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Hansel J. Otero, MD, FAAP
Hansel J. Otero
Vice Chair of Clinical Research, Department of Radiology

As vice chair of clinical research in the Department of Radiology, Dr. Otero oversees a growing translational and clinical research program that is broadly related to and impacts nearly every pediatric subspecialty. This program includes interventional radiology, cardiovascular, lymphatic imaging, pulmonary imaging, and oncology, among many others.



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Dr. Otero is an attending radiologist, the director of Global Pediatric Radiology Education and Outreach, and an assistant professor of Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Before returning as faculty to CHOP, Dr. Otero joined the Department of Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. following his pediatric radiology fellowship at CHOP. Prior to his radiology career, Dr. Otero practiced medicine in Venezuela and as an emergency response physician with Doctors without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Liberia, Sudan, Angola, Pakistan, and Yemen from 2002 to 2005. He currently serves as a senior teleradiology consultant for MSF. After moving to the USA, he completed two consecutive fellowships in management at the Department of Radiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Dr. Otero has continued his international outreach in pediatric radiology education and participated in educational missions to Haiti, Ghana, and Ethiopia. He has served as the Rad-Aid International Pediatric Radiology Program Manager for Latin America and Africa and is a member of the CHOP Radiology RAD-AID chapter.

Dr. Otero serves as the director of outreach for the World Federation of Pediatric Imaging, and is a global health scholar of the Center for Global Health, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a senior fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania and an associate editor of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

  • Chair, Section on Radiology of the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Associate Editor, Journal of the American College of Radiology

Education and Training

MD, Universidad Central de Venezuela

Residency, Tufts Medical Center at Tufts University Medical School (Diagnostic Radiology), Boston

Fellowship, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (Pediatric Radiology)

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Radiologist

Director, Global Pediatric Radiology Education and Outreach

Assistant Professor of Radiology

Professional Memberships

Médecins Sans Frontières, 2003-

Radiological Society of North America, 2006-

American College of Radiology, 2009-

Society of Pediatric Radiology, 2010-

International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 2014-

Professional Awards

Kenneth R. Gottesfeld Award for highest-ranking review article in the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, "Sonographic Evaluation of Fractures in Children," 2017

Caffey Award - Best Educational Poster, "Sonographic Evaluation of Diaphragmatic Motion: A Practical Guide to Performance and Interpretation," 60th Annual Meeting and Categorical Course of The Society for Pediatric Radiology, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 2017

Editorial Board's Most Valuable Reviewers of 2018, Clinical Imaging Journal, 2018

Editor's Recognition Award for reviewing with Special Distinction, Radiology Journal, 2018

Caffey Award - Best Clinical Research Paper, Society for Pediatric Radiology, "Intrahepatic Dynamic Contrast Enhanced MR Lymphangiography: A New Technique for Visualization of the Central Lymphatics," 2019

Exceptional Reviewer Recognition, Journal of the American College of Radiology, 2020

Certificate of Appreciation for Excellence in Reviewing Manuscripts in Pediatric Radiology, the Society for Pediatric Radiology Publications Committee and Editorial Office Awards, 2020

Editor's Recognition Award for Reviewing with Distinction, Radiology, official publication of the Radiological Society of North America, 2020

Radiology Alliance for Health Services Research, American College of Radiology Award, Association of University Radiologist, 2011

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