A Message from Dr. Alan Moody, Chair – Department of Medical Imaging
Please join me in congratulating our faculty members on their promotions that are richly deserved, and recognize their contributions to teaching, research and creative professional activity. All promotions are effective July 1, 2021.
Eric Bartlett – Associate Professor
Kate Hanneman – Associate Professor
Farzad Khavati – Associate Professor
Anish Kirpalani – Associate Professor
Pejman Maralani – Associate Professor
Joao Amaral – Professor
Sangeet Ghai – Professor
John Kachura – Professor
Eric Bartlett – Associate Professor
Dr. Bartlett was awarded his promotion on the basis of Excellence in Teaching and Education strongly supported by Creative Professional Activity (CPA).
Dr. Eric Bartlett (JDMI) obtained a Master of Public Health in 1995 in the Department of Medicine, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (USA). In 1998, Dr. Bartlett obtained his MD in the Department of Medicine, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. His Diagnostic Radiology residency was completed at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa (1999 to 2003). Following his residency, Dr. Bartlett came to the University of Toronto and completed a Neuroradiology Clinical Fellowship from 2003 to 2005 in the Department of Medical Imaging. Subsequently, Dr. Bartlett was appointed Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois from 2005 to 2007.
In July 2007, Dr. Bartlett returned to the University of Toronto and was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Imaging, Neuroradiology Division, and Staff Radiologist at the Joint Department of Medical Imaging at Mount Sinai Hospital, the University Health Network and Women’s College Hospital. In October 2013, he was appointed Program Director of the Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, a leadership position he held until December 2020.
The culmination of Dr. Bartlett’s Program Directorship came recently during the RCPSC Accreditation visit when the program was granted full accreditation. Furthermore, in recognition of the innovations undertaken in the program recommendations were made to acknowledge a number of Leading Practices and/ Innovations a great reflection of the novel work Dr. Bartlett has brought to the residency program.
In 2020, Dr. Bartlett was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award by the Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program and since his appointment at the University of Toronto, has been awarded the Outstanding Teacher Award by the Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program a total of eight times, and was awarded the Outstanding Teacher Award by the Neuroradiology Fellowship Program four times. In 2019, he was awarded the “E.L. Lansdown Teaching Award our department’s most prestigious teaching award, from the Diagnostic Radiology Program. In 2018 was awarded the RDoC Puddester Award for Resident Wellness, a National award from the Residents of Canada. Dr. Bartlett has also managed to connect with all the Diagnostic Radiology Residency Programs throughout Canada and institute successful nationwide educational activities.
Dr. Bartlett has an h-index of 13, 619 citations (Scopus, March 5, 2021) and has 47 peer-reviewed publications. He also has two book chapters and is invited to give talks nationally and internationally.
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Dr. Hanneman obtained her MD at the University of Toronto in 2009. From 2009 to 2014, she completed Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program in the Department of Medical Imaging at the University of Toronto. Following residency training, Dr. Hanneman completed a one-year clinical fellowship in Cardiovascular Imaging at Stanford University in California (July 2014 to June 30, 2015). In July 2015, she was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Imaging at the University of Toronto and Staff Radiologist in the Joint Department of Medical Imaging at Mount Sinai Hospital, the University Health Network, and Women’s College Hospital (Cardiothoracic Imaging Division). Dr. Hanneman is a Clinician Investigator completing a Master of Public Health (MPH), Epidemiology, at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston (June 2016 to May 2018).
Dr. Hanneman’s work has been recognized by her peers on a number of occasions including, the 2015 Young Investigator Award, Society of Computed Body Tomography and Magnetic Resonance, Toronto, ON. (Research Award, Specialty: Cardiac Imaging) and 2015 American Heart Association (AHA) Council on Cardiovascular Radiology and Intervention (CVRI) Young Investigator Award, first place, North American Society of Cardiovascular Imaging (NASCI), San Diego, CA, USA. (Research Award, Specialty: Cardiac Imaging).
