Kassa Darge, MD, PhD
CURRENT POSITION: Kassa Darge (MD, PhD) is a pediatric radiologist and The William Van Alen Endowed Chair of the Department of Radiology and the Radiologist-in-Chief at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Professor of Radiology with secondary appointment as Professor of Radiology in Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, he is an Honorary Professor of Radiology at the Department of Radiology of the Faculty of Medicine, Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, where he is responsible for the CHOP International Pediatric Radiology Outreach Program. Dr. Darge is the President of the Board of the Radiology Associates of the Children’s Hospital (RACH) and the Radiology Associates of New Jersey (RANJ).
ADMINISTRATION AND LEADERSHIP: Dr. Darge has been Chief of the Division of Body Imaging for the last 10 years. This Division is the largest one in the Department encompassing 2/3 of the pediatric radiologists and generating almost similar fraction of the departmental revenue. Prior to his appointment at CHOP Dr. Darge served for 7 years as the Chairman of the Department of Pediatric Radiology at the Institute of Radiodiagnostic of the University of Wuerzburg, Germany. He had been appointed to this over 600-year-old prestigious university, where Roentgen discovered the x-ray, at the highest professor rank (C3) for his subspecialty and granted a lifetime position. In preparation for such a position Dr. Darge had earlier undertaken over a period of 2 years a certificate course entitled “Advanced Course for Physicians at University Hospitals on Leadership and Responsibility in Hospitals", which was offered by the Wuerttemberg Academy of Management and Economics in Germany. Another notable position of his was as a member of the Executive Board of the German Leprosy and Tuberculosis Relief Association (DAHW), which runs more than 300 projects in different parts of the world.
CLINICAL WORK: Dr. Darge did his radiology residency and pediatric radiology fellowship at the University of Heidelberg. This is not only the oldest university in Germany, but regarded as the most elite educational institution in the country. He received his second medical doctor degree (Dr. med.) from the University of Heidelberg 11 years after he was awarded his first MD degree from the Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. Dr. Darge has been practicing as a medical doctor, radiologist and pediatric radiologist 30, 20 and 18 years, respectively. Currently, he is fully dedicated in his practice scope in all areas of body imaging in children. Prior to his radiology career Dr. Darge practiced tropical medicine at the Bernhard-Nocht Institute of Tropical Medicine in Hamburg, Germany and its research outposts in Liberia and Ghana.