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Kassa Darge, MD, PhD, DTM&P, FSAR, FESUR
Kassa Darge

Dr. Kassa Darge is the Chair of the Department of Radiology and Radiologist-in-Chief at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.



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Dr. Kassa Darge is the Chair of the Department of Radiology and Radiologist-in-Chief at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, a professor of Radiology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and currently holds the William L. Van Alen Endowed Chair in Pediatric Radiology. He is also an Honorary Professor of Radiology in the Department of Radiology at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia.

Prior to coming to CHOP, Dr. Darge served as the Chair of the Department of Pediatric Radiology at the University of Wuerzburg in Germany. He has an extensive research portfolio encompassing 28 years with over 200 publications and multiple grants. His research focus is on innovative and advanced body imaging methods, particularly in magnetic resonance and ultrasound modalities.

Dr. Darge has mentored dozens of trainees, and has received many awards for his research and educational work. Of note is his work to establish the CHOP Radiology International Education Outreach pediatric radiology fellowship program in Ethiopia. To further CHOP’s mission of training the next generation of pediatric experts, he also started a mentoring program for junior faculty members in the Department of Radiology for which he was awarded the CHOP mentor award.

Dr. Darge received his medical degree from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia and the University of Heidelberg in Germany. He completed his residency in radiology and fellowship in pediatric radiology at the University of Heidelberg. In addition, he completed a research fellowship with the World Health Organization in Tropical Medicine at the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine in Hamburg, Germany, where he practiced tropical medicine and conducted research in the institution’s outposts in West Africa. Darge is actively involved in all major radiologic and pediatric radiologic societies.

Education and Training

MD, Addis Ababa University, 1986

PhD, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg (Diagnostic Radiology), 2001

Titles and Academic Titles

Radiologist-in-Chief, The William L. Van Alen Endowed Chair, Department of Radiology

Professor of Radiology and Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Professional Memberships

German Society of Radiology, 1993-

German Society of Pediatric Radiology, 1993-

International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists, 1995-

German Society of Ultrasound in Medicine, 1996-

National Medical Association - Radiology Section, 1997-

Radiological Society of North America, 1997-

European Society of Pediatric Radiology, 1998-

European Society of Uroradiology, 2000-

Society of Pediatric Radiology, 2003-

European Society of Radiology, 2006-

European Consortium of Pediatric Radiology Research, 2007-

American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, 2007-

American College of Radiology, 2008-

Swiss Society of Radiology, 2008-

Society of Friends of the Journal: Child and Radiology, 2011-

European Society of Radiology, 2011-

World Federation of Pediatric Imaging, 2011-

American Roentgen Ray Society, 2011-

Ethiopian Medical Association, 2012-

Society of Fetal Urology, 2012-

Society of Abdominal Radiology, 2012-

Radiology Leadership Institute of the American College of Radiology, 2012-

Society of Pediatric Urology, 2013-


Publication Highlights

Darge K, eds
Advanced Clinical MRI of the Kidney: Methods and Protocols · January, 2023

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