging as well as Medical Physics. Dr. Myers is a Fellow of AIMBE, OSA, SPIE, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. She serves on SPIE’s Board of Directors (2018-2020).