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Kassa Darge, MD, PhD, has been named Chair of the Department of Radiology and Radiologist-in-Chief at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), following an extensive national search.

Dr. Darge has served as Chief of the Division of Body Imaging in the Department of Radiology at CHOP and a Professor of Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine since 2006. He currently holds the John W. Hope Endowed Chair for Radiology Faculty Development at CHOP. He is also an Honorary Professor of Radiology in the Department of Radiology at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. Dr. Darge is an internationally renowned pediatric radiologist actively involved in all major radiologic and pediatric radiologic societies.

"We are delighted to have Dr. Darge serve as our Radiologist-in-Chief,” said Chad Hough, Senior Vice President, Support Services at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “Dr. Darge is a highly accomplished researcher, educator, and scholar in radiology who will help lead CHOP’s strategy and future as we continue to find better ways to provide exceptional patient care and research discoveries for children.”

Prior to coming to CHOP, Dr. Darge served as the Chair of the Department of Pediatric Radiology at the University of Wuerzburg in Germany. He has an extensive research portfolio encompassing 28 years with over 200 publications and multiple grants. His research focus is on innovative and advanced body imaging methods particularly in magnetic resonance and ultrasound modalities.

Dr. Darge received his medical degree from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia and the University of Heidelberg in Germany. He completed his residency in radiology and fellowship in pediatric radiology at the University of Heidelberg. In addition, he completed a research fellowship with the World Health Organization in Tropical Medicine at the Bernhard Nocht-Institute for Tropical Medicine in Hamburg, Germany, where he practiced tropical medicine and conducted research in the institution’s outposts in West Africa.

Natalie Virgilio,
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia,
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