Meet the Team


Dr. Michael T. Nelson

Breast-Med’s President and CEO is Michael T. Nelson, MD, who is a practicing Board Certified Radiologist, a former U.S. Navy Flight Surgeon, Professor of Radiology at the University of Minnesota, Masonic Cancer Center and the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research, Minneapolis, MN, and a recognized leader in Mammography, Interventional Radiology and in Women’s Health. Dr. Michael T. Nelson has served on local. State, national and international committees and radiology review boards for teaching, research and development of Radiology.   

Since 1988. Dr. Nelson has sub-specialized in breast imaging and research. He is a co-founder of the Jane Brattain Breast Center at Park Nicollet Medical Center in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. He also has significant experience in the use of CAD for breast applications and has provided clinical research support for the FDA approval process for R2, CADx and iCAD for the film-screen CAD technologies. In addition, Dr. Nelson has participated in the whole-breast CAD clinical trials involving R2, CADx, GE, Fischer and Lorad (now Hologic).

Dr. Nelson’s recent research (1999-present) is primarily focused on applications of breast MRI. He has participated in multiple studies "Using magnetic resonance to diagnose breast cancer and predict therapeutic response" at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research at the University of Minnesota (“CMRR”). Current research at the CMRR includes: Molecular breast imaging using MRI, breast tissue markers, digital computer-aided detection and digital mammography workstations.


Dr. Patrick Bolan, Ph.D.

Dr. Bolan is an Assistant Professor of Radiology at the University of Minnesota.  After receiving his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois (UIUC) and post-graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Bolan spent five years working in industry as a software engineer. He joined Dr. Michael Garwood's group at the University of Minnesota in 1999 and received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering in 2003 while developing methods for performing quantitative MR spectroscopy of breast cancer. He remained at the University of Minnesota's  Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) as a postdoctoral associate and later as an Assistant Professor. His research focuses on developing methods for MR imaging and spectroscopy of cancer in animal models and human subjects, and translating research methodologies into clinical practice.  Dr. Bolan is currently an Assistant Professor at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research, Minneapolis MN, and is a recognized leader in the design of clinical products (RSNA, 2007). 

Dr. Bolan's Research Interests:

  • MR imaging and spectroscopy of human breast cancer
  • MR imaging and visualization of microvasculature in animal models
  • Computational methods for MR spectroscopy analysis
  • Methods for abdominal high-field MR spectroscopy


Daniel A. Halpern

Daniel A. Halpern brings over 30 years of international experience building, growing, financing and investing in global healthcare and technology companies.  Mr. Halpern provides strategy, investment and operations support for emerging growth companies.  


  • Advisory Board/Business Development, Breast-Med, Inc.
  • President of Healthcare Investors, LLC, a business development and investment company
  • Director and co-founder of Vascular Imaging Corporation, an early-stage medical device company
  • Previously served as President and co-founder of Sunlight Research, LLC , a patent claims analysis and intellectual property market research  firm

Mr. Halpern is actively engaged in developing new technology-based companies.  Portfolio companies are primarily involved in applications of medical imaging and image-guided therapeutics. 

Previously, Mr. Halpern served in senior management roles with international companies engaged in the development and financing of advanced technology, including Financing for Science International, an equipment leasing company acquired by Finova Group Inc. (NYSE: FNV); Elscint, Inc. (NYSE: ELT), a medical diagnostic imaging equipment manufacturer, whose medical imaging businesses were acquired by GE Medical and Philips/Marconi; and Elron Electronic Industries Ltd. (TASE: ELRN), an international industrial holding company headquartered in Israel, where he served as U.S. General Manager.  

Mr. Halpern holds an MBA degree from New York University's Stern School of Business and a B.A. degree from the University of Michigan.  



Dr. Michael G. Garwood, Ph.D.

 Dr. Garwood is currently Co-Director of the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research, Professor of Radiology, the University of Minnesota and a recognized leader in the fields of MRI and MRI-based Spectroscopy.

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