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About Our Founder.







Our founder, Stephen D. Newman, M.D., was encouraged to pursue his love of science, music and philosophy by his father at a young age. He can name everyone of his teachers back to kindergarten and remembers each one's contributions to his education and love of science and math. His fascination with space and the NASA program began when he was six. Growing up in an Irving, Texas neighborhood in the 1960s that was filled with scientists, programmers and engineers from LTV, TI, Voyt, GD and other companies gave him exposure to the rapidly developing technologies. He built Radio Shack electronic kits and had an insatiable need to read and for figuring out how things worked. He began delivering newspapers and signed up for the school band in 5th grade. He worked with his parents' businesses involved in construction and designing basic computer programs for their business on IBM and TI platforms while in high school and college.


An avid tennis player and runner at the time, he met chemist Don Kosterman one day while on his daily run. He was so impressed with Kosterman's knowledge of chemistry and ability to make chemistry come alive for him that he attended Paris Junior College where Kosterman was an instructor and became the laboratory assistant in the chemistry lab in 1979-1980. There he was introduced to radiation physics and programming on the newly donated Apple computers. He worked with radiologist and nuclear medicine physician, Dr. James Clifford, where he further developed his interest in human imaging and radionuclides and recalls sitting in Dr. Clifford's office when one the first computed tomography systems (CT) was installed for brain imaging. Though he went on to study Cardiac CT at Princeton Longevity, Hoag and Kansas City, he notes his favorite thing about the development of the CT imaging scanner was the fact that Hounsfield's research and development of the CT scan was heavily funded by the Beatles' musical success and EMI released the first scanner about 1972. This connection of science and business was quite fascinating to him.


He completed his undergraduate work at Austin College in 1983 with a B.A. in Biology with a strong secondary interest in philosophy and ethics. While in college he worked in laboratory medicine and radiology at St. Joseph's Hospital. He studied laboratory pathology under the late Marshall K. Dougherty, M.D. He then began medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas in 1984. While at the Medical Branch he simultaneously was involved in hematology research under grants from ACS, Coulter and NIH working under David Bessman, M.D. and continued programming and developing code. He was soon performing admission history and physical evaluations for physicians at area hospitals while a third and fourth year medical student further honing his skills in clinical medicine. He graduated medical school in 1988 and went on to complete an internal medicine residency and then cardiovascular fellowship at the Medical Branch in 1991. He studied general and nuclear cardiology under Dr. Marvin Kronenberg and Dr. Martin Nusinowitz and completed a cardiovascular fellowship in 1994.


After completing his fellowship he became director of cardiology at North Texas Affiliated Medical Group in 1994 teaching with the JPS-based residencies working with UTSWMS and Baylor under the Internal Medicine Chairman Col. James Reinarz, M.D. Dr. Reinarz was his former infectious disease professor while at the Medical Branch and encouraged his quest to create solutions to make the health care environment safer for people and providers. He has been director of CV imaging and the radiation safety officer for the Heart Center of North Texas since 1996. He is a preventive cardiologist and founded The Centre for Heart & Vascular Health @ Heart Center of North Texas in Fort Worth. He is CEO and founder of Iatros Synergy and the Chief Science Officer for CIAGEL and Gruene Anolyte, LLC. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology. He is married to Marisa Newman, a nuclear medicine technologist and partner in his research companies. His daughter, Lauren Sasser, MPH, CPH - Epidemiologist - serves on the board and as consultant for ISC. ISC will add several key members from the science and business community to its board in 2019-2020.