By Erin Register
Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Andrew Ellis, 38, is a diagnostic imaging engineer III at Banner Health. He received his bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering technology from DeVry University and began his career in 2003 with Hitachi Medical, learning MRI physics and open MRI. He eventually added PET and CT knowledge.
In 2006, Ellis was recruited to Toshiba Medical (now Canon Medical), and in June of 2010 was promoted to a senior engineer position. In 2019, his husband was transferred to Phoenix, Arizona, so Ellis went to Banner Health, where he now specializes in CT.
ICE learned more about this Rising Star in a question-and-answer interview.
Q: Why did you choose to get into this field?
A: During my last year of college, I was intrigued with how my degree could be applied in the health care industry. Hitachi was recruiting for a position in the Toledo/Detroit area, and I ended up living there for almost three years. Detroit was a fascinating city, my experience both there and with Hitachi shaped my future greatly and made me a better leader and field engineer.
Q: What do you like most about your position?
A: Complex problem solving and the direct connection I have with technologists and caregivers are what I most enjoy. I absolutely love the challenge of solving difficult problems with electronics, and it carries over into my home life as well. If I can take it apart and fix it, I’m always up for a challenge.
Q: What interests you the most about the imaging field?
A: There has been an evolution of imaging technology in CT and MRI that leaves me intrigued and in awe. The scanners are always improving and becoming more powerful. There are constant opportunities to learn and grow. Medical imaging is one of the most fascinating careers in the world.
Q: What has been your greatest accomplishment in your field thus far?
A: I would consider my greatest accomplishment to be mentoring technologists in CT and MRI physics and seeing them pass their registry exams. The biggest accomplishment is through finding ways to give back.
Q: What goals do you have for yourself in the next five years?
A: My goal is to promote diversity, mentorship, volunteering and youth involvement in STEM programs and health care. I plan on pursuing Certified Radiology Equipment Specialist (CRES) and Certified Diversity Professional (CDP) certifications. I love learning and researching new imaging technology and seeing how the technology becomes integrated and utilized in our hospitals’ systems.