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  • Member Spotlight

    June 1, 2017

    Kenneth C. Wang, MD, PhD

    Dr. Wang is the MRI section chief at the Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center and an adjunct assistant professor of diagnostic radiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSM), both in Baltimore. Dr. Wang earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering at Stanford University. He earned his medical degree at University of California, San Francisco, followed by a radiology residency and a musculoskeletal fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. He completed an informatics fellowship at UMSM. Dr. Wang completed his fellowships with the support of an RSNA Fellowship Training Grant in 2010. He is the current chair of the RSNA RadLex Committee and serves on the RSNA Radiology Informatics Committee and the Structured Reporting Subcommittee.

    What or who sparked your interest in radiology?

    I was first exposed to radiology by my mentor at Stanford, Charles (Charley) Taylor, PhD, when I was an engineering graduate student. We were using MR angiography images to create patient-specific arterial models for computational simulations of blood flow. Working with Charley opened my eyes to a world of possibilities in applying engineering techniques to medicine. Radiology has held an attraction for me ever since, because imaging is at the heart of clinical technology.

    What is the biggest professional challenge you face today?

    Like many others, I find it challenging to balance the competing priorities of providing excellent clinical care, furthering the clinical mission through administrative work, teaching trainees, making progress on my research goals, and getting home to my family. While the clinical workflow tends to push us toward efficiency, it seems there is always more to do.

    What is the biggest reward?

    I enjoy working on research problems, because research requires us to constantly learn from others while contributing our own ideas. However, what I most enjoy is collaborating with others to deliver high-quality patient care.

    How does volunteering for RSNA help you in your daily practice?

    Being involved in RSNA has been a great way to gain a broader perspective on the practice of radiology. This work helps me to appreciate the continuously evolving nature of what we do, and to participate in that evolution.

    How do you like to spend your free time?

    I’m an absolute tennis nut and I’ve also gotten my wife Rita and our three sons (Alex, Colin and Tyler) into tennis as well. For us, tennis is a nice family pursuit and it’s also a great way to end a busy day in the hospital.