Frank Shellock

Faculty Profile

Adjunct Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy


Professional Interests

Frank G. Shellock, Ph.D. is a physiologist with 25 years of experience conducting laboratory and clinical investigations in the field of magnetic resonance imaging. He is an adjunct clinical professor of radiology and medicine at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California; an adjunct professor of clinical physical therapy, USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, the Director of MRI Studies at the Biomimetic Microelectronic Systems, National Science Foundation – Engineering Research Center, University of Southern California; and the founder of the Institute for Magnetic Resonance Safety, Education, and Research. As a commitment to the field of MRI safety, bioeffects and patient management, he created and maintains the internationally popular web site,

Dr. Shellock has authored or co-authored more than 200 publications in the peer-reviewed literature. He co-authored the MRI safety section of the Cardiovascular MR Self-Assessment Program (CMR-SAP) for the American College of Cardiology, and three of his medical textbooks are considered best sellers.

Dr. Shellock specializes in the assessment of MRI safety for implants and devices as well as the evaluation of electromagnetic field-related bioeffects and the development of new clinical MR imaging applications for low-field (0.2-Tesla), high-field, and very-high-field strength MR systems. He holds two U.S. patents in the field of MRI safety.