Faculty & Staff

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

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Professor of Radiology at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Chief, Division of Body Imaging, Department of Radiology, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia [CHOP], Philadelphia, PA
Coordinator, Mentorship Program , Department of Radiology, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia [CHOP], Philadelphia, PA
Liaison Officer, Division of Emergency Medicine [ED], Department of Pediatrics, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia [CHOP], Philadelphia, PA
Member, Executive Board, Radiological Associates of Children's Hospital [RACH], Department of Radiology, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia [CHOP], Philadelphia, PA
Official Affiliate, Division of Urology, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia [CHOP], Philadelphia, PA
Chairman, Radiology Scientific Review Committee (RSRC), Department of Radiology, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia [CHOP], Philadelphia, PA
The John W. Hope Endowed Chair for Radiology Faculty Development, The Department of Radiology, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia [CHOP], Philadelphia, PA
Member, Radiology D-COAP, Departmental Committee on Appointments and Promotion, Department of Radiology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Member, Pediatric Stone Center, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia [CHOP], Philadelphia, PA
Vice President & Secretary, Executive Board, Radiological Associates of Children's Hospital [RACH] , Department of Radiology, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia [CHOP], Philadelphia, PA [25. April]
Vice President & Secretary, Executive Board, Radiological Associates of New Jersey [RANJ], Department of Radiology, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia [CHOP], Philadelphia, PA [25. April]
Department: Radiology

Contact information
Division of Body Imaging
Department of Radiology
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia [CHOP]
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

CHOP West Tower [3. floor], Room 3NW14
34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 2674257108
Fax: 2674257141
Lab: 2674257123 [Carolyn Lewis]
Education:
MD (Pre-Med & Medicine)
Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1986.
DTM&P (Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Parasitology )
Bernhard-Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine, Hamburg, Germany, 1990.
Dr. med. (Medicine)
Faculty of Medicine, Ruprecht-Karl University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany [summa cum laude], 1997.
PhD (Diagnostic Radiology)
Faculty of Medicine, Ruprecht-Karl University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany, 2001.
Post-Graduate Training
Rotating intern [Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology], Black Lion Hospital, Empress Zewditu Hospital and Yekatit 12 Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1986-1986.
Research Fellow, World Health Organization [WHO], Bernhard-Nocht-Institite for Tropical Medicine, Hamburg, Germany; Bong Mines, Liberia; Onchocerciasis Chemotherapeutic Research Center, Hohoe, Ghana , 1988-1991.
Research Fellow, Division of Tropical Pediatrics, University Children's Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Ruprecht-Karl University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany, 1991-1998.
Resident, Diagnositc Radiology, Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Department of Pediatric Radiology, Radiological Clinic, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany, 1991-1996.
Fellow, Pediatric Radiology, Department of Pediatric Radiology, Radiological Clinic, Faculty of Medicine, Ruprecht-Karl University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany, 1996-1998.
PhD Research Fellow, Department of Pediatric Radiology, Radiological Clinic, Faculty of Medicine, Ruprecht-Karl University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany, 1997-2001.
Certifications
Board Certification in Diagnostic Radiology, German Medical Board , 1998.
Board Certification in Pediatric Radiology, German Medical Board , 1998.
Board Certified Teacher in Pediatric Ultrasonography, German Society of Ultrasound in Medicine [DEGUM Ausbilder] , 2000.
Certification to Conduct Pediatric Radiology Fellowship Program, Bavarian State Medical Board, Munich, Germany , 2002.
Certificate, Advanced Course for Physicians at University Hospitals on “Leadership and Responsibility in Hospitals”, Wuerttemberg Academy of Management and Economics, Stuttgart, Germany [2 years, 144 credit hours], 2002.
Certification in Radiation Protection for the Whole Specialty of Diagnostic Radiology including CT, Bavarian State Medical Board, Germany, 2002.
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Description of Research Expertise

Ultrasound advanced modalities - 3D, elastography, contrast US
Ultrasound contrast agent - children
Contrast-enhanced voiding urosonography
MR urography - morphology and function - children
Bowel ultrasound - children

Description of Clinical Expertise

Pediatric urogential radiology
Pediatric gastrointestinal radiology

Selected Publications

Back SJ, Darge K, Bedoya MA, Delgado J, Gorfu Y, Zewdneh D, Reid JR: Ultrasound tutorials in under 10 minutes: Experience and results. American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR) June [Epub ahead of print] 2016.

Khrichenko D, Saul D, Adeb M, Jaimes C, Betts KN, Barron SM, Edgar JC, Lambert SM, Casale P, Darge K: Intra- and inter-observer variability of functional MR urography (fMRU) assessment in children. Pediatric Radiology 46(5): 666-673, May 2016 Notes: [doi: 10.1007/s00247-015-3532-4]

Back SJ, Edgar JC, Canning DA, Darge K: Contrast-enhanced voiding urosonography: in vitro evaluation of a second-generation ultrasound contrast agent for in vivo optimization. Pediatric Radiology 45(10): 1496-1505, September 2015 Notes: [doi:10.1007/s00247-015-3355-3]

Delgado J, Bedoya MA, Adeb M, Carson RH, Johnson AM, Khrichenko D, Canning DA, Darge K: Optimizing functional MR urography: prime time for a 30-minutes-or-less fMRU. Pediatric Radiology 45(9): 1333-1343, August 2015 Notes: [doi: 10.1007/s00247-015-3324-x. Epub 2015 Mar 20]

Weiss DA, Kadakia S, Kurzweil R, Srinivasan AK, Darge K, Shukla AR: Detection of crossing vessels in pediatric ureteropelvic junction obstruction: Clinical patterns and imaging findings. Journal of Pediatric Urology 11(4): e1-5, August 2015 Notes: [doi: 10.1016/j.jpurol.2015.04.017. Epub 2015 May 27]

Gwal K, Bedoya MA, Patel N, Rambhatia SJ, Darge K, Sredharan RR, Anupindi SA: Reference values of MRI measurements of the common bile duct and pancreatic duct in children. Pediatric Radiology 45(8): 1153-1159, July 2015 Notes: [doi: 10.1007/s00247-015-3296-x. Epub 2015 Feb 20]

Conlon TW, Himebauch AS, Fitzgerald JC, Chen AE, Dean AJ, Panebianco N, Darge K, Cohen MS, Greeley WJ, Berg RA, Nishisaki A: Implementation of a pediatric critical care focused bedside ultrasound training program in a large academic PICU. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine 16(3): 219-226, March 2015 Notes: [doi: 10.1097/PCC.0000000000000340]

Servaes S, Srinivasan A, Pena A, del Pozo G, Darge K: CT diagnosis of appendicitis in children: comparison of orthogonal planes and assessment of contrast opacification of the appendix. Pediatric Emergency Care 31(3): 161-163, March 2015 Notes: [doi: 10.1097/PEC.0000000000000374]

Srinivasan A, Servaes S, Pena A, Darge K: Utility of CT after sonography for suspected appendicitis in children: integration of a clinical scoring system with a staged imaging protocol. Emergency Radiology 22(1): 31-42, February 2015 Notes: [doi: 10.1007/s10140-014-1241-1. Epub 2014 Jun 12]

Back SJ, Gurian MS, Reid JR, Darge K: How and how well do pediatric radiology fellows learn ultrasound skills? A national survey. Pediatric Radiology 44(9): 1058-1064, September 2014 Notes: [doi: 10.1007/s00247-014-2980-6. Epub 2014 Apr 15]

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