About Targeted Medical Pharma

Leadership

William Shell M.D.

William Shell M.D.
Chairman of the Board, CEO and Chief Scientific Officer

William Shell M.D. is Chairman of the Board, CEO, and Chief Scientific Officer. Dr. Shell is a board certified cardiologist and inventor possessing multiple United States patents. Dr. Shell attended the University of Michigan Medical School and graduated in June 1967.  Dr. Shell was one of the first students chosen by the Michigan Heart Association to train in the cardiovascular division of University Hospital of University of Michigan.  He published the first American paper on the syndrome now known as Mitral Valve Prolapse, which demonstrated the genetic nature of this malady. Following his residency at the University of Michigan, Dr. Shell began a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Special Fellowship to study cardiology under Dr. Eugene Braunwald at the University of California San Diego. During his fellowship, Dr. Shell was a member of the team credited with discovering the cardio specific enzyme CK-MB.  A diagnostic test for the presence of the CK-MB enzyme is now the clinical foundation for the detection and treatment of heart attacks.  Dr. Shell and his colleagues published a total of 44 papers in medical journals on this body of work between 1969 and 1974.

Dr. Shell joined the United States Air Force following his fellowship.  The first months of his military service were spent in the American Soviet Exchange Program as the first American physician representing the National Institutes of Health and the American government in Moscow.  Several publications emanated from Dr. Shell's work in the Soviet Union, including early biochemical work that defined the relationship between heart cell growth and creatine. In addition, he and his Soviet colleagues performed clinical trials which led to the discontinuation of digitalis as a treatment of heart attacks. These studies lead to the early examination of reperfusion as part of the treatment of heart attacks. Upon his return to the United States, Dr. Shell served as the director of the coronary care unit at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi, where he supervised the construction of the first modern coronary care unit for the United States Air Force, which became the model for future units.  Dr. Shell was awarded a Presidential Citation by President Richard Nixon for his work in the American Soviet Exchange Program and his administrative work creating the coronary care unit at Keesler.

Following his discharge from the Air Force, Dr. Shell returned to Los Angeles and joined the cardiology staff at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital.  During his tenure, he planned, directed and implemented the merger of the coronary care unit at Cedars of Lebanon and Mount Sinai Hospital to what is now known as Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.  Dr. Shell was also Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation.  In addition, he participated in the planning, funding and administration of NIH grants and managed a biochemistry research laboratory at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.  Dr. Shell also was given teaching responsibilities at both Cedars-Sinai and the University of California at Los Angeles, where he obtained the title of Associate Professor of Medicine in Residence.

In 1989, Dr. Shell, along with Ms. Elizabeth Charuvastra, founded Beverly Glen Medical Systems, a cardiac diagnostic service company.  Dr. Shell served as the chief scientific officer and chief medical officer. The technology that was developed at this company resulted in two patents that allow for the measurement of autonomic nervous system activity and measurements of the QT interval on 24-hour electrocardiograms.  The technology has been used by the pharmaceutical industry in establishing safety standards for new drugs, by the Veterans Administration to establish that the Gulf War Syndrome is a form of nervous system dysfunction, and by the Environmental Protection Agency and other environmental groups to examine the effects of environmental toxins on the brain and other parts of the autonomic nervous system.

In 1991, Dr. Shell founded and served as chairman and chief executive officer of SeeShell Biotechnology, which merged with a company called Interactive Principals, which in turn merged into Interactive Medical Technologies, Inc. (IMT), whose stock was quoted on the Over the Counter Bulletin Board.   Dr. Shell relinquished the daily CEO role and retained the title of Chairman of the Board of Directors until 1995. Dr. Shell is the author of more than 150 scientific articles published in peer reviewed journals.