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 Pediatric Radiology, German Medical Board , 1998.
Board Certification in Diagnostic Radiology, German Medical Board , 1998.
Board Certified Teacher in Pediatric Ultrasonography, German Society of Ultrasound in Medicine [DEGUM Ausbilder] , 2000.
Certification in Radiation Protection for the Whole Specialty of Diagnostic Radiology including CT, Bavarian State Medical Board, Germany, 2002.
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.
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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

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 January 21 [Epub ahead of print] 2016.

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]

Papadopoulou F, Ntoulia A, Siomou E, Darge K: Contrast-enhanced voiding urosonography with intravesical administration of a second-generation ultrasound contrast agent for diagnosis of vesicoureteral reflux: prospective evaluation of contrast safety in 1,010 children. Pediatric Radiology 44(6): 719-728, June 2014 Notes: [doi: 10.1007/s00247-013-2832-9. Epub 2014 Jan 18]

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