University of Colorado School of Medicine Names Ihab Kamel, MD, PhD, Chair of the Department of Radiology

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University of Colorado School of Medicine Names Ihab Kamel, MD, PhD, Chair of the Department of Radiology

11 Aug, 2023

Ihab Kamel, MD, PhD, professor of radiology and oncology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, has been named the next chair of the Department of Radiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, effective Sept. 5, 2023.

Kamel is an accomplished clinician, productive researcher, and active mentor who has been on the Johns Hopkins faculty for more than two decades. He is an internationally recognized expert in using functional MRI to quantify early tumor response to therapy. He is also an authority in hepatobiliary and pancreatic imaging.

“Dr. Kamel will be a valuable member of our Anschutz Medical Campus community and we are pleased to welcome him to the University of Colorado School of Medicine,” said Dean John J. Reilly, Jr., MD. “He has had remarkable success building clinical programs that attract new patients and provide exceptional teaching and research opportunities. We look forward to his continued success building such programs here in Colorado.”

“I am excited to join the CU School of Medicine and the Anschutz Medical Campus, where we will have many opportunities to work together to build programs and improve patient care,” Kamel said. “I am confident that working together we can offer outstanding clinical care and excellent training experiences that are based on innovative research.”

Kamel joined Johns Hopkins Radiology in 2000 and served as Clinical Director of MRI from 2008 until 2019. During his tenure, he significantly expanded MRI operations across the Johns Hopkins Health System. He served as chair of imaging at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center from November 2018 through July 2021.

At Johns Hopkins, he developed a multidisciplinary clinic that includes liver surgery, transplant surgery, hepatology, interventional radiology, and oncology to discuss complex liver cases’ diagnosis and management. These activities have attracted new patients, generated new clinical revenue, and fostered interdepartmental teaching and research collaboration.

In partnership with other services and departments, Kamel assembled a diverse and inclusive research team focusing on hepatobiliary and pancreatic imaging, particularly the oncologic application of functional MRI. He has also recruited research teams that have specialized in using image analysis to assess the response of oncology patients to treatment. Kamel has a successful, sustained, and impactful track record on mentorship. He mentored numerous researchers, trainees, and junior faculty who have become leaders in their chosen specialties.

Kamel has an expansive research portfolio, with over 360 peer-reviewed publications and 20 book chapters. He also has received substantial grant funding from the National Institutes of Health for a range of studies, such as using functional imaging to achieve a new personalized medicine approach to cancer, intercepting pancreatic cancer in high-risk cohorts, and investigating body fat distribution to consider ancestry-specific indicators of disease.

Kamel has been active in professional associations, including the American College of Radiology, Radiological Society of North America, the American Roentgen Ray Society, and the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. He is vice chair of the American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria Committee and will be chair in 2024. He also serves as secretary of Society for Advance Body Imaging and will be future President of the society.

Kamel earned his medical degree with honors from the Cairo University School of Medicine in 1983. He completed a PhD in radiological health from the University of Michigan in 1993. He completed residencies in diagnostic radiology at the Theodore Bilharz Research Institute in Egypt and at New York Medical College. He was also a clinical fellow in abdominal imaging at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.

Kamel succeeds Gerald Dodd, MD, who joined the School of Medicine as chair and professor of radiology in 2008.


About University of Colorado School of Medicine:

The University of Colorado School of Medicine offers comprehensive, lifelong, interdisciplinary learning for health care professionals. With state-of-the art laboratories for discovery and innovation, a commitment to decreasing health disparities and increasing health equity, and faculty who provide world-class clinical care at Children’s Hospital Colorado and UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital, the CU School of Medicine is transforming the health care landscape.


About Ihab Kamel, MD, PhD:

Dr. Ihab Kamel is a Professor in the Johns Hopkins Medicine Department of Radiology and Radiological Science and the Department of Oncology. Dr. Kamel currently serves as the Clinical Director of MRI at Johns Hopkins University and is a member of the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. His work focuses on body imaging, with expertise in hepatobiliary and pancreatic imaging. He earned his M.S. from the University of Michigan and his M.D. from Cairo University in Cairo, Egypt. He completed his residency at New York Medical College and performed a fellowship in body imaging at BID Medical Center in Boston, MA. He joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2000 as an Assistant Professor. In 2005, he became Associate Professor and in 2013 became Professor of Radiology and Oncology.Dr. Kamel received the Fleischner Young Investigator Award from the Harvard Medical School in 2000. In 2004 he received the Faculty Teacher of the Year award for the Department of Radiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital and was recognized in 2008 as a Melvin M. Figley Fellow in Radiology Journalism from the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS). In 2015 Dr. Kamel was awarded the Honored Educator Award from the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Dr. Kamel is an expert in utilizing functional MRI to quantify early tumor response to therapy. He is also an authority in hepatobiliary and pancreatic imaging. He has coauthored over 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 15 book chapters. Dr. Kamel sits on numerous national and international radiological society committees.






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