Dr. Hanneman is a sought after teacher locally and further afield. She is heavily committed to the teaching of residents and fellows in the area of cardiovascular imaging, as well as being involved in undergraduate teaching and continuing medical education. Just like her increasing research profile, Dr. Hanneman is also recognized on the international stage for her educational efforts exemplified by the awards of the Radiological Society of North America Honored Educator Award in both 2017 and 2018.
Dr. Hanneman has an h-index of 15, 56 documents and 654 citations (Scopus, March 5, 2021), with 59 peer-reviewed publications of which she is Principal author on 15 and Senior Responsible Author on 17. She also has seven book chapters.
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Farzad Khavati – Associate Professor
Dr. Khalvati was promoted on the basis of Excellence in Research.
Dr. Khalvati received his MASc in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo in 2003. This was followed by his Ph.D. (also at the University of Waterloo) in 2009. From July 2009 to December 2012, Dr. Khalvati was appointed Senior Scientist and Chief Technology Officer at Segasist Technologies in Toronto. From January 2013 to September 2014, he was appointed Research Associate, Physical Sciences Platform, at Sunnybrook Research Institute followed by an appointment as a Junior Scientist, Physical Sciences Platform at Sunnybrook Research Institute. In 2017, Dr. Khalvati was appointed Staff Scientist at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute.
In December 2014, Dr. Khalvati was appointed a Status Only Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Imaging at the University of Toronto. He holds a non-budgetary cross-appointment to the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering as well as to the Institute of Medical Science; he is also a faculty affiliate at the Vector Institute.
In March 2020, Dr. Khalvati moved to the Hospital for Sick Children when he was appointed as a ‘Chair in Medical Imaging and Artificial Intelligence’, within the Temerty Faculty of Medicine and Associate Scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children.
Dr. Khalvati has contributed significantly to the Department of Medical Imaging’s AI research during his positions at various research institutes of the University of Toronto hospitals. During that time, he developed his research platform using medical imaging as a means of detecting and characterizing cancer non-invasively without the need for biopsy, providing a means of interrogating the whole tumour and overcoming the problems of tissue heterogeneity.
Dr. Khalvati is a sought after speaker; he has received invitations to speak nationally and internationally. He is dedicated to supporting the research process as an editorial board member, guest editor, peer reviewer, program committee member for international conferences and workshops. Dr. Khalvati is also a reviewer for the Ontario Centre of Excellence (OCE) for which he has reviewed the prodigious number of over 100 research proposals since his last promotion.
Dr. Khalvati has an h-index of 16, and 802 citations (Scopus, March 5, 2021); with 58 peer-reviewed publications. He also has one book chapter and holds three patents.
Anish Kirpalani – Associate Professor
Dr. Kirpalani was awarded his promotion on the basis of Excellence in Creative Professional Activity (Professional Innovation and Creative Excellence).
Dr. Kirpalani received his MD from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario in 2000. He also has a Master of Applied Science from the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Cardiovascular Sciences Collaborative Program at the University of Toronto (1996). From 2000 to 2005 Dr. Kirpalani completed a 5-year Diagnostic Radiology residency program in the Department of Medical Imaging at the University of Toronto. Following this, he moved to Chicago to complete a one-year Body MRI Fellowship (concentrating on Abdominal and Cardiovascular MRI) at Northwestern University. From 2006 to 2008, Dr. Kirpalani was appointed staff radiologist at Texas Radiology Associates, in Dallas and Plano, Texas. In 2009, he was appointed Lecturer in the Department of Medical Imaging, University of Toronto, and Staff Radiologist in the Division of Body Imaging in the Department of Medical Imaging at St. Michael’s Hospital. In 2011, Dr. Kirpalani was promoted to Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. Since 2015, he has been cross-appointed to the Institute of Medical Science as an Associate Member. He was been appointed Division Head of Abdominal Imaging at St. Michael’s Hospital in 2017.
Dr. Kirpalani has made significant contributions to the development of professional innovation and creative excellence. This has been achieved through three inter-connected pillars at the national level and beyond through leadership in his support for the founding of a research MRI centre at St Michael’s Hospital; providing an exemplar of research practice at the Centre through the development of new techniques within the MRI research centre for the investigation of renal disease and finally using this platform to develop a now nationally recognised MRI educational course which on the most recent iteration had over 700 registrants.
