Keyvan Farahani, Ph.D.

Biomedical Imaging Informatics Specialist

  • Current Role

    Current Role

    I support NCI’s cancer data science with emphasis on imaging informatics. My expertise lies in knowledge of biomedical imaging, minimally invasive cancer therapies, the development of data repositories, and software tools for machine learning/artificial intelligence applications in imaging and cancer research. I am also on a part-time detail with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), where I support the development of imaging and artificial intelligence platforms for key NHLBI data science initiatives, including the BioData Catalyst. I am an active member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) and the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM).

  • Projects


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    Artificial Intelligence in Medical Imaging

    Focuses on both imaging data AI-readiness and the curation of harmonized tools/models in a central repository.
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    Medical Image De-identification Initiative (MIDI)

    Addresses and implements best practices for the protection of patient privacy in clinical image sharing.
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    Medical Imaging Challenge Cloud Infrastructure (MedICCI)

    Benchmarks imaging analysis tools using annotated data sets.
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    NCI Cancer Research Data Commons (CRDC)

    Connects researchers with data sets and tools to analyze large- scale cancer research data in the cloud.
  • Publications
  • In the News

    In the News

    The NIH Common Fund’s Bridge to Artificial Intelligence program launched this month, aiming to bridge the gap between biomedical and behavioral research and artificial intelligence.
    NCI’s Imaging Data Commons has released several notable updates, including the release of three collections by the Human Tumor Atlas Network, which comprise a new multichannel fluorescence imaging data set.
    Do you work with imaging data and tools? Share feedback on NCI’s Imaging Data Commons!
  • Background



    • B.S., Physics, Sonoma State University in California
    • Ph.D., Biomedical Physics, University of California at Los Angeles

    Previous Work

    • Program Director for Image-Guided Interventions, NCI Cancer Imaging Program

    Recent Awards

    • Fellow, The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)
    • Fellow, The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM)