Hologic Digital Mammography oral histories

About this collection

Hologic, Inc. is a developer and manufacturer of medical digital imaging instruments with a primary focus on mammography and women's health. The company was founded in 1985 by S. David Ellenbogen (1938-2001) and Jay A. Stein (1942-) in Bedford, Massachusetts. This oral history collection brings together interviews with the individuals involved in inventing, researching, and commercializing digital mammography and breast tomosynthesis at DuPont, Sterling, and Hologic. For a detailed description of the collection, click here to view the finding aid.

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Jim Culley interview
In this interview, Jim Culley details his career in marketing at DuPont and Hologic. Culley talks in depth about Hologic's decision to work with medical imaging and mammography, and how his role in marketing was shaped by this. In terms of marketing at Hologic, Culley discusses his work with the media, including Good Morning America and the New York Times. Culley also details the work he had to do to convince doctors and hospitals to use Hologic's mammography system, and how the FDA, foreign regulatory boards, insurance companies, and legislative acts all impacted this process.
Jim Culley interview [transcript]
In this interview, Jim Culley details his career in marketing at DuPont and Hologic. Culley talks in depth about Hologic's decision to work with medical imaging and mammography, and how his role in marketing was shaped by this. In terms of marketing at Hologic, Culley discusses his work with the media, including Good Morning America and the New York Times. Culley also details the work he had to do to convince doctors and hospitals to use Hologic's mammography system, and how the FDA, foreign regulatory boards, insurance companies, and legislative acts all impacted this process.
Pam Cumming interview
In this interview, Pam Cumming talks about her career in marketing within the medical imaging field. Cumming explains how her educational and career choices led her to work for Hologic starting in 2001. At Hologic, Cumming worked in the Marketing and Communications department and helped share the company's messaging surrounding their new technology, including tomosynthesis. Cumming details how she used marketing to convince medical professionals and patients alike that digital mammography and other new technologies were effective and safe.
Pam Cumming interview [transcript]
In this interview, Pam Cumming talks about her career in marketing within the medical imaging field. Cumming explains how her educational and career choices led her to work for Hologic starting in 2001. At Hologic, Cumming worked in the Marketing and Communications department and helped share the company's messaging surrounding their new technology, including tomosynthesis. Cumming details how she used marketing to convince medical professionals and patients alike that digital mammography and other new technologies were effective and safe.
Dr. Sally Friedewald interview
In this interview, Dr. Sally Friedewald walks through her work with mammography and medical imaging. Dr. Friedewald spends a lot of time discussing the transition from film to digital mammography and then the switch from 2D mammography to tomosynthesis. Dr. Friedewald also explains the benefits and drawbacks of tomosynthesis and her work leading a research unit in tomosynthesis.
Dr. Sally Friedewald interview [transcript]
In this interview, Dr. Sally Friedewald walks through her work with mammography and medical imaging. Dr. Friedewald spends a lot of time discussing the transition from film to digital mammography and then the switch from 2D mammography to tomosynthesis. Dr. Friedewald also explains the benefits and drawbacks of tomosynthesis and her work leading a research unit in tomosynthesis.
Georgia Hitzke interview
In this interview, Georgia Hitzke discusses her career in medical imaging and her time working for Lorad and then Hologic. Hitzke talks about some of the new technologies in medical imaging and some of the challenges working with this equipment. Within this, Hitzke focuses on the training aspect as a large part of her role at Hologic was setting up training sessions and workstations to teach employees about new imaging developments.
Georgia Hitzke interview [transcript]
In this interview, Georgia Hitzke discusses her career in medical imaging and her time working for Lorad and then Hologic. Hitzke talks about some of the new technologies in medical imaging and some of the challenges working with this equipment. Within this, Hitzke focuses on the training aspect as a large part of her role at Hologic was setting up training sessions and workstations to teach employees about new imaging developments.
Lothar Jeromin interview
In this interview, Lothar Jeromin talks about his work in medical imaging and his time developing direct radiography. Jeromin compares his experiences working for Xerox, DuPont, and Hologic and each company's culture and primary goals. Jeromin also details the process of developing direct radiography, including some of its challenges and other uses. Jeromin, through this interview, provides an in-depth look at direct radiography and his career in the medical imaging industry.
Lothar Jeromin interview [transcript]
In this interview, Lothar Jeromin talks about his work in medical imaging and his time developing direct radiography. Jeromin compares his experiences working for Xerox, DuPont, and Hologic and each company's culture and primary goals. Jeromin also details the process of developing direct radiography, including some of its challenges and other uses. Jeromin, through this interview, provides an in-depth look at direct radiography and his career in the medical imaging industry.
Lead Graffiti, Ray Nichols and Jilly Cypher interview
In this interview, Ray Nichols and Jill Cypher talk about their graphic design and advertising career and their work for Direct Radiography. In working for Direct Radiography, Nichols and Cypher worked with engineers and became very familiar with the company's technology and showcase this familiarity throughout the interview. They also go into many of the big campaigns that they worked on throughout their career, including design work for the Hagley Museum. Cypher and Nichols offer insight into the advertising and graphic design industry and how that intersected with the medical imaging field.
Lead Graffiti, Ray Nichols and Jilly Cypher interview [transcript]
In this interview, Ray Nichols and Jill Cypher talk about their graphic design and advertising career and their work for Direct Radiography. In working for Direct Radiography, Nichols and Cypher worked with engineers and became very familiar with the company's technology and showcase this familiarity throughout the interview. They also go into many of the big campaigns that they worked on throughout their career, including design work for the Hagley Museum. Cypher and Nichols offer insight into the advertising and graphic design industry and how that intersected with the medical imaging field.
Loren Niklason interview
In this interview, Loren Niklason discusses his role in developing breast tomosynthesis. Niklason walks through the system of tomosynthesis and how it was adapted for breast imaging. Niklason provides an in-depth explanation of breast tomosynthesis, how it differed from standard mammography, and the challenges of tomosynthesis. Niklason also shares the process of working with the FDA and other agencies throughout his time at Hologic.
Loren Niklason interview [transcript]
In this interview, Loren Niklason discusses his role in developing breast tomosynthesis. Niklason walks through the system of tomosynthesis and how it was adapted for breast imaging. Niklason provides an in-depth explanation of breast tomosynthesis, how it differed from standard mammography, and the challenges of tomosynthesis. Niklason also shares the process of working with the FDA and other agencies throughout his time at Hologic.
John Pekarsky interview
In this interview, Pekarsky details his work experiences for Siemens, Trex Medical, and Hologic. Pekarsky spent his career in sales and spends time talking about the many changes he implemented as the Senior VP of Sales at Hologic. This included changes to the compensation and award system, the annual meetings, and the overall structure of Hologic's sales approach. Pekarsky also mentions some of his specific experiences in the medical sales industry including meeting cancer survivors, travelling to RSNA and other trade shows, and his relationships with his Hologic colleagues.
John Pekarsky interview [transcript]
In this interview, Pekarsky details his work experiences for Siemens, Trex Medical, and Hologic. Pekarsky spent his career in sales and spends time talking about the many changes he implemented as the Senior VP of Sales at Hologic. This included changes to the compensation and award system, the annual meetings, and the overall structure of Hologic's sales approach. Pekarsky also mentions some of his specific experiences in the medical sales industry including meeting cancer survivors, travelling to RSNA and other trade shows, and his relationships with his Hologic colleagues.
Andy Smith interview
In this interview, Andy Smith explains his work with Hologic and the intricacies of the medical imaging equipment. He details his interactions with the FDA, insurance companies, and other outside organizations and as well as his role in travelling domestically and internationally to explain Hologic's technology to others.
Andy Smith interview [transcript]
In this interview, Andy Smith explains his work with Hologic and the intricacies of the medical imaging equipment. He details his interactions with the FDA, insurance companies, and other outside organizations and as well as his role in travelling domestically and internationally to explain Hologic's technology to others.
Jay Stein interview, part 1
In this interview, Jay Stein details his journey to working at Hologic. He goes into detail about his education and work with American Science and Engineering, including his work with NASA to measure x-rays reflected from the moon. Within this discussion, Stein talks about his interest and experience working with x-ray technology, which ultimately led him to start a company called Diagnostic Technology with David Ellenbogen. Stein compares his work with x-ray technology that deals with baggage inspection systems and the technology used in medical imaging, such as mammography machines. Throughout much of the interview, Stein refers to his friendship and business partnership with David Ellenbogen, and how their relationship was a key factor in the success of Hologic.
Jay Stein interview, part 1 [transcript]
In this interview, Jay Stein details his journey to working at Hologic. He goes into detail about his education and work with American Science and Engineering, including his work with NASA to measure x-rays reflected from the moon. Within this discussion, Stein talks about his interest and experience working with x-ray technology, which ultimately led him to start a company called Diagnostic Technology with David Ellenbogen. Stein compares his work with x-ray technology that deals with baggage inspection systems and the technology used in medical imaging, such as mammography machines. Throughout much of the interview, Stein refers to his friendship and business partnership with David Ellenbogen, and how their relationship was a key factor in the success of Hologic.
Jay Stein interview, part 2
In this interview, Jay Stein continues his interview after concluding the first part on June 26th, 2020. In this second part, Stein goes into more detail about his time with Hologic. This includes discussions about the acquisition of other smaller technology companies, work with the FDA, and the overall company culture. Towards the end of the interview, Stein reflects on his career with Hologic and relationship with David Ellenbogen, including the highlights of his work.
Jay Stein interview, part 2 [transcript]
In this interview, Jay Stein continues his interview after concluding the first part on June 26th, 2020. In this second part, Stein goes into more detail about his time with Hologic. This includes discussions about the acquisition of other smaller technology companies, work with the FDA, and the overall company culture. Towards the end of the interview, Stein reflects on his career with Hologic and relationship with David Ellenbogen, including the highlights of his work.
Tom Umbel interview
In this interview, Tom Umbel describes his career in the medical imaging industry. Umbel started his career as a chemical engineer for DuPont and as a result of business acquisitions and transfers, he ended up working for Hologic as a business analyst. Umbel details the culture at Hologic and some of the many positive experiences and challenges he had while working there. Umbel also discusses his business relationship with outside groups such as the FDA, RSNA, international businesses, and insurance companies.
Tom Umbel interview [transcript]
In this interview, Tom Umbel describes his career in the medical imaging industry. Umbel started his career as a chemical engineer for DuPont and as a result of business acquisitions and transfers, he ended up working for Hologic as a business analyst. Umbel details the culture at Hologic and some of the many positive experiences and challenges he had while working there. Umbel also discusses his business relationship with outside groups such as the FDA, RSNA, international businesses, and insurance companies.
Carlene West interview
In this interview, Carlene West describes her career with Hologic working as a consultant and in the accounting and finances division. West details some of the ways that the 2008 recession impacted Hologic and her involvement with the development of the medical imaging and mammography focus at Hologic.

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