Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University


In April 2016, the Department received ACGME accreditation and is now accepting applications for a specialized IR-DR Residency. This will give residents the opportunity to begin learning the intricacies of Interventional Radiology much earlier in their training and provide vital exposure to the fundamentals of the discipline. Residents Drs. Hassan Ahmad and Robert Ford will be transferring into the new residency starting July 2017.

Dr. Laurence Needleman was named the first recipient of the GE Barry Goldberg Educational Excellence Award given by the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound.

At the 2016 Annual Meeting of the RSNA, Dr. Vijay Rao, David C. Levin Professor and Chair, was named President-Elect of the RSNA.

At RSNA, the Department as a whole made 49 presentations (18 refresher courses, 27 scientific papers or posters, and 4 education exhibits). A number of these presentations were by our residents: Drs. Jane Hur, Jesse Sinanan, Sarah Kamel, Alex Rozenberg, David Hansberry, Ian Hayden, David Guez and Jon Weinstein.

Several trainees have received recognition from national societies or been awarded travel grants to present their work at national meetings. Departmental awardees for the 2016 RSNA were residents Drs. Sarah Kamel, Aleksandr Rosenberg and Jane Hur, as well as Dr. Ian Hayden (MSK fellow). In addition, medical student Zack Merritt, and medical physics/engineering students Caitlin Finley and Kibo Nam received travel awards.

In December, Mathew Thakur, PhD, professor of radiology and director of the Laboratories of Radiopharmaceutical Research and Molecular Imaging, was elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

Extramural Funding

Flemming Forsberg, PhD received approval from the NCI on a multi-center research project that will culminate in a three-year, multi-center clinical trial enrolling 120 PDAC patients. The initiative will be undertaken with researchers from GE Global Research, GlaxoSmithKline, Haukeland University Hospital, the University of Bergen, Rush University Medical Center and the Israel Institute of Technology. The proposal aims at developing contrast-enhanced ultrasound-mediated image-guided drug delivery (CEUS-IGDD) to enhance the treatment of inoperable pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC).

Nielsen Foundation: Metal Artifact Characterization in Spinal Cord Injury. Principal Investigator: Feroze B. Mohamed, Ph.D., $581,963, 10/01/2016 – 8/30/2019. Metal implants have been known to produce artifact in MR imaging for some time, and researchers have developed various ways of accounting for these issue in image processing. However, there has been no systematic study of artifact in the MR imaging of spinal cord injury (SCI). This two stage study will first aim to develop a pulse sequence that will account for the presence of metal implantation. The study will then move forward by scanning 20 patients with traumatic SCI, helping to further fine tune the application of the optimized pulse sequences for the clinic. This study has the potential to greatly improve longitudinal management of SCI patients by enabling physicians to perform precision imaging in the presence of implantation hardware.