Dr. Kirpalani’s own research includes leveraging the new MRI Research Centre to help support his research program which was centered around renal diseases, a specialty area particularly served by St Michael’s Hospital.
Dr. Kirpalani has received the Professor R. McCallum Award for Excellence in Quality, Innovation, and Research in Medical Imaging, Department of Medical Imaging, St. Michael’s Hospital on three occasions (2015, 2014, 2013).
Dr. Kirpalani has an h-index of 13, 423 citations (Scopus, March 5, 2021); and has 39 peer-reviewed publications plus 2 additional articles in preparation. He is also invited to give talks nationally and internationally.
Dr. Maralani received his MD in 2005 at the Tehran University of Medical Sciences. From July 2006 to June 2011, he completed his Diagnostic Radiology residency training at the University of Ottawa. This was followed by a two-year Neuroradiology Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania from July 2011 to June 30, 2013. In July 2013, he was appointed Lecturer in the Department of Medical Imaging at the University of Toronto and Staff Radiologist in the Division of Neuroradiology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. In July 2015, Dr. Maralani was promoted to Assistant Professor. Since May 2016, Dr. Maralani has been the Program Director of the Neuroradiology Training Program at the University of Toronto. He is also cross-appointed to the Institute of Medical Science as an Associate Member.
Dr. Maralani has made significant contributions to the development of professional practice. These have involved involvement at a national level, preparing guidelines and recommendations for scanning patients with MRI using contrast agents and in those with implanted devices. Dr. Maralani has achieved this through his membership of the Canadian Association of Radiologists committee on contrast media and his chairing of the committee on device and implants. Dr. Maralani was co-lead of the original literature review and drafting of the guideline of Gadobutrol (Gadovist) (Can Assoc Radiol J.2018 May;69(2):136-150). This then led to the development of an updated clinical practice guideline in 2019 (Can Assoc Radiol J. 2019 Aug;70(3):226-232) and a further publication on gadoxetic acid contrast agent in 2020 (Radiology. 2020 May 26;200073). A significant outcome of this work has been specific advice on renal function testing prior to contrast administration which has been a time-consuming and intrusive activity in everyday clinical practice.
Dr. Maralani has been the Neuroradiology Residency Program Director for the last 5 years culminating in successful accreditation in the last Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Canada (RCPSC) accreditation cycle completed in late 2020. At this time, the program was judged to have no Areas for Improvement (AFI) and a planned re-accreditation visit in 8 years.
He is highly regarded as an excellent teacher and mentor to our residents and fellows and has also been involved in the teaching of undergraduate medical students. His success as a teacher within our programs is reflected in the fact that he has been awarded outstanding teacher in the residency five times (2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014) and outstanding teacher in the fellowship four times (2019, 2018, 2016, 2015), also capturing our most prestigious residency teaching award, the Edward E Lansdown award, on one occasion in 2014.
Dr. Maralani has an h-index of 15 and 625 citations (Scopus, March 5, 2021), with 51 peer-reviewed publications, as well as one book chapter.
Dr. Amaral completed his MD from the Department of Medicine, Federal University of Parana, Brazil from January 1991 to December 1996. From February 1997 to January 2000, he completed his Diagnostic Radiology Residency at the Hospital de Clinicas – Federal University of Parana, Curitiba, Brazil. From June 2000 – November 2000, Dr. Amaral was a Research and Observer fellow, Pediatric Radiology at the Miami Children’s Hospital, Miami Florida. Dr. Amaral completed a Clinical Fellowship in Pediatric/Interventional Radiology at the Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto from March 2001 to December 2003. Following this, Dr. Amaral completed a Clinical/Research Fellowship in Interventional Pediatric Radiology at the Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto.
In 2006, Dr. Amaral was appointed Staff Radiologist, Pediatric Interventional Radiology at the Hospital for Sick Children. Dr. Amaral was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Imaging, University of Toronto in July 2012. In September 2014, Dr. Amaral took on two leadership roles at the Hospital for Sick Children – Division Head, Interventional Radiology, and Co-Director, Centre for Image-Guided Care. In addition, from December 2017 – December 2020, Dr. Amaral was appointed the Associate Chief, Diagnostic Imaging Department at the Hospital for Sick Children. In March 2020, Dr. Amaral was selected as the inaugural ‘Sick Children Chair in Image-Guided Care’.
