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

Scholar

  •  Radiologist-in-Chief | Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
  •   Brazil | Ethiopia | South Africa
  •   Pediatric Radiology

Languages: English (fluent), German (fluent), Amharic (fluent), French (semi-fluent)

Bio statement

I have been involved in global health for over 25 years. I started as a research fellow of the World Health Organization in Germany and West Africa doing work in filarial disease. During this period I was able to earn my Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Parasitology (DTM&P). In addition, I went on to do fellowship in Tropical Pediatrics and participate in global health work around pediatric malnutrition and tuberculosis. When I completed my radiology residency, my focus turned to global outreach education in pediatric radiology and also established a departmental pediatric radiology fellowship in Ethiopia.

Since 1991, I have been involved in various international outreach activities. Initially, my focus was on tropical pediatrics, but later on I switched work to pediatric radiology education. In 2008, I established the collaboration between the Departments of Radiology at CHOP and Addis Ababa University with the objective of supporting the radiology residency program in pediatric imaging education and conducting a pediatric radiology fellowship. In February 2017 the first 2 pediatric radiologists graduated from this 2-year fellowship program – the first ones in a country with a 100 million population with almost 60% in the pediatric age group.

Recent global health projects

The most recent activities involve supporting the educational undertakings in Ethiopia regarding pediatric diagnostic imaging. I lead the collaboration of the Department of Radiology at CHOP with the Department of Radiology of the Faculty of Medicine of the Addis Ababa University in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We support the pediatric education in the radiology residency program. In addition, we started a 2-year accredited pediatric radiology fellowship program. We had trained and graduated the first 2 local pediatric radiologist in February 2017 for a country with a population of almost 100 million comprising of about 60% below the age of 20 years. I also organize annually in collaboration with the Radiological Society of Ethiopia (RSE) a national pediatric radiology continuing medical education for about 200 attendees with the support of CHOP/PENN and other international faculty members.

Selected publications

  1. Wakjira E, Sisay S, Zember J, Zewdneh D, Gorfu Y, Kebede T, Tadesse A, Darge K (2017). Implementing ultrasound-guided hydrostatic reduction of intussusception in a low-resource country in Sub-Saharan Africa: our initial experience in Ethiopia.  Emerg Radiol. 2017 Aug 24. doi: 10.1007/s10140-017-1546-y
  2. Back SJ, Darge K, Bedoya MA, Delgado J, Gorfu Y, Zewdneh D, Reid JR (2016). Ultrasound Tutorials in Under 10 Minutes: Experience and Results. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2016 Sep; 207(3):653-60. doi: 10.2214/AJR.16.16402.
  3. Dehaye A, Silva CT, Darge K, Prabhu SP, Andronikou S, Laya BF, Coley BD, Boechat MI.Saving the starfish: World Federation of Pediatric Imaging (WFPI) development, work to date, and membership feedback on international outreach. Pediatr Radiol. 2016 Apr;46(4):452-61.