The Department Today

The Department of Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania Health System and School of Medicine today stands at the pinnacle of academic radiology in the United States and abroad. Led by a world-renowned faculty, the Department offers a wide array of outstanding education, research, and clinical service programs with a deep commitment to developing and disseminating subspecialty expertise. The Department consists of two main Divisions: the traditional Academic Program clinically centered at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Veterans Administration Medical Center; and Community Radiology covering Pennsylvania Hospital, Phoenixville Hospital, Chester County Hospital and eight outpatient imaging centers.


Radiology Imaging

The Department's strengths begin with its people faculty and staff. As 2002 begins, 97 full-time faculty make Penn's Department their academic home -- 13 are in the Tenure Track, 68 in the Clinician-Educator Track, and 16 in the Research Track. All full-time faculty participate in educational activities and most in research programs, but there is a degree of specialization within the group three-quarters of the faculty (72) provide clinical care and one quarter (25) are dedicated to research. Radiology's most prestigious professional organizations and associations have repeatedly recognized the quality of Department faculty by electing them to positions of leadership and conferring upon them the discipline's major awards and honors.

Department faculty work closely with 213 members of the support staff. Of this number, the great majority participate in the provision of clinical services to patients, with others filling a wide range of professional research, educational, and administrative support roles. The strength of the faculty rests upon the vitality of those who work with them.


The Department's strong programs begin with its responsibility for education and training. Faculty participate in all aspects of Curriculum 2000., the medical school's pioneering undergraduate medical education course of study. Almost 30 faculty teach the highly popular and well-regarded elective Clinical Clerkship in Radiology (RA300), which annually attracts over 80 percent of each medical school class. The Department's residency program -- with 34 housestaff -- is among the nation's best, as measured by its perennial ability to fill all of its advertised slots with outstanding applicants, many of whom eventually pursue academic careers. The residency curriculum is diverse, offering rotations in sixteen subspecialties, with opportunities for electives in research, community radiology, and teaching. The Department also offers clinical fellowship opportunities, such as in magnetic resonance imaging, neuroradiology, and interventional radiology the Department now has 36 clinical fellows. Post-doctoral research programs, with 25 research fellows now participating, are also attractive, and the MRI program is particularly sought after. In addition, Department faculty in several basic science disciplines help train graduate (PhD) students -- now numbering eight --under the auspices of the University's Biomedical Graduate Studies Program. Finally, the Department's continuing medical education symposia in Philadelphia and elsewhere are attended annually by more than 1,000 radiologists from around the country.


The research program in the Department is one of the world's best. Its overall strength derives from its multidisciplinary focus and the close integration between disease-oriented and basic science and technology programs. The Department has maintained the top NIH research funding position among American radiology departments for the past ten years. In FY 2001, the Department was awarded $18.0 million in research grants from all sources, including $15.0 million from the NIH. Department research programs cross a wide disciplinary spectrum, with considerable strength in cancer research (particularly breast and animal models, as well as studies at the cellular level), cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, neurofunctional (positron emission tomography/magnetic resonance), and method development (magnetic resonance imaging techniques, imaging agents, image processing, and optical imaging). Research in magnetic resonance imaging, computerized imaging, molecular imaging, and translational medicine research is widely respected.

The Department's clinical programs are equally robust. On an annual basis, the Academic Department's faculty and staff at HUP and PPMC perform about 350,000 patient examinations per year, giving patients access to a wide spectrum of imaging modalities.

With primarily a clinical care mission, Community Radiology covers 3 hospitals and 8 outpatient facilities with 20 radiologists at its suburban sites and 14 at PAH. Approximately 350,000 exams a year are performed. The Community Radiology Practice is appropriately coordinated with that of the Academic Program, allowing maximum utilization of subspecialty expertise. A separate general radiology residency is offered at PaH with electives available at other Community Radiology sites and HUP.


Radiology Equipment

The Department's outstanding people and programs require complementary resources. The Department's $47 million annual professional budget and $20 million annual Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) operating budget fund the substantial education, research, and clinical service programs for which the Department is recognized. The budget also supports major imaging equipment which permit faculty and staff to bring state-ofthe- art imaging modalities to patients and which also provide a strong platform for research on imaging technologies and disease processes. The Department maintains 114,000 net square feet (nsf) of space, of which 30,000 nsf is devoted to research and education, 80,000 nsf to clinical care, and 4,000 to administration.