Pediatric Interventional Radiology is a highly specialized area, with very few trained physicians all over the world. Dr. Amaral is an internationally renowned physician; Interventional Radiologists from across the world shadow or consult him for expert opinions in Pediatric Interventional Radiology. In addition, Dr. Amaral is a Board member for the Society of Pediatric Interventional Radiology, which is the most influential and important society in his subspecialty. Dr. Amaral has assumed a number of leadership roles both locally, nationally, and internationally.
Dr. Amaral has achieved an h-index of 21, 96 documents, and 1080 citations (Scopus, March 6, 2021).
Sangeet Ghai – Professor
Dr. Ghai has been promoted on the basis of Excellence in Research.
Dr. Ghai is a graduate of Government Medical College, India, successfully completing his Residency training in October 1998. In 2002, he graduated from a Fellowship Program at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. Subsequently, he completed a one-year Clinical Fellowship in Abdominal Imaging at the University Health Network/Mount Sinai Hospital from June 2002 to June 2003, followed by a second one-year Clinical Fellowship in Vascular & Interventional Radiology at the University Health Network/Mount Sinai Hospital from July 2003 to June 2004.
In January 2007, he was appointed Assistant Professor in the Abdominal Imaging Division of the Department of Medical Imaging at the University of Toronto and Staff Radiologist in the Joint Department of Medical Imaging at the University Health Network, Mount Sinai Hospital, and Women’s College Hospital. Dr. Ghai was promoted to Associate Professor in July 2015.
Dr. Ghai’s research interest is in the diagnosis and treatment of localized prostate cancer. Two new non-surgical treatment methods have undergone significant clinical research through Sangeet’s work, these being magnetic resonance focused ultrasound and magnetic resonance-guided focal laser thermal therapy.
In 2018 Sangeet was appointed as the Director of the Princess Margaret Hospital Prostate Centre since which time he has introduced innovations such as ultrasound MRI image fusion biopsies and high-frequency micro-ultrasound biopsy. Dr. Ghai’s academic work was recognized in 2018 when he was appointed as the Vice Chief of Research at the Joint Department of Medical Imaging. Nationally and internationally Dr. Ghai has been invited as an expert reviewer for grants on prostate imaging and therapy.
Dr. Ghai has an h-index of 23 and 1646 citations (Scopus, March 5, 2021); with 102 peer-reviewed publications of which he is Principal author on 26. He also has seven book chapters.
Dr. Kachura received his MD from the University of Toronto, with honours, in 1989. He then completed a Comprehensive Medical Internship at the Toronto Western Hospital from 1989-1990, followed by a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at the University of Toronto from 1990-1994. In 1994-1995, Dr. Kachura completed a Fellowship in Vascular and Interventional Radiology at University Hospital and Boston City Hospital (Boston Medical Center), Boston University School of Medicine.
In 1994-1995, Dr. Kachura was appointed as Instructor in the Department of Radiology, Boston University School of Medicine and from July 1995 to April 1998, Dr. Kachura held the appointment of Lecturer at the University of Toronto, Department of Medical Imaging. Subsequently, he was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Imaging, University of Toronto in 1998. In 2001, Dr. Kachura was appointed Division Head, Vascular and Interventional Radiology at the University Health Network/Mount Sinai Hospital. In 2009, Dr. Kachura was appointed as Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, University of Toronto.
In 2013, Dr. Kachura received the prestigious and internationally renowned Society of Interventional Radiology Fellowship (FSIR) granted to members who have made significant contributions to the field of interventional radiology Of the 7000+ SIR members only 10% receive FSIR recognition. Dr. Kachura has dedicated his career to improving patient care through the application of Interventional Radiology and Interventional Oncology on an international level. Dr. Kachura has held numerous administrative roles with a sustained track record of impact on a national and international scale.
Dr. Kachura has an h-index of 27, 78 documents and 3342 total citations (Scopus, March 5, 2021).